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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.
GCD Comics Timeline
Fradon entered cartooning just after graduating from the Parsons School of Design. Comic book letterer George Ward, a friend of her husband (New Yorker cartoonist Dana Fradon), asked her for samples of her artwork to pitch for job openings. She landed her first assignment on the DC Comics feature Shining Knight. Her first regular assignment was illustrating an Adventure Comics backup feature starring Aquaman, for which she co-created the sidekick Aqualad.
Following her time with Aquaman, and taking a break to have her daughter, Fradon returned to co-create Metamorpho, drawing four issues of the series. She returned briefly to design a few covers for the title.
From 1965 to 1972, Fradon left comics to raise her daughter. In 1972, she returned to DC, with assignments drawing Superman, Batman, and Plastic Man. Her other work includes Freedom Fighters and Super Friends (which she penciled for almost its entire run). She also worked for Marvel Comics during this period, but left after only two assignments: a fill-in issue of Fantastic Four, and the never-published fifth issue of The Cat.
In 1980, Dale Messick retired from drawing the newspaper strip Brenda Starr, and Fradon became the artist for it, until her own retirement in 1995.
Fradon was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2006.
She contributed pencils to the 2010 graphic novel The Adventures of Unemployed Man, the 2012 graphic novel The Dinosaur That Got Tired of Being Extinct, and the collection The Art of Ramona Fradon.
Ramona Fradon in the Grand Comics Database:
Raymond's father encouraged his love of drawing from an early age, leading him to become an assistant illustrator in the early 1930s on strips such as Tillie the Toiler and Tim Tyler's Luck. Towards the end of 1933, Raymond created the epic Flash Gordon science-fiction comic strip to compete with the popular Buck Rogers comic strip and, before long, Flash was the more popular strip of the two. Raymond also worked on the jungle adventure saga Jungle Jim and spy adventure Secret Agent X-9 concurrently with Flash, though his increasing workload caused him to leave Secret Agent X-9 to another artist by 1935. Upon his return from serving during World War II, Raymond created and illustrated the much-heralded Rip Kirby, a private detective comic strip. In 1956, Raymond was killed in a car crash at the age of 46.
Raymond's influence on other cartoonists was considerable during his lifetime and did not diminish after his death. He became known as "the artist's artist." Numerous artists have cited Raymond as an inspiration for their work, including Jack Kirby and Bob Kane. George Lucas cited Raymond as a major influence for Star Wars. Carl Barks described Raymond as a man "who could combine craftsmanship with emotions and all the gimmicks that went into a good adventure strip."
He was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1996.
Alex Raymond in the Grand Comics Database:
Born in Sheldon, Iowa, Miller was most famous for his comic strip Barney Baxter in the Air, created in 1936 for King Features Syndicate, and renamed simply Barney Baxter in 1943. Miller spent his early thirties working on staff at Denver's Rocky Mountain News where he created Barney Baxter in 1935 for the paper's "Junior Aviator" page.
Miller sold his first cartoon in 1919 and slowly built up his professional reputation. By the mid-1920s, he decided to make cartooning his full-time profession, working for the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News. In 1936, Miller took Barney Baxter to King Features. In 1942, he left the strip to Bob Naylor and joined the US Coast Guard, resuming his feature in 1948.
An aviator himself, Miller was a member of the Flying Service Club and the National Aeronautics Association. He was a sponsor and instructor of Denver's Junior Flying Club. Miller died from a heart attack on December 3, 1949 at his home in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Barney Baxter in the Grand Comics Database:
GCD Board of Directors will soon have five seats up for grabs, and we are looking to you to help us fill them. We are quickly reaching our annual election period, and it's time to start thinking about your opportunity to help shape the future of the GCD.
Want to learn more about the Board of Directors and what they do? Join the conversation on gcd-main at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/gcd-main and ask any one of the members currently serving.
Members interested in running must announce their candidacy between 25 October and 11 November 2014. The GCD membership will vote between 15-21 November. For more information, check out our Wiki page at http://docs.comics.org/wiki/The_Board.
The strip revolves around a yellow Bull Terrier named Grimm, owned by an anthropomorphic goose named Mother Goose, along with a dimwitted Boston Terrier named Ralph and a cat named Attila. The strip is noted for its references to popular culture or recent news that are often spoofed and referenced for a certain period of time often depending on the length of the hype devoted to a certain news story or topic (such as Grimm's creation of a website known as "GrimmyLeaks" in reference to the controversy surrounding the scandalous website WikiLeaks, which is devoted to publishing rumors relating to fellow comic strip characters). The comic strip also makes multiple references to iconic fictional characters including Mr. Potato Head, Superman, Batman, and more, along with popular products including Amazon Kindles.
The strip also often consists of stand-alone one-panel comics that do not relate to the continuing story or characters.
Mother Goose and Grimm in the Grand Comics Database:
Grimmy in the Grand Comics Database:
After a run of 40 years, it was the longest running aviation comic strip. The strip was created by 27-year-old cartoonist and aviation enthusiast Zack Mosley, who had previously worked on the Buck Rogers and Skyroads strips. Mosley was a member of organizations that indicate his avid aviation research for his strip: Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Aviation-Space Writers Association, National Cartoonists Society, B.P.O. Elks, Silver Wings Society, OX-5 Club, and the Quiet Birdmen Fraternity for many years. On September 18, 1976, he was inducted into the Civil Air Patrol Auxiliary-USAF Hall of Honor.
