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GCD Comics Timeline
During the 1940s, he worked in comic books, first for All-American Comics (later DC Comics) and then for Timely (later Marvel).
In 1940, he created Green Lantern (Alan Scott) at All-American. He drew and Bill Finger wrote the feature in “All-American Comics”, “All Star Comics”, and “Green Lantern” through 1947.
He then went to Timely through the end of the decade. There, he drew stories of ‘Captain America’, ‘Human Torch’, and ‘Sub-Mariner’.
He left comics in 1950 for a career in commercial illustration.
In the 1980s, he published a few items at DC Comics and began to enjoy attention from fans. He was nominated for an Eisner Award the year of his death, 2011.
During his first year in comic books, he used the pen name ‘Mart Dellon’. He then signed his work with both ‘Mart Nodell’ and ‘Martin Nodell’.
Carrie Nodell was his wife from 1941. She assisted him, in a non-drawing capacity, on his work in comics and in commercial illustration. She is credited with lettering in some ‘Green Lantern’ stories.
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/n/nodell_martin.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Nodell
‘Mart Nodell’ in the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/yahhwrc8
‘Martin Nodell’ in the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/yc9ox7lz
(Nodell created the cover art, here inked by Jerry Ordway, on “Golden Age Green Lantern Archives” #1, DC: 1999)
After being a musician in the 1960s, he began publishing in comics around 1970. His early work was in collaboration with his longtime friend, artist Ivo Milazzo.
The pair famously created the Western feature ‘Ken Parker’ at Sergio Bonelli in 1977. Berardi shared the writing with Maurizio Mantero and the series continued through 1998. He and Milazzo founded Parker Editore in 1989 to reprint ‘Ken Parker’ stories and publish new ones.
He created the detective procedural series “Julia - Le avventure di una criminologa” (1998), also at Sergio Bonelli. Drawn by Luca Vannini, Sergio Toppi, Luigi Pittaluga, and others, the series is approaching 250 albums.
Among other honors, Berardi has received the Haxtur Award for Best Script three times from 1985 to 2011 and he tied with Michael Kaluta for the Author That We Love award there in 2008. He received a Yellow Kid award in Rome in 1995.
At Wikipedia (in Italian) — https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giancarlo_Berardi
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/ycl29lqx
(Marco Soldi created the cover art on “Julia” #1, Sergio Bonelli, October 1998)
While he has written comic stories and prose stories, as well as articles about comics and artists, he is most prolific as an editor and publisher.
He founded MU Press in 1990 and published nearly 300 comics through about 2006, primarily anthropomorphic titles.
Among his longest-running series were “Desert Peach” by Donna Barr (1990–1996) and “Rhudiprrt, Prince of Fur” by Dwight R. Decker and Teri S. Wood (1990–2004).
Another core title was the erotic anthology “Wild Kingdom” (1993–2003), followed by “Wild!” (2003–2005).
Vick added the Æon Press imprint in 1994. Through 1998, it published a mix of alternative titles such as “Those Annoying Post Brothers” (1994–1998) and other work by Matt Howarth.
Other Æon titles included “Boom Boom” by David Lasky (1994–1995) and Colin Upton’s “Buddha on the Road” (1996–1998).
In addition to his own books, he has edited for Phil and Kaja Foglio at Palliard Press and Xxxenophile Books (1992–1998).
MU Press in Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MU_Press
Writing in the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y9helst5 (some explicit images)
Editing in the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/yd44mu8a (some explicit images)
MU Press in the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y77qmkoh (some explicit images)
(Phil Foglio created the cover art on “A Very MU Christmas”, MU Press: 1992)
His USA work is primarily for Marvel and DC. At Marvel, he is known for “X-Men” (1997–1998), “Avengers Forever” (1998–2000), “Captain America” (2013–2014), and other series.
In 2000, he wrote and Jose Ladron drew an “Inhumans” limited series there and in 2017, he drew the first story arc in a new “Cable” series.
At DC, he and inker Jesus Merino have drawn “JSA” (2003–2004), “Superman / Batman” and “Superman” (2005–2007), and other series.
They also joined writer Kurt Busiek on the creator-owned “Arrowsmith” for the WildStorm imprint (2003–2004).
