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500,000 covers uploaded!

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The 500,000th cover was uploaded in October to the GCD!

Check out the cover which is from the issue Boom! Studios Halloween Fright Fest.


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.

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The turkey turns the tables on the Thanksgiving 1946 cover of Giggle Comics #36 (http://www.comics.org/issue/215052/), cover by Dan Gordon!

Giggle Comics in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/series/12058/covers/


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It's Bart and Lisa and Marge and Homer and Maggie (to a Lesser Extent) vs. Thanksgiving in the pages of Simpsons Comics #51 (http://www.comics.org/issue/208185/) from October 2000, cover by Bill Morrison and Mike Rote!

Simpsons Comics in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/series/4905/covers/?page=2


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Donald catches three turkeys which bear a striking resemblance to Huey, Dewey, and Louie on the cover to Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #135 (http://www.comics.org/issue/9316/) from December 1951, cover by Carl Barks!

Walt Disney's Comics and Stories in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/series/153/covers/?page=3


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Happy Thanksgiving from the volunteers of the Grand Comics Database!

Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a holiday celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. It has been celebrated as Federal holiday every year since 1863, when, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens", to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November. Thanksgiving was also celebrated nationally in 1789, after a proclamation by George Washington. As a federal and public holiday in the U.S., Thanksgiving is one of the major holidays of the year. Together with Christmas and New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader holiday season.

The event that Americans commonly call the "First Thanksgiving" was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621. This feast lasted three days, and it was attended by 90 Native Americans (as accounted by attendee Edward Winslow) and 53 Pilgrims. The New England colonists were accustomed to regularly celebrating "thanksgivings"—days of prayer thanking God for blessings such as military victory or the end of a drought.

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving_%28United_States%29

Thanksgiving in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/searchNew/?q=thanksgiving


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Pat Broderick (born November 26, 1953) is an American comic book artist known for his work on the Micronauts. Broderick also pencilled the four-part "Batman: Year Three" storyline, written by Marv Wolfman, which detailed the first meeting of Batman and Tim Drake.

Fresh from high school in Tampa, Florida, Broderick flew to New York in the early 1970s to compete in DC Comics' junior bullpen program, a nationwide art and writing contest held at the July 4 convention at the Commodore Hotel. Presenting his work to DC editors Sol Harrison and Joe Orlando, Broderick was almost immediately placed in the junior bullpen program and drew filler pages and short stories. During this period, Broderick also worked for Neal Adams and Dick Giordano's Continuity Associates, as a member of the Crusty Bunkers.

Writer J. M. DeMatteis and Broderick created the Creature Commandos in Weird War Tales #93 (November 1980). Broderick was one of the artists on the double-sized Justice League of America #200 (March 1982). He and writer Gerry Conway launched The Fury of Firestorm in June 1982. Captain Atom, a Charlton Comics character purchased by DC, was given an ongoing series in March 1987 which was written by Cary Bates and drawn by Broderick. Writer Marv Wolfman and Broderick created Tim Drake in the "Batman: Year Three" story. Broderick drew the Swamp Thing series from 1989 to 1990 and then launched the Green Lantern volume 3 series with Gerard Jones.

from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Broderick

Pat Broderick in the Grand Comics Database:
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Louis Fine (November 26, 1914 – July 24, 1971) was an American comic book artist known for his work during the 1940s Golden Age of comic books, where his quality draftsmanship became an influential model to a generation of fellow comics artists.

Either at about age two or in his early teens, Fine's left leg became crippled by polio. Developing a talent for art, and influenced by such commercial illustrators and other artists as Dean Cornwell, Heinrich Kley, and J.C. Leyendecker, Fine went on to study at Manhattan's Grand Central Art School and Brooklyn's Pratt Institute. In 1938, Fine, like many other comics artists of the time, found work at Eisner & Iger, a prominent "packager" that supplied complete comic books to publishers testing the waters of the emerging medium. Fine's first published comics art was the strip "Wilton of the West" in Fiction House's Jumbo Comics #4 (Dec. 1938), signed with the house pen name Fred Sande (which strip originator Jack Kirby had used in previous issues). Eisner would later say, "I had respect for his towering kind of draftsmanship. He was the epitome of the honest draftsman. No fakery, no razzle-dazzle — very direct, very honest in his approach".

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou_Fine

Lou Fine in the Grand Comics Database:
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Charles Monroe Schulz (November 26, 1922 – February 12, 2000), nicknamed Sparky, was an American cartoonist, best known for the comic strip Peanuts (which featured the characters Snoopy and Charlie Brown, among others). He is widely regarded as one of the most influential cartoonists of all time, cited as a major influence by many later cartoonists. Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson wrote in 2007: "Peanuts pretty much defines the modern comic strip, so even now it's hard to see it with fresh eyes. The clean, minimalist drawings, the sarcastic humor, the unflinching emotional honesty, the inner thoughts of a household pet, the serious treatment of children, the wild fantasies, the merchandising on an enormous scale—in countless ways, Schulz blazed the wide trail that most every cartoonist since has tried to follow."

