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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


Jack Jackson (b. 1941)

1941 May 15 - 2006 June 8
In 1964, Jackson self-published the one-shot God Nose, which is considered by some to be the first underground comic in the modern sense, discounting “Tijuana bibles”. He moved to San Francisco in 1966, where he became art director of the dance-poster division of the Family Dog psychedelic rock music-promotion collective. In 1969, he co-founded Rip Off Press, one of the first independent publishers of underground comix, with three other Texas transplants, Gilbert Shelton, Fred Todd, and Dave Moriaty. Despite this, most of his underground comics work (heavily influenced by EC Comics) was published by Last Gasp, including frequent contributions to the Last Gasp anthology Slow Death. (Jaxon left his affiliation with Last Gasp in c. 1991.)

In addition to Slow Death, Jackson contributed to a selection of other underground comix, including Barbarian Comics (California Comics) and Radical America Komiks (Radical America Magazine). In the 1980s Jaxon contributed historical comics to Fantagraphics' Graphics Story Monthly and a number of Kitchen Sink Press titles, including BLAB! and the 11-part, 126-page "Bulto… The Cosmic Slug," about a space creature's effect on the people of the ancient Southwest, which was serialized in Death Rattle. Jackson did freelance work for Marvel Comics as a colorist from 1988-1991.

Jackson was also known for his historical work, documenting the history of Native America and Texas, including the graphic novels Comanche Moon (1979), Recuerden El Alamo (1979), Los Tejanos (1982), The Secret of San Saba (1989), Lost Cause (1998), Indian Lover: Sam Houston & the Cherokees (1999), El Alamo (2002), and the written works like Los Mesteños: Spanish Ranching in Texas: 1721–1821 (1986), Indian Agent: Peter Ellis Bean in Mexican Texas (2005), and many others.

Alvaro Mairani (b. 1913)

1913 May 15 - 1997 month? day?
Alvaro Mairani trained at the l'Accademia di Bergamo and at L'Accademia dell'Arte Applicata del Castello di Milano.
He began his career shortly after World War II, working for publisher Giovanni De Leo on the periodicals Tiger and Avventure. In 1949, he started work for Universo, where he took over 'Il Principe Azzurro' and launched 'Il Cavaliere Ideale' in L'Intrepido. He has illustrated nearly all the covers for the Albi dell'Intrepido collection from issue 253 onwards.

Antonio Rubino (b. 1880)

1880 May 15 - 1964 July 1
Antonio Rubino was an illustrator, cartoonist, animation director, screenwriter, playwright, author and poet.

Rubino graduated in law, then changed focus to drawing, debuting as the illustrator of Alberto Colantuoni's book L'Albatros. After collaborating with several newspapers and magazines, in 1908 he started a collaboration as illustrator and cartoonist with the children's magazine Corriere dei Piccoli, for which he created numerous successful comic characters, notably Quadratino and Italino. In the 1920s and 1930s Rubino was also chief-editor and sometimes founder of several children's publications, such as Il Balilla, Topolino, Mondo Bambino, Mondo Fanciullo. Rubino also directed several animated films, debuting in 1942 with Paese dei Ranocchi (The Land of the Frogs) which won the best film award at the Venice Film Festival in the animation cateqory.

Eugenio Zoppi (b. 1923)

1923 May 15 - 2004 July 28
Eugenio Juan Zoppi was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1923. By 1945, Zoppi was doing production jobs at the publishing house Columba, where met Alberto Breccia, who encouraged him to start drawing.

Zoppi's career blossomed in the 1950s, during which his work was found the most important Argentinian magazines of the time. In 1948 he published his first works, illustrating "The Treasures of the Queen of Sheba" and "Fantomas" in the newspaper La Epoca.

Beginning in the early '50s, Zoppi took over drawing the "Misterix" series, created by Alberto Ongaro and Paul Campani. In 1957 he created the character "Ray Kent."

After leaving "Misterix" in 1962, Zoppi drew "Futureman" and "Birdman." He also published humorous drawings, some of them signed as "Eugenio." In 1968 he created the character "Charlena."

In 1971 he worked as the Editorial Director of the comic book supplement Mac Perro, for Billiken magazine, and in the middle of the decade he began his collaboration with Editorial Record, creating works such as "Appointment with Destiny" and "Etienne and the Thirty Thousand."

At the beginning of the decade of the '80, he was president of the Association of Cartoonists of Argentina.

He passed away on July 28, 2003.

あろひろし (b. 1959)

1959 May 15
Mangaka. Creator of Futaba-Kun Change!

武井宏之 (b. 1972)

1972 May 15
Hiroyuki Takei (武井宏之) is a manga artist. His most well-known work is Shaman King (シャーマンキング). Other works of his include Butsu Zone (仏ゾーン), Jumbor (ユンボル -Jumbor), Hyper Dash! Yonkuro (ハイパーダッシュ!四駆郎), Nekogahara (猫ヶ原), Shaman King the Super Star and Shaman King Flowers (シャーマンキングFlowers). He also collaborated with Stan Lee on the series Ultimo (機巧童子ULTIMO).

Brad Anderson (b. 1924)

1924 May 14 - 2015 August 30
Creator, writer and artist of the long-running single panel cartoon about a large dog, Marmaduke.

Jon Blummer (b. 1904)

1904 May 14 - 1955 October day?
Syndication:
Hop Harrigan [daily] (writer; pencils; ink) in 1942.
The Lone Ranger [daily and Sundays] (pencil; ink) in 1939 for King Features Syndicate.
The Sea Hound [daily] (pencil; ink) in 1944-1946 for King Features Syndicate.

Charles Winans (b. 1939)

1939 May 14 - 2007 March 15
Texas based artist. Has credits in Yellow Dog #5 (1968) and Skip Williamson's The Conspiracy Capers.

Fred Ludekens (b. 1900)

1900 May 13 - 1982 March 20
An accomplished American artist and illustrator, Ludekens has comics credits on various western-themed premiums from 1955 to 1963 for Wrangler.

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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.
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Statistics
14,204 publishers
46,461 creators
164,685 series
1,743,141 issues
139,894 variant issues
384,784 issue indexes
960,821 covers
3,134,250 stories