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GCD Comics Timeline

Jay Leisten (born 19 January 1976, USA) is a comics artist whose career began in 2000, inking at Top Cow (Image). He worked on titles such as “Tombraider” and “Witchblade”.

He moved to CrossGen in 2003 to ink over his friend Greg Land’s pencils on “Sojourn”. After CrossGen closed, Leisten worked for Marvel and DC Comics on both covers and stories, often working with Land.

He has worked on series such as “Black Panther”, “Uncanny X-Men”, and “Moon Knight” at Marvel. At DC his projects include “Ion”, “Wonder Woman” and “Nightwing” at DC.

He is currently working on the 2016 reboot of “Uncanny X-Men” and Marvel and the 2016 series “Green Lanterns” at DC.

In the GCD — http://ow.ly/GJiz30892o0

(Greg Land penciled and Leisten inked the cover of “Squadron Supreme” #1, September 2008.)

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Sherm Cohen (born 19 January 1965, USA) is a comics and storyboard artist and a writer. From 1996 to 2009 he produced comic strips and covers for “Nickelodeon Magazine”, featuring Nicktoons characters.

From 1998 to 2006, he worked on the “SpongeBob SquarePants” show and movie. He has continued to work on shows such as “Phineas and Ferb” and “Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil” (for which he was nominated for an Emmy for direction in 2011).

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherm_Cohen
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/cCrU308929a
In the IMDb — http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1095881/

(Cohen created the cover of “SpongeBob Comics” #1, February 2011.)

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Thomas Yeates (born 19 January 1955, USA) is a comic book and comic strip artist who first published in underground comics, was in the first graduating class at the Joe Kubert School, and sold his first story in 1978.

His style is well-suited to fantasy, jungle, and other lush settings. In 1982, he and writer Martin Pasko revived Swamp Thing in the new series “Saga of the Swamp Thing”.

He created “Tarzan: The Beckoning” at Malibu (1992–1993). He adapted Burroughs’ “The Return of Tarzan” (1997), and penciled Timothy Truman’s ‘Tarzan vs. The Moon Men’ story, inked by Al Williamson, for “Tarzan” (1998), both at Dark Horse.

From 2012, Yeates has drawn the ‘Prince Valiant’ Sunday syndicated strip, which is written by Mark Schultz.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Yeates
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/y/yeates_thomas.htm
Thomas Yeates in the GCD — http://ow.ly/ITIU30891X3
Tom Yeates in the GCD — http://ow.ly/etFK30891VT

(Yeates painted the cover of “Dark Horse Presents” #143, May 1999.)

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Joe Staton (born 19 January 1948, USA) is a comics creator who was active in fandom and began publishing at Charlton in the early 1970s. He and writer Nicoloa Cuti created “E-Man” there in 1973.

By the mid-1970s, he worked at Marvel as well. He inked Sal Buscema on “The Avengers” (1974–1975), and he inked first Herb Trimpe and then Buscema on “The Incredible Hulk” (1975–1977).

Staton also began working at DC Comics by the mid-1970s. He drew the ‘Justice Society of America’ feature in “All-Star Comics” and then “Adventure Comics” (1977–1979), as well as solo features of JSA members ‘Power Girl’ (in “Showcase”) and ‘Huntress’ (in “DC Super-Stars”).

He drew “Green Lantern” for almost three years (1979–1982). Later in the decade, he returned to the series with writer Steve Englehart and they continued through the title change to “The Green Lantern Corps” and the end of the series (1985–1988).

In addition to Charlton, Marvel, and DC, Staton has worked at companies such as Renegade, First Comics, Malibu, Eclipse and others.

Currently, he and writer Mike Curtis produce the “Dick Tracy” syndicated comic strip, for which they received Harvey Awards in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Staton won an Inkpot Award in 1983.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Staton
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/staton_joe.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/m89B30891Jx

(Staton penciled and inked the cover of “Primus” #6, September 1972.)

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Patricia Highsmith (19 January 1921 – 4 February 1995, USA) was a novelist and short-story writer most widely known for her psychological thrillers, which had more than two dozen film adaptations.

Before her prose began to be published, she wrote comic-book scripts as a job that would give her time to write. She began working for Ned Pines in his studio and soon began to free-lance.

From 1942 to 1943, she wrote ‘Sgt. Bill King’, ‘Black Terror’, and other stories for Ned Pines. She wrote brief biographies that were illustrated for “Real Fact” and “Real Heroes”. From 1943, she wrote stories and plots for Fawcett Publications and from 1945, for Western Comics.

