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Larry Welz (born 21 November 1948, USA) is a comics creator who published in underground comix from the late 1960s to the end of the century.

He created “Captain Guts” (1969–1971) and was a frequent contributor to “Yellow Dog” and other series.

He may be best known for Cherry Poptart, a character he created in 1982. She appeared in “Cherry Poptart”, “Cherry”, “Cherry’s Jubilee”, and “Cherry Deluxe” through 2000.

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(Welz created the cover of “Bakersfield Kountry Comics”, September 1973)

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Claude Moliterni (21 November 1932 – 22 January 2009, France) was a prolific comics writer, editor, and critic. He was a key proponent of the consideration of comics as a vital and normal part of any culture’s artistic expression.

He was one of the founders of the Angoulême International Comics Festival in 1974 and was a co-organizer through 2005. He was an editor at Dargaud until 1989.

He wrote features such as “Scarlett Dream” (1967–1982), the heroic fantasy “Taar the Rebel” (1976–1988), and “Harry Chase” (1979–1989).

His critical and academic work includes “L’Aventure de la Bande Dessinée” (Bagheera, 1989), “Le Dictionnaire de la Bande Dessinée” (Larousse, 1994), and “Chronologie de la bande dessinée” (Flammarion, 1996).

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(Jaime Brocal Remohi created the cover of “Taar” #3 - Les géants des eaux glauques, 1977)

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Stephanie Gladden (born 20 November 1969, USA) worked in animation in Atlanta, Georgia, before starting her comics career in 1993.

Her mainstream work is primarily on licensed humor series such as issues of “The Powerpuff Girls” and “Looney Tunes” (DC Comics), “Simpsons Comics” (Bongo, 1995–1997), and “Cartoon Network Block Party” (DC, 2007–2009).

Gladden also created her own funny-animal comic feature ‘Hopster’s Tracks’. She published two issues of the feature at Bongo Comics in 1998, and stories have also appeared in “Action Girl” and in “Friends of Lulu Presents: Storytime”.

She is easily lured from her drawing table with the promise of sushi.

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(Gladden created the cover of “Hopster’s Tracks” #2, 1998)

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Jill Thompson (born 20 November 1966, USA) is a comics creator who has been active since the mid-1980s.

At Comico in 1987 and 1988, she drew “Elementals” and “Fathom”. At First Comics in 1988 and 1989, she drew “Corum: The Bull and the Spear” and “Badger Goes Beserk”.

From 1990 to 1992 she drew “Wonder Woman” at DC Comics. She also drew two story arcs in Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman” (1992, 1993) and launched the “Black Orchid” series (1994).

She drew early issues of “The Invisibles” (1995) and late issues of another “The Invisibles” series (1999) and she drew the “Finals” mini-series (1999), among other work at DC.

She published her first ‘Scary Godmother’ stories at Sirius from 1997, and the funny, cheerful witch and her friends have featured in comics and children’s books from Sirius and Dark Horse ever since.

After having returned to Badger with “Badger: Shattered Mirror” (Dark Horse, 1994), she began publishing more regularly at Dark Horse in the new millennium. She contributed to anthologies such as the “Dark Horse Book of…” collections (2003–2006) and “Hellboy: Weird Tales” (2004).

In 2009, she and writer Evan Dorkin created “Beasts of Burden” at Dark Horse.

Thompson has received multiple Eisner Awards, including Best Painter in 2001 for “Scary Godmother” and Best Short Story in 2005 (with Evan Dorkin).

She won Lulu of the Year in 1999 and was named Best Comic Book Artist in 2011 by the National Cartoonists Society.

Comics writer Brian Azzarello is her husband.

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(Thompson created the cover of “The Dead Boy Detectives”, 2005)

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Guy Davis (born 20 November 1966, USA) is an artist and graphic designer.

His earliest professional work was the fantasy series “The Realm” (Arrow Comics and then Caliber Press, 1986–1989).

In 1989 he created “Baker Street” (Caliber, 1989–1991) with writer and Caliber publisher Gary Reed (collected in 2003 by iBooks under the title “Honour Among Punks”).

His first stories of ‘The Marquis’ appeared at Caliber from 1997, set in a dark and supernatural version of 18th Century France — Oni Press published additional stories and then a collection in the early 2000s.

He notably illustrated “Sandman Mystery Theatre” (Vertigo, 1993–1999). He and writer Matt Wagner told noir tales of 1940s New York City featuring Wesley Dodds (the first Sandman) and his partner Dian Belmont.

In the early 2000s, Dark Horse published his creation “The Nevermen” (2000, 2003) and he drew Bill Rosemann’s mini-series “Deadline” at Marvel (2002), where he also drew “Fantastic Four—Strange Molecules” by James Sturm (2003).

