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Two Indexing Milestones!

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We reached 325,000 indexed issues and 2.5 million stories !

With a recent issue of the British serial Commando #5192 we reached a new milestone for indexed issues. And on the same day, we reached 2.5 million indexed stories (or sequences) with the issue Spider Gwen: Ghost Spider #4 from Marvel.

Volunteers Wanted For Adding New Comics

Each week, a small number of GCD volunteers add listings to our database for the new comics released that week in North America. These are just the basic listings, not full indexes. This makes it easier for other volunteers who upload covers and for indexers, as well as for people using my.comics.org.

Each volunteer covers one publisher or a small group of publishers (“D publishers except DC”, for example). From public sources such as ComicsList and Diamond Previews online, they add the issues and make note of the prices and a few other details. We are looking for additional volunteers for this weekly task.

Follow this link for a description of the process and a list of which publishers are currently covered.

GCD Comics Timeline


Theo van den Boogaard (born 25 March 1948, The Netherlands) is a comics creator who has been publishing since he was 15 years old.

His earliest work was in underground and alternative comix, such as his feature ‘Striptease’ in “Hitweek”. From 1969, his feature ‘Ans en Hans’ ran in “Aloha” and “Chick”, the gleeful adventures of a young couple exploring their sexuality.
From 1976, he and writer Wim T. Schippers created the popular feature ‘Sjef van Oekel’ in “Nieuwe Revu”. Based on a television character, the feature became more and more bizarre and profane, leading to the actor who played the character suing to stop his portrayal in such situations.

His Clear Line style is well-suited to commercial works, some of which are collected in “Taal en teken” (Oog &Blik, 1992). In 2013, Oog & Blik published “Bob Dylan” with graphic adaptations of songs by Dylan.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/boogaard.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theo_van_den_Boogaard
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/yagyr2ay (some explicit images)

Cover from Joost mag het weten #1

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Ub Iwerks (24 March 1901 – 7 July 1971, USA) is one of the “big names” in animation, famous for his work in collaboration with Walt Disney.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, he first worked with Walt Disney at an advertising studio. In 1920, the two men founded Iwerks-Disney Commerical Artists, which lasted for only a couple of months. Disney then set up shop in Hollywood, where he was soon joined by Iwerks.
The two men cooperated on the ‘Alice’ and ‘Oswald the Lucky Rabbit’ shorts and eventually on the creation of ‘Mickey Mouse’.

Iwerks originally gave shape, movement, and personality to the famous mouse — he drew nearly every frame of the first ‘Mickey’ cartoons.

Ub Iwerks was Walt Disney’s best friend and chief animator and a pioneer in early Disney animation.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/i/iwerks_ub.htm
At Disney Wiki on Wikia — http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Ub_Iwerks
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y8u747zp

Cover from Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse #1 - Race to Death Valley

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Rex Maxon (24 March 1892 – 25 November 1973, USA) was a comics creator who was one of the first artists to draw ‘Tarzan’ in comics.

He moved to New York City in 1917, where he married fellow artist Helen Carter and they proverbially starved while pitching cartoons to syndicates.
Hal Foster drew a brief ‘Tarzan’ daily strip early in 1929. Within months, an ongoing daily strip began with Maxon drawing. He continued on the strip through 1947.

He drew ‘Young Hawk’ in “The Lone Ranger” from 1952 to 1962 and in 1954 he co-created “Turok, Son of Stone”, both at Dell and both with Gaylord Du Bois. He contributed sporadically to “Turok” until shortly before his death.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/maxon_rex.htm
At ERBzine — http://www.erbzine.com/mag8/0827.html
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y84fw7wy

Cover from Sparkler Comics #v5#8 (44)

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Goran Parlov (born 24 March 1967, Yugoslavia; Croatia) is a comics creator who left his homeland during the civil war there. Settling in Italy, he worked first at Parker Publishing and then at Bonelli.

His early work was on ‘Ken Parker’ in “Ken Parker Magazine”. During the 1990s he worked on “Nick Raider” and “Magico Vento”.
From the early 2000s, he began to work in the USA market. Atthe DC Comics imprint Vertigo, he drew “Outlaw Nation” (2001–2002) with writer Jamie Delano and “Y: The Last Man” (2004) with writer Brian Vaughn.

At Marvel, he has worked on “Black Widow” (2004–2005), “The Punisher” (2006–2008), “Fury MAX” (2012), and other series.

He now lives in his hometown of Zagreb, Croatia.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/p/parlov_goran.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goran_Parlov
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/ybpt6fb2

Cover from Punisher #33

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Glenn Fabry (born 24 March 1961, UK)

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/f/fabry_glenn.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_Fabry
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y7w8blos

Cover from Adventures in the Rifle Brigade: Operation Bollock #1

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Christian Godard (born 24 March 1932, France) began his comics career in the early 1950s, initially under the pseudonym ‘Eme’.
He did his earliest works for Éditions Rouff and magazines suchas “Fillette”, “Hoppy”, and “Fripounet et Marisette”.

