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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!

The next milestone? The soon to be reached 500,000th cover scan!


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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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!


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.


GCD Comics Timeline


Kurt Busiek (born September 16, 1960) is an American comic book writer notable for his work on the Marvels limited series, his own title Astro City, and his four-year run on Avengers.

Busiek's work has won him numerous awards in the comics industry, including the Harvey Award for Best Writer in 1998 and the Eisner Award for Best Writer in 1999. In 1994, with Marvels, he won Best Finite Series/Limited Series Eisner Award and the Best Continuing or Limited Series Harvey Award; as well as the Harvey Award for Best Single Issue or Story (for Marvels #4) in 1995. In 1996, with Astro City, Busiek won both the Eisner and Harvey awards for Best New Series. He won the Best Single Issue/Single Story Eisner three years in a row from 1996–1998 for Astro City, and for Conan: The Legend #0 in 2004. Busiek won the Best Continuing Series Eisner Award in 1997–1998, as well as the Best Serialized Story award in 1998. In addition, Astro City was awarded the 1996 Best Single Issue or Story Harvey Award, and the 1998 Harvey Award for Best Continuing or Limited Series.

Busiek was given the 1998 and 1999 Comics Buyer's Guide Awards for Favorite Writer, with additional nominations in 1997 and every year from 2000 to 2004. He has received numerous Squiddy Awards, having been selected as favorite writer four years in a row from 1995 to 1998, and as a member of the favorite creative team for 1996, 1999, and 2003. In the Squiddy Awards, he was named the favorite poster among professional comics creators to the rec.arts.comics.* newsgroups five years in a row from 2000 through 2004.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurt_Busiek">Wikipedia Entry

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Mike Bullock is an American author and musician born in Washington, DC. Bullock began writing fiction, non-fiction and poetry in the 1980s. He worked professionally in the music and comic book industries since 1986 and is best known as the creator of comic book series Lions, Tigers and Bears from Image Comics, and as the regular writer of The Phantom from Moonstone Books.

His first published fiction work, Lions, Tigers and Bears received favorable reviews from comic book reviewers. Bullock followed that success with another Lions, Tigers and Bears series that arrived in stores in 2006. He took the reins of The Phantom for Moonstone Books with issue 12 of the publisher's first Phantom comic series and continued penning Phantom stories until he had over 40 under his belt, ending his run with the distinction of writing more original Phantom stories than any other America comic book writer.

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

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Jesse Leon McCann (b. 1955 in Los Angeles, California) is an American comic book and children's book author. He wrote most of the stories for the Pinky and the Brain comic series, edited two out of the four Simpsons episode guides, and wrote all of the Smiley the Psychotic Button comics for Chaos! Comics. McCann's Shrek II movie adaptation novel made the New York Times Best Selling Children's Book list in 2005. While McCann mostly scribes comic books and children's books, he has written for a variety of genres in different forms (such as the Austin Powers trivia game).

while working at Diamond Comics in the mid-1990s, he was offered a writing job by former Cult Press owner Robert Graff, co-founder of Goldstar Events, who was then working as an editor for Warner Bros. Worldwide Publishing, which created, in addition to many other publications, children's comics for DC Comics. In February, 1996, Animaniacs #10 was published, with McCann's story "The Ice Cream Man Cometh." This story launched McCann's career as a professional writer. Eventually, McCann was able to quit Diamond Comics, to make a living by his writings alone.

Jesse Leon McCann in the Grand Comics Database:
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Scott Dunbier is an American comic book editor, best known as the Special Projects Editor at IDW Publishing.

Dunbier rose to prominence in the comic book industry as executive editor of the Wildstorm comic book line. After several years as a dealer in original comic book artwork during the 1980s and 1990s, Dunbier began with Wildstorm in 1995 as Special Projects Editor. Two years later, he was named Editor-in-Chief, a title which was changed to Group Editor when Wildstorm became a part of DC Comics.

Among the many projects Dunbier edited for Wildstorm were Alan Moore's America's Best Comics line ( including Promethea, Tom Strong, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen & Top 10), Arrowsmith and Challengers of the Unknown.

At Wildstorm, he also created the Absolute line of hardcover reprints, beginning with Absolute Authority vol. 1 in 2002.

Dunbier joined IDW Publishing as Special Projects Editor on April 1, 2008.

He is responsible for creating IDW's award-winning Artist's Edition line of hardcover reprint books.

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

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Carol Lay (born 1952) is an American alternative cartoonist best known for her weekly comic strip, Story Minute (later to evolve into the strip Way Lay), which ran for almost twenty years in such US papers as the LA Weekly, the NY Press, and on Salon. Lay has been drawing professionally for over 30 years. Based in Los Angeles, Lay's strips and illustrations have appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Mad, Newsweek, Worth Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Yorker.

