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200,000 comics indexed!

The GCD volunteers have been hard at work continuously adding more comics to the database reaching a monumental goal of 200,000 issues indexed!

Great job to everybody who has contributed from the first indexed issue to this impressive milestone. Keep up the great work!

New Search!

Our new search server is now working again. We used the downtime for further improvements on its setup. For example we added more sorting options or rearranged the search index so that a search for "X-Men 12" (with quotes) now finds all issues which series name ends in X-Men and whose issue number is 12.

The new 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. If you think the results are not what you would expect please use one of the contact points on the left or join our mailing lists to share your comments, ask questions or provide suggestions. We can't do this without volunteers like you.

GCD Convention Scene

The 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.

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475,000 covers uploaded!

The 475,000th cover was uploaded recently to the GCD!

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.

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!

GCD Comics Timeline

25 Years Ago This Month: Marvel Comics relaunches What If...? with a new #1 (http://www.comics.org/issue/46497/) that asks, "What if...the Avengers Lost the Evolutionary War?" Roy Thomas provided the script with interior art by Ron Wilson and Mike Gustovich and a cover by Keith Pollard.

What If, sometimes rendered as What If...?, is a comic book from Marvel Comics which was published in nine series (volumes). The narrative thread of each series is based on an alternative situation to the one established in the mainstream continuity. The characters and events in each series are treated as being independent from the mainstream continuity of the Marvel Universe.

From July 1989 to November 1998, Marvel published 114 monthly What If issues. The second series revisited and revised ideas from Volume 1. In Volume 2, stories could span multiple issues (the Volume 1 stories were contained within a single issue). Also, sometimes, the Volume 2 stories would offer multiple plots and endings. The reader could decide which to adopt. For example, in What If the War Machine Had Not Destroyed the Living Laser?, three endings were offered. The humorous aspect of Volume 1 was retained through Volume 2 culminating in issue #34, What If No One Was Watching the Watcher? which was humorous throughout.

The What if format became well known. By issue #87, direct reference to the plot divergence was not required. Instead, the issue cover art closely, but not exactly, resembled the corresponding mainstream story. The What if logo was enough to denote its "alternate universe" status. In issue #105, What If introduced Spider-Girl. The new character was popular enough for a spin off series. From this, the MC2 line of publications were developed.

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What_If_%28comics%29

What If...? Volume 2 in the Grand Comics Database:

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50 Years Ago This Month: It's "The Day Superman Became the Flash" in Action Comics #314 (http://www.comics.org/issue/18463/), script by Edmond Hamilton, art by Al Plastino, and cover by Curt Swan and Sheldon Moldoff!

Action Comics in the Grand Comics Database:

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Thierry Benoit, known as Ted Benoit (born 25 July 1947 in Niort, Deux-Sèvres) is a French comics artist and prominent figure in the stylish Franco-Belgian ligne claire comics scene in the 1980s.

Among his works from the 1980s are Bingo Bongo et son Combo Congolais, a series about aspiring novelist Bingo B. Bongo and his travails; and Ray Banana, a film noir pastiche. Some of these were published in English in Heavy Metal.

He has illustrated two books in the Blake and Mortimer series, both written by Jean Van Hamme: The Francis Blake Affair, 1996; and The Strange Encounter, 2001.

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

Ted Benoit in the Grand Comics Database:

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Steve Clay Wilson (born July 25, 1941), better known as S. Clay Wilson, is an American underground cartoonist and central figure in the underground comix movement. Wilson attracted attention from readers with aggressively violent and sexually explicit panoramas of lowlife denizens, often depicting the wild escapades of pirates and bikers. He was an early contributor to Zap Comix, and Wilson's artistic audacity has been cited by R. Crumb as a liberating source of inspiration for Crumb's own work.

Of when he first saw Wilson's work (in about 1968) Robert Crumb said, "the content was something like I'd never seen before, anywhere, the level of mayhem, violence, dismemberment, naked women, loose body parts, huge, obscene sex organs, a nightmare vision of hell-on-earth never so graphically illustrated before in the history of art." And "suddenly my own work seemed insipid...."

In California, Wilson met up with Charles Plymell, who was publishing Robert Crumb's Zap Comix. Wilson needed little persuasion to contribute to Zap.

According to Plymell (an editor of Grist magazine), Wilson's first published work was in 1966 in Grist #7 and then in Grist #9, also from that same year.

Wilson began collaborating with Robert Crumb in late 1967, and all issues of Zap comix, starting with 2, contain his work and that of others who joined them later.

He astonished and sometimes frightened his fellow cartoonists, though they saw it as pushing if not eviscerating the boundaries of taste. More than anyone, Wilson defined the boundaries of the medium.

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S._Clay_Wilson

S. Clay Wilson in the Grand Comics Database:

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Fred Lasswell (July 25, 1916 – March 4, 2001) was an American cartoonist best known for his decades of work on the comic strip Barney Google and Snuffy Smith.

Born in Kennett, Missouri, he got his start as a sports cartoonist for the Tampa Daily Times. While playing golf in the area, Barney Google creator Billy DeBeck noticed Lasswell's work and hired the 17-year-old as an assistant. Lasswell worked closely with DeBeck for the next 18 years. DeBeck and Lasswell changed the focus of the urban-oriented strip when they introduced Google's hillbilly cousin Snuffy Smith in 1934.

After DeBeck's death from cancer in 1942, Lasswell took over Barney Google and Snuffy Smith. Under Lasswell's tenure, Barney was gradually phased out (although he did reappear occasionally), and the strip's emphasis shifted to Snuffy Smith and his rural setting. Lasswell also introduced his own characters, including Elviney Barlow, Parson Tuttle and Ol' Doc Pritchart.