He drew nearly a hundred issues of the ‘Hellboy’ spin-off “B.P.R.D.” at Dark Horse (2004–2011).

Davis received Eisner Awards in 1997, 2004, and 2009.

He has worked in conceptual design since leaving comics in 2011, providing concept art, character design, and storyboards for film, television, and video games.

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(Davis created the cover of Marshall Dillon’s “Scrubs in Scrubland” #1, 1996)

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Steve Lightle (born 19 November 1955, USA) is a comics creator who began his career at DC Comics as part of their “New Talent Showcase” program in the early 1980s. He also drew a few covers at Americomics (predecessor of AC Comics).

He was primarily at DC until about 1988. During that time, he drew for a variety of titles but is best known for his work with the ‘Legion of Super-Heroes’.

Lightle was the story and cover artist on “Legion of Super-Heroes” from 1984 and continued doing covers until 1989. He drew many of the Legion-related profiles in the various “Who’s Who” series from 1985 to 1991.

He drew covers for the 1986 reprint issues of “Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes” and for the “Cosmic Boy” min-series (1987).

He co-created two Legionnaires, Tellus and Quislet, whose unusual appearances contrasted with the humanoid appearances of the other Legionnaires. He also drew the story in which the first Karate Kid character died.

From 1989, Lightle transitioned to mainly working for Marvel Comics, beginning as the cover artist on the reprint series “Classic X-Men”. He remained at Marvel during the 1990s.

He founded Lunatick Press in 2001 to publish his comics and his artwork. His current work is a science-fiction webcomic, “Justin Zane”.

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(Lightle created this cover of “Star Trek / Legion of Super-Heroes” #2, November 2011)

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Janet Hetherington (born 19 November 1955, Canada) is a comics writer and artist and a prose author.

As a fan, she contributed articles to “Amazing Heroes” magazine in the 1980s.

She and her partner, comics artist Ronn Sutton, formed a studio in Ottawa in the early 1990s, where they continue to collaborate and to work on individual projects. They produced collateral material for the popular Canada Post release of ‘Superhero Stamps’ (1995).

She both wrote and drew the anthology series “Eternal Romance” at Best Destiny (1997–1998) and her short stories have been published since 2000.

Hetherington has been nominated multiple times for Prix Aurora Awards (from the Canadian SF and Fantasy Association). She received one in 1999 for being a curator of the “60 Years of Superman” exhibit at the Nepean Museum in Ottawa.

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(Hetherington created the cover of “Eternal Romance” #2, May 1997)

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Rick McCollum (born 19 November 1954, USA) was active in art-focused fanzines and small-press comics in the 1980s and 1990s. He created stories and he collaborated on stories, usually as artist.

He appeared in comics from Jabberwocky Graphix, Pyramid, White Wolf, Crystal, FantaCo, and other publishers.

At the end of the 1990s, he published a few stories in erotic comics from Eros Comix, a Fantagraphics imprint.

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(MCollum created the cover of “Robert E. Howard’s Blood and Thunder” #1, 1992)

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Karel Verschuere (19 November 1924 – 10 August 1980, Belgium) was a comics artist who was a war veteran when he began working at Willy Vandersteen’s studio in 1952.

He is known primarily for realistic features such as historicals and adventure stories.

He co-created the western series ‘Bessy’ with Vandersteen himself (the credit ‘Wirel’ is from ‘Willy’ and ‘Karel’). It began in the newspaper “La Libre Belgique” in 1952.

In 1959 he suggested adapting the character ‘De Rode Ridder’ from stories by Leopold Vermeiren. He drew most of the first fifteen albums.

Verschuere continued to work on a variety of features until he left the field in the mid-1970s.

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(Verschuere created the cover of “Biggles” #3 - In India, February 1966)

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Bob Smith (born 18 November 1951, USA) has been a comic-book artist since the early 1970s. He works mostly as an inker but he sometimes pencils and occasionally writes.

After a few stories in “Star*Reach” and “Crazy”, he worked primarily at DC Comics from 1976 to about 2001. He worked on hundreds of comics there, including “Super Friends” (1977–1981), “The Night Force” (1982-1983), and “Batman: Gotham Adventures” (1999–2003).

During this period he also appeared published at First, Kitchen Sink, Renegade Press, Apple Press, Dark Horse, and Malibu.

Since the late 1990s, he has worked at Archie Comics, across the core character titles. He has already worked on more comics there than he did at DC.

He inked the daily and Sunday ‘Archie’ newspapers strips over pencils by Fernando Ruiz, continuing until new material for the strips ended in 2011.

In the new millennium, Smith has also appeared in Bongo comics, some humor and super-hero comics for DC, and more recently at Charlton Neo.

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(Gene Colan drew and Smith inked the cover of “The Night Force” #11, June 1983)

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