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We reached 450,000 indexed issues !

We reached 450,000 indexed issues. The milestone issue was Il Grande Blek Anni 50 #v17#17 from the Italian reprint series from publisher Casa Editrice Dardo.


30 Years of the Grand Comics Database !

30 years ago the original announcement from Tim Stroup's on the Grand Comics Database first appeared on the Usenet group rec.arts.comics.misc on 1994-03-31 15:55:15 PST.

Founders included Jon Ingersoll, Bob Klein, and Tim Stroup.

Since then the GCD progressed and enhanced in database content and functionality, with ups and downs. In all that time, the database survived at least two major technology changes on the backend. All this was achieved by the contribution of work and time of several hundred of volunteers.

Thanks and congrats to all of us.


Updates To The Site! (Early 2024)

We deployed a different handling of characters from DC and Marvel in recent weeks. We now can record the universe from which a character originates. In the editing workflow this replaces the different character versions.

Examples of characters with different universes are:

Additionally one now can add the DC or Marvel universe in which a story takes place. One then can also see in which universe a character appeared in, or which stories take place in a given universe.

Examples are:

Note that most stories and characters are in the so-called mainstream universe. Since we do not want to track continuity, the mainstream universe is the at the time of publication standard universe for DC or Marvel, no matter the specific naming or continuity setup. In particular, no retroactive changes to the universe. We mainly want to be able to track stories and characters in DC or Marvel universes that are different from the standard universe. In other words, the mainstream universe is the default universe, unless a different universe is specified in the story or for the character.

We also added lists for characters, group and universes.

For publishers we added a list of creators that were published by it, e.g. for Norwegian publisher Hjemmet / Egmont.

That is in addition to all the other lists we added in the last year, where for navigation one often can further filter by country, language or publisher.

For all of these lists of course even more of our data needs to be migrated from text entries to linked records, or even entered at all. So, if you ever wondered about helping with the content of the database ?


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


Michael Chabon (b. 1963)

1963 May 24
Michael Chabon is an American novelist, screenwriter, columnist and short story writer who has worked on a number of comics and genres related projects.

Bud Thompson (b. 1905)

1905 May 24 - 1980 May 9
Additional biographical information is found in:
Lambiek: https://www.lambiek.net/artists/t/thompson_bruno.htm;
The Stripper's Guide, Ink-Slinger Profiles by Alex Jay: Bud Thompson, Tuesday, August 10, 2021: http://strippersguide.blogspot.com/2021/08/ink-slinger-profiles-by-alex-jay-bud.html

Syndication work:
Screen Oddities daily (Bell Syndicate) 1931-11-30 - 1938-03-19 [Work signed or credited as Thompson or Bruno Thompson or Charles Bruno. Pencil and ink work.]
Star Flashes daily (Bell Syndicate) 1938-03-21 - 1943-03-13 [Continuation of Screen Oddities. Work signed or credited as Bruno or Charles Bruno. Writing, pencil, and ink work.]

Bud Thompson was born Bernard Thompson and worked in comic strips, cartoons, and comic books under several names and aliases. His work in comic strips ran from 1931 to 1943 and in comic books on and off from about 1942 to about 1955.

Under his Bernard Thompson name, Bud did cartoons from the 1940s until the 1960s.

Thompson emigrated with his family to the United States from England via Montreal, Canada sometime in July 1911. The family settled in Hennepin, Minnesota per the 1920 census, and eventually moved to St. Louis Park, Hennepin County, Minnesota where Thompson was raised. Thompson would marry Evelyn "Ev" Syverson before 1930. By 1937, the Thompsons were living in Hollywood, California in the house of the late magician Harry Houdini. At the time of his death, Thompson was living in Savannah, Georgia.

渡辺信一郎 (b. 1965)

1965 May 24
Shinichiro Watanabe (渡辺信一郎) is an anime TV and film director known for Carole & Tuesday (キャロル&チューズデイ), Cowboy Bebop (カウボーイビバップ), Samurai Champloo (サムライチャンプルー) and Space☆Dandy (スペース☆ダンディ).

Aslan (b. 1930)

1930 May 23 - 2014 February 11
Aslan was a French painter, sculptor and pin-up artist who is best known for his contributions to the French erotic magazine Lui. He attended Les beaux-arts de Bordeaux in 1945 and the following year was admitted to L'école superieur des Beaux-Arts de Paris.
During military service he sculpted a bust of the Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny, and went on to create wax figures for Madame Tussaud’s in London and the Musée Grévin in Paris. He illustrated children’s books and branched out into advertising, record and book jackets. From 1963 to 1981, he produced pin ups for the French magazine Lui and its US sister title Oui, and some were used on calendars for car manufacturers like Fiat.
His comics works include illustrations for Dargaud and covers for various magazines such as Menelik.

Elwood H. Smith (b. 1941)

1941 May 23
Illustrator, cartoonist, musician, animator.

ゆあま (b. 1995)

1995 May 23
Yuama (ゆあま) is a manga artist and illustrator known for the series Kimi to Tsuzuru Utakata (君と綴るうたかた) and Ikemen Sugidesu Shiki-senpai! (イケメンすぎです紫葵先パイ!/ The Girl I Want is So Handsome!).

トビナトウヤ (b. 1980)

1980 May 23 - 2017 October 16
Touya Tobina (トビナトウヤ) was a manga artist. Works included Jiu Jiu (JIUJIUー獣従ー), Keppeki Shōnen Kanzen Sōbi (潔癖少年完全装備 / Cleanliness Boy Fully Equipped), Sarashi Asobi (さらしあそび), Kaibutsu Bangai no Shinigami (怪物番街の死神) and Roppan!! (ろっぱん!!).

緑川ゆき (b. 1976)

1976 May 23
Yuki Midorikawa (緑川ゆき) is a manga artist who made her debut in the November 1998 issue of LaLa DX magazine. Known for works like Natsume's Book of Friends (夏目友人帳 / Natsume Yūjinchō), Hotarubi no Mori e (蛍火の杜へ), Akaku Saku Koe (あかく咲く声), Atsui Hibi (アツイヒビ) and Hi-iro no Isu (緋色の椅子).

Carlyle Blackwell Jr. (b. 1913)

1913 May 22 - 1974 September 20
Actor and photographer, son of silent movie actor Carlyle Blackwell.

Arthur Conan Doyle (b. 1859)

1859 May 22 - 1930 July 7
Writer, famous for creating the character Sherlock Holmes.

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Statistics
16,390 publishers
74,512 creators
203,002 series
2,050,179 issues
192,920 variant issues
450,816 issue indexes
1,216,656 covers
3,923,749 stories