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New Features for BrandsWe 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 GuidelinesAt 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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Dave Simons in the Grand Comics Database:
White began creating and self-publishing comics in the 1980s. His first professionally published story was "El Bandito Muerto" which appeared in Rip Off Comix in 1990. Throughout the 1990s, he contributed to a number of comics anthologies, magazines, and newspapers. His books include: The Mutant Book of the Dead; Villa of the Mysteries; and The Bush Junta. White's artwork has also been featured in a number of art shows.
White's early stories were bizarre, darkly humorous, and dealt with metaphysical themes. The Baltimore City Paper described his work as combining "an illustrative style reminiscent of serial adventure comic strips with the paranoia of Robert Anton Wilson's The Illuminatus! Trilogy." Later, his work became more political, the best known examples being "Dead Silence in the Brain: The CIA Assassination of John Lennon"; "Operation Northwoods"; "1963," an autobiographical account of growing up in the Dallas area during the Kennedy assassination; and the aforementioned book The Bush Junta, in which White and 25 other cartoonists told the history of the George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush presidential administrations in comic strip form. White has also worked in the Western genre, one example being his story "Trouble in Tascosa". In 2011, White collaborated with author Mike Kearby on Texas Tales Illustrated, a graphic novel about the Texas Revolution. In 2012, White and Kearby were awarded the Will Rogers Medallion Award for Texas Tales Illustrated.
Mack White in the Grand Comics Database:
Bob de Moor started drawing with pencil at three or four. Living in a port town, he developed a strong interest for drawing sailing ships which carried into his professional career with his Cori series and other work. Following studies at the Antwerp Academy of Fine Arts, De Moor started his career at the Afim animations studios. His first album was written in 1944 for "De Kleine Zondagsvriend".
Beginning in March 1951, starting with Destination Moon, he began a collaboration with Hergé on Tintin albums and Tintin-related material which included extensive work on sketch studies, backgrounds, layout, and ultimately animated films.
His co-worker Jacques Martin is quoted as saying that de Moor had an extraordinary facility to adapt himself to the style of others. This manifested in a seamless integration with Hergé's style, as well as in him being asked on occasion to complete the work of other artists.
Bob de Moor in the Grand Comics Database:
Thimble Theatre's first main characters/actors were the thin Olive Oyl and her boyfriend, Harold Hamgravy. After the strip moved away from its initial focus, it settled into a comedy-adventure style featuring Olive, Ham Gravy, and Olive's enterprising brother, Castor Oyl. Olive's parents, Cole and Nana Oyl, also made frequent appearances.
Popeye first appeared in the strip on January 17, 1929 as a minor character. He was initially hired by Castor Oyl and Ham to crew a ship for a voyage to Dice Island, the location of a casino owned by the crooked gambler Fadewell. Castor intended to break the bank at the casino using the unbeatable good luck conferred by stroking the hairs on the head of Bernice the Whiffle Hen. Weeks later, on the trip back, Popeye was shot many times by Jack Snork, a stooge of Fadewell's, but survived by rubbing Bernice's head. After the adventure, Popeye left the strip, but due to reader reaction, he was quickly brought back.
The Popeye character became so popular that he was given a larger role, and the strip was expanded into many more newspapers as a result. Though initial strips presented Olive as being less than impressed with Popeye, she eventually left Ham Gravy to become Popeye's girlfriend.
Thimble Theatre in the Grand Comics Database:
Gillis' first work in the comics industry was as a freelance writer for Marvel Comics, where he worked on such titles as Captain America, Marvel Two-In-One, and Super-Villain Team-Up from 1978 to 1980. Gillis then worked as an editor for the Florida-based publisher New Media Publishing; he left that position in June 1981.
Gillis is best known for the digital comic Shatter (1985–1988) and First Comics' Warp (1983–1985). Gillis co-created Strikeforce: Morituri (1986–1988) with artist Brent Anderson. Gillis wrote the entire runs of Micronauts: The New Voyages (1984–1986) and Strange Tales vol. 2 (1987–1988); other Marvel work included numerous issues of What If (1980–1984), The Defenders (1984–1986), The Eternals vol. 2 (1985–1986), Doctor Strange vol. 2 #76-81 (1986–1987) and Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #1-4 (1988–1989).
His creations for other companies include Blaze Barlow and the Eternity Command and the Black Flame for First; and the gonzo post-holocaust comedy Gammarauders (a tie-in to the Gamma World role-playing game) for DC Comics' short-lived TSR Games line. For DC Comics, he also wrote the science-fiction miniseries Tailgunner Jo with art by Tom Artis.
Gillis returned to comics in 2010 when he wrote the six-issue comic adaptation of Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn for IDW Publishing.
Peter Gillis in the Grand Comics Database:
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