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On Monday, August 25th, Mexican indexer Ruben Cortes added the monumental one millionth issue to the database. It is the second issue of John Constantine Hellblazer from publisher Editorial Televisa. As we have two hundred thousand issues indexed, there is still plenty for us to do!
The next milestone? The soon to be reached 500,000th cover scan!
New Search Technology!Our new search technology is now the default search option in the search box, while all others are still supported. This search behaves similar to a google or bing search, it searches the content of most of our data and allows easy combination of different search terms in the different data fields. By adding other relevant search terms one can then easily filter down the results. Also sorting by several criteria is possible.
The easiest way to find a specific issue should now be the third option 'Series Name & Issue #', where you enter the series name followed by the issue number, e.g. X-Men 12.
GCD Convention SceneThe GCD has been celebrating our 20th Anniversary with comic convention appearances. Join our volunteers at the Baltimore Comic-Con Baltimore, MD (5-7 September).
We also have members wearing their t-shirts and handing out flyers at a few more shows across the US and Europe. Check out our Facebook Events Page for a full list, and let us know which show we will see you at.
475,000 covers uploaded!
Check out the cover which is from Una Criada Estupenda #15 (Editorial Novaro, 1968 Series), a series from Mexico.
Take a look at our international statistics to see what else the GCD's been up to.
GCD Comics Timeline
Until 1950, the Sunday strip and the daily strip both told the same story, following the adventures of Casey Ruggles and his companions on a wagon train to the gold fields of California.
Some early dailies were ghosted by Al Plastino. Some later strips were ghosted by Alex Toth and Ruben Moreira. Tufts did not write or draw the Sunday strip between 31 August 1953 and 30 January 1954. The last Tufts' daily was 3 April 1954, and his last Sunday was on 5 September 1954.
The strip continued for a short while with Al Carreño as artist and writer.
All of the daily stories except for one week have been reprinted by Pacific Comics Club or Comics Revue. The first few Sunday stories were reprinted in color in Comics Revue.
Casey Ruggles in the Grand Comics Database:
Martin's clean lines and strong sense of movement during action scenes set her apart from other Star Wars artists of the time. Her work displayed the influence of Japanese manga long before it became common in American comics.
The first comic Martin worked on was the Ms. Victory Special #1 (AC Comics, 1985). She then got the Star Wars assignment, where she did the covers for issues 92 and 93, and then the pencils for most of the issues between 94 and 107. Besides AC and Marvel, Martin has worked for DC Comics, Eclipse Comics, First Comics, Topps Comics, Dark Horse Comics, and a number of other small presses.
In recent years, Martin has been illustrating early-reader "graphic biographies" for Capstone Press. She also illustrated Edge Books: How to Draw Comic Heroes ISBN 978-1-4296-0074-3. According to her bio on Silver Phoenix Entertainment, Martin's currents projects include books for ABDO Publications and the graphic novel Shadowflight.
On May 1, 2010, Cynthia was inducted as an Honorary Member of the 501st Legion international costuming organization in recognition of her contributions to the Star Wars saga.
Cynthia Martin in the Grand Comics Database:
Garry Leach was first noted for his early work for 2000 AD, which was mainly on one-off stories featuring Dan Dare and M.A.C.H. 1. He then became a fan-favourite for his work on the series The VCs.
In 1981 he joined Dez Skinn's company, Quality Communications. where he workedd as art director and was the first artist on Alan Moore's revival of Marvelman in Warrior. His work on Marvelman proved highly popular but due to his slow pace of working, he left art duties to be replaced by Alan Davis. For Davis' first few stories Leach worked as inker to allow Davis to settle into the strip. Leach's work on Marvelman remained the prototype, as Davis has insisted that "my ‘style’ on the series was simply a bargain-basement attempt to imitate what Garry had done".
Leach and Alan Moore also created Warpsmith for Warrior together; Warpsmith featured in its own strip and eventually became a supporting character in Marvelman. With Dave Elliott, Leach set up Atomeka Press in 1988. Their first title was the anthology title, A1, which included new Warpsmith material by Moore and Leach.
After Atomeka and A1 finished in the mid-1990s, Leach worked mainly in advertising, but returned to comics in the late 1990s as John McCrea's inker on Hitman. He also drew the first issue of Warren Ellis's series Global Frequency, and designed many of that title's characters. He continues to contribute inking work to 2000AD, most recently on Future Shorts with Rufus Dayglo.
He has returned to publishing and restarted Atomeka Press with Dave Elliott. A1 is being published again with a mix of old and new material, including new work by Leach.
