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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



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Harrison Ford (born July 13, 1942) is an American film actor and producer. He gained world-wide fame for his starring roles as Han Solo in the original Star Wars trilogy and the title character of the Indiana Jones film series. Ford is also known for his roles as Rick Deckard in Blade Runner, John Book in Witness and Jack Ryan in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger. His career has spanned six decades and includes roles in several Hollywood blockbusters, including Apocalypse Now, Presumed Innocent, The Fugitive, Air Force One, and What Lies Beneath. At one point, four of the top six box-office hits of all time included one of his roles. Eight of his films have been inducted into the National Film Registry: American Graffiti (1973), The Conversation (1974), Apocalypse Now (1979), Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Blade Runner (1982) and Return of the Jedi (1983).

In 1997, Ford was ranked No. 1 in Empire's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. As of July 2008, the United States domestic box office grosses of Ford's films total over US$3.5 billion, with worldwide grosses surpassing $6 billion, making Ford the fourth highest grossing U.S. domestic box-office star.

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

Marvel Super Special in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/series/2401/covers/


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Tom Palmer, Sr. (born July 13, 1942) is an American comic book artist best known as an inker for Marvel Comics.

Although Tom Palmer has done a small amount of penciling work (as well as some cover art and some coloring, the vast majority of his artistic output since the 1960s has been as a comic book inker.

Especially noteworthy is Palmer's extensive work for Marvel Comics, including well-remembered runs paired with pencilers Neal Adams on The Avengers and Uncanny X-Men; Gene Colan, on titles such as Doctor Strange, Daredevil, and Tomb of Dracula; and John Buscema, on the The Avengers. He also inked the entire run of John Byrne's X-Men: The Hidden Years.

Palmer is widely considered the definitive inker for Gene Colan, whose use of grey textures made his pencils notoriously difficult to ink in a way that did them justice. However, Palmer considers it a mystery that they were so often paired together, since Colan says that publishers never answered his requests to be paired with a specific inker: "I think the way we both worked in the business, we had a book to get out every month, bills to pay, and somehow we were put together as a team. We could have been forgotten and ignored, and we'd not be sitting here today. But somehow, I think, the fans have brought us to this point of recognition."

Palmer's brushy, detailed, and illustrative inking style hearkens back to vintage newspaper comic strip strips like Steve Canyon and Tarzan, and has influenced later generations of inkers like Klaus Janson, Josef Rubinstein, and Bob McLeod.

Over the course of his career, Palmer has won several awards, including the 1969 Alley Award for Best Inking Artist. Palmer was also named the #3 Inker of American Comics by Atlas Comics.

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Palmer_%28comics%29

Tom Palmer in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/search/advanced/process/?target=cover&method=i...


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Michael G. Ploog (born 1942, Mankato, Minnesota) is an American storyboard and comic book artist, and a visual designer for movies.

In comics, Ploog is best known for his work on Marvel Comics' 1970s Man-Thing and The Monster of Frankenstein series, and as the initial artist on the features Ghost Rider and Werewolf by Night. His style at the time was heavily influenced by the art of Will Eisner, under whom he apprenticed.

Eventually, at the suggestion of Eisner letterer Ben Oda and artist Wally Wood, Ploog broke into comics at Warren Publishing, doing stories for the company's black-and-white horror-comics magazines. A Western sample he showed Marvel got him a callback to draw Werewolf by Night, which premiered in Marvel Spotlight #2 (Feb. 1972). After three issues, the series spun off onto its own book. Ploog then helped launched the initial, Johnny Blaze version of the supernatural motorcyclist Ghost Rider, in Marvel Spotlight #5 (Aug. 1972), and drew the next three adventures.

Ploog and writer Gary Friedrich collaborated on the first six issues of Marvel's The Monster of Frankenstein (Jan.-Oct. 1973), the initial four of which contained a more faithful adaptation of Mary Shelley's novel than has mostly appeared elsewhere.