Lasswell received the National Cartoonists Society Humor Comic Strip Award in 1963 and its Reuben Award, which had originally been named after DeBeck, that same year. He also received their Elzie Segar Award in 1984 and 1994.

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

Snuffy Smith in the Grand Comics Database:

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Robert "Bob" Greenberger (born July 24, 1958) known for his work as an editor for Comics Scene, Starlog, and Weekly World News, as well as holding executive positions at both Marvel Comics and DC Comics.

He worked as an editor for Comics Scene and Starlog Press until 1984, when he joined DC Comics as an assistant editor hired to assist Len Wein and Marv Wolfman. Greenberger was promoted to editor, being assigned the titles Star Trek, Suicide Squad and Doom Patrol. Under his editorship the DC Comics adaptation of Star Trek: The Motion Picture was released, and Greenberger became involved with the Star Trek franchise, authoring a number of novels and stories set within the Star Trek universe. He worked at DC until 2000, having risen to the position of Manager-Editorial Operations. During this time, he worked on such titles as Warlord, Lois Lane, Action Comics Weekly, Time Masters, Secret Origins, The Hacker Files and others.

Greenberger left DC in 2000 and joined the online company Gist Communications. This break with the comics industry lasted until 2001, when he joined Marvel Comics as Director-Publishing Operations. Greenberger was hired to work under Joe Quesada, but was let go during a tumultuous reorganization overseen by Bill Jemas. He soon rejoined DC Comics as a Senior Editor for Collected Editions, but was let go from his position in 2006 after a reorganisation at DC and also after a publishing error which saw copies of the Golden Age Hawkman Archives printed with pages in the incorrect order. His firing was criticised by comic book writers Peter David and Christopher Priest.

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

Bob Greenberger in the Grand Comics Database:

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Will Meugniot is an American writer, storyboard and comics artist, film producer and director. He is known for his work on animated shows in the 1990s and 2000s.

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

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Trevor Von Eeden (born July 24, 1959) is a comic book writer/artist who, known for his work on such DC Comics books as Black Lightning, Batman, and Green Arrow, as well as Marvel Comics books such as Power Man and Iron Fist, and the biographical series The Original Johnson.

Von Eeden's comic book career began at age 16, when DC Comics editor Jack C. Harris hired him to illustrate prototype assignments with the Legion of Super-Heroes and Weird War Tales. Soon after, Von Eeden was officially hired to design and draw the company's first African-American superhero to have his own title, Black Lightning.

About four years later, Von Eeden began to suspect he had gotten that job because of his skin color, which displeased him and resulted in his writing what he called a five-page mission statement that said "in detail exactly what I wanted to create — the kind of style I thought would express myself most effectively, while also telling a story in the most dramatic way possible. I wrote everything down that I could think of — the details, form, and purpose of the style of art that I'd wanted to create."

Other comic-book titles on which Von Eeden worked during the 1980s included Black Canary and Batman for DC Comics, and Power Man and Iron Fist for Marvel Comics. In 1983 Von Eeden illustrated the first eight issues of the DC miniseries Thriller, an action-adventure story that allowed him room to experiment. He also penciled a four-issue Green Arrow miniseries. He and writer Jack C. Harris proposed to DC an all-female superteam named the Power Squad, but were turned down.

In 2001 Von Eeden returned to Batman, penciling the five-issue storyline "Grimm" in Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #149-153.

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

Trevor Von Eeden in the Grand Comics Database:

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Colleen Doran (born July 24, 1964) is an American writer/artist and cartoonist. She illustrated hundreds of comics, graphic novels, books and magazines, and works written by Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Joe R. Lansdale, Anne Rice, J. Michael Straczynski, Peter David and Tori Amos. Her notable credits include: The Sandman, Wonder Woman, Legion of Superheroes, Teen Titans, Walt Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and her space opera series, A Distant Soil.

She broke into the comic book industry when still a teenager, scouted by Tom Long for his fanzine Graphic Showcase. Long hired Doran to draw a revival of the 1940s character Miss Fury. Underage Doran quit the assignment due to its adult content.

A Distant Soil was published in fanzines as early as 1979, then by The Donning Company before it was contracted by WaRP Graphics. Doran left the company after nine issues due to an acrimonious dispute with WaRP, which attempted to claim copyright and trademark on her work. The WaRP version of the story has never been reprinted.

After leaving WaRP, Doran discarded the 300 pages of published work, and rewrote and redrew the entire A Distant Soil story from scratch: it is in multiple printings as a series of graphic novels, encompassing a single 1000 page long-form comics narrative, and has been published by Image Comics since 1996. It sold more than 700,000 copies. The production archives were destroyed by the printer, and an extensive restoration process brought the book back to publication in April 2013, with a continuation of the comic series, and the first of its digitally restored print graphic novels and digital books appearing in July 2013.

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

Colleen Doran in the Grand Comics Database:

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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.

New Features for Brands

We recently deployed changes in our handling of brands. Like before we store for each issue which emblem of a brand is used. New is the grouping of different emblems together into one brand group. For example, see the brand group for DC, which collects all the different emblems used over time by DC.

Publisher's Age Guidelines

At the same time we also introduced a new field recording any age designations or ratings that are supplied by the publisher on a comic.

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Comics Calendar
7,683 publishers
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78,212 series
997,846 issues
35,750 variant issues
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485,842 covers
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