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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.

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GCD Comics Timeline


Bill Jaaska (22 June 1961 – 9 November 2009, USA) was an artist who was active in comic books for about a decade.

His earliest work was an issue of “Airboy” (Eclipse) late in 1986. At First Comics, he worked on the “Sable” revival written by Marv Wolfman (1988–1989).

At Marvel, he drew issues of “The Uncanny X-Men”. At DC he drew “Shade, the Changing Man”, and other titles. He drew a “Terminator” mini-series at Dark Horse (1992).

Jaaska joined Wolfman again on “The New Titans” (DC, 1993–1994). His final work was a story in “Turok, Dinosaur Hunter” (Acclaim, 1995).

At 20th Century Danny Boy — http://ohdannyboy.blogspot.com/…/what-happened-to-bill-jaas…
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/j/jaaska_bill.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Jaaska
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y8algkau

(Jaaska drew and Bob McLeod inked the cover of “The Incredible Hulk” #

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Dori Seda (22 June 1951 — 25 February 1988, USA) was a comics creator who published crude, sexual, powerful stories in underground comics. She died at a young age from the effects of the bad habits she depicted.

She published her earliest work in “Weirdo” under the byline ‘David Seda’, so editor Robert Crumb did not initially know she was a woman.

She also appeared in “Wimmen’s Comix”, “Cannibal Romance”, “Yellow Silk”, and other adult-only comics.

Her ceramics work included a fantastical dildo with multiple cats’ heads and she starred in photo comics that she created.

Her impressively vulgar work coexisted with a sweet story about love in a retirement home and stories about police harassment of sex workers and about anti-choice protesters. Her comics were collected in the book “Dori Stories” (Last Gasp, 1999).

Her partner Don Donahue, who founded publisher Apex Novelties, had to sue to gain control of her literary estate when her mother refused to let her art be reprinted.

The Dori Seda Award for Woman was established in 1988.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/seda_dori.htm
At Women in Comics — http://womenincomics.wikia.com/wiki/Dori_Seda
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y9lob3zt (some explicit images)

(Seda created the cover of “Lonely Nights Comics”, 1986)

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Fred Carter (born 22 June 1938, USA) is a Christian artist known for his collaborations with fellow comics artist Jack T. Chick (13 April 1924 – 23 October 2016).

He was an uncredited artist on some Chick Tracts beginning in 1972. These are small horizontal comics with a strong, fundamentalist Christian theme, intended for use in ‘witnessing’, which began publishing in 1961.

He drew the comic-book series “The Crusaders” (Chick Publications, 1974–1981), with Chick acknowledging the collaboration only in 1980.

The two created the film “The Light of the World” (2003), with paintings by Carter depicting narrated events from the Bible.
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/carter_fred.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Carter_(artist)
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y7s7q7k4

(Carter drew the cover art on “Sin Busters”, a Chick Tract first published in 1991)

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Ali Farzat (علي فرزات‎, born 22 June 1951, Syria) is a political cartoonist.

He has published more than 15,000 caricatures in Syrian, Arab, and international newspapers and is the head of the Arab Cartoonists’ Association.

In 2011, he was badly beaten by government security forces, with special attention paid to breaking the bones in his hands. He subsequently received the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought from the EU.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali_Farzat

(Farzat created this cartoon, date and source unknown to me)

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H. Rider Haggard (22 June 1856 – 14 May 1925, UK) was a Victorian novelist of adventures in exotic locations, frequently in a mythical Africa. He was a founder of the Lost World literary genre.

Much of his work remains popular and he has been adapted in comics many times over the decades.

‘Allan Quatermain’ was the main character in “King Solomon’s Mines” (1885) and was a template for ‘Indiana Jones’ (1981) as well as a character in Alan Moore’s comics series “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” (1999+).

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._Rider_Haggard
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y7wkhzwl

(Bhupendra Ahluwalia created the cover of “King Solomon’s Mines”, 2010)

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Robert Kraus (21 June 1925 – 7 August 2001, USA) was a cartoonist, children’s-book creator, and publisher.

His professional career began while he was a teenager and he moved easily into magazine cartooning. He was a regular cartoonist and cover artist at the “New Yorker” from the 1950s.

