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We're a nonprofit, Internet-based organization of international volunteers dedicated to building a database covering all printed comics throughout the world, and we're glad you're here! Give our search form a try, or take a look at the menu to the left to see how you can help us improve the site.

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!

Beta Search Capabilty!

We have a new search capability in beta right now, and we need your help to run it through its paces. This cool new feature searches the different data objects at the same time and allows easier combination of different search terms. We already identified (and starting working through) some aspects that are not quite behaving as we would like, but we still need to hear from you. Please use on 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

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.

GCD Comics Timeline

Matthew H. Gore (born 1962) is a British historian, popular culturist, and educator residing in Memphis, Tennessee. He is best known by fans of this page as a long time indexer and editor for the Grand Comics Database and has served many terms on our board of directors. However, he has published on a variety of topics as diverse as The Origin of Marvelman (a British superhero of the 1950s and 1960s), and the biography of British pulp artist, Denis McLoughlin, and a bunch of other stuff that has nothing to do with comics if you can believe Wikipedia. He also serves as editor for the Boardman Books (Memphis, Tennessee) series Comics Monographs. Happy Birthday Matt, from all your GCD chums!

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

Some of Matt's contributions to the Grand Comics Database:

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Ready for the AwesomeCon DC Preview crowd!

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The bar has been set. If Tony wears a tie to a convention, then Dan wears a tie to a convention.

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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.

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

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50 Years Ago This Month: Is this the Kid's final defeat? See what happens to the Kid when "The Ape Strikes" in The Rawhide Kid #39 (http://www.comics.org/issue/18341/), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Dick Ayers, and cover by Jack Kirby and Chic Stone!

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Action Comics #1 (June 1938) 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.

Action Comics #1 in the Grand Comics Database:

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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)

Barbarella in the Grand Comics Database:

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50 Years Ago This Month: Giant-Man learns that his huge size may cause his doom! He's surrounded by deadly enemies...and he has no place to turn! Only the Wasp can save Giant-Man! But she is the captive of the evil El Toro! Who is El Toro? Giant-Man and the Wasp have "No Place to Hide" in Tales to Astonish #54 (http://www.comics.org/issue/18344/), script by Stan Lee, art by Don Heck, and cover by Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers!

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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 Kentucky, Taiwan and San Antonio, Texas. 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

Ben Dunn in the Grand Comics Database:

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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 Marvel Comics books and magazines. Over his five-decade career, Norem also brought his colorful, expressive, and dynamic style to covers for novels, gaming books, 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.

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

Earl Norem 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.
Cover Image

450,000 covers uploaded!

The 450,000th cover was uploaded recently to the GCD!

Check out the cover which is from Pocket Chiller Library #9 (Thorpe & Porter, 1971 Series), a series from the United Kingdom.

Take a look at our international statistics to see what else the GCD's been up to.

How to help ?

There are several ways in which you can help us to improve our site and its content.
  • You can provide missing data, update existing data, or upload cover scans. Just register an account with us, and you can start contributing.
  • Donate for our ongoing costs, e.g. the server infrastructure. We are a non-profit organization and any funds will be used for our goal of documenting and indexing all comics.
  • We need volunteer web designers and programmers! Please contact the gcd-tech group or visit our technical documentation if you can help with any of these roles:
    • Web designer / front-end developer (HTML / CSS / JavaScript)
    • Python / Django programming
    • Elasticsearch search server together with Haystack
    • Web Services API
    • Database Performance (MySQL)
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