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International Milestones!

We recently got our 30,000 comic from Norway indexed, and with French we now have six languages with more than 10,000 issues indexed.

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


‘Storm P.’ was the pen name of Robert Storm Petersen (19 September 1882 – 6 March 1949, Denmark), a popular humorist in writing and in drawing.

His first comic strip appeared in 1906. ‘De tre små mænd og nummermanden’ (1913–1923) featured three mad-cap little men making mischief.

His most successful strip was ‘Peter og Ping’ (1922–1949) about a fellow and his friend/son who was a penguin. Ping’s silly expressions and jokes about life in Copenhagen made him especially popular with children, who could join a Ping Club.

Storm P. was also a painter and an actor. His trenchant essays on daily life, written as though by his dog, were collected in “Grog, My Dog-Tales 1926–1935”.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/p/p-storm.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Storm_Petersen
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/ybn9jw76

(Storm P. created the art on this Danish stamp issued during the centennial of his birth, 1982)

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Irene Vartanoff (born 18 September, USA) is an author and editor who has worked in comic books and romance publishing.

As a teenager, she was such a prolific and well-known comics letterhack that she made a cameo appearance in “The Flash” #195 (DC, March 1970). In 1972, she contributed the plot to a “Lois Lane” story and wrote a story in “Young Romance”.

That same year, she began working as an editor at Marvel. Dubbed ‘Poison I.V.’ at DC when she was a fan, she received a new sobriquet when Stan Lee nicknamed her ‘Impish Irene’.

From 1972 to 1976, she worked on the multitude of series that were busy reprinting the early Silver Age — “Marvel Super-Heroes”, “Marvel Spectacular”, “Marvel Tales”, “Marvel Triple Action”, and “Marvel’s Greatest Comics”.

Other reprint titles she was responsible for include “Weird Wonder Tales” and “Vault of Evil”, “Where Monsters Dwell” and “The Rawhide Kid”, “Our Love Story” and “Uncanny Tales”.

In addition to editing at Marvel, she occasionally colored stories there in series such as “Captain Marvel” and “Nova”.

From the 1980s, she edited at Harlequin, Bantam, Berkley, and other romance publishers. Her first novels appeared in 2015, including “Temporary Superheroine”.

Fellow author Scott Edelman (born 31 March 1955) is her husband.

In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/yck7ttxa

(Jack Kirby and Frank Giacoia created the cover art on “Black Panther” #4, July 1977, with the interior story colored by Vartanoff)

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Bill Schanes (born 18 September 1958, USA) is a comic-book editor, publisher, and distributor.

He co-founded Pacific Comics (1971–1984), an important small publisher of the period, with his brother Steve Schanes (born 19 April 1954).

He joined Diamond Comic Distributors in 1985, where he is now the Vice President for Purchasing.

Schanes received an Inkpot Award at San Diego in 1987.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Schanes
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/ycte2bcr
Pacific Comics in the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/ycppcha6

(Jack Kirby and Mike Royer created the cover art on “Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers” #1, November 1981, one of the earliest Pacific publications)

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Gary Groth (born 18 September 1954, USA) is a comics critic, editor, and publisher, who was active in comics fandom from the late 1960s.

In 1976, he co-founded Fantagraphics with Michael Catron (born 9 October 1955). They took over the adzine “The Nostalgia Journal”, renamed it “The Comics Journal” (TCJ), and created the premier USA critical magazine for sequential art.

As the editor of TCJ, he has encouraged rigorous criticism while arguing on behalf of the magazine against mainstream comics, work-for-hire, erotic comics, and other targets.

In addition to magazines, Fantagraphics is now a major publisher of comics, collections of classic strips and comics, and critical works.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Groth
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/yb9nq4oa

(Jaxon painted the cover art on “Los Tejanos”, 1982, an early Fantagraphics book, edited by Groth)

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Joe Kubert (18 September 1926 – 12 August 2012, USA) was a comics artist and editor, art teacher, and founder of The Kubert School.

He is well-known for his work on the DC Comics characters ‘Sgt. Rock’ and ‘Hawkman’ and for his own creations, such as ‘Tor’, ‘Son of Sinbad’, and ‘Viking Prince’. With writer Robin Moore, he created the syndicated strip ‘Tales of the Green Beret’.

He was born in Ukraine in an area now part of Poland and his family emigrated to the USA two months later. As a young teenager he began essentially apprenticing in the new comic-book industry.

He worked with the Chesler Studio and had work in titles from Holyoke, Quality, MLJ (now Archie Comics), and others.

In 1942, he began his life-long association with DC Comics by drawing features such as ‘Johnny Quick’, ‘Hawkman’, and ‘Sargon the Sorceror’.

In the mid-1950s, following his military service, he was managing editor at St. John. There he, his high-school friend Norman Maurer, and Norman’s brother Leonard Maurer produced the first 3-D comic books. He created ‘Tor’ there in 1954.

From the early 1960s, Kubert was a central figure in the Silver Age revival of DC Comics. He worked on seminal features such as ‘Viking Prince’ and co-created a new version of ‘Hawkman’ with writer Gardner Fox.