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_M._Schulz

Peanuts in the Grand Comics Database:
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Paul Murry (November 25, 1911 – August 4, 1989) was an American cartoonist and comics artist. He is best known for his Disney comics, which appeared in Dell Comics and Gold Key Comics from 1946 to 1984.

Like many Disney comic book artists Murry started his career working at the Walt Disney Studios. During his time there he was an assistant to legendary animator Fred Moore. In the 1940s, Murry worked on Disney newspaper strips, including the Sunday Uncle Remus and His Tales of Brer Rabbit strip from the first installment on October 14, 1945 through July 14, 1946. After leaving the studio in 1946 he began to work for Western Publishing doing stories featuring the Disney characters. Dell Four Color No. 129 (1946) featuring three Uncle Remus stories penciled by Murry was the first comic book containing his artwork.

He is best known for his rendition of Mickey Mouse and associated characters. This includes serials starring Mickey and Goofy in Walt Disney's Comics and Stories and Mickey Mouse Magazine. Many of these serials were written by Carl Fallberg. Murry's first published Mickey Mouse story was "Mickey Mouse and the Monster Whale," in Vacation Parade #1 (July 1950). Murry also drew such characters as Donald Duck, Uncle Scrooge, Brer Rabbit, The Sleuth, and others. The Phantom Blot and Super Goof comic books contained many Murry stories.

Besides Disney, Murry also drew Woody Woodpecker comics, the Buck O'Rue comic strip (written by Dick Huemer), and gag cartoons.

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Murry

Paul Murry in the Grand Comics Database:
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Vittorio Leonardo, born in Italy in 1938, is a colorist of some famous Franco-Belgian comics series. He worked for Spirou magazine and founded the Studio Leonardo, which continued his work.

Vittorio Leonardo was born in Italy. He left his motherland to Belgium in 1947. After various graphic experiences (charcoal, models, oil paintings), Vittorio Leonardo finally dedicated himself to the comic strip. He met Morris and kept in touch with him.

With the help of Morris, but also Franquin, Peyo and Remacle, Leonardo created the comics series Barbotine which allowed him to be hired by Spirou magazine. He took over Hultrasson and cereated Superdog and Bardolino. He also wrote some scenarios, among them Boule et Bill. Hired by Morris' Lucky Productions, he is entrusting the drawing of some Rantanplan albums, published each week in Télé Star from 1993. He specially contributed to the albums Bêtisier 3, Bêtisier 5, Les Cerveaux, Bêtisier 4, and Le Grand Voyage, written by Bob de Groot.

The Studio Leonardo colors a large part of the comics series published in Spirou. They use computer systems developed by Vittorio Leonardo and his son, Jourdan. Their colleagues Studio Cerise, also working for Spirou, mainly color manually.

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vittorio_Leonardo

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Christopher S. "Chris" Claremont (born November 25, 1950) is a British-born American comic book writer and novelist, known for his 16-year (1975–1991) stint on Uncanny X-Men, far longer than any other writer, during which he is credited with developing strong female characters, and with introducing complex literary themes into superhero narratives, turning the once underachieving comic into one of Marvel’s most popular series.

During his tenure at Marvel, Claremont co-created numerous important X-Men characters, such as Rogue, Psylocke, Shadowcat, Phoenix, Mystique, Lady Mastermind, Emma Frost, Siryn, Jubilee, Rachel Summers, Madelyne Pryor, Sabretooth, Strong Guy, Mister Sinister, Captain Britain and Gambit. Claremont scripted many classic stories, including "The Dark Phoenix Saga" and "Days of Future Past", on which he collaborated with John Byrne. He developed the character of Wolverine into a fan favorite. X-Men #1, the 1991 spinoff series premiere that Claremont co-wrote with Jim Lee, remains the best-selling comic book of all time, according to Guinness World Records.

Claremont's career began in 1969, as a college undergraduate, when he was hired as a gofer/editorial assistant at Marvel Comics, during which time he received a plot assist credit for X-Men #59, written by Roy Thomas (August 1969). Thomas later assigned Claremont his first professional scripting assignment, on Daredevil #102 (August 1973). In 1974, as an entry into regular comics writing, Claremont was given the fledgling title Iron Fist, which teamed him with John Byrne, their second collaboration after Marvel Premiere.

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Claremont

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1,000,000 issues!

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!

New GCD Logo

We 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 stories

While our international content is steadily growing, we reached for English language stories an even big number: 1 million story sequences!

100,000 Norwegian stories

Norwegian is the second language to reach 100,000 stories!

Take a look at our international statistics to see what else the GCD's been up to.

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