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This year, the GCD celebrates its 25th Anniversary! Our thanks to all users and contributors for keeping us going this quarter of a century. The GCD has many ambitions for the next 25 years, and we hope you will be there to see, and perhaps contribute, to them happening.


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Cover Milestone!

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We reached 800,000 cover scans !

We reached 800,000 covers scans with the issue Mandrake #380 from the French publisher Éditions des Remparts.

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


Stephen Hillenburg (born 21 August 1961, USA) is a cartoonist, animator, and former marine biologist.

He is the creator of the television series “SpongeBob SquarePants” (1999+).

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Hillenburg
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y7btwe77

Cover to SPONGEBOB COMICS #46 (2015)

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Rachid Nawa (born 21 August 1961, France) is a comic book artist, animator, and commercial illustrator.

His art style ranges from a broad, humorous line for “Le Journal de Mickey” to a more realistic, dramatic style for “Commissaire Soubeyran”.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/n/nawa_rachid.htm
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/ybet57x9

Cover to PIF #994 (1988)

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Marie Severin (born 21 August 1929, USA) has been a prolific comic book artist and colorist since the 1950s, when her coloring helped set the defining visual tone of EC Comics.

She is perhaps best known for her work at Marvel Comics, beginning after EC’s reduction to the black-and-white “Mad Magazine” back when Marvel was still called Atlas.

She was Marvel’s head colorist until 1972 (she was succeeded by George Roussos), when she turned her attention to drawing. She contributed to titles from “Not Brand Ecch” to “The Cat” to “Conan the Barbarian”.

Severin was inducted into the Will Eisner Awards Hall of Fame in 2001.

Comics creator John Severin (26 December 1921 – 12 February 2012) was her brother.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/severin_marie.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Severin
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/ybpbjp2e

Cover to MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #58 (1976)

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Gian Giacomo Dalmasso (21 August 1907 – 12 September 1981, Italy) was a comics writer who began his career after being in the military.

He served in colonial possessions in North Africa and in World War II. After the war, he began writing humor articles and in 1947 began writing comics.

He is known for his co-creation of ‘Pantera Bionda’ (‘Blonde Phantom’) with artist Ingam (Enzo Magni), which ran from 1948 to 1950.

Borrowing heavily from USA characters such as ‘Sheena’ and ‘Nyoka’, the character was a blonde westerner raised by a Chinese woman in Borneo. She fought criminals and surviving Imperial Japanese soldiers in a loincloth, which raised the ire of censors.

From 1958, he worked on Disney stories for Arnoldo Mondadori Editore. He immersed himself in the USA animations and comics and became the in-house expert on characterization and continuity.

He frequently collaborated with artist Giuseppe Perego, for example on the framing pages in the reprint series “I Classici di Walt Disney” (1957+).

With Giovan Battista Carpi, he adapted “Hamlet” in a Mickey Mouse story (1960) and similarly, “Michael Strogoff” by Jules Verne (1966).

At Wikipedia (in Italian) — https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gian_Giacomo_Dalmasso
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/yb4edx4t

Cover to TOPOLINO #294 (1961)

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Gary Friedrich (21 August 1943-30 August 2018, USA) was a comics writer best known for his work at Marvel.

His career began at Charlton (1966–1967) but he established his reputation on “Sgt. Fury” (Marvel, 1967–1973) and “Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD” (1968–1969). He returned to the series, now titled “Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos” (1977–1981).

He revived the classic western “Ghost Rider” (1967) with Dick Ayers and then co-created the supernatural motorcyclist ‘Ghost Rider’ (1973–1975) with Tom Sutton. He created ‘Son of Satan’ in a “Ghost Rider” issue in 1973.

He wrote for Atlas/Seaboard in 1975 but left comics in 1978.

He later wrote “Bombast” (Topps, 1993). This was a concept created by Jack Kirby, and it gave Friedrich the opportunity to work again with Roy Thomas as plotter and Herb Trimpe and John Severin as artists.

“Sgt. Fury” won Alley Awards as Best War Comic in 1967 and 1968; Friedrich wrote all but the first few months of those two years.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Friedrich
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y7v6o9yt

Cover to GHOST RIDER #1 (1973)

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Enrico Bagnoli (21 August 1925 – 8 September 2012, Italy) had his first comic stories published at age 15 and created his first series ‘Volpe’ (‘Captain Horn’ in France) in 1943.

In the late 1940s he drew for USA publishers (Fiction House, St. John) and from the mid-1950s he created stories for publishers throughout Europe (Dargaud, Fleetwood, Springer Verlag, and others).

In 1985, after having edited for many years, Bagnoli began drawing again for the “Martin Mystère” series at Bonelli, signing his work ‘Henry’. Shorty before his death at 87, he published a sequel to a story he had created in 1946.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/bagnoli_enrico.htm
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/yaaegnke

Cover to ACTION SERIES #1 (1958)

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Bobbie Chase (born 21 August, USA) is a comics writer and editor.

She worked for Marvel in the 1980s and 1990s. In 1994–1995, she was one a Group Editor-in-Chief there. She is currently Vice President of Talent Development at DC Comics.

As an editor, she has helped launched the careers of such creators as Salvador Larroca and Jamal Igle, and worked closely with writer Peter David on his acclaimed run on “The Incredible Hulk”.

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

Cover to INCREDIBLE HULK #328 (1987)

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Jack O’Brien (20 August 1921 – 8 December 1984, USA) was a comics creator active in the 1950s and 1960s.

His humor cartoons appeared in comics published by Charlton, Ziff-Davis, Toby, and others. In 1962 he created “Cool Cat” at Prize, which took over the numbering of “Black Magic” for its three-issue run.

In the mid-1960s he began working on various ‘Sad Sack’ titles for Harvey. He created and drew all 13 issues of the ‘G. I. Juniors’ feature in “Harvey Hits” (1964–1967).

In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y9wblxhh

Cover to THIS MAGAZINE IS CRAZY #V4#8 (1959)

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H. P. Lovecraft (20 August 1890 – 15 March 1937, USA) was an influential author of supernatural horror stories, particularly known for his ‘Cthulhu Mythos’ of elder gods and eldritch terrors.

He published only in pulp magazines to a small audience and died in poverty. But his work has grown in popularity and in its effect on other creators with every passing decade.

His stories and his characters have been re-told and re-imagined in prose, comics, and film.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._P._Lovecraft
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/ycfj5x5j

Cover to MASTERS OF TERROR #1 (1975)

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George Roussos (20 August 1915 – 19 February 2000, USA) was a comic book artist best known as one of Jack Kirby’s Silver Age inkers, including on landmark early issues of “Fantastic Four”.

Over his five-decade career, he created artwork for numerous publishers. In the Golden Age, he worked primarily at DC with occasional stories for Lev Gleason, Spark, Harvey, and others.

In the Atomic Age of the 1950s, he continued at DC and also published with EC Comics, Prize, Avon, Atlas (Marvel), and others. During this time he also assisted on various newspaper strips, such as “Flash Gordon” and “The Phantom”.

In the early 1960s, Roussos worked more and more often for the emerging Marvel Age of Comics, often using the pen name George Bell. In 1972, he succeeded Marie Severin as the staff colorist at Marvel.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/r/roussos_george.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Roussos
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y79k8o43

Cover to MARVEL SUPER HEROES #23 (1969)

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