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GCD Convention Scene

Join us as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary at several comic conventions. Volunteers will be running GCD booths at the following shows: 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


Phil Jimenez (born July 12, 1970, in Los Angeles, California) is an American comic book artist and writer, known for his work as writer/artist on Wonder Woman from 2000 to 2003, as one of the five pencilers of the 2005-2006 miniseries Infinite Crisis, and his collaborations with writer Grant Morrison on New X-Men and The Invisibles.

Much of Jimenez's work is related to works by George Pérez, whose art strongly influenced Jimenez. Jimenez has worked on several Teen Titans-related series (some issues of the ongoing series New Titans and Team Titans, and the miniseries JLA/Titans, The Return of Donna Troy and Tempest), was the main artist of Infinite Crisis, a sequel to Crisis on Infinite Earths, and did a long run as writer/artist of Wonder Woman beginning with issue #164 (Jan. 2001). (Perez had worked on the series in the 1980s). Jimenez and Pérez also have worked together in 2005-2006 in the miniseries Infinite Crisis (where Jimenez was the main penciller, and Pérez drew some sequences and covers for the series) and DC Special: The Return of Donna Troy (written by Jimenez and inked by Pérez).

Jimenez is also known for his work on various titles for DC Entertainment's "mature readers" imprint, Vertigo, including Swamp Thing, The Invisibles with acclaimed writer Grant Morrison, and his own creator-owned series, the sci-fi/fantasy mashup Otherworld. In 2003, Jimenez drew several story arcs of Morrison's popular New X-Men run.

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

Phil Jimenez in the Grand Comics Database:
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50 Years Ago This Month: There is a rather good chance that you will enjoy this issue! It's Giant-Man and the wonderful Wasp "On the Trail of Spider-Man" in Tales to Astonish #57 (http://www.comics.org/issue/18502/), script by Stan Lee, interior art by Dick Ayers, and cover by Jack Kirby.

Tales to Astonish in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/series/1443/covers/?page=2


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Eric Battle is an American illustrator. Battle's body of work consists mainly of contemporary American style comic illustrations as well as fully painted illustration for publishing. He has illustrated numerous iconic characters for DC Comics and Marvel Comics including but not limited to Spider-Man, Batman, The Flash, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman.

Battle has appeared frequently as a panelist at the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention, on WHAT 1340 AM, and been interviewed by Hard Knock Radio, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Black America Web.

Battle gained his professional comics start pencilling Kobalt for Milestone Media following Arvell Jones, the original penciller of the title. When Kobalt was canceled, Battle was assigned to pencil Hardware, one of Milestone's flagship titles.

Following Milestone, Battle began freelancing for DC Comics, and soon after Marvel Comics. Battle has also illustrated commercially on a variety of projects including artwork based on characters created by the writer Leslie Esdaile Banks (a.k.a. L.A. Banks).

Battle's recent works include The Scourge, from The Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd and writer Scott Lobdell.

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

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Daniel Barry (July 11, 1923 – January 25, 1997) was an American cartoonist. Beginning in comic books during the 1940s with Leonard Starr, Stan Drake and his brother Sy Barry, he helped define and exemplify a particular kind of "New York Slick" style which dominated comics until the Marvel Revolution brought attention to the Jack Kirby style. This style was characterized by careful attention to lines and the clear delineation of textures.

From 1947-48 he drew the Tarzan daily strip, then in 1951 revived the Flash Gordon daily strip. At different times writers Harry Harrison, Bob Kanigher, Sid Jacobson, Larry Shaw and Bill Finger contributed scripts to the series. In addition, at various times during his tenure, he was assisted in his artwork by a number of artists including Bob Fujitani, Fred Kida, Frank Frazetta. When artist Mac Raboy died in 1967, Barry assumed responsibility of the Flash Gordon Sunday strip also. He created the official poster for the 1980 movie version of Flash Gordon. After moving to Cleveland GA, he was assisted in his work by artist Gail Becket. In 1990, he left Flash Gordon altogether, when the syndicate, King Features asked him to take a cut in pay.

