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GCD Comics Timeline

Presented at the British Comic Art Convention, 1978, for comics released during 1977.

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R.I.P. Steve Dillon:

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Presented at the British Comic Art Convention, 1978, for comics released during 1977.

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Paul Levitz (born 21 October 1956, USA) is an comic book writer, editor, and executive. In high school, Levitz became the publisher of “The Comic Reader”, a widely-read newszine affectionately known as the TCR. In the early 1970s, he became an assistant editor for Joe Orlando. He later became editor of “Adventure Comics” and of the Batman titles.

He had long been active in Legion of Super-Heroes fandom, and as a professional some of his best-known work was on their comics in 1977–1979 and 1982–1989. He has returned to the feature multiple times.

During his writing career, Levitz co-created characters such as Stalker, Starman (Prince Gavyn), The Huntress (Helena Wayne), and Lucien the Librarian.

He also had a long career as an executive at DC Comics, finally becoming Publisher in 1989 and then President in 2002. He retired from both positions in 2009, and continues to write comics.

Levitz received the “Dick Giordano Hero Initiative Humanitarian of the Year Award” in 2013 at the Baltimore Comic-Con.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Levitz
Writing in the GCD — http://ow.ly/o9Pr305ohWL
Editing in the GCD — http://ow.ly/pdIz305ohVM

(Co-creator Steve Ditko penciled and Wally Wood inked the cover of “Stalker” #1, Jun-Jul 1975.)

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Edmond Hamilton (21 October 1904 – 1 February 1977, USA) was an author of science fiction stories and comic books.

His first published story appeared in “Weird Tales” in 1926 and he became one of the magazine’s most prolific contributors through the 1940s. Throughout the late 1920s and early 1930s Hamilton wrote for all of the SF pulp magazines then publishing, and contributed horror and thriller stories to various other magazines as well.

From the early 1940s, he also began writing stories for DC Comics. (He had a few stories in Ned Pines’ “America’s Best Comics” and “The Black Terror” in 1945-46.)

In the 1950s, Hamilton wrote the ‘Chris KL-99’ series in “Strange Adventures”, which was loosely based on his own ‘Captain Future’ stories from the early 1940s. One of his best known Superman stories was “Superman Under the Red Sun” (1963).

He was also instrumental in the early growth of the Legion of Super-Heroes feature. He had written “Superman’s Big Brother” in 1953, which eventually morphed into the origin of Mon-El. He was one of the Legion’s first regular writers, beginning in 1963, and introduced many of the early Legion concepts into the DC Universe.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmond_Hamilton
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/MX4l305ohBo

(Howard Sherman drew the cover of “Strange Adventures” #3, December 1950.)

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Wonder Woman was created by the American psychologist and writer William Moulton Marston, with his wife and co-creator Elizabeth Holloway Marston, and artist H. G. Peter. Their cohabitant, Olive Byrne, is credited as being Marston's muse for the iconic characters' physical appearance. Marston drew a great deal of inspiration from early feminists, and especially from birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger. The character first appeared 75 years ago today in All Star Comics #8 in December 1941 and first cover-dated on Sensation Comics #1, January 1942. The Wonder Woman title has been published by DC Comics almost continuously except for a brief hiatus in 1986.

more at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonder_Woman

A Wonder Woman cover gallery:

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Peter van Dongen (born 21 October 1966, The Netherlands) is a commercial artist and cartoonist. He published his first album in 1990, “Muizentheater”.

In 1998 and 2004, he published two volumes of a story about the Indonesian struggle for independence from the Netherlands — “Rampokan – Java” and “Rampokan – Celebes”. Here, the use of a strong Clear Line (‘Ligne claire’) style evokes a strong parallel with “Tintin in Africa” by Hergé himself.

Van Dongen continues to produce comic work alongside his commercial and illustration work.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/d/dongen_van.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/qVC0305ohqb

(Oog & Blik published this combined edition of “Rampokan” in 2013.)

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Presented at the British Comic Art Convention, 1978, for comics released during 1977.

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Nick Cardy was the pen-name of Nicholas Viscardi (20 October 1920 – 3 November 2013, USA), a comic book artist best known for his DC Comics work on “Aquaman”, “Teen Titans”, and other major characters.

His career began in the 1940s at the Eisner & Iger studio, with work published primarily at Fiction house and Quality Comics. He wrote and drew the four-page backup feature ‘Lady Luck’ in Will Eisner’s “The Spirit Section” (1941–1942) under a house name.

By 1950, he was using the professional name Nick Cardy regularly and he had begun his decades-long association with DC Comics. He drew “Tomahawk” in the mid-1950s. He drew “Aquaman” in his first titular series from 1962 through 1968.

He drew the original Teen Titans from their first appearance in “The Brave and the Bold” #60 (July 1965) through their entire first series (1966–1973). He drew “Bat Lash” (1968–1969). He was the primary DC cover artist in the first half of the 1970s.

Cardy received an Inkpot Award in 1998 and was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2005.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Cardy
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/cardy_nick.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/MzEp305m5Ps

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Mike Manley (born 19 October 1961, USA) is an artist working in animation and comic books, whose career began in the mid-1980s.

He co-created ‘Darkhawk’ (with writers Danny Fingeroth and Tom DeFalco) at Marvel in 1991 and was the regular penciller for the first half of the “Darkhawk” series.

In 1995, he began publishing “Action Planet Comics” featuring his character ‘Monsterman’. He has worked as an artist for publishers as well, such as DC Comics and Dark Horse.

In 1996, he moved into the animation field as a storyboard artist on the “Superman” cartoon for Kids WB. He went on to do storyboards for “Batman” and background designs on “Batman Beyond”, as well as working on many series not involving DC characters.

From 2000, Manley became an art teacher. From 2001, he created and edited “Draw! Magazine” for TwoMorrows, which was twice nominated for Eisner awards.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Manley_(artist)
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/manley_mike.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/rWS4305jRES

(Murphy Anderson inked the cover of “Robotech Defenders” #2, April 1985, over pencils by Mike Manley.)

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