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We reached 300,000 indexed issues!

With the Norwegian comic Tempo #16/1972 we reached a new milestone for indexes issues.

Considering that from our almost 90.000 variant comics, more than 30.000 are variants of an indexed issue, we have even more comics with detailed information about the comic, the cover and other content.

Comics Creators

We now added the ability to record data about your favorite comics Creators: artists, writers, letterers, and even editors and production people!

To begin, thousands of names have been imported from Jerry Bails' Who's Who of American Comic Books 1928-1999. Dr. Bails spent a lifetime gathering information on comics Creators, often from interviews and questionnaires filled out by the Creators themselves. We now can have that information integrated into the Grand Comics Database and we are adding new information and new Creators daily.

You can find information on your favorite Creators using the Search function at the top of any page: just type in a name and select the default ‘Everything‘ or ‘Creator‘ from the drop-down list. There are also several new Creator related searches for e.g. awards or art influences.

If you have information to contribute, you can enter it through your indexing account. Creators can be added using the Add New link in the top bar of your editing page. Refer to new documentation in our wiki at the Formatting Documentation page.

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

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

Scott Mills (born 18 January 1972, USA) is a comics creator who won the Xeric Award in 1998 for his debut book “Cells”.

“Big Clay Pot” (Top Shelf, 2000) is about early migrants from the Korean Peninsula to the geologically-recent islands of very ancient Japan.

He won a 2002 Ignatz Award for his book “Trenches”, set on the Western Front of World War I.

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(Mills created the cover of “Extragalactic: The Beginning and the End”, 2008)

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Stephen DeStefano (born 18 January 1966, USA) is a comics artist and writer. He began his career in the mid-1980s contributing to “Blackhawk” and “House of Mystery” at DC Comics.

In 1986, he and writer Bob Rozakis created “’Mazing Man”, a quirky, friendly series that lasted until 1990. In 1989, he and Rozakis created the mini-series “Hero Hotline”, where he was inked by Kurt Schaffenberger.

DeStefano drew stories for “Critters” and “Itchy Planet” at Fantagraphics between 1988 and 1990. In the early 1990s, he worked at Disney Comics. In addition, he worked on “Bill & Ted” (Marvel) and did inks on “XXXenophile” (Palliard Press) and “Screwball Squirrel” (Dark Horse).

From the late 1990s, he has drawn stories for the Cartoon Network imprint at DC, as well as stories both humorous and super-heroic.

Since the 1990s, DeStefano has done animation character design and storyboarding for Walt Disney Studios. He worked on “The Ren & Stimpy Show” (1992–1996).

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(DeStephano drew this cover of “Martian Manhunter / Marvin the Martian Special”, August 2017)

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Martin Goodman (18 January 1908 – 6 June 1992, USA) was a publisher of pulp magazines, paperback books, men’s adventure magazines, and comic books.

In the early 1930s, he was hired by Louis Silberkeit (who would later co-found MLJ Comics, which became Archie Comics) as a pulp magazine editor. His line included science fiction in “Marvel Science Stories” and jungle adventures in “Ka-Zar”.

In 1939, Goodman founded Timely Publications to publish a market experiment, a comic book called “Marvel Comics” #1. Introducing characters such as Human Torch and Sub-Mariner, it sold out and then sold out a second printing.

He adopted the brand ‘Timely Comics’, hired Joe Simon as his first employee to be editor, and began publishing in earnest. In 1941, they introduced “Captain America”, created by Simon and artist Jack Kirby, which became so popular it fueled an expansion of Timely.

In the 1950s, ‘Timely Comics’ became known as ‘Atlas Comics’ and in 1961, ‘Marvel Comics’ was the brand for “The Fantastic Four” and the other titles of the Marvel Age of Comics. In the fall of 1968, Goodman sold the corporation and in 1972 he stepped down as publisher.

In 1974-75, he had a short-lived company called Seaboard Publications that put out color comics and black-and-white magazines under the ‘Atlas Comics’ brand.

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(Joe Maneely created the cover of “Kid Colt Outlaw” #17, November 1951)

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Patrick Lesueur (born 18 January 1952, France) is a comics artist whose career began in 1972 in “Pilote”.

Among other works, he drew a series of biographies of actors for Dargaud in the 1980s.

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(Lesueur created the cover of “Collectie Horizon” #1 - Douglas Dunkerk: Sharkville, 1992)

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Tony Bedard (born 17 January, USA) is a writer and editor who has worked in the comic book industry since the early 1990s.

His editing career began at Valiant (1994–1996). He briefly edited “Shi” and other titles at Crusade Comics (1996–1997) and was an editor and associate editor at DC Comics (1998–2002).