After graduating from UCLA, Lay entered the comics industry at DC Comics and Western Publishing, while simultaneously writing and drawing underground comics for titles such as Weirdo and her own Good Girls #1–6.

She is the author of Mythos, a prose novel featuring Wonder Woman (DC/Pocket Books, 2003), Goodnight, Irene: The Collected Stories of Irene Van de Kamp (Last Gasp, 2007), and The Big Skinny: How I Changed My Fattitude, a Memoir (Villard, 2008).

In 2012, Lay and a friend started Waylay Comics to adapt her long-out-of-print and never-before-reprinted weekly strips into the Mobipocket format for Kindle.

Since 2010, Lay writes and draws Simpsons stories for Bongo Comics.

In 2013, Lay created MURDERVILLE#1: "A Farewell to Armories", a self-published, small-print-run, Kickstarter-funded comic featuring twenty-four pages of story plus four front & back, outside & inside cover pages.

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

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50 Years Ago This Month: It's the first appearance of Marvel's Hawkeye in the pages of Tales of Suspense #57 (http://www.comics.org/issue/18622/), script by Stan Lee with cover and interior art by Don Heck!

Hawkeye (Clint Barton; also known as Goliath and Ronin) is a fictional character, a comic book superhero that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Don Heck, the character first appeared as a villain in Tales of Suspense #57 (Sept. 1964) and later joined the Avengers in Avengers #16 (May 1965). He has been a prominent member of the team ever since. He was also ranked at #44 on IGN's Top 100 Comic Book Heroes list.

Hawkeye was introduced as a reluctant villain in Tales of Suspense #57 (September 1964). After two more appearances as a villain in Tales of Suspense #60 and #64 (December 1964 and April 1965), Hawkeye joined the ranks of the Avengers in Avengers Vol.1 #16 (May 1965). He became a perennial member of the team and has made numerous appearances in all five volumes (Vol. 1 (1963–1996), Vol. 2 (1997), Vol. 3 (1999–2004), Vol. 4 (2010–2013), Vol. 5 (2013–present) including specials and annuals).

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

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Mary Fleener (born 1951) is an American alternative comics artist, writer and musician from Los Angeles. Fleener's drawing style, which she calls cubismo, derives from the cubist aesthetic and other artistic traditions. Her first publication was a work about Zora Neale Hurston, called Hoodoo (1988), followed by the semi-autobiographical comics series Slutburger, and the anthology Life of the Party (1996). She is a member of the rock band called The Wigbillies.

Among Fleener's influences are ancient Egyptian art and the works of Chester Gould (Dick Tracy), Otto Soglow (The Little King) and Al Capp (Li'l Abner). Robert Crumb and Robert Armstrong encouraged her to create her own comics.

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

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James R. Novak (born September 14) is a comic book creator primarily working as a letterer for Marvel Comics, where he has worked on almost every one of their ongoing series. Novak has also done spot duty as a writer, penciler, and colorist.

Novak broke into the business in 1975 with Marvel Spotlight #25, as a minor member of the "third wave" of creators, which included artists John Byrne and Frank Miller, and writers Roger Stern, Jo Duffy, Mark Gruenwald and Ralph Macchio.

He soon became a staff letterer (and occasional logo designer) at Marvel, ascending to production manager in the mid-1980s. A prolific worker, in the 1980s Novak was the regular letterer for such titles as Avengers (1981–1987) Doctor Strange (1980–1984), Fantastic Four (1980–1984), The Incredible Hulk (1981–1984), and Marvel Fanfare (1982–1991), when he lettered as many as five or six books per month. Fellow letterer Bill Oakley opined that Novak created the best shapes for speech balloons of any letterer he knew.

In the 1980s and early 90s (and even in 2000–2001), Novak was often paired with writer/artist Byrne, on such titles as The Avengers, Fantastic Four, Wolverine, Sensational She-Hulk, and Marvel: The Lost Generation. Over the year, Novak also lettered a number of titles written by Stern, including Captain America, The Avengers, Doctor Strange, Marvel Universe, The Spectacular Spider-Man, and Marvel: The Lost Generation.

In the 1990s, Novak worked on many limited series and one-shots, as well as full-time lettering on Darkhawk, Green Goblin, Fantastic Four again, and Star Trek: Star Fleet Academy. In the 2000s, Novak's lettering work has been more sporadic.

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

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The Grand Comics Database at the Memphis Comics Expo. Former board member Matthew Gore representing. Thanks, Matt!


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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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493,080 covers
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