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Tatjana Wood (

Tatjana Wood (née Tatjana Weintraub, in Darmstadt, Germany) is an American artist and comic book colorist.

Tatjana's father was Jewish, and her mother was Christian. During World War II, she and her brother were sent to an international Quaker boarding school in the Netherlands. Gaining Dutch citizenship was not easy, so after World War II, the Quakers arranged for the two to travel to New York City in 1947. Karl went on to the University of Chicago, while Tatjana stayed in New York, attending the Traphagen School of Fashion. In 1949, she met Wally Wood, and they married August 28, 1950.

During the 1950s and 1960s, she sometimes made uncredited contributions to Wood's artwork. One of the stories she worked on was "Carl Akeley" in EC Comics' Two-Fisted Tales #41 (February–March 1955). She did a number of animal drawings for that story.

Later, beginning in 1969, she did extensive work for DC Comics as a comic book colorist. She was the main colorist for DC's covers from 1973 through the mid-1980s. Wood did coloring work on the interiors of comics as well, including Grant Morrison's acclaimed run on Animal Man, Alan Moore's issues of Swamp Thing, and Camelot 3000. She won the Shazam Award for Best Colorist in 1971 and 1974. Tatjana has had no significant credits in the comics industry since 2003.

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Brian Bolland (born 26 March 1951, UK) began his career as a comics artist in the 1970s, in fanzines and underground comics.

Working for an agency, he and Dave Gibbons drew a Nigerian super-hero feature (1975–1977) that Bolland describes as “the very best kind of training ground” for graphic story-telling.

He drew ‘Judge Dredd’ in “2000 AD” from shortly after its creation in 1977 through 1981. He helped define the visual appearance of the feature and created characters as diverse as Judge Anderson and Walter the Wobot.

Bolland was one of the ‘British Invasion’ artists who began working in the USA market from about 1979. He has primarily been a cover artist, producing elegant, expressive images that are widely popular.

He drew the Mike Barr story “Camelot 3000” (1982–1985) at DC Comics, as well as “Batman: The Killing Joke” (1988), the Alan Moore story that notoriously paralyzed Barbara Gordon, the erstwhile Batgirl.

He is particularly known for his long runs of covers on “Animal Man” (1988–1993), “Batman: Gotham Knights” (2000–2004), and “The Invisibles” (1997–2000).

In addition to many more DC titles, he has drawn covers for First Comics, Eclipse Comics, Dark Horse, and other publishers.

Bolland received an Inkpot Award in 1982 and an Eagle Award for Favourite Artist in 1983. Solo and with Alan Moore, he received multiple Eisner Awards and multiple Harvey Awards for “Batman: The Killing Joke” in 1989.

Beginning in 1992, he has received five Eisner Awards for Best Cover Artist. “The Art of Brian Bolland” received the Eisner Award for Best Comics-Related Book in 2007.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/bolland_brian.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Bolland
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/ZW5fT

(Bolland created the cover of “A1” #3, 1990)

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José Luis García-López (born 26 March 1948, Spain) is a comics artist now working primarily in the USA market. His family moved to Argentina in 1952 and his career began there in the late 1960s.

He began drawing for Charlton romance titles around the same time. He moved to New York City in 1974 and soon began working for DC Comics.

From 1975 to 1982, he worked on “Superman” covers and stories and established himself as one of the most popular artists on the character.

In 1975, he and Gerry Conway created “Hercules Unbound”. He took over Michael Fleischer’s ‘Jonah Hex’ in “Weird Western Tales” in 1977 and continued into the early issues “Jonah Hex” (1977–1980).

García-López was also the initial artist on the Superman team-up title, “DC Comics Presents” in 1978. He drew “DC Special Series” #27 in 1981, a tabloid-size book featuring the cross-company team-up of Batman and the Hulk.

In 1982, he created the style guide used as a reference by licensees of DC characters, and has created or contributed to other licensing guides in the decades since.

He worked on every issue of “Atari Force” (1984–1985). He drew Gerry Conway’s “Cinder and Ashe” mini-series (1988).

He drew the ‘Metal Men’ story in “Wednesday Comics” (2009) and DC published a book collection of his ‘Superman’ stories in 2013.

García-López was nominated for an Eisner Award in 1992 for “Twilight” and in 1997 for “Doctor Strangefate”.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/g/garcia-lopez_jl.htm
At Wikipedia — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/José_Luis_García-López
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/Xh4M30ag7Tu

(García-López created the cover of “Sweethearts” #105, August 1969)

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Florenci Clavé (26 March 1936 – 1 August 1998, Spain) was a comics creator who began his career at a Barcelona agency supplying work for the British market. He also drew for the children’s magazine “L’Intantil”.

Around 1966, he moved to France and began working at Dargaud. In “Pilote”, he and François Gépral created the war feature ‘Rémy Herphelin’ (1966–1970).

In the 1970s and 1980s, he and writer Guy Vidal produced ‘Ned Kelly’ stories in “Pilote” and features such as ‘Les Innocents d’El Oro’ (1977) and ‘Sang d’Arménie’ (1985).

During this period Clavé also appeared in “Charlie Mensuel”, “TV Gadget”, and “Circus”. In the last, he and Christian Godard produced ‘La Bande à Bonnot’ (1977) and ‘Les Dossiers de l’Archange’ (1987).

He moved to Madrid in the mid-1980s and through the 1990s published in Spain as well as France.