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/p/pacheco_carlos.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Pacheco
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/yamhsjfc (some explicit images)
(Pacheco and Jesus Merino created the cover art on “Arrowswith: Så smarte i deres fine uniformer”, G. Floy Studio: 2005, a Danish edition)
He moved to Brazil (working at Editorial Lainez and Columba) and then to the USA, where he eventually became a citizen.
He began working for Dell on comics such as “Indian Chief” and “Sergeant Preston of the Yukon” and movie adaptations such as ‘Alexander the Great’ (“Four Color” #688, May 1956).
Although he moved back to Italy in 1960, he continued to publish with Dell, Western, and other publishers in the USA and the UK.
He established Studio Giolitti in Rome, eventually employing more than 50 artists for clients in Germany and the UK in addition to Italy.
He remained a prolific artist for Dell and then for Western’s Gold Key imprint. He drew “Turok, Son of Stone” from 1961 through the late 1970s, bridging the change in publishers, and worked on the first “Star Trek” series during the same period.
His 1980s work includes the long science-fiction story ‘Cinque anni dopo’ (‘Five Years Later’) in “Comic Art” (1986–1988). He joined the team producing ‘Tex Willer’ (Bonelli) in 1989.
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/g/giolitti_alberto.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Giolitti
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y99obgk2
(Giolitti created the cover art on “Sergeant Preston of the Yukon [Quaker Oats giveaway]”, Western: 1956)
Long after her death, she remains globally popular for ‘Pippi Longstocking’, the bold, friendly girl with her red hair in pig-tails.
Pippi and many of Lindgren’s other creations have appeared in prose books, picture books, plays, films, comics, and animation.
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astrid_Lindgren
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y7decvzs
‘Pippi’ in the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y7kc2tps
In the IMDb — http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0511807/
(Ingrid Vang Nyman created the cover art on “Pippi” #1 - Pippi holder selskap, Fredhøis forlag: 1994, a Norwegian edition)
He served in the USA military during the Vietnam War. In 1986 he created a comic series intended to describe the war realistically, “The 'Nam” (Marvel), which he wrote through 1990.
During this period he also wrote “Justice Machine” (Comico, 1988–1989), “Roger Rabbit” (Disney, 1991), and stories in “Disney Adventures” digest (Disney, 1992).
Having written for the classic “Savage Tales” (1985–1986) at Marvel, he then wrote for the new “Savage Tales” (2007–2008) at Dynamite.
Also at Dynamite, he has written three “Jungle Girl” series (2008, 2009, 2015) from plots by feature artist Frank Cho, and he wrote “Athena” (2009).
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doug_Murray_(comics)
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/yabroz9o
(Fabiano Neves created this cover art on “Savage Tales” #7, Dynamite: 7 May 2008, illustrating a story by Murray)
His cartoon for the “San Francisco Herald”, variously titled but commonly called ‘The Little Bears’ (1892–1896), vies with Outcault’s ‘Yellow Kid’ for the title of first comic strip in the USA.
He moved to New York City in 1899, creating his most famous feature for the “New York Journal” — ‘Little Jimmy’ (1904–1958), about a kid who constantly gets into mischievous trouble.
He moved to Arizona in 1906 and spent the rest of his life in the American Southwest.
In addition to his syndicated strips, he created ‘Canyon Kiddies’ for “Good Housekeeping”, which ran for 42 years and was adapted in cartoons. It showed the growing influence of the high desert on his art.
Swinnerton also painted landscapes until 1965, to critical acclaim.
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/swinnerton.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Swinnerton
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/ya3rjzwe
(Swinnerton created the cover art on “Spøk og Spenning” #7/1950, Oddvar Larsen: 1950, a Norwegian reprint of a ‘Little Jimmy’ strip)
Many of his most famous works have been adapted in comics form, including “Treasure Island” (1883), “Kidnapped” (1886), and “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (1886).
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Louis_Stevenson
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/yaaell69
(An unknown artist created the cover art on “Four Color” #624 - Walt Disney’s Treasure Island, Dell: April 1955)
Tremblay was inducted into the Giants of the North hall of fame of the Doug Wright Awards in 2014.
Our condolences to his family and friends and to all of his fans.
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/t/tremblay_jack.htm
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/yaa9952e
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