For the publisher Mon Journal, he drew ‘L’Agence Flick contre Fantomuch’ in “Biribu” (1955-56) and ‘Pic et Joc’ in “Kriss” (1961).

He created the title feature in “Benjamin et Benjamine” in1955, a series that was continued by Uderzo and Goscinny from 1957.

Later 1950s creations include ‘Le Narcisse d’Argent’ in “Pierrot Champion” (1956), ‘Tim et Anthime’ in “Ima” (1957-59), and contributions to “Lisette”and “Heures Claires”.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/g/godard.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Godard
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y7w7vtg9
In the IMDb — http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2995530/

Cover from Schwermetall präsentiert #16 - Die Vagabunden der Unendlichkeit 2 - Der Krieg der Bonkken

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Hank Kanalz (born 23 March, USA) is a comic book writer and editor.
Through the late 1980s and 1990s he wrote for DC, Malibu, and other publishers. In 1995, he wrote the limited series “Siren” at Marvel.

He designed the stylized-I brand for Image Comics and contributed dialogue and lettering for the company’s first comic, “Youngblood”#1 by Rob Liefeld.

From 2004, he was General Manager of the WildStorm imprint for DC Comics. He edited the “World of Warcraft” and co-edited “Fringe” with Ben Abernathy. As General Manager, he improved the timely delivery of both creator-owned and licensed books.

From 2012, Kanalz has been a Senior Vice President at DC, responsible for Vertigo among other duties.

At Wikipedia — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hank_Kanalz
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/ycdgv4vo

Cover from Firearm #2

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Danielle Corsetto (born 23 March 1981, USA) is a comics creator who began her career by ripping off ‘Garfield’ when she was in the eighth grade. She published comics in her high school paper, her college paper, and her hometown paper.

In 2004, she created the popular and acclaimed webcomic “Girls with Slingshots”. The strip continued until 2015 and is collected in 10 volumes.

Corsetto took over Peter Bagge’s strip ‘Adventures of Bat Boy’ in “Weekly World News” and continued it until the paper ended its print edition (2006–2007)

She drew “Crazy Papers” (2006), written by Jim Dougan. She contributed to “Plastic Farm” (2008) and “Secret Loves of Geek Girls” (2015).

Corsetto has also written three ‘Adventure Time’ original graphic novels, including “Playing with Fire” and “Pixel Princesses” drawn by Zach Sterling.

At Wikipedia —https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girls_With_Slingshots
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y6elc4x8

Cover from Girls with Slingshots #6

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Patrizia Mandanici (born 22 March 1965, Italy) is a comics artist whose career began in the early 1990s.

Her early work appeared in “Il Giornalino”, “Intrepido”, and other magazines. At Star Comics, she and writer Martino Barbieri created “Ossian” (1995).
From 1995 she began working at Bonelli, where she has worked on the science-fiction series “Legs Weaver” and the space-opera series “Gregory Hunter”.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/mandanici_patrizia.htm
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y5yn2h3e

Cover from Legs Weaver #40

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Mort Drucker (born 22 March 1929, USA) is a caricaturist and comics artist best known as a decades-long contributor to Mad, where he specialized in satires on the leading feature films.

Drucker himself says that he "just wanted to be an artist... to get paid for drawing anything," and only started focusing on caricature work because he started getting more and more of those assignments. "That's when I realized I'd found my calling," said Drucker. At the time of Drucker's arrival, Mad did not regularly feature TV and movie satires; editor Al Feldstein credited Drucker's style and ability for the decision to start featuring them in every issue.

Meglin called Drucker "number one in a field of one." Charles Schulz wrote, "Frankly, I don't know how he does it, and I stand in a long list of admirers... I think he draws everything the way we would all like to draw." In 2012, referring to Drucker's splash page for Mad's parody of The Godfather, the Comics Reporter's Tom Spurgeon wrote, "The way he draws James Caan's eyebrow is worth some folks' entire careers."

Drucker also remained active for DC, illustrating War Stories, among other titles. Beginning in 1959, he spent four years drawing DC's The Adventures of Bob Hope comic book. Drucker credits this stint as a key moment in his career, because it focused his work on caricature.

In 1962, Drucker teamed with the prolific humor writer Paul Laikin on the highly successful JFK Coloring Book (Kanrom Publishers), which sold 2,500,000 copies. Two decades later, Drucker illustrated similar coloring books on Ollie North and Ronald Reagan. His film posters include Universal's American Graffiti (1973).

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/d/drucker_mort.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mort_Drucker
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/yc4cqckd

Cover from Atom-Age Combat #1

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