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GCD Convention Scene

Join us as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary at several comic conventions. Volunteers will be running GCD booths at the following shows: 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

Bob Larkin (born July 10, 1949) is an American artist primarily known for his painted covers for Marvel Comics' magazine-format titles Marvel Magazines in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Larkin's many credits include titles such as The Savage Sword of Conan, Marvel Super Special, Marvel Preview, Crazy Magazine, The Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu, Planet of the Apes, and Tomb of Dracula. Larkin also painted covers for many of the Marvel Fireside Books paperback collections, lending them a simple, movie-poster feel. He did the same thing for the cover to the second major intercompany crossover, Superman and Spider-Man. In addition, Marvel occasionally tapped Larkin to paint covers for premiere issues of such comic book titles as Dazzler and The Saga of Crystar.

Besides his work for Marvel, Larkin has painted covers for Vampirella and The Rook (Warren Publishing), The Amazing Adventures of Holo-Man (Peter Pan Records), Lorelei: Building the Perfect Beast (StarWarp Concepts), and many others.

Larkin also provided covers to Bantam Books reprints of Doc Savage, as well as World Wrestling Entertainment merchandise featuring The Rock, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Kane, and Chris Jericho.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Larkin

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50 Years Ago This Month: The Superboy Revenge Squad exposes Superboy to Red Kryptonite, causing him to release prisoners from the Phantom Zone! It's Superboy #114 (http://www.comics.org/issue/18479/), script by Jerry Siegel, interior art by George Papp, and cover by Curt Swan and George Klein.

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Terrence "Terry" Kavanagh (born July 9) is an American comic book editor and writer.

Kavanagh was a Marvel Comics editor from 1985 to 1997. Titles he edited during that time included Marvel Comics Presents and Nick Fury, Agent of Shield. In 1987, he began to write for Marvel with his first published story "Cry Vengeance!" appearing in Kickers, Inc. #4 (Feb. 1987). He later wrote such titles as Marc Spector: Moon Knight, Avengers: Timeslide, X-Man and X-Universe. In Web of Spider-Man #100 (May 1993), Kavanagh and artist Alex Saviuk gave the lead character "Spider-Armor". He wrote the Spider-Man/Punisher/Sabretooth: Designer Genes one-shot the following month. Kavanagh was one of the writers on the "Maximum Carnage" storyline which ran through the various Spider-Man titles in 1993. The first Black Cat limited series was co-written by Kavanagh and Joey Cavalieri in 1994. Kavanagh pitched a storyline involving the return of Spider-Man's clone, which then formed the basis of the "Clone Saga" which began in Web of Spider-Man #117 (Oct. 1994). Kavanagh's last new comics project was the Before the Fantastic Four: The Storms limited series in 2000-2001.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Kavanagh

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Murphy Anderson (born July 9, 1926) is an American comic book artist, known as one of the premier inkers of his era, who has worked for companies such as DC Comics for over fifty years, starting in the Golden Age of Comic Books in the 1940s.

He entered the comic book industry in 1944 drawing the "Suicide Smith", "Sky Rangers", and "Star Pirate" features for Fiction House. From 1947 to 1949, Anderson was the artist on the "Buck Rogers" comic book series. During the 1950s, Anderson worked for several publishers including Pines Comics, Marvel Comics, St. John Publications, Ziff Davis, and DC Comics.

The Strange Adventures series was home to one of the last superheroes of the pre-Silver Age of Comic Books era, Captain Comet, created by writer John Broome and artist Carmine Infantino in issue #9. Anderson became the artist of the "Captain Comet" feature with the story "The Girl from the Diamond Planet" story in issue #12 (Sept. 1951). Another Strange Adventures feature drawn by Anderson was the Atomic Knights which debuted in issue #117 (June 1960) and which Anderson later described as his favorite assignment. Anderson and writer Gardner Fox launched the Hawkman series in May 1964 and introduced the Zatanna character in issue #4 (Nov. 1964). The Spectre was revived by Fox and Anderson in Showcase #60 (Feb. 1966) and was given his own series in December 1967.

As an inker, Anderson designed the costume of Adam Strange. With his frequent collaborator, penciler Curt Swan, the pair's artwork on Superman and Action Comics in the 1970s came to be called "Swanderson" by the fans. He often hid his initials somewhere within the stories he inked.

Anderson was inducted into the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1988.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murphy_Anderson

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Anthony Lewis DiPreta (July 9, 1921 – June 2, 2010), better known as Tony DiPreta, was an American comic book and comic strip artist active from the 1940s Golden Age of comic books. He was the longtime successor artist of the popular comic strip Joe Palooka (1959–84) and the Rex Morgan, M.D. daily strip from 1994 until DiPreta's retirement in 2000.

After seeing the portfolio samples that DiPreta brought to him, Quality publisher Everett M. "Busy" Arnold hired DiPreta as a staff letterer for $25 per week. DiPreta was sent to artist Lou Fine's studio to observe and learn from Fine's highly regarded draftsmanship.

During the 1950s, DiPreta drew comic books primarily for Lev Gleason's "Little Wise Guys" kid-gang feature in that company's Daredevil, and for anthological horror titles from Atlas Comics, Marvel's 1950s iteration. His Atlas work, the first known credit of which is a Western story in Texas Kid #5 (Sept. 1951), includes work in Journey into Mystery #1 (June 1952), and issues of Adventures into Terror, Adventures Into Weird Worlds, Astonishing, Marvel Tales, Menace, Mystery Tales, Strange Tales, Strange Tales of the Unusual, Uncanny Tales, and World of Fantasy. He also drew occasional stories for such Atlas crime fiction titles as Tales of Justice, war comics such as Battlefront, and the sole two issues of the Casper the Friendly Ghost-like Adventures of Homer Ghost.