He and writer Robert Kanigher produced a large body of war stories, including the ‘Sgt. Rock’ stories and the memorable character ‘Enemy Ace’.

From 1967 to 1976, he was the Director of Publications at DC Comics. When DC acquired the license to Edgar Rice Burroughs properties in 1972, Kubert’s art defined the look of both “Tarzan” and “Korak, Son of Tarzan”.

In 1976, he and Muriel Kubert, his wife, established The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in Dover, New Jersey. Now called simply The Kubert School, it has developed a reputation for a demanding and intensive curriculum.

Kubert continued creating and teaching throughout his life. His honors include multiple Alley Awards and National Cartoonists Society Awards, and 1997 Eisner and Harvey awards for “Fax from Sarajevo”.

He was inducted into the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame (Harvey Awards) in 1997 and the Will Eisner Awards Hall of Fame in 1998. He received the Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Cartoonists Society in 2009.

Comics creators Adam Kubert (born 6 October 1959) and Andy Kubert (born 27 February 1962) are his sons. Comics editor Katie Kubert is his granddaughter.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Kubert
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/k/kubert.htm
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y73px2pd

(Kubert created the cover art on “Weird Worlds” #1, August-September 1972)

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‘Clod’ is the pen name of Claudio Onesti (born 18 September 1949, Italy), a comics creator who began his career in 1970.

He created the feature ‘Gli Olimpiastri’ in 1972 and took over ‘Nick Carter’ (in “Il Corriere dei Regazzi”) in 1974.

He began publishing in the French “Pif Gadget” in 1979 and in the German “Zack” in 1980. From the mid-1990s, he took over the humorous anti-war feature ‘Sturmtruppen’ after the death of its creator.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/clod.htm
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/yaxb3ud8

(Clod drew the image of Pif and Hercule on the cover of “Le Nouveau Pif” #800, 24 July 1984)

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Marco Rota (born 18 September 1942, Italy) is a comics artist, writer, and editor.

His first comic work was published in 1958. During the 1960s, he drew ‘Superman’ and ‘Batman’ stories and erotic comics.

His first Disney comic was a ‘Mickey Mouse’ story in 1971 but he soon established himself as a writer of ‘Donald Duck’ and ‘Scrooge McDuck” stories.

He was editor-in-chief of Disney Italia from 1974 to 1988.

He created Andold ‘Wild Duck’ Temerary, Donald’s medieval ancestor, with writer Gaudenzio Capelli. He drew “Buon compleanno, Paperino!” (1984; “From Egg to Duck” in the English translation), a biography of Donald Duck.

In addition to working with established characters, Rota also does original work. He currently works for the Danish publisher Egmont.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/r/rota_marco.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marco_Rota
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y8jtlmau

(Rota created this cover art on “Uncle Scrooge” #21 [425], December 2016)

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Tony Daniel (born 17 September, USA) is a comics creator whose career began in the 1990s.

He drew “X-Force” (1993–1995) and other titles at Marvel, “Elementals” (1995–1996) at Comico, and “Spawn” (1995–1996) at Image.

He created “The Tenth” at Image (1997) and also worked on “Tomb Raider: The Series” (2003–2004) and other titles there.

His work at DC Comics began with a run on “Teen Titans” (2005–2007) and includes “Batman” (2007–2010), “Justice League” (2012–2013), “Superman / Wonder Woman” (2013, 2014), and other titles.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/d/daniel_tony.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Daniel
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y7n74m39 (some explicit images)

(Daniel created this cover art on “Demon Knights” #1, November 2011, the second printing)

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Frank Page (born 17 September, USA) has been a cartoonist since his school days.

A collection of his editorial cartoons for the “Rome [N.Y.] Daily Sentinel”, “On the Page”, was published in 2001.

His comic strip ‘Bob the Squirrel’ began in 2002.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/p/page_frank.htm

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Hope Larson (born 17 September 1982, USA) is a comics creator and publisher.

Her earliest comics work was on the web, including “Salamander Dream”, which was released in print by AdHouse (2005). “Gray Horses” was similarly published by Oni Press (2006).

The graphic novel “Chiggers” (Simon & Schuster, 2008), about ‘nerdy teenaged girls’, is intended to have a sequel. Her adaptation of “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle was published in 2012 by Farrar Straus Giroux.

More recently, she has been collaborating as a writer. She and artist Brittney Williams created “Goldie Vance” (Boom! Studios, 2016). She and Rebecca Mock created “Compass South” (Macmillan, 2017) about runaway twins in 1860.

She is currently the writer of the new “Batgirl” series at DC Comics (since 2016), first with Rafael Albuquerque and now with Chris Wildgoose.

She founded Tulip Tree Press in 2006 and has published minicomics, prints, and a collection of the “House of Sugar” comic strip by Rebecca Kraatz.

For a decade, Canadian comics creator Bryan Lee O’Malley (born 21 February 1979) was her husband.

Larson won an Ignatz Award at Small Press Expo in 2006 for Promising New Talent. She won an Eisner Award in 2007 for “Gray Horses” and another in 2012 for “A Wrinkle in Time”.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hope_Larson
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/ybxkkz24

(Larson created the cover art on “Superior Showcase” #1, 2006)

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