His last work was for Dark Horse Comics, where he wrote and drew many Indiana Jones and Predator comic books.

Dan Barry's brother, Sy Barry, was an artist on The Phantom.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Barry_%28cartoonist%29

Dan Barry in the Grand Comics Database:
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Roy Gerald Krenkel (11 July 1918 – 24 February 1983), who often signed his work RGK, was an influential American illustrator who specialized in fantasy and historical drawings and paintings for books, magazines and comic books.

After WWII, he attended Burne Hogarth's classes at the Cartoonists and Illustrators School, which became the School of Visual Arts. There he met a group of young cartoonists, including Frank Frazetta and Al Williamson. Frazetta noted, "I met Roy Krenkel back in 1949 or 1950, and he has never ceased to be a constant source of inspiration to me—a truly conscientious artist who will not tolerate incompetence."

Krenkel sometimes collaborated with Frazetta and Williamson on pages the trio drew for EC Comics particularly in Weird Science, Weird Fantasy and Weird Science-Fantasy. His splash page contribution to Williamson's “Food for Thought” (Incredible Science Fiction 32, a highly detailed alien landscape, is often regarded as a peak achievement in comic book illustration. Krenkel only drew one solo story for EC, the unsigned “Time to Leave” (Incredible Science Fiction 31), displaying a futuristic cityscape of architectural splendors. Krenkel inked many of Williamson's comic stories for Marvel and ACG in the 1950s as well.

Krenkel also created preliminary roughs which Frazetta modified and used when he painted covers for Warren Publishing's Creepy and Eerie. Krenkel drew one-page "Creepy's Loathsome Lore" and "Eerie's Monster Gallery" stories as well as rough layouts and inks for "H2O World" with collaborator Al Williamson.

Following his death, Krenkel's friends Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson created the story "Relic", published in Epic Illustrated #27, as a tribute to him.

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

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Reginald Smyth (July 10, 1917 – June 13, 1998), best known by his professional name Reg Smythe, was a British cartoonist who created the popular, long-running Andy Capp comic strip.

In 1954 the Daily Mirror's art editor, Philip Zec, gave Smythe a regular daily cartoon, "Laughter at Work". Then, in 1957, he was asked by Mirror editor Hugh Cudlipp to create a cartoon character for the paper's Manchester edition. He thought up Andy Capp, a stereotypically lazy, selfish working-class northerner in a flat cap, and his long-suffering wife Flo, during the seven-hour drive from his mother's house in Hartlepool to London.

Andy is thought to have been based on Smythe's father, although Smythe never confirmed that, perhaps because in one early cartoon he depicted Andy as a wife-beater, something he later regretted. Smythe's mother recognised her late husband in Andy, although insisted Richard was not a violent man. Andy's headgear was inspired by a fellow spectator at a football match Smythe had attended when young, who took off his cap when it started to rain, because he didn't want to wear a wet cap at home that evening.

Originally commissioned for the Mirror's northern edition, Andy Capp was soon appearing in all editions nationwide. The first collection of Andy Capp cartoons was published in 1958. The strip became internationally popular, appearing in at least 700 newspapers in 34 countries, including the Chicago Sun-Times in the USA.

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

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Gerard Jones (born July 10, 1957) is an American author and comic book writer.

Jones was born in Cut Bank, Montana, and raised in Los Gatos and Gilroy, California. He currently resides in San Francisco, where he is a member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, a workspace co-operative that also includes Po Bronson, Caroline Paul, Tom Barbash, Peter Orner, Jason Roberts, and Laura Jane Fraser, among others.

