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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


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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Romeo Tanghal is a Filipino comic book artist who has worked primarily as an inker. He became well known in the industry in the 1980s for his work on DC Comics' The New Teen Titans.

Romeo Tanghal was born and raised in the Philippines. A self-taught artist, he started doing comics illustrations after graduating high school. He briefly worked with various local publications before emigrating to the United States in 1976. He started working for DC Comics drawing short stories for House of Mystery, House of Secrets, and Weird War Tales. He later became the inker on such features as Super Friends, "Scalphunter" in Weird Western Tales, and "Gravedigger" in Men of War. In 1980, Tanghal became the inker of George Pérez's penciled artwork on The New Teen Titans. He began working for Marvel Comics as well in 1986.

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

Romeo Tanghal in the Grand Comics Database:
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Garretson Beekman "Garry" Trudeau (born July 21, 1948) is an American cartoonist, best known for the Doonesbury comic strip.

In 1970, Trudeau's creation of Doonesbury was syndicated by the newly formed Universal Press Syndicate. Today Doonesbury is syndicated to almost 1,400 newspapers worldwide and is accessible online in association with The Washington Post at doonesbury.com.

In 1975, he became the first comic strip artist to win a Pulitzer, traditionally awarded to editorial-page cartoonists. He was also a Pulitzer finalist in 1990. He was nominated for an Oscar in 1977 in the category of Animated Short Film, for A Doonesbury Special, in collaboration with John Hubley and Faith Hubley. A Doonesbury Special eventually won the Cannes Film Festival Jury Special Prize in 1978. Other awards include the National Cartoonist Society Newspaper Comic Strip Award in 1994, and the Reuben Award in 1995.

He was made a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1993.

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

Garry Trudeau in the Grand Comics Database:
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50 Years Ago This Month: The action you want! The suspense you crave! The drama you dote on! All in this fast-moving thriller..."No One Escapes the Mandarin" in Tales of Suspense #55 (http://www.comics.org/issue/18501/), script by Stan Lee with interior art by Don Heck and cover by Jack Kirby and Sol Brodsky!

Despite the story title, Iron Man escapes the Mandarin and destroys the ray he used to interfere with US missiles. Meanwhile, Happy struggles to keep the company operating in Tony's absence.

Tales of Suspense in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/series/1442/covers/?page=2


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25 Years Ago This Month: It's the Mighty Thor vs. Annihilus in the pages of Thor #405 (http://www.comics.org/issue/46493/), script by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz with cover and pencils by Frenz and inks by Joe Sinnott!

Thor in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/series/1749/covers/?page=8


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Richard Joseph "Dick" Giordano (July 20, 1932 – March 27, 2010) was an American comic book artist and editor whose career included introducing Charlton Comics' "Action Heroes" stable of superheroes and serving as executive editor of DC Comics.

Beginning as a freelance artist at Charlton Comics in 1952, Giordano contributed artwork to dozens of the company's comics. By the mid-1960s a Charlton veteran, Giordano rose to executive editor, succeeding Pat Masulli, by 1965. As an editor, he made his first mark in the industry, overseeing Charlton's revamping of its few existing superheroes and having his artists and writers create new such characters for what he called the company's "Action Hero" line.

DC Comics vice president Irwin Donenfeld hired Giordano as an editor in April 1968, at the suggestion of Steve Ditko, with Giordano bringing over to DC some of the creators he had nurtured at Charlton.

By 1971, frustrated by what he felt was a lack of editorial opportunities, Giordano had left DC to partner with artist Neal Adams for their Continuity Associates studios, which served as an art packager for comic book publishers, including such companies as Giordano's former employer Charlton Comics, Marvel Comics, and the one-shot Big Apple Comix.

In 1980, DC publisher Jenette Kahn brought Giordano back to DC. Initially the editor of the Batman titles, Giordano was named the company's new managing editor in 1981, and promoted to vice president/executive editor in 1983, a position he held until 1993. DC Comics writer and executive Paul Levitz observed in 2010 that "Giordano held the respect of talent as one of their own, and kept their affection with his reassuring calm and warmth."

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

Dick Giordano 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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