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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!


New Search!

Our new search server is now working again. We used the downtime for further improvements on its setup. For example we added more sorting options or rearranged the search index so that a search for "X-Men 12" (with quotes) now finds all issues which series name ends in X-Men and whose issue number is 12.

The new 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. If you think the results are not what you would expect please use one 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

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.


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!


GCD Comics Timeline


Mike Vosburg (born July 23) is an American comic book artist primarily known for his work on the Tales from the Crypt TV series.

Mike Vosburg's comics career began in the 1960s, when as a teenager he started Masquerader, one of the first comic book fanzines. He began working in underground comics in the 1970s, with creations such as Split Screen, written by Tom Veitch. Later in the 1970s and 1980s, Vosburg contributed to horror titles by Western Publishing and Charlton Comics. His story "Mail Order Brides," published in Kitchen Sink Press's Bizarre Sex #3, was in a similar horror/mystery vein.

Around this time, Vosburg also did various work for DC Comics and Marvel Comics. He is probably best known for his work from that period on Savage She-Hulk, Sisterhood of Steel, and G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. He also worked on the Valiant Comics' titles Bloodshot and Archer & Armstrong.

From 1989-1996, for the TV series Tales from the Crypt, Vosburg illustrated comic book covers designed to look like the original 1950s comics. Originally hired to do concept drawings for the wraparound sequence, Vosburg ended up storyboarding the title segment as well as illustrating almost every cover used in the show's 93 episodes (although at least one was by Shawn McManus, "The Man Who Was Death").

While Vosburg still does occasional comics work like covers and pinups, or his self-published Lori Lovecraft books, most of his time is currently devoted to television and film.

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

Mike Vosburg in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/search/advanced/process/?target=cover&method=i...


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Big news! The GCD volunteers have been hard at work continuously adding more comics to the database, reaching a monumental goal of 200,000 issues indexed! The honor of 200,000th indexed issue goes to Archie Comics #318, cover by Dan DeCarlo.

Great job to everybody who has contributed from the first indexed issue to this impressive milestone. Keep up the great work!

Archie in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/series/10447/covers/?page=5


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Kelley Jones (born July 23, 1962, in Sacramento, California) is an American comic book artist best known for his work on Batman with writer Doug Moench and on The Sandman with writer Neil Gaiman.

Kelley Jones entered the comics industry as an inker for Marvel Comics with his first published work appearing in Micronauts #52 (May 1983). He penciled issue #59 (Aug. 1984) and when the series was relaunched as Micronauts: The New Voyages in October 1984, he continued penciling the series through most of its 20 issue run.

At DC Comics, Jones redesigned Deadman, making the character look thin and skeletal. His face, formerly drawn to resemble a normal human's head with pale white skin, now looked like a skull. In 1990 and 1991, he drew several issues of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman series with contributions to the "Dream Country" and "Season of Mists" story arcs. Jones and inker John Beatty collaborated with writer Doug Moench on a series of Batman tales including Batman: Dark Joker the Wild and the vampire Batman trilogy beginning with Batman & Dracula: Red Rain. Jones drew the covers for many of the chapters of the "Batman: Knightfall" crossover storyline. He became the penciler of Batman with issue #515 (Feb. 1995) and worked on such story arcs as "Contagion".

In 2008, Jones returned to Batman, this time in a twelve-issue series titled Batman: Gotham After Midnight, written by Steve Niles. In 2009, he illustrated the Batman: The Unseen five-issue series, re-teaming with Moench.

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

Kelley Jones in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/search/advanced/process/?target=cover&method=i...


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50 Years Ago This Month: Jimmy Olson sells out Superman to the mob?! Say it ain't so! It's Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olson #78 (http://www.comics.org/issue/18506/), cover by Curt Swan and George Klein!

Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olson in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/series/1027/covers/?page=2


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Shin Kibayashi (樹林 伸 Kibayashi Shin, born July 22, 1962 in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese manga storywriter, novelist and screenwriter. He graduated from Tokyo Metropolitan Musashi Senior High School and Waseda University School of Economics & Political Science. The penname "Tadashi Agi" (亜樹 直) is shared with his sister. Under the name Yuma Ando, he received the 2003 Kodansha Manga Award for shōnen for writing Kunimitsu no Matsuri.