From 1983 to 1988, Jones and Will Jacobs were contributors to National Lampoon magazine. They also wrote a humor book, The Beaver Papers, parodying the TV series Leave It to Beaver, and a history of comics, The Comic Book Heroes: From the Silver Age to the Present. He and Jacobs began writing humorous fiction again in 2008 with the online series My Pal Splendid Man and Million Dollar Ideas.

From 1987 to 2001, Jones wrote comic books for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Viz Media, Malibu Comics and other publishers, including such series as Green Lantern, Justice League, Prime, Ultraforce, El Diablo, Wonder Man, Martian Manhunter, Elongated Man, The Shadow, Pokémon, Batman and, with Jacobs, The Trouble with Girls.

Since 1993, Jones has been primarily a writer of non-fiction books, mainly concerning American culture and media: Honey I'm Home: Sitcoms Selling the American Dream; Killing Monsters: Why Children Need Fantasy, Superheroes and Make-Believe Violence; Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters and the Birth of the Comic Book, which won an Eisner Award in 2005; and The Undressing of America.

Jones appears in Look, Up in the Sky: The Amazing Story of Superman, American Masters: Lucille Ball, Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America, and other documentaries.

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

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Joseph "Joe" Shuster (July 10, 1914 – July 30, 1992) was a Canadian-American comic book artist. He was best known for co-creating the DC Comics character Superman, with writer Jerry Siegel, first published in Action Comics No. 1 (June 1938).

Shuster was involved in a number of legal battles concerning the ownership of the Superman character, eventually gaining recognition for his part in its creation. His comic book career after Superman was relatively unsuccessful, and by the mid-1970s Shuster had left the field completely due to partial blindness.

He and Siegel were inducted into both the comic book industry's Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1993. In 2005, the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association instituted the Joe Shuster Awards, named to honor the Canada-born artist.

Joseph Shuster was born in Toronto, to a Jewish family. Sometime in 1924, his family moved to Cleveland, Ohio. There Shuster attended Glenville High School and befriended his later collaborator, writer Jerry Siegel, with whom he began publishing a science fiction fanzine called Science Fiction. Siegel described his friendship with the similarly shy and bespectacled Shuster: "When Joe and I first met, it was like the right chemicals coming together."

The duo broke into comics at Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson's National Allied Publications, the future DC Comics, working on the landmark New Fun — the first comic-book series to consist solely of original material rather than using any reprinted newspaper comic strips — debuting with the musketeer swashbuckler "Henri Duval" and the supernatural crime-fighter strip Doctor Occult, both in New Fun No. 6 (Oct. 1935).

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

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Bob Larkin (born July 10, 1949) is an American artist primarily known for his painted covers for Marvel Comics' magazine-format titles Marvel Magazines in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Larkin's many credits include titles such as The Savage Sword of Conan, Marvel Super Special, Marvel Preview, Crazy Magazine, The Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu, Planet of the Apes, and Tomb of Dracula. Larkin also painted covers for many of the Marvel Fireside Books paperback collections, lending them a simple, movie-poster feel. He did the same thing for the cover to the second major intercompany crossover, Superman and Spider-Man. In addition, Marvel occasionally tapped Larkin to paint covers for premiere issues of such comic book titles as Dazzler and The Saga of Crystar.

Besides his work for Marvel, Larkin has painted covers for Vampirella and The Rook (Warren Publishing), The Amazing Adventures of Holo-Man (Peter Pan Records), Lorelei: Building the Perfect Beast (StarWarp Concepts), and many others.

Larkin also provided covers to Bantam Books reprints of Doc Savage, as well as World Wrestling Entertainment merchandise featuring The Rock, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Kane, and Chris Jericho.

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

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50 Years Ago This Month: The Superboy Revenge Squad exposes Superboy to Red Kryptonite, causing him to release prisoners from the Phantom Zone! It's Superboy #114 (http://www.comics.org/issue/18479/), script by Jerry Siegel, interior art by George Papp, and cover by Curt Swan and George Klein.

Superboy in the Grand Comics Database:
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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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