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

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50 Years Ago This Month: Don't waste a minute! You've got to see Spidey in action against "The Goblin and the Gangsters!" It's The Amazing Spider-Man #23 (http://www.comics.org/issue/19101/), cover by Steve Ditko!

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Spirou magazine (French: Le Journal de Spirou) is a weekly Franco-Belgian comics magazine[a] published by the Dupuis company. First published 21 April 1938, it was an eight-page weekly comics magazine composed a mixture of short stories and gags, serial comics, and a handful of American comics,[1] of which the most popular series would be collected as albums by Dupuis afterwards.

With the success of the weekly magazine Le Journal de Mickey in France, and the popularity of the weekly Adventures of Tintin in Le Petit Vingtième, many new comic magazines or youth magazines with comics appeared in France and Belgium in the second half of the 1930s.[2][3] In 1936, the experienced publisher Jean Dupuis put his sons Paul and the 19 year old Charles in charge of a new magazine aimed at the juvenile market.[1][4]

First appearing in April 1938, it was a large format magazine, available only in French and only in Wallonia. It introduced two new comics, the eponymous Spirou drawn by the young Frenchman Rob-Vel, and Les Aventures de Tif (later to become Tif et Tondu) drawn by Fernand Dineur, and printed American comics such as Superman, Red Ryder and Brick Bradford.[1] on 27 October 1938 the Dutch edition named Robbedoes appeared as well.

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirou_%28magazine%29

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50 Years Ago This Month: Here he is, the world's creepiest creature, Melvin the Boy Monster! It's John Stanley's Melvin Monster #1 (http://www.comics.org/issue/298140/)!

Melvin Monster is a 1960s satirical children's comic book character created by John Stanley and published by Dell Comics. Melvin first appeared in 1965. Nine issues were published on a semi-annual basis.

Melvin Monster lives in Monsterville. He attends the Little Black School House, where he is taught by Miss McGargoyle. His parents (Mummy and Baddy) are disappointed that he wants to be helpful. He has a pet crocodile, Cleopatra, who repeatedly tries to eat him.

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

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25 Years Ago This Month: Malibu Comics publishes Planet of the Apes #1 (http://www.comics.org/issue/244619/) with a cover by Dale Keown!

Between 1990–1993, Adventure Comics, a division of Malibu Publishing, produced more original storylines, set after the time of Caesar. These included a 24-issue monthly title, a one-shot (Sins of the Father), a Planet of the Apes annual and five original miniseries: Urchak's Folly, Forbidden Zone, Ape City, Blood of the Apes and a crossover with Alien Nation called Ape Nation. Adventure also reprinted Marvel's adaptations of the first three films as well as a four issue series featuring installments from Marvel's Terror on the Planet of the Apes saga.

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planet_of_the_Apes_%28comics%29#Malibu_Publ...

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John Ostrander (born April 20, 1949) is an American writer of comic books, including Suicide Squad, Grimjack and Star Wars: Legacy.

Ostrander moved into writing comics in 1983. His first published works were stories about the character "Sargon, Mistress of War", which appeared in the First Comics series Warp!, based on a series of plays by that same Chicago theatre company. He and Timothy Truman co-created the character Grimjack which originally appeared in a backup story in the First Comics title, Starslayer, before receiving its own title. Just prior to entering the comics industry, Ostrander had a supporting character named for him in The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl series. His friend, writer Paul Kupperberg incorporated him into the Supergirl storyline in 1982.

Ostrander made his DC Comics debut by plotting the miniseries Legends which was scripted by Len Wein and penciled by John Byrne. Following Legends, Ostrander and artist Luke McDonnell launched the Suicide Squad into their own title in 1987 and developed several characters for the series. Later that same year, he and actor/writer Del Close created the Wasteland series with a rotating roster of artists.

From 1987 until her death from breast cancer in 1997, Ostrander frequently co-wrote with his wife Kim Yale including on the Manhunter series. It was while working together on Suicide Squad that they recast Barbara Gordon, the former Batgirl, into the information and computer specialist Oracle.

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

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Evan Dorkin (born April 20, 1965) is an American comics artist and writer. His best known works are the comic books Milk and Cheese and Dork. His comics often poke fun at fandom, even while making it clear that Dorkin is a fan himself.

As well as his comics work, Dorkin has also written for animation, including (with his wife Sarah Dyer, also a comics writer/artist, married August 12, 2001) Space Ghost Coast to Coast (in an audio commentary for one episode, he repeatedly jokes that he and Dyer were "fired" from this job). He also wrote and produced an animated television pilot for Adult Swim called Welcome to Eltingville, based on his own characters. Dorkin and Dyer also wrote some episodes of the Superman animated series, particularly the episode "Live Wire," which introduced a new character of the same name. Additionally, the pair contributed to the script of the 2006 English-language version of the anime Shin Chan. After an initial six-episode order proved successful, more episodes were ordered, but Dorkin and Dyer are no longer working on the series. They had also been developing a pilot for a series entitled Tyrone's Inferno for Adult Swim for the last few years, but according to Dorkin's LiveJournal the project is dead. Dorkin has been the recipient of several Eisner Awards, including 2002's Best Writer/Artist: Humor.

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

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The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by the Simpson family, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield and parodies American culture, society, television, and many aspects of the human condition.

The family was conceived by Groening shortly before a solicitation for a series of animated shorts with the producer James L. Brooks. Groening created a dysfunctional family and named the characters after members of his own family, substituting Bart for his own name. The shorts became a part of The Tracey Ullman Show on April 19, 1987. After a three-season run, the sketch was developed into a half-hour prime time show and was an early hit for Fox, becoming the network's first series to land in the Top 30 ratings in a season (1989–90).

Since its debut on December 17, 1989, the show has broadcast 569 episodes, and the 26th season began on September 28, 2014. The Simpsons is the longest-running American sitcom, the longest-running American animated program, and in 2009 it surpassed Gunsmoke as the longest-running American scripted primetime television series. The Simpsons Movie, a feature-length film, was released in theaters worldwide on July 27, 2007, and grossed over $527 million. On October 28, 2014, executive producer Al Jean announced that Season 27 had started production, renewing the series through the 2015–16 season.

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

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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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