From 1954, he created children’s books known for being as straight-forward as they are charming. They include “Junior the Spoiled Cat” (1955) and “Amanda Remembers” (1963).

He founded Windmill Books in 1965 to publish Charles Addams and William Steig, among others.

Not to be confused with USA comics creator Robert Kraus (born 26 March 1959).

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Kraus

(Kraus created the cover of “The New Yorker”, 4 January 1964)

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Daniel Carter Beard (21 June 1850 – 11 June 1941, USA) was an illustrator, author, youth leader, and social reformer.

He founded the Sons of Daniel Boone in 1905 and after it merged with the Boy Scouts of America in 1910 he was active in that group for the rest of his life.

He was a long-time editor of “Boys’ Life” and his monthly column there forms a pillar of ‘Traditional Scouting’.

The GCD has indexed two of his cartoons that were published in “Boys’ Life”.

Linda Beard, his sister, was involved in the formation of Camp Fire Girls in the 1910–1912 period.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Carter_Beard
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/yclqc69t

(Joseph Cummings Chase painted the cover of “Boys’ Life”, February 1925)

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Gosho Aoyama (青山 剛昌, born 21 June 1963, Japan) attended the Nihon University College of Art in Tokyo. He began his career as a manga artist after winning a contest in 1986. His first work was ‘Chotto Matte’, which was published in Shônen Sunday in 1987.

This was followed by ‘Magic Kaito’, about a thief, and the light-hearted samurai series ‘Yaiba’ (1988-93). Later serials include ‘Third Baseman No. 4’ and his best known work, ‘Detective Conan’, which is serialized since 1994. ‘Detective Conan’ is known in English as ‘Case Closed’.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/a/aoyama_gosho.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gosho_Aoyama
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y8oxagj6

(Aoyama created the cover of “Case Closed” #27, January 2009)

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Siauw Tik Kwie (21 June 1913 – 4 May 1988, Dutch East Indies; Indonesia) was a popular comics creator who began working in Jakarta newspapers in 1931.

He was influenced by Dutch and Asian artists both, and was a founder of an artists’ society in Jakarta.

He is best known for his creation ‘Sie Djin Koei’ (in “Star Weekly”, 1954–1966). The story adapts a Chinese folk tale from the Tsang Dynasty, with a script by Oei Kim Tia.

The published story follows a manual laborer who rises through merit, marries well, and has a famous military career.

Kwie intended a sequel, focusing on the general’s grandchildren, but “Star Weekly” was closed in 1966 in the civil crackdown following the failed coup attempt of 1965.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/siauw-tik-kwie.htm
At Jakarta Post — http://www.thejakartapost.com/life/2018/05/04/remembering-the-author-of-...

(Kwie created the cover art on “Sie Djin Koei” #6, ~1962)

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John Workman (born 20 June 1950, USA) is a comics creator whose professional career began in the early 1970s.

Stories in “Star*Reach” led to freelance work at DC Comics, primarily as a letterer and colorist. From 1977 to 1984, he was also art director at “Heavy Metal”, where he occasionally published stories.

Since 1983, he has primarily been a freelance letterer, with some 1500 stories currently to his credit in the GCD.

Some of the titles he has lettered for are “Grimjack” (First Comics, 1984–1987), “Jurassic Park” (1993) and “X-Files” (1995–1998) at Topps, and “Savage Dragon” (Image, 2003–2005).

At Marvel — “Thor” (1983–1987), “Fantastic Four” (1985–1989), “Fantastic Force” (1994–1996), and “Spider-Girl” (2000–2002).

At DC Comics — “Doom Patrol” (1987–1995), “Legion of Super-Heroes” (1991–1993), “Aquaman” (1999–2000), and “Orion” (2000–2002).

Workman created the feature ‘Roma’ in “Dark Horse Presents” (1987) and the erotic “Sindy” (Apple Press/Forbidden Fruit, 1991).

Since about 2006, he has been lettering on “Sonic the Hedgehog” and other Archie comics, in addition to his work at DC, Marvel, and other publishers.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Workman
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/ycq3lzpa

(Mike Grell created the art and Workman lettered the cover of “1st Issue Special” #11 - Code Name: Assassin, February 1976)

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