The following year, Ploog teamed with writer Steve Gerber on Man-Thing #5-11 (May-Nov. 1974), penciling a critically acclaimed series of stories involving a dead clown, psychic paralysis in the face of modern society, and other topics far removed from the usual fare of comics of the time, with Ploog's cute-but-creepy art style setting off Gerber's trademark intellectual surrealism.

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

Mike Ploog in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/search/advanced/process/?target=cover&method=i...


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Ernesto "Ernie" Colón (born July 13, 1931, in Puerto Rico) is an American comics artist known for his wide-ranging career, including working in the fields of children's comics, horror, and nonfiction.

Ernie Colón began his professional career at Harvey Comics as a letterer. He later worked, uncredited, as an artist on titles including Richie Rich and Casper the Friendly Ghost. At Harvey, he met Sid Jacobson, who became his editor and frequent creative partner.

His first confirmed, credited work was penciling and inking the two-page story "Kaleidoscope of Fear" in Wham-O Giant Comics #1 (cover-dated April 1967, published by the toy company Wham-O). He went on to draw three issues of Gold Key Comics' Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom (#24-26, July 1968 - Jan. 1969), and to do much work for Warren Publishing's black-and-white horror-comics magazines Creepy, Eerie, and Vampirella.

Colón was an editor for DC Comics from 1982 to 1985. He oversaw titles such as Arion, Lord of Atlantis, The Flash, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman.

Colón's many artistic credits include Grim Ghost for Atlas/Seaboard; the historical fantasy Arak, Son of Thunder (with writer Roy Thomas); Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld (with writers Dan Mishkin and Gary Cohn) for DC Comics; Airboy for Eclipse Comics; Magnus: Robot Fighter for Valiant Comics; and Damage Control and Doom 2099 for Marvel Comics. Also for Marvel, Colón wrote, drew, colored and lettered the 1988 science-fiction graphic novel Ax.

In the late 1980s, Colón penciled the short-lived Bullwinkle and Rocky series for Marvel's children's imprint Star Comics. Colón returned to Harvey in the early 1990s, and worked on such projects as Monster in My Pocket and Ultraman.

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

Ernie Colón 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 a special, all-death issue! Fred Hembeck destroys the Marvel Universe in Fred Hembeck Destroys the Marvel Universe #1 (http://www.comics.org/issue/46478/), cover, script and interior art by Hembeck with inks by Vince Colletta and Joe Staton!

Fred Hembeck in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/search/advanced/process/?target=cover&method=i...


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50 Years Ago This Month: The hope was done...The dream was dead...The love was gone! All that was left...was...This Proud Heart! It's DC's Heart Throbs #90 (http://www.comics.org/issue/18469/), cover by John Romita.

Heart Throbs was a romance comic published by Quality Comics and DC Comics from 1949 to 1972. Quality published the book from 1949–1957, when it was acquired by DC. Most issues featured a number of short comics stories, as well advice columns, text pieces, and filler. The long-running feature "3 Girls—Their Lives—Their Loves," drawn by Jay Scott Pike and inked by Russ Jones, ran in Heart Throbs from 1966–1970.

In addition to Pike and Jones, regular contributors to Heart Throbs during its run included Bob Kanigher, Barbara Friedlander, Jay Criton, Gene Colan, John Romita, Sr., John Forte, Vince Colletta, Bernard Sachs, Win Mortimer, John Rosenberger, and Tony DeZuniga.

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

Heart Throbs in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/series/1246/covers/


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75 Years Ago This Month: The Bat-Man makes his third appearance in Detective Comics #29 (http://www.comics.org/issue/476/), cover by Bob Kane. In "The Batman Meets Doctor Death" by Gardner Fox and Bob Kane, Dr. Death plans to use his new invention of a poisonous pollen extract on any wealthy person who refuses to pay him tribute. Diabolical!

Detective Comics in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/series/87/covers/


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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:
http://www.comics.org/search/advanced/process/?target=cover&method=i...


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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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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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78,061 series
996,478 issues
35,339 variant issues
199,895 issue indexes
483,571 covers
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