Smilin' Jack was originally Mack Martin, in On the Wing, but Chicago Tribune editor Joseph Medill Patterson did not like the original title, so on December 31, 1933, the name was changed to Jack Martin, and the strip was retitled The Adventures of Smilin' Jack after its creator, who had been nicknamed "Smilin' Zack" by his colleagues. In later years it was simply known as Smilin' Jack. Zack Mosley's assistant during the 1940s was Boody Rogers. Smilin' Jack's appearance was based on that of notable air racing star Roscoe Turner.
Smilin' Jack in the Grand Comics Database:
Parks began his professional career as an inker. His artistic style has won him praise in the comic books industry, including an industry Harvey nomination as best inker.
He is probably best known for his work on the relaunched Green Arrow comic book series beginning in 2001, which he inked over his frequent collaborator Phil Hester. On Green Arrow, Hester and Parks worked with writers Kevin Smith, Brad Meltzer, and Judd Winick over their approximate 40-issue run. The American Library Association called it one of the best books for young adults.
Although better known for his artwork, Parks considers himself to be more of a writer than artist. To date Parks has steered towards writing what is best classified as historical fiction.
In 2004, Oni Press published Park's first original graphic novel, Union Station. The book dealt with the events surrounding the Kansas City massacre in 1933, which helped J. Edgar Hoover make the F.B.I. a powerful organization in law enforcement and government for decades to come. Eduardo Barreto provided the artwork, done in black-&-white to give the piece more of a Depression-era period look.
In 2005 Parks returned to the genre of historical fiction with Capote In Kansas, drawn by Chris Samnee. The book details the time Truman Capote spent in Kansas while he worked on his literary masterpiece, In Cold Blood.
Ande Parks in the Grand Comics Database:
Dorman began his professional career in 1979, and has done illustration for comic book companies Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse, but his break came in 1983, when his artwork first appeared on the cover of Heavy Metal magazine. Hasbro commissioned Dorman to paint over 100 pieces realistic artwork for its 3-inch series of G.I. Joe action figures in the mid-1980s. In 1994, Dorman was commissioned to do the artwork for a series of 90 trading cards for the Ultraverse comic book setting. In 1996, Hasbro asked Dorman to create more artwork for its 12-inch G.I. Joe collector series.
Although he has produced art based on such characters as Indiana Jones, Batman, and Superman, he became most well known for his Star Wars artwork. The Star Wars Art of Dave Dorman was published in 1996 by Random House/FPG. Dorman won a poll of the readers of The Official Best of Star Wars Magazine in 1998, as "Best Star Wars Artist". Dorman won an Eisner Award in 1993 for his paintings in the book Aliens: Tribes. In 2010 he won the prestigious Inkpot Award at San Diego Comic-Con, where he was a featured guest that year. During that show, he also launched his new career retrospective book, ROLLING THUNDER: The Art of Dave Dorman, which is published by IDW Publishing and Desperado Publishing.
Dave Dorman in the Grand Comics Database:
After working as a professional animator, Corben started doing underground comics, including Grim Wit, Slow Death, Skull, Rowlf, Fever Dreams and his own anthology Fantagor. In 1970 he began illustrating horror and science-fiction stories for Warren Publishing. His stories appeared in Creepy, Eerie, Vampirella, 1984 and Comix International.
In 1975, when Moebius, Druillet, and Jean-Pierre Dionnet started publishing the magazine Métal Hurlant in France, Corben submitted some of his stories to them. He continued his work for the franchise in America, where the magazine was called Heavy Metal.
Among the stories drawn for Heavy Metal he continued the saga of his most famous creation, Den, and a short story in the underground publication Grim Wit No. 2. The saga of Den is a fantasy series about the adventures of a young underweight nerd who travels to Neverwhere, a universe taking inspirational nods from Robert E. Howard's Hyborian Age, Edgar Rice Burroughs's Barsoom and H. P. Lovecraft's horror dimensions. There, the boy becomes an enormously endowed nude muscleman who has erotic adventures in a world of outrageous dangers, hideous monsters, and buxom nude women who lustfully throw themselves at him.
From 1986–1994 Corben operated his own publishing imprint, Fantagor Press. Fantagor went out of business after the 1994 contraction of the comics industry.
Richard Corben in the Grand Comics Database:
Spicer began reading science fiction fanzines in 1951-52. He entered the publishing arena himself and launched a 500-copy print run of Fantasy Illustrated #1 (February 1964), which won the Best Fan Comic Strip award in the 1964 Alley Awards. The third issue also won an Alley Award.
With the introduction of the column "Graphic Story Review" by Richard Kyle, the focus began to shift to articles, reviews and interviews in addition to the stories, resulting in a change to a new title, Graphic Story Magazine with issue #8 (Fall 1967). Issues featured Basil Wolverton, Alex Toth, Will Gould, John Severin, Gahan Wilson, and Howard Nostrand.
In 1971, Spicer partnered with Michael Moore and Fred Walker to form the Los Angeles Comic Book Company which published Mickey Rat, L.A. Comics, Mutants of the Metropolis and the full-color Weird Fantasies.
Spicer continued as a Western Publishing letterer from 1967 to 1982. He also lettered for Dark Horse, Another Rainbow, Fantagraphics. From 1988 to 2005, he lettered manga for Viz. He also lettered two comic strips in the 1980s, Rick O'Shay and Conan the Barbarian.
In addition to his Alley Awards, Spicer won a 1979 Inkpot Award. In 2000, the American Association of Comicbook Collectors Fandom Service Award went to Spicer for his significant contribution to the hobby of comic book collecting and his pioneering work with EC fanzines.
Bill Spicer in the Grand Comics Database:
475,000 covers uploaded!
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 LogoWe 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 storiesWhile our international content is steadily growing, we reached for English language stories an even big number: 1 million story sequences!
100,000 Norwegian storiesNorwegian 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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