Comics artist Monstserrat ‘Montse’ Clavé (born 1946) is his sister.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/clave-florenci.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/ZW2R6
In the IMDb — http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3133901/

(Clavé created the cover art on “Collection Pilote” #4, October 1977)

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Death (http://ow.ly/d6Xg30agc28)

Death of the Endless is a DC character created for the series, The Sandman (1989–1996). The character first appeared in The Sandman vol. 2, #8 (August 1989), and was created by Neil Gaiman and Mike Dringenberg.

Like most anthropomorphic personifications of death, Death meets with the recently deceased and guides them into their new existence. However, unlike most personifications of death, she also visits people as they are born, according to Destruction in the Sandman Special: The Song of Orpheus. Evidently, only she seems to remember these encounters.

Physically, Death is also opposite to the traditional western culture personification of death. In The Sandman, Death instead appears as an attractive, pale young goth woman dressed in casual clothes — often a black top and jeans. She also wears a silver ankh on a chain around her neck, and has a marking similar to the eye of Horus around her right eye. She is pleasant, down-to-earth, perky, and has been a nurturing figure for both incarnations of Dream. This irony has helped make Death one of the most popular characters from Sandman.

Excerpted from http://ow.ly/UDf330agc5U

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Hanne Sigbjørnsen ( http://ow.ly/xK3W30afZ6p )

Hanne Monge Sigbjørnsen (born 1989) is a Norwegian cartoonist, blogger and nurse under the pseudonym "Tegnehanne". Her Tegnehanne blog has received acclaim by media outlets and awards.

Sigbjørnsen started her blog in 2010. Her blog features comic strips about the character Tegnehanne in events mainly inspired by real events. Her blog's genre is described by the website Sykepleien as "a cross between a comic and a blog"; she maintains that she's honest, an element that her audience likes. The majority of readers are females ages 20–30. She also created the comic H&M that was published online and on the publications Sandnesposten, Dagbladet, and Inside.

Sigbjørnsen's blog was named as blog of the year in the Vixen Blog Awards 2011. In 2012, she was honored by Nettavisen to have "Norway's most beloved blog." Siri Narverud Moen, a comic reviewer for NRK, noted the blog content's coverage of "life's trivialities" and that it "increasingly touches important questions of life and death" while reviewing the original book. Moen also praised the humor of the blog and its reflection to the truth. She was given the Pondus award in 2015, the first woman to do so.

excerpted from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanne_Sigbj%C3%B8rnsen

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Ruth Irene Brant (25 March 1921 – 18 June 2011, USA) graduated from Barnard College in 1943 and in the late 1950s began working at DC Comics.

She was a writer and editor on the romance line, taking over from Zena Brody (10 March 1928 – 12 June 1971). The GCD has credits for her in “Secret Hearts” and “Girls’ Love Stories”.

Brant left DC and moved to North Dakota in 1959, to care for her mother. She later married and lived in Arizona.

Obituary at Legacy.comhttp://ow.ly/ZUe9t
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/ZUeFP

(Tony Abruzzo may have drawn the cover of “Secret Hearts” #40, June-July 1957, which Brant edited)

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Peter van Straaten (25 March 1935 – 8 December 2016, The Netherlands) is a comics creator who began working for the newspaper “Het Parool” in 1958. He illustrated news reports, created political cartoons, and created various strips at the paper until 2012.

His daily strip ‘Vader & Zoon’ (‘Father & Son’) (1968–1987) was hugely successful, featuring a set-in-his-ways father and a slackabout son. It is collected in books and was adapted to a television series.

Other strips such as ‘Dagelijks Leven’ (‘Daily Life’) and ‘Doe ik 't goed?’ (‘Am I doing well?’) also feature satirical observations of everyday people.

Van Stratten received the 1983 Stripschapprijs (a fan award) and the 2006 Gooden Ganzenveer (a national cultural award). He received the Inktspotprijs (for political cartooning) five times from 1994 to 2016.

The illustrator Gerard van Straaten (17 April 1924 – 6 April 2011) was his brother.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/straaten_van_p.htm
At Wikipedia — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_van_Straaten
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/fOOb30afbKg

(Van Straaten created the cover art on “Vader & Zoon” #4, 1973)

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Spider-Woman ( http://ow.ly/aLOH30afiaO )

Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew) is a Marvel Comics superheroine. The character first appeared in Marvel Spotlight #32 (cover-dated February 1977), and 50 issues of an ongoing series titled Spider-Woman followed. At its conclusion she was killed, and though later resurrected in an Avengers story arc, she fell into disuse, supplanted by other characters using the name Spider-Woman.

Writer Brian Michael Bendis added Spider-Woman to the roster of the high profile New Avengers. In 2009, the character received her second self-titled limited series, written by Bendis, which ran for seven issues. As part of the 2014 Spider-Verse event, Spider-Woman began her third ongoing series, this time written by Dennis Hopeless. This series was interrupted by Marvel's 2015 Secret Wars event, and ended with issue #10. Spider-Woman was relaunched several months later with a new issue #1, still written by Hopeless and continuing the story from the previous volume.

excerpted from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider-Woman_(Jessica_Drew)

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Kate Charlesworth ( http://ow.ly/tA1d30afgYK )

Kate Charlesworth is a British cartoonist and artist who has produced comics and illustrations since the 1970s. Her work has appeared in LGBT publications such as The Pink Paper, Gay News, and AARGH. She has produced science comics for New Scientist (Life, the Universe and (Almost) Everything) and The Independent.

In 2015, her graphic novel Sally Heathcote: Suffragette was included in a list of the "top 10 books about revolutionaries" published by The Guardian.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Charlesworth

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