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Manage your comics at my.comics.org

Our subsite my.comics.org introduces a comic collection functionality to our website and is of course based on our extensive database of international comics. Please note that my.comics.org is still in development and there are known useful features that are still to be implemented. Discussion about additional features and bug reports takes place on the gcd-main mailing list, feel free to chime in there, contact us by e-mail or even actively help us in the further development.

We added two new functionalities to my.comics.org recently:

  • import of collections by uploading a file, details described in the help at my.comics.org
  • overview of the collection status per series
And more to come, next on the list is a subscription functionality...



GCD Comics Timeline


Although the main part of his comics output was limited to the 1940s and 1950s, the dynamic and realistic style of Frank Frazetta (9 February 1928 - 10 May 2010, USA) was of influence for several new generations of comics artists. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Frazzetta (he later dropped one of the z's) made his earliest comics during his childhood, which he sold to his friends. Nicknamed "Fritz", he took courses in drawing from the artist Michael Falanga at the Brooklyn Academy of Fine Arts from the age of 8.

He began his career when he was sixteen years old, assisting science-fiction artist John Giunta at Bernard Bailey's studio. His first work was 'Man in Black', which appeared in 1944 in the Tally Ho comic book. He then worked at Fiction House for a brief period, where he cleaned the work of artists like Graham Ingels, Bob Lubbers and George Evans.

Read more about Lambiek Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/f/frazetta.htm

Explore items in the GCD with work by Frank Frazetta — http://ow.ly/Y6vju

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A 1981 Kubert School graduate, Tim Truman (born 9 February 1956, USA) is an original artist of both mainstream and independent comic books. He began his career doing backup stories in DC's Sgt. Rock. In the independent scene, Truman introduced the character Grimjack, co-created with John Ostrander in the Starslayer anthology in 1983. The comic was a mixture of pulp fiction and science fiction. His other independent comic was the 1985 series 'Scout', a series set against the background of a post-holocaust United States.

Read more about Tim Truman at Lambiek Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/t/truman_timothy.htm

Explore items in the GCD with work by Tim Truman — http://ow.ly/Y6sPI

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Jo Duffy, also credited as Mary Jo Duffy (born 9 February 1954, USA) is a comic book editor and writer, known for her work for Marvel Comics in the 1980s, and DC Comics and Image Comics in the 1990s.

Read more about Jo Duffy at Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jo_Duffy

Explore items in the GCD with work by Jo Duffy — issue_editing=Jo+Duffy http://ow.ly/Y6rS7

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Robert Velter (9 February 1909 - 27 April 1991, France), who went by the pen names Rob-Vel and Bozz, is best known as the creator of the famous bellboy 'Spirou' for the magazine of the same name. Ironically, the Parisian Velter began his career working in a hotel himself, at the Ritz Charlton in London at age 16. He subsequently was a waiter and steward on ships like the Majestic and the Île-de-France. Since he had lived in London with his father since the age of 10, he also served as a translator on board of the ship. It was during these transatlantic trips that he made caricatures of the passengers and adorned menu cards and announcement posters with drawings that were crowded with bellboys.

Read more about Rob-Vel at Lambiek Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/r/rob_vel.htm

Explore items in the GCD with work by Rob-Vel — http://ow.ly/Y6qNy

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Richard Bruning (born 7 February 1953, USA) is a graphic designer and comics creator and former Senior Vice-President–Creative Director of DC Comics.

Read more about Richard Bruning at Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Bruning

Explore items in the GCD with work by Richard Bruning — http://ow.ly/Y0BRS

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Immediately following his high school studies in 1956, Fernando Fernández (7 February 1940 - 9 August 2010, Spain) started drawing for French and British publishers through the Selecciones Ilustradas agency. In 1958, he followed his parents to Argentina, where he cooperated on magazines like El Gorrión, Tótem and Puño Fuerte. Meanwhile, he drew romance stories for the British magazines Valentina, Roxy and Marilyn through Toutain's agency. He returned to Spain in 1959, and produced a large amount of war stories for Fleetway in London.

Read more about Fernando Fernandez at Lambiek Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/f/fernandez_fernando.htm

Explore items in the GCD with work by Fernando Fernandez — http://ow.ly/Y0D1T

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Jean-Paul Arends (born 7 February 1977, The Netherlands) is the creator of the popular comic strip 'Scribbly', which was published daily in the Metro newspaper between 1999 and 2010. Arends was born in The Hague and studied advertising and presentation techniques in Boxtel. Arends developed 'Scribbly' in 1994 and by 1996 he started making daily episodes, that he hang on the bulletin board of his school. Inspired by comic characters like Bill Watterson's 'Calvin & Hobbes' and Luc Cromheecke's 'Taco Zip', Scribbly and his friends have bizarre adventures set against the background of a mental institution.

Read more about Jean-Paul Arends at Lambiek Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/a/arends_jp.htm

Explore items in the GCD with work by Jean-Paul Arends — http://ow.ly/Y0CtZ

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Alan Grant (born 1949) is a Scottish comic book writer known for writing Judge Dredd in 2000 AD as well as various Batman titles during the late 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s. He is also the creator of the characters Anarky and the Ventriloquist.

Read more about Alan Grant at Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Grant_%28writer%29

Explore items in the GCD with work by Alan Grant — http://ow.ly/Y0DD1

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Rich Buckler (born 6 February 1949, USA) has been working in the comics field since the early 1970s. He has drawn for a great many superhero titles published by both Marvel and DC in the 1970s and 1980s, often as a cover artist. At Marvel, he is best-known for his work on 'The Fantastic Four', but he has also drawn 'The Black Panther', 'Amazing Spider-Man', 'The Avengers', 'The Submariner', 'The Human Torch' and the 'Incredible Hulk' newspaper strip. He was also the creator of 'Deathlok the Demolisher' in Astonishing Tales in 1974.

Read more about Rich Buckler at Lambiek Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/buckler_rich.htm

Explore items in the GCD with work by Rich Buckler — http://ow.ly/Y0B1J

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