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525,000 covers uploaded!

The 525,000th cover cover was uploaded in April to the GCD!

Check out the cover which is from the issue Aventura #491 from Mexican publisher Editorial Novaro.

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Grand GCD Gathering during the Baltimore Comic-Con in September

Make your plans now to attend the Grand GCD Gathering during the Baltimore Comic-Con on September 25-27, 2015 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Downtown Baltimore, Maryland. This will be an historic meeting, where more of us will meet face-to-face than ever before. Come by and visit our booth we will have at the show! More Information to come!

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50 Years Ago This Month: The thriller you never expected to see! The world's mightiest super-heroes in mortal battle with the world's deadliest villains! It's The Avengers #15 (http://www.comics.org/issue/19102/), cover by Jack Kirby and Chic Stone!

The Avengers battle the Masters of Evil in New York while Captain America trails Zemo to his jungle hideout where the villain has imprisoned Rick Jones. Zemo tries to bring down an avalanche on Cap but the villain is killed instead and the death of Bucky Barnes is finally avenged.

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Angela and Luciana Giussani (April 19, 1928 - March 31, 2001) were two Italian sisters, famous for their comic book anti-hero series, Diabolik.

The character, created in 1962, has sold more than 150 million copies since he made his first appearance. The comic book also inspired a movie, a radio show, a TV series and countless parodies and pastiches.

Both sisters were born in Milan. Angela Giussani worked initially as a model and entered into the publishing world when she married Gino Sansoni, working for a series of her husband's publishing house. Later she founded the publishing company Astorina, which launched Diabolik on November 1, 1962. Luciana collaborated with her on the series' stories starting from issue #13. Luciana Giussani was educated at the German School of Milan.

After Angela's death in 1987, Luciana carried on directing the publisher and writing many of Diabolik's episodes. She left Astorina in 1999 and died two years later.

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

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Barbarella is a fictional heroine in a French science fiction comic book created by Jean-Claude Forest. He created the character for serialization in the French magazine V-Magazine in spring 1962, and in 1964 Eric Losfeld later published these strips as a stand-alone book, under the title Barbarella. The stand-alone version caused a scandal and became known as the first "adult" comic-book, despite its eroticism being slight and the existence of the Tijuana bibles well before this date.

Although published by a traditional company, the book anticipated the sexual revolution. For her creator, the character embodied the modern emancipated woman in the era of sexual liberation. This work is associated with the sexual revolution. The struggle for sexual freedom in comics was most prominently conducted in France through emancipated female characters like Barbarella (1962), Jodelle (1966), Pravda (1968), Scarlet Dream (1981), Saga de Xam (1967), Wolinski's Paulette (1971). Notable works in this trend outside of France have been Phoebe Zeit-Geist (1965) and Vampirella (1969) in USA, Modesty Blaise (1963) in the UK, Valentina (1965) and Angiolini's Isabella (1966) in Italy.

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbarella_(comics)

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Carl Burgos (né Max Finkelstein, April 18, 1916, New York City, New York; died March 1984) was an American comic book and advertising artist best known for creating the original Human Torch in Marvel Comics #1 (Oct. 1939), during the period historians and fans call the Golden Age of comic books.

He was inducted into comic books' Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1996.

Following his return from the war, Burgos attended City College of New York to study advertising, and drew a small number of stories for Timely, including anthological crime dramas in Official True Crime Cases Comics #24 (Fall 1947), and Complete Mystery #3-4 (Dec. 1948 - Feb. 1949). Other work included penciling a Captain America story in Marvel Mystery Comics #92 (June 1949), and inking fellow Timely mainstays Mike Sekowsky and Syd Shores on, respectively, at least one story each starring Sun Girl and the Blonde Phantom (both in Marvel Mystery Comics #89, Dec. 1948)

His most prominent comics work during this time came during Atlas' mid-1950s attempt at reviving the dormant superhero field with Timely stars the Human Torch, the Sub-Mariner, and Captain America, with Burgos drawing the Human Torch stories in Young Men #25-28 (Feb.- June 1954), as well as the covers of Young Men #24-25 (Dec. 1953 - Feb. 1954) and of the short-lived relaunch Human Torch #36-38 (April-Aug. 1954); he also redrew at least the Human Torch figure in the first panel of artist Russ Heath's nine-page story "The Return Of The Human Torch" in Young Men #24.

