The Grand Comics Database (GCD) is a nonprofit, internet-based organization of international volunteers dedicated to building an open database covering all printed comics throughout the world. Give our search a try, take a look at the menu to the left to see how you can help us improve the site, or use my.comics.org to track and manage your comic collection.


Support for migrating text credits to creator links!

We deployed new functionalities for creator credits and features. There is now support for migrating existing text entries to matching creator records (or feature records). The way we record signatures also changed after we gained experience with creator records. Signatures are now separate database objects.

On the display side, we added lists of creators who worked on a series or feature, as well as an issue list for features. For both of course more of our data needs to be migrated from text entries to linked records. If you ever wondered to help with the content of the database, now is a good time.


Uploading Milestone!

Cover Image

We reached 950,000 cover scans !

We reached 950,000 comic covers. The milestone issue was Wild Western #3 a British reprint of Wild Western (Marvel, 1948 series) #47 (January 1956).

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


Fred Ludekens (b. 1900)

1900 May 13 - 1982 month? day?
An accomplished American artist and illustrator, Ludekens has comics credits on various western-themed premiums from 1955 to 1963 for Wrangler.

Stan Mack (b. 1936)

1936 May 13
Cartoonist who did comics for the Village Voice, Adweek, and National Lampoon and has also written a number of books.

Sjoert Schwitters (b. 1912)

1912 May 13 - 1945 March 31
Despite being a Jew and a Communist, reporter, writer and editor of youth publications Schwitters managed to escape from the Nazi occupiers for several years until he was arrested by chance in January 1945. He and four others were shot in retaliation of the liberation of a group of young men by the Resistance.

小林まこと (b. 1958)

1958 May 13
Manga artist best known for his long-running strip about a cat, called What's Michael?

鈴木光司 (b. 1957)

1957 May 13
Koji Suzuki (鈴木光司) is the author of the Ring (リング / Ringu) novels which have been the source of a multimedia franchise including films, video games, manga adaptations and TV series.

Vic Herman (b. 1919)

1919 May 12 - 1999 April 14
Drafted into the U.S Army on April 8th, 1943.

Worked for the Ordnance Department doing artwork and cartoons.

Milton Knight (b. 1962)

1962 May 12
Cartoonist, animator, comic book artist, writer, painter.

Lily Renée (b. 1921)

1921 May 12
Lily Renée is an Austrian-born American artist best known as one of the earliest women in the comic-book industry, beginning in the 1940s. She escaped from Nazi-occupied Vienna to England and later New York, whereupon she found work as a penciller and inker at Fiction House, working on such features as "Jane Martin", "The Werewolf Hunter", "The Lost World" and "Señorita Rio". For her comics work, she generally used her first and middle names (Lily Renée) or variations of them as her pen names, rather than using her surnames.

Renée had an early first marriage that was annulled. She later married Eric Peters, another Viennese refugee and a cartoonist whose work appeared in such glossy magazines as Collier's and The Saturday Evening Post. She then married Randolph Phillips, a politically active financial consultant who in the 1940s directed the American Civil Liberties Union's national committee for conscientious objectors, and in 1972 chaired the National Committee for Impeachment. The couple had a daughter, Nina, and a son, Rick.

Rachel Matt Thorn (b. 1965)

1965 May 12
Professor, translator, shōjo manga scholar. Among her translation credits are A Drunken Dream, The Heart of Thomas, Maison Ikkoku, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Nijigahara Holograph, Otherworld Barbara, Ranma 1/2, They Were Eleven, Wandering Son and many others.

Philip Wylie (b. 1902)

1902 May 12 - 1971 October 25
Wylie authored numerous books that influenced comic books, including his 1930 book, Gladiator. He also co-wrote with Edwin Balmer the 1933 book, When Worlds Collide and its 1934 sequel After Worlds Collide, that served as an inspiration for the comic strip Flash Gordon.

The World's Collide books served as a basis for the Speed Spaulding comic strip syndicated through John F. Dille Company from January 8, 1940, to March 29, 1941, in which both Wylie and Balmer were credited as creators.

How to Help

There are several ways in which you can help us to improve our site and its content.

  • You can provide missing data, update existing data, or upload cover scans. Just register an account with us, and you can start contributing.
  • Donate for our ongoing costs, e.g. the server infrastructure. We are a non-profit organization and any funds will be used for our goal of documenting and indexing all comics.
  • We need volunteer web designers and programmers! Please contact the gcd-tech group or visit our technical documentation if you can help with any of these roles:
    • Web designer / front-end developer (HTML / CSS / JavaScript)
    • Python / Django programming
    • ElasticSearch search server
    • Web Services API
    • Database Performance (MySQL)
Disclaimer
The Grand Comics Database Project (GCD) is a volunteer project with the goal of documenting and indexing all comics for the free use of scholars, historians, researchers, and fans.
The GCD acknowledges that the all-encompassing research nature of the project may result in the posting of cover scans for comics with images that some may find objectionable.
Viewer discretion is advised.
The Grand Comics Database Team
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Statistics
14,202 publishers
46,296 creators
164,643 series
1,742,716 issues
139,806 variant issues
384,460 issue indexes
960,249 covers
3,129,421 stories