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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


Waldo Van Gheluwe (b. 1949)

1949 May 7
Van Gheluwe, son of expressionist painter Stefaan Van Gheluwe (1906-1963) is self-taught. He was first published in the early 1980s in the magazine 'Magnum'. Failing to find a larger audience, Van Gheluwe stopped doing comics altogether and turned to painting. In 2007 he returned to comics, where he has since become quite prolific. At a rate of an album a year, he has produced 'De overlevenden van Kish', 'Eridu', 'De Schim' (with writer Filip Hellemans) and short stories for the western character Viking Cowboy in anthology 'Sheriff Classics' (with Ramon Schenk).

Rick Veitch (b. 1951)

1951 May 7
Personal email exchange with Rick Veitch on Who is Marvin Kilroy?
On Aug 16, 2020, at 10:49 PM,
"Rick, I was updating the 1963 entries in the grand comic database and noticed that Marvin Kilroy is a pseudonym. After 25+ years, it might be time to let the cat out of the bag.
Since he only worked on issues you worked on, I am guessing you know him quite well...wink, wink, nod, nod. Hope you can help, Ron Sadowski"

From: Rick Veitch
Sent: Monday, August 17, 2020 7:21 AM
To: Ron S
Subject: Re: Who is Marvin Kilroy?
'Twas I.
Say no more, sahib!
Rick

Jean Frisano (b. 1927)

1927 May 6 - 1987 August 8
Jean Frisano est un peintre, dessinateur et illustrateur français, né le 6 mai 1927 à Gagny et mort le 8 août 1987 à Velleron (Vaucluse). Il est surtout connu pour son rôle de passeur de culture. En effet c'est grâce à son travail sur les couvertures mettant en scène des super-héros qu'il popularisa ces personnages, alors peu connu du public français, en les mettant en valeur pour Strange et d'autres revues des éditions Lug dans les années 1960-1980.

Vilhelm Hansen (b. 1900)

1900 May 6 - 1992 December 23
Vilhelm Hansen and Carla Hansen were an artistic couple. He was a trained lithographist, while she was a writer. Vilhelm worked mainly as an advertising artist between the two World Wars, and only started making comics and illustrating the tales written by Carla in the 1940s.

Their collaborative comic Rasmus Klump, about the adventures of a bear, a pelican, a penguin, and some other animals, debuted in Denmark on November 17, 1951, as a daily comic strip. It soon became one of the most popular European children comics, being translated and distributed into many languages and countries, mainly by the publishing houses Carlsen Comics and Casterman. While they no longer wrote or drew the stories after 1965, it was their names that stayed on the albums.

Lin Streeter (b. 1915)

1915 May 6 - 1968 October 18
Syndication work:
- Gripes and Grins daily (The Associated Newspapers) 1945-XX-XX - 1945-XX-XX [daily panel was done while a Corporal in the U.S. Army stationed in Europe. Appeared in military newspapers only?].
- Sergeant Stony Craig daily (Bell Syndicate) 1946-07-15 - 1946-12-14 [end of comic strip].

Streeter enlisted in the U.S. Army on April 3, 1942, at Newark, New Jersey. Previously, he enlisted in the New York City National Guard on December 19, 1935. During his time in the service, Lin was the staff cartoonist for the 22nd Infantry's mimeographed newspaper/newsletter, "The Double Deucer".

W. W. Denslow (b. 1856)

1856 May 5 - 1915 March 29
W. W. Denslow is best known for his illustration of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum. He also created the comic strip, Billy Bounce (McClure Syndicate) Sunday only strip. Denslow wrote, penciled, and inked the comic strip from 1901-11-10 - 1905-12-03.

Floyd Gottfredson (b. 1905)

1905 May 5 - 1986 July 22
Arthur Floyd Gottfredson (May 5, 1905 — July 22, 1986) was an American cartoonist best known for his defining work on the Mickey Mouse comic strip. He learned cartooning via a correspondence course and was working as a cartoonist for trade magazines and a local Salt Lake City paper by the late '20s. In 1928 he moved to southern California, and in 1929 he was hired as an in-betweener by the Disney Studio.

In early 1930, a few months after the launch of the Mickey Mouse newspaper strip, Ub Iwerks and Win Smith, the original artists, left Disney, and Gottfredson was asked by Walt Disney to take over on a temporary basis. Shortly after, Disney, who had been writing the stip, asked Gottfedson to take over that aspect as well. Gottfredson was later asked to take on the Sunday strip as well, and was eventually promoted to head of the Disney comics department, overseeing the Mickey daily and Sunday strips, the Donald Duck daily and Sunday, and the Silly Symphonies Sunday. He usually plotted and pencilled the Mickey strips, but relied on assistants to handle the writing and inking. He pencilled the strip until his retirement in 1975.

坂口尚 (b. 1946)

1946 May 5 - 1995 December 22
Hisashi Sakaguchi (坂口尚) is a highly esteemed manga artist and animator who worked for Osamu Tezuka's studio on series like Astro Boy, Ribon no Kishi (リボンの騎士 / Princess Knight) and The Jungle Emperor (ジャングル大帝). His published works include Akkanbe Ikkyu (あっかんべェ一休), Ishi no Hana (石の花 / Fleur de Pierre), Jyuni-shoku Monogatari (Twelve Color Tale), Kigen Girushia (紀元ギルシア / The Greek Epoch), Gekko Shawa (Moonlight Shower) and Version.

Lyman Anderson (b. 1907)

1907 May 4 - 1993 May 30
Lyman Anderson (1907-1993) was an American illustrator who worked primarily for magazines and advertising.

Anderson started in illustration in the late 1920s, working a lot for pulps. From 1935 to 1938, he designed the comic strip adaptation of the detective series Inspector Wade for King Features Syndicate. After the war, he devoted himself to magazine and advertising illustration while teaching until 1972 at the Famous Artists School in Westport, Connecticut.

山田金鉄 (b. ????)

????? May 4
Kintetsu Yamada (山田金鉄) is the creator of the manga series Sweat and Soap (あせとせっけん).

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46,085 creators
164,552 series
1,741,666 issues
139,422 variant issues
384,170 issue indexes
958,654 covers
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