In 1959, DiPreta succeeded creator Ham Fisher and first successor artist Moe Leff on the long-running boxing strip Joe Palooka. He continued on that strip through its end in 1984. In 1994, he became the latest successor of Rex Morgan, M.D., working with writer-creator Nicholas P. Dallis. The strip continued after DiPreta's 2000 retirement.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_DiPreta

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50 Years Ago This Month: With the Legion of Super-Heroes away trying to capture the Time Trapper, the Super-Pets are left in charge! They assign Proty II tests to determine if he's worthy of joining their ranks. Can Proty II pass "The Super-Tests of the Super-Pets" in Adventure Comics #322 (http://www.comics.org/issue/18458/), script by Edmond Hamilton, art by John Forte and Sheldon Moldoff with a cover by Curt Swan and George Klein?

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Stan Woch (born July 8, 1959) is an American artist who has worked in the comics industry. His early career includes work as an assistant to Gray Morrow on the Barbara Cartland Romances and Buck Rogers comic strips. He then worked in the comic book industry as a penciller and inker.

His credits as a penciller include the 1980s Airboy series, DC Comics' New Talent Showcase series, Swamp Thing and World's Finest Comics. He drew part of the "Fables & Reflections" collection of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman series. His credits as an inker include the Airboy series, Batman: Shadow of the Bat, the 1993 Black Orchid series, the 1980s version of the Doom Patrol, and the Robin continuing series.

His work has won him a nomination for the 1986 Jack Kirby Award for Best Single Issue for Swamp Thing #43 with Alan Moore.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stan_Woch

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Irwin Hasen (born July 8, 1918) is an American cartoonist, best known as the co-creator (with Gus Edson) of the Dondi comic strip.

After study at National Academy of Design, Hasen went to the Art Students League and then entered the comic book field in 1940 with the Harry "A" Chesler shop, contributing to The Green Hornet, The Fox, Secret Agent Z-2, Bob Preston, Explorer, Cat-Man and The Flash. At this time, he created the feature Citizen Smith, Son of the Unknown Soldier. In 1941, he worked for Sheldon Mayer. His art during the 1940s also included Green Lantern and the creation of the National Comics/DC Comics character Wildcat.

During World War II, Hasen was stationed at Fort Dix and managed the Fort Dix Post newspaper: "I edited it, I published it, I took it to the printers, I learned how to set up type, I did the comic strip, I wrote the whole goddam thing, and I interviewed all the celebrities coming in from New York. I worked my ass off, and I wound up in the hospital. But that was my proudest time, editing that newspaper for a year and a half."

He returned to DC after he was discharged from the Army in 1946. In the post-war period, he drew Johnny Thunder, the Justice Society of America, The Flash and Green Lantern.

Before the creation of Dondi in 1954, Hasen drew a comic strip adaptation of The Goldbergs radio/TV series which ran in the New York Post in 1944 and 1945.

Hasen, an active member of the National Cartoonists Society, met Gus Edson while on a tour of Korea and together they created the Dondi comic strip, with Edson writing and Hasen drawing. Hasen received the National Cartoonists Society's Story Comic Strip Award for Dondi in 1961 and 1962.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irwin_Hasen

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William "Whilce" Portacio (born July 8, 1963) is a Filipino-American comic book writer and artist noted for his work on such titles as The Punisher, X-Factor, Uncanny X-Men, Iron Man, Wetworks and Spawn. Portacio was also one of the seven co-founders of Image Comics, though he did not become a partner in the company.

Portacio attended his first comic book convention in San Diego, where Marvel Comics editor Carl Potts, after seeing Portacio's portfolio, offered him the job inking over Frank Cirocco and Chris Warner's pencils on the 1984 series Alien Legion. The following year, he inked over Art Adams' pencils on the 1985 miniseries Longshot.

Later he was given assignments as a penciller as well. Portacio became noted for his work on such titles as The Punisher, X-Factor, and The Uncanny X-Men, for which he co-created the character Bishop with John Byrne and Jim Lee.

In 1992, Portacio left Marvel to co-found Image Comics with six other high-profile artists. He quickly withdrew from Image due to his sister's illness. He eventually published his title Wetworks through Jim Lee's Wildstorm imprint in 1994. Other notable series that Portacio worked on include Stone and Marvel's controversial Heroes Reborn storyline within Iron Man.

Stan Lee interviewed Portacio in the documentary series The Comic Book Greats.

In 2006, Portacio returned to his artistic duties at Wildstorm on Wetworks vol. 2, which was being written by Mike Carey. Portacio left the book with issue #6. He also began art duties on the monthly DC Comics series Batman Confidential.

On June 9, 2008, it was announced that Portacio would be the new artist on Spawn starting with issue #185. Following his run on Spawn he has done more work with Marvel.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whilce_Portacio

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Robert Q. Atkins (born July 7, 1979) is an American comics artist. He attended Illinois State University, earning an undergraduate degree in fine art, and then went on to the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he earned an MFA in Sequential Art.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Atkins_%28comics%29

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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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