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GCD Comics Timeline


Noel Sickles (24 January 1910 – 3 October 1982, USA) was a commercial illustrator and cartoonist, widely known for the syndicated newspaper strip ‘Scorchy Smith’.

In the 1920s, he shared a studio with Milton Caniff when both were cartoonists at newspapers in Columbus, Ohio. They each moved to New York City around 1933.

In 1933, Sickles took over the strip ‘Scorchy Smith’ (1930–1961). (Caniff created the strip ‘Terry and the Pirates’ in 1934.) Smith was a pilot-for-hire whose adventures took him around the country.

The strip became very popular, so much so that in 1936 Sickles researched circulation figures and discovered that the syndicate was taking in about $2500 a month while paying him $125. He asked for a raise, the syndicate said no, and he left the comics field for magazine illustration.

In comic books, ‘Scorchy Smith’ by Sickles was reprinted in “Famous Funnies” in the 1930s (Eastern Color) and in “Steve Canyon” in the 1980s (Kitchen Sink Press). His entire run was collected in “Scorchy Smith and the Art of Noel Sickles” (IDW, 2008).

Sickles received National Cartoonists Society awards in 1960 and 1962, and was inducted into the Society of Illustrators hall of fame shortly after his death.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noel_Sickles
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/sickles_n.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/uZWX308i1RN

(The collection “Scorchy Smith” Volume 1 was published by Nostalgia Press in 1977.)

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Lorenzo Mattotti (born 24 January 1954, Italy) is a leading comics artist known for his distinctive style, be it soft, unfocused chalk drawings or swirling black-and-white line drawings.

His earliest comics work was in “Circus” in 1975. He soon began a long association with writer Jerry Kramsky (Fabrizio Ostani), sometimes using the joint pen-name ‘Kreidebistro’.

His story “Fires” (1986) is a dreamy battle to save a soul and an environment. The vivid color of the chalk drawings is an integral part of the story-telling.

In 1992, he created “Caboto”, the story of Sebastian Cabot, on commission from the Spanish government to commemorate the 500th anniversary of first sailing of Christopher Columbus.

Mattotti received an Inkpot Award in San Diego in 1998. He received an Eisner Award in 2003 for the English translation of his adaptation of “Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/mattotti.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorenzo_Mattotti
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/OxIq308i1BT (some explicit images)

(Mattotti created the cover of “Escape” #11, 1987.)

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Cara Sherman-Tereno (23 January 1952 – 13 February 1996, USA) was a comics fan turned professional whose early death was from leukemia.

She was active in CAPA-Alpha from 1973 through 1985. After graduating from the Kubert School, she penciled a story in “New Talent Showcase” #5 (DC, 1984).

Also at DC, she had a run drawing “Arion, Lord of Atlantis” through 1985 and she drew a story in “Wonder Woman Annual” #2 (1989).

She also published at First Comics, Dark Horse, and Eclipse. In 1989, she created two gay vampire erotic stories for “Taboo” #2 (Spiderbaby).

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/sherman-tereno_cara.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/7vhy308fK9k

(Jan Duursema created the cover of “Arion, Lord of Atlantis” #22, August 1984, the first issue of Sherman-Tereno’s run on the feature.)

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Klaus Janson (born 23 January 1952, Germany/USA) is a comics artist who commonly works as an inker. He has worked steadily for DC Comics and Marvel since the early 1970s.

He began inking Rich Buckler in 1973, on ‘The Black Panther’ in “Jungle Action” (Marvel). He is well known for a run on “Daredevil” from 1975 to 1983, which went from inking Frank Miller to finishing Miller’s layouts to drawing by himself at the end.

By the early 1980s, Janson was also working for DC. He inked Gene Colan on “Jemm, Son of Saturn” from 1984. He and Frank Miller collaborated again on “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” (1986).

In 1994, he drew “Batman-Spawn: War-Devils”, a DC/Image company cross-over.

Janson has taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York City since the 1990s and occasionally teaches seminars at the Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art.

He received the ‘Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame’ Inkwell Award in 2010 and the ‘Favorite Inker’ Inkwell in 2013. He was Guest of Honor at the 2015 Inkwell Awards Ceremony.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klaus_Janson
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/j/janson_klaus.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/8m2E308fKWH

(Janson penciled and inked the cover of “Dark Knight III: The Master Race” #1 [Klaus Janson variant], January 2016.)

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Greg and Tim Hildebrandt (born 23 January 1939, 23 January 1939 – 11 June 2006, USA), known professionally as The Brothers Hildebrandt, are twins who worked collaboratively as fantasy and science fiction artists.

