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500,000 covers uploaded!

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The 500,000th cover was uploaded in October to the GCD!

Check out the cover which is from the issue Boom! Studios Halloween Fright Fest.


New Search Technology!

Our new search technology is now the default search option in the search box, while all others are still supported. This 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. By adding other relevant search terms one can then easily filter down the results. Also sorting by several criteria is possible.

The easiest way to find a specific issue should now be the third option 'Series Name & Issue #', where you enter the series name followed by the issue number, e.g. X-Men 12.

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Giovanni Luigi Bonelli (Milan, December 22, 1908 – Alessandria, January 12, 2001), was an Italian comic book author and writer, best remembered as the co-creator of Tex Willer in 1948, together with artist Aurelio Galleppini.

In 1948 he created Occhio Cupo and Tex Willer (both drawn by Galleppini). He wrote several early episodes of Zagor (#6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14). Bonelli supervised the production of Tex Willer until his death.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gian_Luigi_Bonelli

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a fictional male reindeer with a glowing red nose, popularly known as "Santa's 9th Reindeer." When depicted, he is the lead reindeer pulling Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve. The luminosity of his nose is so great that it illuminates the team's path through inclement winter weather.

Rudolph first appeared in a 1939 booklet written by Robert L. May and published by Montgomery Ward.

The story is owned by The Rudolph Company, L.P. and has been adapted in numerous forms including a popular song, a television special and sequels, and a feature film and sequel. Character Arts, LLC manages the licensing for the Rudolph Company, L.P. In many countries, Rudolph has become a figure of Christmas folklore.

May's brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, adapted the story of Rudolph into a song. Gene Autry's recording of the song hit No. 1 on the Billboard pop singles chart the week of Christmas 1949. Autry's recording sold 2.5 million copies the first year, eventually selling a total of 25 million, and it remained the second best-selling record of all time until the 1980s.

DC Comics, then known as National Periodical Publications, published a series of 13 annuals titled Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer from 1950 to 1962. Most of the 1950s stories were drawn by Rube Grossman. In 1972, DC published a 14th edition in an extra-large format. Subsequently, they published six more in that format: Limited Collectors' Edition C-24, C-33, C-42, C-50 and All-New Collectors' Edition C-53, C-60. Additionally, one digest format edition was published as The Best of DC #4 (March–April 1980). The 1970s Rudolph stories were written and drawn by Sheldon Mayer.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolph_the_Red-Nosed_Reindeer

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/series/703/covers/


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Chip Zdarsky is the pseudonym of Canadian comic book artist, journalist, illustrator and designer Steve Murray (born December 21, 1975). His comics' fan base knows him as Chip Zdarsky, and he has also used the pseudonym Todd Diamond. He worked for National Post for over a decade, until 2014, as an illustrator and humorist (as Steve Murray) and wrote and illustrated a column called Extremely Bad Advice for the paper as well as The Ampersand, the newspaper's pop culture section's online edition.

He uses the Zdarsky pseudonym for comics-related work, using it to create Prison Funnies and Monster Cops and as artist and co-creator of Sex Criminals with writer Matt Fraction.

Along with Kagan McLeod, Ben Shannon, and Cameron Stewart, he is a co-founder of the studio The Royal Academy of Illustration and Design, which produced Rumble Royale.

In June 2013, Image Comics announced that Chip Zdarsky had teamed up with writer, Matt Fraction, on a new creator-owned series titled Sex Criminals. The first issue was released on September 23, 2013. Sex Criminals was declared number 1 on Time Magazine's list of Top Ten Comics and Graphic Novels of 2013. The first trade collection of Sex Criminals issues #1-5 was released on April 16, 2014.

In 2014, Murray won a Will Eisner Award for Best New Series for Sex Criminals.

In November 2014, Marvel Comics announced that Murray/Zdarsky will be writing a new Howard the Duck comic book series with Joe Quinones.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chip_Zdarsky

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Jean De Mesmaeker (born 21 December 1935) known by the pseudonym Jidéhem, is a Belgian comics artist in the Marcinelle school tradition. He was best known for his series featuring a cute, playful and adventurous young girl, Sophie. A creator of his own series Sophie, and Ginger, and noted for his work with Starter and Uhu-man, he is perhaps best known for his collaborations and assistance to the work of André Franquin during a long career at the Franco-Belgian comics magazine Spirou, working on Spirou et Fantasio and Gaston Lagaffe, on which he shared co-authorship for several years.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jidéhem

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Frank Hampson (21 December 1918 – 8 July 1985) was a British illustrator, best known as the creator and artist of Dan Dare and other characters in the boys' comic, the Eagle, to which he contributed from 1950 to 1961. He wrote and drew Dan Dare's Venus and Red Moon stories, plus a complete storyline for Operation Saturn. However, Hampson drew only part of the Saturn story and his script was altered when he passed the strip to assistants.