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

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Action Comics debuted on this day in 1938!

Action Comics #1 (http://www.comics.org/issue/293/) is the first issue of the comic book series Action Comics. It features the first appearance of several comic book heroes, most notably the Jerry Siegel/Joe Shuster creation Superman.

Published on April 18, 1938 (cover-dated June), by National Allied Publications, a corporate predecessor of DC Comics, it is considered the first true superhero comic; and though today Action Comics is a monthly title devoted to Superman, it began, like many early comics, as an anthology.

The first issue had a print run of 200,000 copies, although sales of the series would soon approach 1,000,000 a month.

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25 Years Ago This Month: Earl Norem provides the cover to The Destroyer #7 (http://www.comics.org/issue/210505/cover/4/)!

The Destroyer is a series of paperback novels about a U.S. government operative named Remo Williams originally by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir. The first novel was published in 1971, although the manuscript was completed on June 25, 1963. The main characters were adapted to film in Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985).

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Destroyer_%28fiction%29

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Earl Norem (b. April 17, 1924) often credited simply as Norem, is an American artist primarily known for his painted covers for men's-adventure magazines published by Martin Goodman's Magazine Management Company and for Goodman's line of black-and-white comics magazines affiliated with his Marvel Comics division. Over his long career, Norem also illustrated covers for novels and gaming books, as well as movie posters, baseball programs, and trading cards.

Norem worked on such Marvel projects as Savage Sword of Conan, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Magazine, Marvel Preview, Tales of the Zombie, Monsters Unleashed, Planet of the Apes, Rampaging Hulk, The Silver Surfer, and storybooks featuring Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four.

Norem's Transformers work consisted of four Marvel Big Looker storybooks (published 1984–1986), some of which were later adapted into "read along" storybooks.

In addition to his work for Marvel, Norem has painted illustrations and covers for the Worlds of Power Wizards & Warriors book series, Mars Attacks comics and trading cards, and Charlton Comics' The Six Million Dollar Man. The U.S. release of the Wizards & Warriors series illustrated by Norem included covers in color.

Norem has produced illustrations for magazines such as Reader's Digest, Field and Stream, Ski, Real West, and Discover. He has also painted movie posters for Conforte Graphics; package designs and artwork for Mego Toys, Mattel, and Hasbro; murals for the Military Museum of Southern New England; and even two New York Yankees program covers.

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

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Ben Dunn (born April 17, 1964 in Taiwan) is an American comic book artist. Although born in Taiwan, he grew up in Taiwan, Kentucky, and San Antonio, Texas, where he graduated from Central Catholic Marianist High School. It was in Taiwan that he was first exposed to Japanese manga. In 1984 he founded Antarctic Press, an American comic book company specializing in Manga-style titles. In 2003, he sold Antarctic to start his own development company, Sentai Studios.

Dunn was also one of the primary artists involved in the short-lived Marvel Mangaverse project. In 2006, Dunn worked as an animator for the science-fiction film "A Scanner Darkly." His most notable creations for Antarctic are the comic book series Ninja High School and Warrior Nun Areala.

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

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50 Years Ago This Month: The city crumples before the "Raid of the Skyscraper Robot!" It's Metal Men #13, cover by Ross Andru and Mike Esposito!

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50 Years Ago This Month: Can the Amazon teenager stop herself from becoming a titanic threat to everyone? Thrill to the incredible surprises in..."Wonder Girl's Stolen Face" in Wonder Woman #153 (http://www.comics.org/issue/19088/), cover by Ross Andru and Mike Esposito!

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