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We reached 450,000 indexed issues !

We reached 450,000 indexed issues. The milestone issue was Il Grande Blek Anni 50 #v17#17 from the Italian reprint series from publisher Casa Editrice Dardo.


30 Years of the Grand Comics Database !

30 years ago the original announcement from Tim Stroup's on the Grand Comics Database first appeared on the Usenet group rec.arts.comics.misc on 1994-03-31 15:55:15 PST.

Founders included Jon Ingersoll, Bob Klein, and Tim Stroup.

Since then the GCD progressed and enhanced in database content and functionality, with ups and downs. In all that time, the database survived at least two major technology changes on the backend. All this was achieved by the contribution of work and time of several hundred of volunteers.

Thanks and congrats to all of us.


Updates To The Site! (Early 2024)

We deployed a different handling of characters from DC and Marvel in recent weeks. We now can record the universe from which a character originates. In the editing workflow this replaces the different character versions.

Examples of characters with different universes are:

Additionally one now can add the DC or Marvel universe in which a story takes place. One then can also see in which universe a character appeared in, or which stories take place in a given universe.

Examples are:

Note that most stories and characters are in the so-called mainstream universe. Since we do not want to track continuity, the mainstream universe is the at the time of publication standard universe for DC or Marvel, no matter the specific naming or continuity setup. In particular, no retroactive changes to the universe. We mainly want to be able to track stories and characters in DC or Marvel universes that are different from the standard universe. In other words, the mainstream universe is the default universe, unless a different universe is specified in the story or for the character.

We also added lists for characters, group and universes.

For publishers we added a list of creators that were published by it, e.g. for Norwegian publisher Hjemmet / Egmont.

That is in addition to all the other lists we added in the last year, where for navigation one often can further filter by country, language or publisher.

For all of these lists of course even more of our data needs to be migrated from text entries to linked records, or even entered at all. So, if you ever wondered about helping with the content of the database ?


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


Kyle Carrozza (b. 1979)

1979 May 19
Kyle Carrozza was born on May 19, 1979 in Catskill, New York. As a little kid, Kyle was influenced by many cartoon shows on television, mostly Bob Clampett's Looney Tunes. Most of the cartoons he watched were inspirations for his own drawing style. Shows such as Beany and Cecil and Garfield helped influence his drawings. He also got into anime in 1996 while he was at high school and particularly enjoyed watching Ranma 1/2 and Project A-ko. Several of his animation influences were from Bob Clampett, Bruce Timm, Doug TenNapel, Jhonen Vasquez, Tex Avery, Ralph Bakshi and numerous others.

Chase Conley (b. ????)

????? May 19
Comic book artist who also works in character concepts, design, story boarding and video games.

Gerry Kissell (b. 1964)

1964 May 19
A former U.S. Army combat medic.

Peter Mayhew (b. 1944)

1944 May 19 - 2019 April 30
British-American actor best known for portraying Chewbacca in the Star Wars film series.

Lena Ollmark (b. 1968)

1968 May 19
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Ollmark worked as an editor at Epix Förlag and Atlantic Förlag before studying film and intellectual history at Stockholm University. Since then, she has written screenplays for cartoons, animated films, books and stage performances. She has a great interest in ghost stories and horror.

島袋光年 (b. 1975)

1975 May 19
Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro (島袋光年) is a manga artist who made his debut in 1996. Currently best known for the series Toriko (トリコ) which went for forty-three volumes. Also known for the series Build King, Ring and Seikimatsu Leader den Takeshi! (世紀末リーダー伝たけし!).

桜井亜都 (b. ????)

????? May 19
Ato Sakurai (桜井亜都) is a manga artist known for the series Today's Cerberus (今日のケルベロス / Kyō no Kerberos), Artist Acro (アーティスト アクロ) and Majo Raba Majo Reba (魔女らば魔女れば / Witch Raba Witch Reba).

Don Donahue (b. 1942)

1942 May 18 - 2010 October 27
Donald Richard Donahue was a comic book publisher, operating under the name Apex Novelties, one of the instigators of the underground comix movement in the 1960s.

Donahue published numerous influential comics from that movement, including the first run of Zap Comix and a number of other highly regarded comics by Robert Crumb, such as Your Hytone Comics (1971) and Black and White Comics (1973). Other creators associated with Apex Novelties include S. Clay Wilson, Jay Lynch, Victor Moscoso, Art Spiegelman, Rory Hayes, Spain Rodriguez, Rick Griffin, Michael McMillan, Kim Deitch, Shary Flenniken, Justin Green, and Gilbert Shelton. In 1974, Donahue and his publishing partner Susan Goodrick edited The Apex Treasury of Underground Comics, one of the first book collections to highlight the underground comix era.

Delia Elisa Larios y Orozco (b. 1928)

1928 May 18 - 2013 October 15
Está considerada como la primera mujer en dibujar historietas en México.

Colaboró con la editorial de José G. Cruz a principios de los años cincuenta, donde se dedicó principalmente a la nueva versión de Adelita y las guerrillas, clásico del mismo Cruz publicado por entregas en la revista Paquín durante los años treinta y cuarenta. Participó también en La familia Burrón, de Gabriel Vargas, y desde 1963 fue responsable de la serie Joyas de la mitología (Ediciones Recreativas/ Editorial Novaro) para la cual también dibujó diversos números que destacaban por su estilo cuidado y dulce.

En 1973, abandona el país para residir en Canadá, donde dibuja para distintas publicaciones de Estados Unidos. Vuelve a México alrededor de 1981 y decide abandonar la historieta para criar a sus dos hijos. A finales de los años ochenta se dedicó a la enseñanza del dibujo y la pintura en Reynosa, Tamaulipas, donde también trabajó en la SHCP (Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público). Entre 1990 y 1992 se marcha a Ensenada, Baja California, donde impartió también clases de inglés. Mujer de formación autodidacta, no terminó su formación académica hasta instalarse en Reynosa (donde concluyó Primaria y Secundaria en modalidad abierta) y Ensenada (Preparatoria en modalidad abierta).

Ned Eller (b. 1919)

1919 May 18
While going through the U.S. Army's basic training at Camp Roberts in California during 1941, Eller created the comic A Rookie in Roberts, which went through several editions and printings as well as being adapted for several other camps and military bases. A syndicate version of the comic strip, A Rookie in Training Camp, appeared in various camp newsletters and newspapers until Eller went to serve in the Second World War's Pacific Theater.
After the war, Eller continued in a career in architecture design and, with Ralph Sounik of Design Associates, founded SEM Architects. They designed the famous Kahiki Supper Club in Columbus, Ohio, one of the largest tiki-themed restaurants in the United States.

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The Grand Comics Database Project (GCD) is a volunteer project with the goal of documenting and indexing all comics for the free use of scholars, historians, researchers, and fans.
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Statistics
16,377 publishers
74,416 creators
202,850 series
2,049,456 issues
192,641 variant issues
450,609 issue indexes
1,215,976 covers
3,921,186 stories