He wrote quite a few stories during his time at Valiant. He wrote exclusively for CrossGen from 2001 to 2004.

He wrote primarily for Marvel from 2004 to 2007, including “Exiles” during that whole time and the “Spider-Man: Breakout” mini-series (2005).

While he has also appeared in titles from Image and Moonstone, he has written primarily for DC since about 2006.

His early work there includes a run on “Birds of Prey” (2007–2009) and most the Legion series when it was called “Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes” (2006–2008).

He wrote the “R.E.B.E.L.S.”relaunch (2009–2011) and he wrote all of the New 52 “Blue Beetle” (2011–2013)and the first half of the New 52 “Green Lantern: New Guardians” (2011–2013).

He recently wrote the “Wonder Woman / Tasmanian Devil” issue of a Looney Tunes crossover and the “Suicide Squad / Banana Splits” issue of a Hanna-Barbera crossover (both 2017).

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(Barry Kitson created the cover of “Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes” #31, August 2007)

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Tom Brevoort (born 17 January 1967, USA) is a comic book writer and editor.

He is known for editing “New Avengers” (2005–2017), the “Civil War” event (2006–2007), and “Fantastic Four” (2001–2014).

When he writes, he often collaborates with Mike Kanterovich. They wrote the second half of “The Secret Defenders” (1994–1995), the “Fantastic Force” series (1994–1996), “The Untold Legend of Captain Marvel” mini-series (1997), and other stories.

He has been Executive Editor of Marvel Comics since 2007 and Senior Vice President of Publishing since 2011.

Brevoort received the ‘Best Editor’ Eisner Award in 1997.

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(Dante Bastianoni created the cover of “Fantastic Force” #1, November 1994)

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Ann Nocenti (born 17 January 1957, USA) is a journalist, writer, editor, and filmmaker best known for her work on comic books and magazines.

As an editor for Marvel Comics, she edited “New Mutants” and “The Uncanny X-Men” (both 1984–1988).

With artist collaborators, she created such Marvel characters as “Longshot” (1985),‘Typhoid Mary’ (in “Daredevil”, 1988), and ‘Blackheart’ (in “Daredevil”, 1989).

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(June Brigman and Bill Sienkiewicz created the cover of “The New Mutants” #17, July 1984, the first issue edited solely by Nocenti)

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Chu Fook Hing (17 January 1897 – August 1967, USA) was a second-generation Chinese-American artist. He was born in Hawaii and studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts in the early 1920s, where he met his Danish-American wife, Helga.

By 1943, the military draft for World War II had taken enough people from the nascent USA comics industry that Chu, Fred Eng, Ben Oda, Bob Fujitani, and other Asian-American artists began to work there.

Although he signed his works ‘Chu F. Hing’, Chu was his family name and his colleagues in comics knew him as Hing Chu.

He published in series such as “Blue Bolt” and “Target”. He is remembered in particular for his creation ‘The Green Turtle’, a Chinese-American super-hero who was revived and given an extensive back-story in “The Shadow Hero” by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew (First Second, 2014).

From 1948, Chu was a staff inker at Timely (which would become Marvel). He left comics in the mid-1950s.

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(Chu created the cover of “Target Comics” v4#8 [#44], December 1943)

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Ignasi Calvet Esteban (born 17 January 1948, Spain) is a comics artist who began his career part-time in the 1970s.

He drew “Kater Felix” (“Felix the Cat”) stories for Bastei in Germany, war stories for Fleetway in the UK, and Hanna-Barbera stories in Spain.

From 1980 he has drawn Disney comics for Egmont in Denmark. He drew a lot of ‘B-Gjengen’ (‘Beagle Boys’) stories, and since 1999 he has been the primary artist on ‘Paperino Paperotto’ (‘Young Donald’) since 1999.

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(Esteban created the cover of “Donald Duck & Co Ekstra”, Christmas 1987)

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Al Davison (born 16 January 1960, UK) is a comic book writer and artist.

His debut story was the first edition of his autobiography “Spiral Cage” (Renegade Press, 1988), describing his life with spina bifida. Titan released an expanded edition in 1990 and Active Images, the definitive edition in 2003.

He drew “Teknophage” in 1996 (Big Entertainment). He drew “Vermilliion”, written by Lucius Shepherd, for DC’s Vertigo imprint (1996–1997).

He has also drawn stories and story arcs in titles from IDW, Renaissance Press, Fleetway, and other publishers.

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(Davison created this cover of “Doctor Who” #1, July 2009)

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