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500,000 covers uploaded!

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The 500,000th cover was uploaded in October to the GCD!

Check out the cover which is from the issue Boom! Studios Halloween Fright Fest.


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.

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75 Years Ago This Month: Superman faces "The Purple Plague" in the pages of Action Comics #19 (http://www.comics.org/issue/570/), cover by Joe Shuster!

Action Comics in the Grand Comics Database:
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Matt Hollingsworth (born December 17, 1968, in California) is a comic book colorist.

Hollingsworth graduated from The Kubert School in 1991 and began getting regular work from Marvel Comics and DC Comics. In 1993, he was hired to the Dark Horse Comics staff as head of the painted art department. After a year, he returned to freelance work and helped launch the award-winning Preacher from DC's Vertigo imprint.

He has worked on many titles for DC/Vertigo, Marvel, and others, including Catwoman, Batman, Daredevil and Alias. He won an Eisner Award for Best Colorist/Coloring in 1997, for work on several comics including Death: The High Cost of Living. He was nominated in 2004 for Catwoman. In 2006, he provided the colors of the Eternals book written by Neil Gaiman and pencilled by John Romita, Jr. Hollingsworth signed an exclusive contract with Marvel in April 2010. In 2012, he teamed-up with writer Matt Fraction and artist David Aja to publish a new ongoing series of the character Hawkeye.

In 2003, he enrolled in the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood to become a visual effects artist in the film industry. He began working as a texture painter and technical director on such films as Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Fantastic Four, Serenity, Superman Returns, among others.

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

Matt Hollingsworth in the Grand Comics Database:
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Phil Winslade is a British comic book artist.

Winslade was born in Surrey in 1965 and spent a lot of time indoors as a child because of a heart murmur. His main source of entertainment were Marvel like Howard the Duck and Deathlok. However, it wasn't until he attended Birmingham Polytechnic, to study art, that the idea of working in the industry was rekindled. Here he met Steve Pugh who was already active in comic art.

He produced commercial artwork after college before showing his portfolio to Garth Ennis at a comic convention in Coventry, where he got the job drawing Goddess. Before that project started he worked on Crisis and Revolver as well as inking Steve Dillon's work on Car Warriors for Epic. During this period he also worked on Elaine Lee's Skin Tight Orbit and was pencilled in as the artist for The Red Seas, with Ian Edginton when it was going to be run by Epic, but he was too busy with Goddess.

Since then he has worked for Marvel, DC and 2000 AD.

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

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Mark Texeira is an American comic book artist. Classically trained as a painter, Texeira broke into the comics field in the early 1980s.

Mark Texeira was born and raised in New York City. He attended Manhattan's High School of Art and Design, and was granted a Presidential Scholarship at the School of Visual Arts, where he attended for two years before dropping out to pursue a freelance commercial art career. During this period, Texeira took classes at the Art Students League. His oil paintings soon won mentions at the Salmagundi Club and the Society of Illustrators.

Comics titles Texeira has contributed to include Jonah Hex and its spinoff Hex (1985–1986), Psi-Force (1986–1987), The Punisher War Journal (1990), Ghost Rider vol. 2 (1990–1992, 1997–1998), and vol. 5, Wolverine vol. 2 (1993), Sabretooth (1993), Spider-Man: Legacy of Evil (1996), Black Panther vol.3 (1998), Moon Knight vol. 4 (1999), Vampirella, Cyclops (2001), Hercules vol. 4 (2005) and Wolverine vol. 3 (2005).

When painting, Texeira begins with a penciled layout on loose paper, and following approval of the layout, will acquire reference photos or hire models to pose for him. Texeira will then apply a few layers of gesso to a Masonite board, and then carefully lay the drawing out in tight pencil, noting subtleties of skin tone and sharpening the image throughout the process. He will then create the underpainting, in which he applies sepias, or a mix of browns, blacks and whites. Any final changes to the painting, such as aspects of a character's facial expression, are made during this stage. He then carefully and thinly applies acrylic paint to achieve the final colors, lightly so as to not lose the underpainting.

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

Mark Texeira in the Grand Comics Database:
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Beau Smith (born December 17, 1954 in Huntington, West Virginia) is an American comic book writer and columnist, best known for his work for DC Comics, Image Comics, IDW Publishing and as vice president of marketing for Eclipse Comics.

Beau Smith's first published work was for Eclipse Comics in 1985, a series of one- to two-page backup features in the Scout comic. This was followed by a collaboration titled "The Dogs of Danger" with Flint Henry in the title The Swords of Texas. The next feature for Eclipse was a character called Beau LaDuke, the character bearing a striking resemblance to Beau Smith himself. The Beau LaDuke character had a backup feature in Scout: War Shaman #13-#16. Smith's next work was a collaboration with Chuck Dixon on a revival of The Black Terror in a crime noir tale. This is the first of many collaborations with Chuck Dixon, who would partner with Smith to write stories for DC Comics.

Smith's first published work for DC was in Green Lantern Quarterly #8. Smith's first full length story for DC was Guy Gardner: Warrior #20. Smith had the challenge of developing a new direction for Guy Gardner that did not include the use of a power ring that had been part of his mythos from the creation of the character.

Beau Smith served as IDW's vice president of sales and marketing until February 1 of 2005, but has continued to write comics for the publisher. His original creations include Wynonna Earp, a modern day descendant of Wyatt Earp, and Frank Cobb, a former Secret Service agent with a lack of direction and a strong drive to protect innocents. IDW published the complete Wynonna Earp trade, collecting all previous appearances in a single volume.

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

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Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Her realism, biting irony and social commentary as well as her acclaimed plots have gained her historical importance among scholars and critics.

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

Jane Austen in the Grand Comics Database:
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Stephen Murphy is an American comic book writer and editor best known for his work on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series.

Murphy revamped the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures title for Archie Comics beginning in 1989 with issue number five and created the characters Jagwar, Nova Posse, Snake-Eyes and Sarnath.

Stephen Murphy has been a staff writer on the 2003 TMNT animated series. He has also written many children's books for the new series, and recently worked on TMNT: Fast Forward. Murphy wrote the majority of his work on TMNT Adventures under the name "Dean Clarrain".

Murphy also co-created the comic book series The Puma Blues in 1986 and Umbra.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Murphy_%28comics%29

Stephen Murphy in the Grand Comics Database:
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Dean Clarrain in the Grand Comics Database:
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Steve Mattsson (December 16, 1959) is an American comic book artist and writer. His career began in the mid-1980s, with contributions to Dark Horse Comics's project Boris the Bear. He also served as co-writer on DC's Superboy and the Ravers.

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

Steve Mattsson in the Grand Comics Database:
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Roberto De Angelis (born December 16, 1959) is an Italian comic book artist.

Born in Naples, De Angelis debuted in the comics world in 1981. He subsequently collaborated on adult and splatter comics series. In 1989 he started to work for Sergio Bonelli Editore, Italy's most popular comic book publisher, with some stories for Nathan Never, becoming the regular cover artist for the series with #60.

In 1992 he finished his most acclaimed work, Kor-One. He also collaborated on Bonelli's Legs Weaver, a Nathan Never spin-off.

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

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50 Years Ago This Month: Frank Frazetta provides the cover to Ballantine Books' mass market paperback collection of EC stories (http://www.comics.org/issue/18775/) by Al Feldstein, Jack Davis, Reed Crandall, Graham Ingels, Johnny Craig, and George Evans!

EC Comics in the Grand Comics Database:
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1,000,000 issues!

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!

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!

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.

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