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Garvey met Akin in San Francisco in the late 1970s, through the community around Gary Arlington's San Francisco Comic Book Company. Joining Akin's small studio, the pair began working together. Their first professional job was on ROM Spaceknight #34 (Sept. 1982), inking over Sal Buscema's pencils. Akin & Garvey became the regular ROM inkers for almost two years, until 1984. During that time, they also provided the inks for the 1982 Marvel mini-series Vision and the Scarlet Witch. Also in 1984, the pair inked the four-issue mini-series Starriors for Marvel. Moving over to DC Comics in 1985, the inking team worked on Firestorm for five consecutive issues. Back at Marvel, Akin & Garvey inked issues #190–209 of Iron Man, and then worked on The Transformers for two years, until 1988. For the next three years, Akin & Garvey worked sporadically, for clients ranging from Marvel to DC to Continuity Comics.
As a solo freelancer, Garvey worked steadily through the 1990s, for DC, Marvel, and Dark Horse Comics; most notably as the inker on the entire run of DC's Gunfire from 1994–1995, and inker for DC's The New Gods in 1995–1996. Since the 1990s, Garvey has no significant published comics credits.
Fromm 1998–2002, Garvey worked with DreamWorks Animation on such films as The Prince of Egypt, The Road to El Dorado, and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.
In the early 2010s, Akin & Garvey reunited to do commercial illustration and comics work.
Brian Garvey in the Grand Comics Database:
His first comic work was published in 1958. During the 1960s, he drew Superman, Batman, and erotic comics. He made his first Disney comic using the Mickey Mouse character in 1971. He would go on, however, to work primarily with Donald Duck and Scrooge McDuck stories. His most well-known Disney-related work is Andold "Wild Duck" Temerary, Donald's dark age Scottish alter ego; as well as the story From Egg To Duck (1984), Donald's biography.
In addition to working with established characters, Rota also does original work. He currently works for the Danish publisher Egmont.
Marco Rota in the Grand Comics Database:
Kubert was inducted into the Harvey Awards' Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1997, and the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1998.
Beginning with Our Army at War #32 (March 1955), Kubert began to freelance for DC Comics. By the end of the year he was drawing for DC exclusively. DC editor Julius Schwartz assigned Kubert, Robert Kanigher, and Carmine Infantino to the company's first attempt at reviving superheroes: an updated version of the Flash that would appear in Showcase #4 (Oct. 1956). The eventual success of the new, science-fiction oriented Flash heralded the wholesale return of superheroes, and the beginning of what fans and historians call the Silver Age of Comic Books. In the coming years, Kubert would work on such characters as the medieval adventurer Viking Prince and features starring Sgt. Rock and The Haunted Tank in the war comic G.I. Combat. He and writer Gardner Fox created a new version of Hawkman in The Brave and the Bold #34 (Feb.–March 1961) with the character receiving his own title three years later. Kubert's work on Hawkman and G.I. Combat would become known as his signature efforts. Kubert's main collaborator on the war comics was writer/editor Kanigher. Their work together on Sgt. Rock is considered a memorable contribution to the comics medium.
Joe Kubert in the Grand Comics Database:
Stout began his professional career as an illustrator for comic books and graphic novels, with his first job coming in 1968 with the cover for the first issue of the pulp magazine Coven 13. In 1971 he worked as Russ Manning's assistant on Manning's Tarzan of the Apes Sunday and daily newspaper comic strips. In 1972, Stout worked for Harvey Kurtzman and Will Elder on Playboy's "Little Annie Fanny".
From 1975 to 1977 Stout worked as art director for the rock magazine Bomp! During this time, he became one of the first American contributors to Heavy Metal magazine.
In 1977 Stout painted his first movie poster, for Ralph Bakshi's film Wizards. During his career, Stout has worked on the advertising for over 120 films.
In 1978, with Buck Rogers, Stout began his film production design career. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Stout and fellow illustrator Richard Hescox ran a Los Angeles art studio, working on such projects as the storyboards for Raiders of the Lost Ark and pop singer Michael Jackson's video "Thriller".
Stout has worked on over thirty feature films, including both Conan films, First Blood, The Hitcher, and Invaders From Mars. He also production designed the Masters of the Universe film.
William Stout in the Grand Comics Database:
MacNelly got a job at the Chapel Hill Weekly during his years at school in UNC. He worked there for the editor who became his mentor, Jim "Shu" Shumaker, also a professor at UNC-Chapel Hill. Shumaker's impression on the cartoonist was so profound that MacNelly created the comic strip Shoe after "Shu," and the strip's lead character is based upon him.
In 1977, he launched his first comic strip, Shoe, which was an immediate success. In 1981, he quit as editorial cartoonist at the News-Leader to focus on Shoe full-time. Shoe was syndicated in 950 newspapers by 1986, with millions of readers.
Shoe in the Grand Comics Database:
New GCD LogoWe have a new logo to help mark our 20th Anniversary! It is our first major design change since 1999 and will be seen on our t-shirts and convention gear throughout the year. We would like to thank Brian Saner Lamken for submitting his winning design and HippieBoy Design for applying those finishing touches. We hope you like it as much as we do!
1 million English storiesWhile our international content is steadily growing, we reached for English language stories an even big number: 1 million story sequences!
100,000 Norwegian storiesNorwegian is the second language to reach 100,000 stories!
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