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GCD Comics Timeline


Shannon Eric Denton (born 21 January, USA) is an artist, writer, and editor working in comics and animation.

From 1992, he has worked for Extreme Studios at Image Comics, DC Comics, Marvel, IDW, and other publishers. He and Patrick Coyle founded Komiwerks in 2000.

From the late 1990s, he has worked on TV animation for shows from “Avengers” to “Ultimate Spider-Man”. He was a storyboard artist on the “Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius” movie in 2001.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shannon_Denton
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/d/denton_shannon.htm
Shannon Denton in the GCD — http://ow.ly/dz3Z308dhIm
Shannon Eric Denton in the GCD — http://ow.ly/8MnN308dhIb
In the IMDb — http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0003015/

(Denton and Patrick Coyle co-created the cover of “Rockets & Robots”, 2005.)

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Mark Martin (born 21 January 1956, USA) is a comics artist and editor. His first major work in the 1980s was “Gnatrat” (1986), a parody of Batman, featuring a rat who dresses as a gnat to fight crime.

He also worked on “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and created ‘20 Nude Dancers 20’, a long-running humor strip featured in “Comics Buyer’s Guide”.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Martin_(cartoonist)
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/martin_mark.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/WOof308dhBk

(Martin created the cover of “Captain Conspiracy Special” #1, Fall 2016.)

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Jim Unger (21 January 1937 – 29 May 2012) was born in England and emigrated to Canada in 1968.

He created the famous ‘Herman’ newspaper feature in 1975 and created it steadily until his retirement in 1992. At that time, the daily panels and Sunday strips were syndicated world-wide.

Unger received awards from the National Cartoonists Society in 1982 and 1987.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Unger
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/u/unger_j.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/cOGF308dhud

(“A Collection of Herman Color Comics” was published in 1983.)

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Paul Deliège (21 January 1931 – 7 July 2005, Belgium) was a comics creator publishing at “Spirou” from the 1960s to the 1990s. His style places him in the Marcinelle School of cartoonish realism.

He began working at Dupuis from 1959, soon creating his first feature ‘Théophile et Philibert’ (1960–1962).

With Maurice Rosy, he introduced his famous ever-escaping prisoner in ‘Bobo’ (1961–1996). ‘Bobo’ moved from the mini-book section to the normal pages of “Spirou” in 1973, and was collected in albums. His final story before retiring was the final ‘Bobo’ story.

Deliège and Arthur Pirton co-created ‘Les Krotons’ in 1968, under the joint pen-name of Max Ariane. The story of three small green creatures trying to take over our planet continued to 1983.

He is also known for work on ‘Le trou du souffleur’, ‘Sam et l'Ours’, and some ‘Sybilline’ stories.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Deli%C3%A8ge
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/d/deliege.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/7C4b308dhoT

(Deliège drew the cover of “Les Krostons #3 – La vie de château”, 1982.)

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Tsubaki Nekoi (猫井 椿 Nekoi Tsubaki, born 21 January 1969, Japan) is a member of the collective manga studio Clamp. A dozen creators formed Clamp in the mid-1980s, but by the end of the decade it included Nekoi, Nanase Ohkawa (大川 七瀬 Ōkawa Nanase), Mokona (もこな Mokona), and Satsuki Igarashi (いがらし 寒月 Igarashi Satsuki).

Nekoi’s most common role is art assisting, although she is the lead artist on series such as “Legal Drug” (2000–2003) and “xxxHolic” (2003–2011). On the latter, she drew the male characters and Mokona drew the female characters.

Clamp at Women in Comics — http://womenincomics.wikia.com/wiki/CLAMP
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsubaki_Nekoi
Clamp at Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/clamp.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/JS2R308dhkS

(Nekoi created the cover of “xxxHolic” #1 — this cover is from the English translation, May 2004.)

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Keith Pollard (born 20 January 1950, USA) is an American comic book artist. Originally from the Detroit area, Pollard is best known for his simultaneous work on the Marvel Comics titles Fantastic Four, Thor, and The Amazing Spider-Man in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Pollard
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/p/pollard_keith.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/GKRG308bfXq

(Pollard penciled and inked the cover of “Avengers Spotlight” #26, December 1989, the first comic in the ‘Acts of Vengeance’ cross-over event.)

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Bill Griffith (born 20 January 1944, USA) is a cartoonist who is best known for his daily comic strip ‘Zippy’. The popular catchphrase “Are we having fun yet?” is credited to Griffith in “Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations” (16th edition, 1992).

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Griffith
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/g/griffith.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/tTLg308bft5 (some explicit images)

(Griffith created the cover of “Zippy Stories” #1, December 1977.)

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Norman Mingo (20 January 1896 – 8 May 1980, USA) was a successful commercial artist and illustrator. He is known in the comics field for being commissioned to create the definitive image of Alfred E. Neuman for “Mad” and then becoming a regular cover artist on the magazine in the 1960s and 1970s.

The character the magazine had been using was in the public domain, with a history stretching back to the 19th Century. Mingo’s cover for “Mad” #30, December 1956, became the distinctive (and trademarkable) rendition.

Mingo painted nearly all the “Mad” covers through 1976 except for a short break in the early 1960s and many after, with his final cover appearing at the end of 1980.

From 1975, he included an ichthys with his signature, honoring his born-again Christianity.

Semi-retired when he took the first “Mad” cover assignment, Norman Mingo was the only veteran of the First World War ever to write or draw for the magazine.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Mingo
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/mingo_norman.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/9xSv308beYK

(Mingo painted the cover of “Mad” #218, October 1980.)

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Harold Gray (20 January 1894 – 9 May 1968, USA) was an early newspaper strip cartoonist, best known as the creator of ‘Little Orphan Annie’, which he worked on for 45 years. He is considered the first USA cartoonist to express a political philosophy in a story strip.

‘Annie’ began in 1924 and became popular for its morality plays and plucky survivors. Gray refined his art and his storytelling and in the 1930s he was producing stories about the harm the New Deal was doing to the country.

Over the decades, Gray expressed a clear and deeply conservative view on topics from Communism to juvenile delinquency. ‘Annie’ has been adapted to radio plays, the 1977 stage play, and films, and remains popular.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Gray
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/g/gray_h.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/Y83j308beGs

(Gray drew the art on the cover of “Little Orphan Annie” #[1], June 1926.)

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Didier Tarquin (born 20 January 1967, France) is an artist and writer. His family moved to Algeria shortly after he was born and he grew up living in the desert.

At age 10 he moved back to France and discovered comics. He later studied fine art and then focused on creating comics. His first publication was “Les Maléfices d’Orient” (Soleil, 1990).

In 1994, he and writer Christophe Arleston created ‘Lanfeust de Troy’, a high-fantasy series in a science fiction universe that has had multiple series titles, spin-offs, sequels, and prequels, and is still being created.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Didier_Tarquin
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/t/tarquin_didier.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/i97B308bezR

(This is the cover of the Polish edition of “Lanfeust van Troy” #3, July 2002.)

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