In 1949, in collaboration with Christian vicar Rev. Marcus Morris, he devised a new children's magazine, the Eagle, which Morris took to the Hulton Press. In April the following year, a revised version of the Eagle hit the bookstalls. Its most popular strip was Hampson's creation Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future.

Hampson devised other strip cartoon ideas, which he intended to offer to the Eagle. Partly through his own mismanagement, Longacre Press accused him of breach of contract. He was forced to resign, his new strips were impounded, and he rarely drew for comics again. The remainder of Hampson's life was spent working as a freelance commercial artist for various publications including Ladybird Books.

Hampson was voted Prestigioso Maestro at an international convention of strip cartoon and animated film artists held at Lucca, Tuscany in 1975. A jury of his peers gave him a Yellow Kid Award and declared him to be the best writer and artist of strip cartoons since the end of the Second World War. In 1978 he graduated from the Open University. He celebrated by drawing a Dan Dare strip for the University's internal magazine. The punch line of the script involved the University getting an application from Dare's nemesis The Mekon.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Hampson

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Ben Oda (December 21, 1915 - November 1984) was a Japanese-American letterer for comic books and comic strips.

During World War II, Oda was a paratrooper. Entering the comics industry after WWII, some of his earliest lettering was for Hillman Periodicals' Airboy and Real Clue Crime Stories, which connected him with the Simon & Kirby team. In the 1950s, his lettering appeared in the EC Comics edited by Harvey Kurtzman. He also contributed to DC Comics and many titles from other publishers.

Comic strips lettered by Oda include Apartment 3-G, Big Ben Bolt, Dondi, The Dropouts, Flash Gordon, Johnny Hazard, Little Orphan Annie, Miss Peach, On Stage, The Phantom, Prince Valiant, Rip Kirby, The Spirit and Steve Canyon.

Odaballoon, created by Oda's family, is a tribute freeware typeface in his lettering style.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Oda

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50 Years Ago This Month: Santa delivers presents to some lucky gearhead on the cover of Drag Comics #10 (http://www.comics.org/issue/210871/)!

Drag Comics in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/series/11909/covers/


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Mack White (born December 20, 1952 in Mineral Wells, Texas) is a comics writer and artist who lives in Austin, Texas.

White began creating and self-publishing comics in the 1980s. His first professionally published story was "El Bandito Muerto" which appeared in Rip Off Comix in 1990. Throughout the 1990s, he contributed to a number of comics anthologies (most notably Zero Zero, Buzz and Snake Eyes), magazines (Details, Heavy Metal, Boing Boing, and others), and newspapers (Austin Chronicle and Austin American-Statesman). His books include: The Mutant Book of the Dead (Starhead Comics, 1994); Villa of the Mysteries (a limited series published by Fantagraphics, 1996–98); and The Bush Junta (Fantagraphics, 2004), a political comics anthology which he co-edited with Gary Groth. White's artwork has also been featured in a number of art shows, particularly the Comics on the Verge show which was presented by the Yerba Buena Arts Center in 2003 and later toured galleries and universities throughout the United States.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mack_White

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Bob de Moor is the pen name of Robert Frans Marie De Moor (20 December 1925 – 26 August 1992), a Belgian comics creator. Chiefly noted as an artist, he is considered an early master of the Ligne claire style. He wrote and drew several comics series on his own, but also collaborated with Hergé on several volumes of The Adventures of Tintin. He completed the unfinished story Professor Sató's Three Formulae, Volume 2: Mortimer vs. Mortimer of the Blake and Mortimer series, after the death of the author Edgar P. Jacobs.

Bob de Moor started drawing with pencil at three or four. Living in a port town, he developed a strong interest for drawing sailing ships which carried into his professional career with his Cori series and other work. Following studies at the Antwerp Academy of Fine Arts, De Moor started his career at the Afim animations studios. His first album was written in 1944 for "De Kleine Zondagsvriend".

Beginning in March 1951, starting with Destination Moon, he began a collaboration with Hergé on Tintin albums and Tintin-related material which included extensive work on sketch studies, backgrounds, layout, and ultimately animated films.

His co-worker Jacques Martin is quoted as saying that de Moor had an extraordinary facility to adapt himself to the style of others. This manifested in a seamless integration with Hergé's style, as well as in him being asked on occasion to complete the work of other artists.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_de_Moor

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1,000,000 issues!

On Monday, August 25th, Mexican indexer Ruben Cortes added the monumental one millionth issue to the database. It is the second issue of John Constantine Hellblazer from publisher Editorial Televisa. As we have two hundred thousand issues indexed, there is still plenty for us to do!

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!

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.

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