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We reached 300,000 indexed issues!

With the Norwegian comic Tempo #16/1972 we reached a new milestone for indexes issues.

Considering that from our almost 90.000 variant comics, more than 30.000 are variants of an indexed issue, we have even more comics with detailed information about the comic, the cover and other content.

And while we are at milestones, in Justice League #4 - The Grid our 2,222,222nd sequence is recorded.

Comics Creators

We now added the ability to record data about your favorite comics Creators: artists, writers, letterers, and even editors and production people!

To begin, thousands of names have been imported from Jerry Bails' Who's Who of American Comic Books 1928-1999. Dr. Bails spent a lifetime gathering information on comics Creators, often from interviews and questionnaires filled out by the Creators themselves. We now can have that information integrated into the Grand Comics Database and we are adding new information and new Creators daily.

You can find information on your favorite Creators using the Search function at the top of any page: just type in a name and select the default ‘Everything‘ or ‘Creator‘ from the drop-down list. There are also several new Creator related searches for e.g. awards or art influences.

If you have information to contribute, you can enter it through your indexing account. Creators can be added using the Add New link in the top bar of your editing page. Refer to new documentation in our wiki at the Formatting Documentation page.

GCD Comics Timeline

Patricia Mulvihill (born 17 March, USA) is an artist who has worked as a colorist at DC Comics since 1993.

Among the many titles she has worked on, she had long story runs on “Wonder Woman” (1993–2002) and “100 Bullets” (2000–2009).

She has colored covers on “Legion of Super-Heroes” (1997–1999), the Elseworlds series “JLA: The Nail” (1998), “Wednesday Comics” (2009), and others.

Mulvihill received the Eisner Award as Best Colorist in 2004, for her work on “Batman”, “Wonder Woman”, and “100 Bullets”.

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(Glenn Barr created and Mulvihill colored the cover of “Scooby-Doo” #1, August 1997)

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Frank Beck (17 March 1894 – 21 March 1962, USA) was born in Tacoma, studied art in Chicago, and was a cartoonist for the New York Tribune.

Beck served on the Western Front in World War I. After the war, he created comic strips such as ‘Hem and Amy’ and ‘Gas Buggies’. At his most productive, he created 6 daily strips, 6 single-panel features, and a Sunday strip every week.

In the late 1930s, an English bloodhound joined his family and he created a new strip featuring the dog. ‘Bo’ (1940–1956) became his most popular strip.

In the 1940s, ‘Bo’ strips were reprinted in anthology comic books such as “Popular Comics” (Dell) and “Big Shot Comics” (Columbia).

Charlton produced three issues of “Bo” in 1955, with longer stories. It’s not clear from research whether these were strip reprints or new stories — can anyone confirm which?

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(Beck created the cover of “Bo” #2, August 1955)

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‘Brösel’ is the pen name of Rötger Feldmann (born 17 March 1950, Germany), an underground comix artist best known for his character ‘Werner’.

The first ‘Werner’ story appeared in 1978. In addition to his many albums, ‘Werner’ was adapted to three movies in the 1990s.

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(Brösel created the cover of “Werner” 2 - Alles klar?, 1982)

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Kate Worley (16 March 1958 – 6 June 2004, USA) was a songwriter and singer, a comedy writer and radio actor, and a comic-book writer and colorist, who died young from a cancer.

While working in a radio comedy group she met comics artist and singer Reed Waller — they became personal and creative partners for many years, beginning with songwriting.

Waller created the erotic soap-opera comic ‘Omaha the Cat Dancer’ in fanzines in the late 1970s and then in comics. Worley shortly became the writer and the two collaborated on the series through 1995.

She also wrote “Roger Rabbit” stories (Disney Comics, 1990–1991), adapted “John Jakes’ Mullkon Empire” (Tekno Comics, 1995–1996), and contributed to “The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest” (Dark Horse, 1996–1997).

She and Waller separated personally and professionally in the mid-1990s and Worley later married comics creator James Vance. (She and Vance had two children.)

In 2002, she was diagnosed with cancer and reconciled with Waller to create the end of the “Omaha” series. She died in 2004 and Vance finished the project for her.

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(Rick Hoberg and Steve Leialoha created the cover of “Roger Rabbit” #1, June 1990, with the main story written by Worley)

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Steve Lafler (born 16 March 1957, USA) has created comics from an early age. He formed Cat-Head Comics after graduating from university and published a collection of his school strips in 1980, “Benb and Gerald”.

He is known for “Dog Boy” (at Cats-Head in 1983, at Fantagraphics 1987–1988) and “Bughouse” (at Cat-Head in 1996, at Top Shelf in 2000).

Lafler has appeared in anthology comics at Fantagraphics such as “Critters”, “Itchy Planet”, and “Real Girl”. Cat-Head published the anthology “Buzzard” (1990–1998), which he and partner Stephen Beaupre edited.

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(Lafler created the cover of “Dog Boy” #1, March 1987)

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R.I.P. Michael Fleisher

Michael Fleisher (born 1 November 1942, USA, died 2 February 2018) was an author; comics writer, editor, and historian; and anthropologist.

In the early 1970s, he wrote a three-volume “Encyclopedia of Comic Book Heroes” (still in print) and began his professional career in comics.

He wrote short stories for the DC Comics mystery/horror anthologies from 1972. In 1974, he began writing two features for which he is still well-known.

He and artist Jim Aparo revised ‘The Spectre’ in “Adventure Comics” (1974–1975). Under the tutelage of editor Joe Orlando, the stories focused on the character administering gruesome deaths to evil antagonists. They were later collected as “Wrath of the Spectre”.