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

Shin Kibayashi in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/search/advanced/process/?target=issue_cover&me...


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Vaughn Bodē (/boʊˈdeɪ/; July 22, 1941–July 18, 1975) was an underground cartoonist and illustrator known for his character Cheech Wizard and his artwork depicting voluptuous women. A friend of animator Ralph Bakshi, Bodē has been credited as an influence on the films Wizards and The Lord of the Rings. Bodē has a huge following among graffiti artists, with his characters having remained popular throughout graffiti's history.

Bodē self-published Das Kämpf in 1963 at age 22; it is considered one of the first underground comic books.

Discovered by fellow cartoonist Trina Robbins, Bodē moved to Manhattan in 1969 and joined the staff of the underground newspaper the East Village Other. It was here that Bodē met Spain Rodriguez, Robert Crumb and other founders of the quickly expanding underground comics world.

Beginning in the 1968 and continuing until his untimely death, Bodē entered a prolific period of creativity, introducing a number of strips and ongoing series, most of which ran in underground newspapers or erotic magazines.

The Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist was bestowed upon him in 1969, and he was nominated for Best Professional Artist the following year. He also won the Yellow Kid Award, awarded by the International Congress of Cartoonists and Animators at the Italian Lucca comics festival, in 1974. He was a finalist for induction into the Eisner Hall of Fame in 1998 and 2002, before finally being inducted in 2006.

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

Vaughn Bodē in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/search/advanced/process/?target=cover&method=i...


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César Ferioli (born July 22, 1959) is a Spanish comic book artist, who is best known for his Mickey Mouse comics, which renew the image of the seventies, eighties Mickey Mouse (a know-it-all detective) to a more lively form. Since 1989, Ferioli works for the Danish publisher Egmont.

One of his best-known work is the 2003 series Mythos Island, written by Pat and Carol McGreal and Per Erik Hedman.

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

César Ferioli in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/search/advanced/process/?target=cover&method=i...


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25 Years Ago This Month: It's the first appearance of the Great Lakes Avengers in West Coast Avengers #46, script, pencils, and cover by John Byrne with inks by Mike Machlan!

The Great Lakes Avengers (also known as The Great Lakes Initiative, The Great Lakes Champions and The Great Lakes X-Men) is a fictional superhero team that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics.

The team first appeared in The West Coast Avengers vol. 2, #46, and then made sporadic appearances throughout the title in issues #48 - 49, and #64. The team also appeared in Avengers West Coast Annual #6. The GLA make an appearance in issue #309 of Avengers and in the 1990 Avengers Annual. This was followed by appearances in issues #15 - 17 and #25 of Thunderbolts and issues #10 - 11 and #61 of Deadpool.

In 2005, the GLA were featured in a four-issue mini-series titled GLA: Misassembled (written by Dan Slott) and the Marvel one-shot GLX-Mas Special (2005). This was followed in 2006 by a minor appearance in I ♥ Marvel: Masked Intentions, The Thing vol. 2, #8, and Cable and Deadpool #30. In 2007, the team was featured in Deadpool/GLI Summer Fun Spectacular. The team also makes cameo appearances in issues #19 and #25 of Avengers: The Initiative.

The team has changed its name on several occasions. The Avenger Hawkeye first protests their use of the name "Avengers", and eventually the GLA are sent a cease-and-desist order by the Maria Stark Foundation. Ultimately the team's name is changed to The Great Lakes X-Men when its members collectively realize that they are all mutants.

After team member Flatman wins a superhero poker tournament, the GLA rename themselves The Great Lakes Champions. Following the events of Avengers: Civil War, the team now operates as The Great Lakes Initiative in the state of Wisconsin.

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

West Coast Avengers in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/series/3061/covers/?page=2


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50 Years Ago This Month: Solar rages in atomic fury when Nuro creates a thought machine to unbalance his mind! It's Gold Key's Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom #8 (http://www.comics.org/issue/18488/), script by Paul Newman, interior art by Frank Bolle, and an unattributed painted cover.

Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/series/1529/covers/


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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.

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