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Cap Stubbs and Tippie
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Cap Stubbs and Tippie was a syndicated newspaper comic strip created by the cartoonist Edwina Dumm that ran for 48 years. At times the title changed to Tippie & Cap Stubbs or Tippie.

Dumm's strip about the young Cap and his dog Tippie debuted August 21, 1918, in an Ohio newspaper, The Columbus Monitor. Dumm continued to write and draw Tippie until her 1966 retirement (which brought the strip to an end).

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Bobbie Chase (born 21 August, USA) is a comics writer and editor.

She worked for Marvel in the 1980s and 1990s. In 1994–1995, she was one a Group Editor-in-Chief there. She is currently Vice President of Talent Development at DC Comics.

As an editor, she has helped launched the careers of such creators as Salvador Larroca and Jamal Igle, and worked closely with writer Peter David on his acclaimed run on “The Incredible Hulk”.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobbie_Chase
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/ydfmblru

(Various artists created the cover art on “New Talent Showcase 2017”, January 2018, edited by Chase)

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Gary Friedrich (born 21 August 1943, USA) is a comics writer best known for his work at Marvel.

His career began at Charlton (1966–1967) but he established his reputation on “Sgt. Fury” (Marvel, 1967–1973) and “Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD” (1968–1969). He returned to the series, now titled “Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos” (1977–1981).

He revived the classic western “Ghost Rider” (1967) with Dick Ayers and then co-created the supernatural motorcyclist ‘Ghost Rider’ (1973–1975) with Tom Sutton. He created ‘Son of Satan’ in a “Ghost Rider” issue in 1973.

He wrote for Atlas/Seaboard in 1975 but left comics in 1978.

He later wrote “Bombast” (Topps, 1993). This was a concept created by Jack Kirby, and it gave Friedrich the opportunity to work again with Roy Thomas as plotter and Herb Trimpe and John Severin as artists.

“Sgt. Fury” won Alley Awards as Best War Comic in 1967 and 1968; Friedrich wrote all but the first few months of those two years.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Friedrich
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y7v6o9yt

(Dick Ayers created the cover art on “Ghost Rider” #1, February 1967)

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Marie Severin (born 21 August 1929, USA) has been a prolific comic book artist and colorist since the 1950s, when her coloring helped set the defining visual tone of EC Comics.

She is perhaps best known for her work at Marvel Comics, beginning after EC’s reduction to the black-and-white “Mad Magazine” back when Marvel was still called Atlas.

She was Marvel’s head colorist until 1972 (she was succeeded by George Roussos), when she turned her attention to drawing. She contributed to titles from “Not Brand Ecch” to “The Cat” to “Conan the Barbarian”.

Severin was inducted into the Will Eisner Awards Hall of Fame in 2001.

Comics creator John Severin (26 December 1921 – 12 February 2012) was her brother.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/severin_marie.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Severin
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/ybpbjp2e

(Al Feldstein created and Severin colored the cover art on “Weird Fantasy” #17, January-February 1951)

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‘Charb’ was the pen name of Stéphane Charbonnier (21 August 1967 – 7 January 2015, France), a comics creator and editor.

He was known for his satirical caricatures and was also a journalist. He became editor of “Charlie Hebdo” (“Charlie Weekly”) in 2009.

He was one of the victims of the murderous attack on the “Charlie Hebdo” offices in January 2015 carried out by religious extremists who were offended by cartoons published in the magazine.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/charb.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charb

(Charb created the cover art on “Charlie Hebdo” #985, 4 May 2011)

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Enrico Bagnoli (21 August 1925 – 8 September 2012, Italy) had his first comic stories published at age 15 and created his first series ‘Volpe’ (‘Captain Horn’ in France) in 1943.

In the late 1940s he drew for USA publishers (Fiction House, St. John) and from the mid-1950s he created stories for publishers throughout Europe (Dargaud, Fleetwood, Springer Verlag, and others).

In 1985, after having edited for many years, Bagnoli began drawing again for the “Martin Mystère” series at Bonelli, signing his work ‘Henry’. Shorty before his death at 87, he published a sequel to a story he had created in 1946.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/bagnoli_enrico.htm
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/yaaegnke

(Matt Baker created the cover art on “The Texan” #15, October 1951, which includes a story drawn by Bagnoli)

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Gian Giacomo Dalmasso (21 August 1907 – 12 September 1981, Italy) was a comics writer who began his career after being in the military.

He served in colonial possessions in North Africa and in World War II. After the war, he began writing humor articles and in 1947 began writing comics.

He is known for his co-creation of ‘Pantera Bionda’ (‘Blonde Phantom’) with artist Ingam (Enzo Magni), which ran from 1948 to 1950.

Borrowing heavily from USA characters such as ‘Sheena’ and ‘Nyoka’, the character was a blonde westerner raised by a Chinese woman in Borneo. She fought criminals and surviving Imperial Japanese soldiers in a loincloth, which raised the ire of censors.

From 1958, he worked on Disney stories for Arnoldo Mondadori Editore. He immersed himself in the USA animations and comics and became the in-house expert on characterization and continuity.

He frequently collaborated with artist Giuseppe Perego, for example on the framing pages in the reprint series “I Classici di Walt Disney” (1957+).

With Giovan Battista Carpi, he adapted “Hamlet” in a Mickey Mouse story (1960) and similarly, “Michael Strogoff” by Jules Verne (1966).

At Wikipedia (in Italian) — https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gian_Giacomo_Dalmasso
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/yb4edx4t

(An unknown artist created the cover art on “Serie-nytt” #26/1958, 2 July 1958, a Swedish edition reprinting a ‘Davy Crockett’ story by Dalmasso)

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Bill Rechin (20 August 1930 – 21 May 2011, USA) was a comics creator who worked in syndicated newspaper strips.

His first creation was ‘Pluribus’ (1970), set in the founding years of the USA.

He is widely known for ‘Crock’, a strip depicting the French Foreign Legion, which he co-created with Don Wilder and Brant Parker (1975+).

He and Wilder also created the sports feature ‘Out of Bounds’ (1986+), for which he received the Newspaper Panel Cartoon Award of the National Cartoonist’s Society in 1992.

After his death, his son Kevin Rechin continued ‘Crock’ for an additional year.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/r/rechin_bill.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Rechin
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y9wblxhh

(Rechin and Wilder created the cover art on “Crock, You’re All Heart!”, October 1981)

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Jack O’Brien (20 August 1921 – 8 December 1984, USA) was a comics creator active in the 1950s and 1960s.

His humor cartoons appeared in comics published by Charlton, Ziff-Davis, Toby, and others. In 1962 he created “Cool Cat” at Prize, which took over the numbering of “Black Magic” for its three-issue run.

In the mid-1960s he began working on various ‘Sad Sack’ titles for Harvey. He created and drew all 13 issues of the ‘G. I. Juniors’ feature in “Harvey Hits” (1964–1967).

In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y9wblxhh

(O’Brien created the cover art on “Cool Cat” v9#2, July-August 1962)

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H. P. Lovecraft (20 August 1890 – 15 March 1937, USA) was an influential author of supernatural horror stories, particularly known for his ‘Cthulhu Mythos’ of elder gods and eldritch terrors.

He published only in pulp magazines to a small audience and died in poverty. But his work has grown in popularity and in its effect on other creators with every passing decade.

His stories and his characters have been re-told and re-imagined in prose, comics, and film.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._P._Lovecraft
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/ycfj5x5j

(Bernie Wrightson created the cover art on “Tower of Shadows” #9, January 1971, illustrating an interior Lovecraft story adapted by Roy Thomas and Tom Palmer)

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