At Women in Comics — http://womenincomics.wikia.com/wiki/Patricia_Highsmith
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/EckS30891sS

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George Wolfe (19 January 1911 – 20 July 1993, USA) was a cartoonist who began publishing in the 1930s in magazines such as “McCall’s” and “The Saturday Evening Post”.

In the 1960s, he drew a syndicated strip called “Pops”. He participated in USO tours in Vietnam and Thailand in 1969 and 1973.

Wolfe won four annual Reuben Awards from the National Cartoonist Society from 1969 to 1976.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Wolfe_(cartoonist)
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/w/wolfe_george.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/RYva30891fa (some explicit images)

(Wolfe drew the cover of “Army Laughs” #17:4, January 1967)

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‘Stuf’ was the pen-name of Stéphane de Becker (19 January 1959 – 22 July 2015, Belgium), was a comics artist who met Tome (Phillippe Vandervele) and Janry (Jean-Richard Guerts) in art school in the mid-1970s.

De Becker joined his two friends in a studio in 1985, working primarily as a colorist on their series, such as ‘Spirou et Fantasio’ in “Spirou”. Using the name ‘Stuf’, he drew a games feature in “Spirou” that transformed into the gag strip ‘Passe moi l’Ciel’.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/stuf.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/XfaBU

(Janry drew and de Becker colored the cover of “Spirou” #2736, ~1990.)

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Scott Mills (born 18 January 1972, USA) is a comics creator who won a Xeric Award in 1998 for his debut book “Cells”.

“Big Clay Pot” (Top Shelf, 2000) is about early migrants from the Korean Peninsula to the geologically-recent islands of very ancient Japan. He won a 2002 Ignatz Award for his book “Trenches”, set on the Western Front of World War I.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/mills.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/TMuY3086N16

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Stephen DeStefano (born 18 January 1966, USA) is a comics artist and writer. He began his career in the mid-1980s contributing to “Blackhawk” and “House of Mystery” at DC Comics.

In 1986, he and writer Bob Rozakis created “’Mazing Man”, a quirky, friendly series that lasted until 1990. In 1989, he and Rozakis created the mini-series “Hero Hotline”, where he was inked by Kurt Schaffenberger.

DeStefano drew stories for “Critters” and “Itchy Planet” at Fantagraphics between 1988 and 1990. In the early 1990s, he worked at Disney Comics. In addition, he worked on “Bill & Ted” (Marvel) and did inks on “XXXenophile” (Palliard Press) and “Screwball Squirrel” (Dark Horse).

From the late 1990s, he has drawn stories for the Cartoon Network imprint at DC, as well as stories both humorous and super-heroic.

Since the 1990s, DeStefano has done animation character design and storyboarding for Walt Disney Studios. He worked on “The Ren & Stimpy Show” (1992–1996).

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/d/destefano_stephen.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/XcBOM

(DeStefano penciled and Larry Mahlstedt inked the cover of “Christmas with the Super-Heroes” #2, 1989.)

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Martin Goodman (18 January 1908 – 6 June 1992, USA) was a publisher of pulp magazines, paperback books, men’s adventure magazines, and comic books.

In the early 1930s, he was hired by Louis Silberkeit (who would later co-found MLJ Comics, which became Archie Comics) as a pulp magazine editor. His line included science fiction in “Marvel Science Stories” and jungle adventures in “Ka-Zar”.

In 1939, Goodman founded Timely Publications to publish a market experiment, a comic book called “Marvel Comics” #1. Introducing characters such as Human Torch and Sub-Mariner, it sold out and then sold out a second printing.

He adopted the brand ‘Timely Comics’, hired Joe Simon as his first employee to be editor, and began publishing in earnest. In 1941, they introduced “Captain America”, created by Simon and artist Jack Kirby, which became so popular it fueled an expansion of Timely.

In the 1950s, ‘Timely Comics’ became known as ‘Atlas Comics’ and in 1961, ‘Marvel Comics’ was the brand for “The Fantastic Four” and the other titles of the Marvel Age of Comics. In the fall of 1968, Goodman sold the corporation and in 1972 he stepped down as publisher.

In 1974-75, he had a short-lived company called Seaboard Publications that put out color comics and black-and-white magazines under the ‘Atlas Comics’ brand.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Goodman_(publisher)
Timely, Atlas, and Marvel comics (to 1968) in the GCD — http://ow.ly/FxFf3086Msj
Atlas/Seaboard comics in the GCD — http://ow.ly/Cemt3086MrN

(Jeffrey Catherine Jones, as Jeff Jones, painted the cover of “Weird Tales of the Macabre” #1, January 1975.)

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