During their career, they painted many covers and illustrations for comics, as well as a few stories.

Since his brother’s death, Greg Hildrebrandt has continued to create comic art, beginning with both covers and story art for the mini-series “Marvel Illustrated: Treasure Island” (2007), an adaptation written by Roy Thomas.

Tim Hildebrandt won the 1992 World Fantasy Award for Best Artist. Greg Hildebrandt received the Chesley Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists in 2010.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brothers_Hildebrandt
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/h/hildebrandt_bros.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/YL4O308fJCa

(Greg and Tim Hildebrandt painted the cover of “Alfred Harvey’s Black Cat (Origin)” #1, 1995.)

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George McManus (23 January 1884 – 22 October 1954, USA) was an American cartoonist best known as the creator of the syndicated comic strip ‘Bringing Up Father’.

McManus created his first strip in his hometown, St. Louis, while still a teenager. In 1904 he moved to New York City and started working at the “New York World”. He created the first USA family strip ‘The Newlyweds’, about an elegant young couple and (from 1907) their Baby Snookums.

In 1912, he moved to “The New York American”, bringing a re-named ‘Newlyweds’ with him, and in 1913 he created ‘Bringing Up Father’ there.

Featuring Irish immigrant Jiggs and his wife Maggie, the feature became very popular. McManus drew it until his death, and it continued until 2000. Among many films featuring the couple, McManus himself played Jiggs in four of them.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_McManus
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/mcmanus.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/FoDH308fJ2B

(McManus created the art on the cover of “Bringing Up Father” #2, August 1919.)

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Marko Djurdjević (born 23 January 1979, Germany) is an artist known for character designs.

While a teenager he began drawing for role-playing game publishers such as White Wolf. Within a few years, he and two friends formed Massive Black to develop character and concept designs for games and films.

In the mid-2000s, he drew and posted alternate designs for some ‘X-Men’ characters. They were noticed by a Marvel editor and Djurdjević has since drawn hundreds of covers for Marvel.

He drew covers on “Blade” in 2006 and on “Civil War II” in 2016.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marko_Djurdjevi%C4%87
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/AyEz308fIGR

(Djurdjević painted the cover of “Thanos Rising” #1, June 2013.)

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Loston Wallace (born 22 January 1970, USA) is a comics artist. He graduated from The Kubert School in 1996 and began working for role-playing game publishers.

In 1998, he began providing art to the licensing department at DC Comics, such as the ‘Batman Animated’ and ‘Superman Animated’ children’s books based on the TV animated series.

He has also published at Basement Comics, Image, IDW and others.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loston_Wallace
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/hb3H308edzH

(Wallace created the cover of “Mars Attacks Judge Dredd” #2, October 2013.)

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Alex Ross (born 22 January 1970, USA) is a comic book creator known primarily for his painted covers and interiors and his design work, but he is often also involved in plotting or writing the stories he works on.

He and writer Kurt Busiek created “Marvels” in 1994 to much acclaim. Ross became the cover artist for “Kurt Busiek’s Astro City” when it launched the next year at Image. In 1996 he drew and co-wrote with Mark Waid the Elseworlds mini-series “Kingdom Come”.

He continues to create comics, paint magazine covers, provide art for films such as “Spider-Man”, create package art, and more.

Ross won the ‘Best Painter’ award in the “Comics Buyer’s Guide” Fan Awards every year from 1994 through 2000, leading to the retirement of the award. He and Waid received a 1997 Will Eisner Award and he received a 1998 National Cartoonists Society award.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Ross
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/r/ross_a.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/1gQW308ed2a

(Ross painted the cover of “Uncle Sam” #1, 1997.)

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Howard Mackie (born 22 January 1958, USA) is a comic book editor and writer. He began editing at Marvel Comics in 1984 and continued through about 1991.

In 1990, he and artist Javier Saltares began a new “Ghost Rider”, which he wrote through 1996. He became a regular writer on “Web of Spider-Man” in 1992 and wrote for the ‘Spider-Man’ titles until 2001. He also wrote ‘X-Men’ series through the 1990s, including “X-Factor” and “Mutant X”.

Mackie and artist Ian Churchill launched “The Ravagers” series (2012–2013) in DC’s New 52 universe.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Mackie
Stories in the GCD — http://ow.ly/AgGn308ecQk
Editing in the GCD — http://ow.ly/ZGEF308ecPW

(Michael Golden created the cover of “Mutant X” #32, June 2001.)

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