He also took over ‘Jonah Hex’, following the feature’s creator John Albano. He wrote the western character in “Weird Western Tales” (1974–1977) and “Jonah Hex” (1977–1985), followed by the science-fiction character in “Hex” (1985–1987).

He scripted the original “Shade, the Changing Man” (1977–1978) with creator Steve Ditko.

At the same time, he published at Marvel. He wrote “Spider-Woman” (1979–1980), “Ghost Rider” (1979–1982), and stories in other titles.

He also wrote “The Savage Sword of Conan” (1981–1985) and “Conan the Barbarian” (1983–1989).

Following “Hex” at DC, he wrote the licensed series “MASK” (1987), the harsh super-hero “Haywire” (1988–1989), and the opening issues of Jan Duursema’s “Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Comic Book” (1988–1989).

He wrote the science-fiction feature ‘Harlem Heroes’ in “2000 A.D.” (1990) along with ‘Rogue Trooper’ and other stories there and in other British titles.

After leaving comics in the early 1990s, he pursued and in 1997 earned a doctorate in anthropology.

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Dan Adkins (15 March 1937 – 3 May 2013, USA) was an artist who worked mainly for comic books and science-fiction magazines.

In 1964, he joined the Wally Wood Studio as Wood’s assistant. The two collaborated on stories for “Creepy” and “Eerie” (Warren). He worked on Wood’s ‘T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents’ titles (Tower Comics), drawing many ‘Dynamo’ stories during his 16 months in the Wood Studio.

During his long career, Adkins has worked for Charlton, DC Comics, Dell Comics/Western Publishing, Eclipse, Harvey, Marvel, Pacific Comics, and other publishers. His art has appeared in hundreds of comics, and he has inked over a wide variety of pencil artists.

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(Adkins created the cover of “The X-Men” #31, April 1967)

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Gerhard Seyfried (born 15 March 1948, Germany) is a political artist and writer whose career began in the 1970s in underground comics.

He had to leave art school in Munich in 1969 due to violations of the 1968 emergency regulations (the controversial extension of the Basic Law). He became a cartoonist and caricaturist, freelancing for commercial and civic work.

In 1971, he moved to Berlin and from 1976 was part of the squatters’ movement, which became the setting for his underground comix of the time.

Seyfried’s first album was “Wo Sall das Alles enden?”, a history of the German left (Rotbuch, 1978), followed the next year by “Freakadellen und Bulletten” (“Freaks and Bullets”).

He collaborated with Jay Kinney on a story in “Anarchy Comics” #1 (Last Gasp, 1978), and with Paul Mavrides and Gilbert Shelton on a story in “The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers” #12 (Rip Off Press, 1992).

Shelton has been a major influence on Seyfried’s art style, reflected as early as “Invasion aus dem Altag” (1980) and “Flucht aus Berlin”(“Escape from Berlin”, 1990).

His historical novels include —
• “Herero” (2003) about an uprising in German South-West Africa (now Namibia) in 1904
• “Der schwarze Stern der Tupamaros” (2004) based on his own experiences in the red and black of Munich in the early 1970s
• “Gelber Wind oder Der Aufstand der Boxer” (2008) about the Boxer Rebellion in China in 1900

Seyfried received the Max und Moritz Prize for Best Comics Artist at Erlangen in 1990. He received a Wilhelm Busch Prize for satirical poetry in 2007.

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(Seyfried created the cover of “Flucht aus Berlin”, 1990)

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Naoko Takeuchi (武内 直子, born 15 March 1967, Japan) is a comics creator best known for ‘Sailor Moon’. She has a degree in chemistry and is a licensed pharmacist, but chose to work in manga.

She received the Nakayoshi Comic Prize for Newcomers in 1985 for “Yume ja Nai no Ne” (“It’s Not a Dream”) and the Kodansha New Artist award for “Love Call” in 1986.

In 1991, Takeuchi created the one-shot science fiction story ‘Codename: Sailor V’ in the summer vacation issue of “RunRun”, which proved popular and became a regular feature.

She also created ‘Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon’ in “RunRun” that year, based on characters from ‘Codename’. She worked on both features until “RunRun” ended publication in 1997.

The anime adaptation of “Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon” is simply “Sailor Moon”, and that is the name of the English translations of the manga, also. The anime has become globally popular.

Through her studio Princess Naoko Planning, Takeuchi later created manga series such as “Love Witch” (2002) and “Toki*Meka!” (2005–2006).

Today, she occasionally creates new art for the 'Sailor Moon' website and for new editions of "Sailor Moon".

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(Takeuchi created the cover of “Sailor Moon” #1, October 1998)

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Hank Ketcham (14 March 1920 – 1 June 2001, USA) was a comics artist who began his career in the late 1930s as an animator for Walter Lantz and for Walt Disney.

Working as a freelance cartoonist after World War II, he was inspired by his son Dennis to create the ‘Dennis the Menace’ syndicated cartoon.

‘Dennis’ began in March of 1951, reached 30 million people world-wide within two years, and is still going strong today. Ketcham worked on it until his retirement in 1994.

When a Sunday ‘Dennis’ strip began in 1952, Ketcham hired writer Fred Toole and artist Al Wiseman to create both that strip and the comic books that began appearing late in 1953.

The comics were published until the early 1980s, first by Ned Pines, then by Hallden, and finally by Marvel. Ketcham contributed some covers for the comics, and they often included a few reprints of his daily cartoons.

Ketcham received the Reuben Award from the National Cartoonists Society in 1953. After his retirement, he painted full time.

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(Ketcham created the cover of “Dennis the Menace” #1, November 1981)

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