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We reached 400,000 indexed issues !

We reached 400,000 indexed issues. The milestone issue was Hellboy #[8] - Trzecie życzenie i inne opowieści from the Polish edition of Hellboy from publisher Egmont Polska.

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


Gary Arlington (b. 1938)

1938 October 7 - 2014 January 16
Gary Edson Arlington was a comics retailer, artist, editor, and publisher, who became a key figure in the underground comix movement of the 1960s and 1970s. As owner of one of America's first comic book stores, the San Francisco Comic Book Company, located in San Francisco's Mission District, Arlington's establishment became a focal point for the Bay Area's underground artists. He published comics under the name San Francisco Comic Book Company, as well as publishing and distributing comics under the name Eric Fromm.

Arlington was particularly devoted to the underground anthology San Francisco Comic Book, which featured the work of many of the region's top talents, including Bill Griffith, Robert Crumb, Kim Deitch, Justin Green, Rory Hayes, Willy Murphy, Jim Osborne, Trina Robbins, and Spain Rodriguez. Arlington published the first issue himself and the next two with the assistance of fellow Bay Area publisher the Print Mint. Arlington edited all seven issues of San Francisco Comic Book (the final issue appearing in 1983) even when the title was taken over by Print Mint and later Last Gasp.

As the San Francisco Comic Book Company, Arlington published comics sporadically from 1968–1972 and photocopied minicomics from 1970–c. 1980. Comix creators published by Arlington included Crumb, Spiegelman, Joel Beck, Roger Brand, John Burnham, Melinda Gebbie, Justin Green, Rory Hayes, Hank Kingfish, Chris Mettz, Larry Rippee, Dori Seda, Barry Siegel, Bruce Simon, Spain, Ron Turner, and S. Clay Wilson.

Arlington closed his store in 2002.

Lou Ferstadt (b. 1900)

1900 October 7 - 1954 August 18
Louis Goodman Ferstadt (7 October 1900–August 1954) was a Jewish American muralist and comics artist.

He was a member of the Art Students League of Chicago in 1923. Ferstadt later won a scholarship to the Art Students League of New York at the age of 23 and moved to New York City. He later studied at The Educational Alliance art school after his scholarship funds were depleted. In 1926–1927, Ferstadt did a comic strip called The Kids on Our Block in the New York Evening Graphic.

He painted murals at the RCA Building and the Eighth Street Subway station in New York City on the occasion of the 1939 World's Fair. He drew comics, including "Chuck", "Mr. Risk", and "The Bouncer". Ferstadt identified as a communist and regularly contributed comic strips for the Daily Worker newspaper.

Ferstadt died of a heart attack at a campsite in Phoenicia, New York, in August 1954. His collection of art lie in the New York Public Library, Whitney Museum of American Art, the Tel Aviv Museum and the Jewish museum of Birobidzhan.

Richard Horie (b. 19??)

19??? October 7
The Hories pen name is with his wife, Tanya Horie.

Pascal Regnauld (b. 1961)

1961 October 7
Pascal Regnauld studied Fine Arts in Reims and worked as a freelance artist on ad campaigns and storyboards He became Benoît Sokal's assistant on 'Canardo' in 1995.

James Whitcomb Riley (b. 1849)

1849 October 7 - 1916 July 22
James Whitcomb Riley was a writer and poet whose work was adapted in the story, "An Old Sweetheart of Mine" for the feature, Illustrated Love Poems, that appeared in Exciting Romances (1949 series) (Fawcett) #8 (May 1952).

Charles Templeton (b. 1915)

1915 October 7 - 2001 June 7
Charles Templeton was a Canadian cartoonist, evangelist, agnostic, politician, newspaper editor, inventor, broadcaster and author.

美水 かがみ (b. 1977)

1977 October 7
Kagami Yoshimizu (美水 かがみ, Yoshimizu Kagami, born 1977) is a Japanese manga artist from Satte, Saitama, Japan. He is best known as the creator of Lucky Star which began serialization in Kadokawa Shoten's Comptiq magazine in December 2003. The series has been on hiatus since 2014.[1] He is also credited for creating Comptiq's mascot character Comp-chan (コンプちゃん, Konpu-chan).

Fred Locher (b. 1886)

1886 October 6 - 1943 February 25
Additional biographical information found at:
Lambiek Comiclopedia (https://www.lambiek.net/artists/l/locher_fred.htm);
The Stripper's Guide, "Ink-Slinger Profiles by Alex Jay: Fred Locher", Tuesday, October 6, 2015 (http://strippersguide.blogspot.com/2015/10/ink-slinger-profiles-by-alex-jay-fred.html)

Steve McLachlin (b. 1936)

1936 October 6 - 2019 January 8
Illustrator, cartoonist and art director (1961-2000) for the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Alberico Motta (b. 1937)

1937 October 6 - 2019 May 23
Alberico Motta started part time work as a graphic designer and editorial assistant for Editrice Dardo in 1952. His first published work was in 1954 in the magazines Chicchirichi and Cri Cri. He created characters such as 'Paquito e Lala' and 'Stanlio e Ollio' (the comic version of Laurel and Hardy). From 1957 and 1962, he worked for Edizione Alpe, drawing 'Cucciolo' and 'Tiramolla'. In 1963 he started work for Renato Bianconi, for whom he created 'Pierino', 'Napoleone Sprint', 'Ali Salam', 'Nando e Romoletto', 'Gigi e Carletto', 'Ursus' and 'Nerone'.
He is fondly remembered as the creator of the first Italian Manga comic 'Big Robot' and for his work on the Disney comics 'Topolino' and 'Paperino'.

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Statistics
15,247 publishers
58,841 creators
181,804 series
1,906,560 issues
163,611 variant issues
417,283 issue indexes
1,088,356 covers
3,498,806 stories