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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


John Prentice (17 October 1920 – 23 May 1999, USA) was a comics artist who worked primarily in newspaper strips.

After serving in the Pacific in World War II, he studied art and became a magazine illustrator and comic-book artist.

From the late 1940s through the 1950s, he published genre stories (romance, true crime, western, mystery) at a variety of comics publishers — Hillman (1949–1953), Ziff-Davis (1950–1952), Prize (1951–1959), and Harvey (1953–1957), among others.

At DC (1950–1958) his work included the earliest issues of “My Greatest Adventure” and “Frontier Fighters” (Davy Crockett) and the ‘Fireman Farrell’ stories in “Showcase” #1 (1956).

In 1956, Prentice took over the art on the ‘Rip Kirby’ syndicated strip when creator Alex Raymond died unexpectedly. In the mid-1980s, he became the writer as well.

He created ‘Rip Kirby’ for 43 years, until his own death in 1999, and it is the work for which he is widely known. IDW began an archival reprinting of the feature in 2009 and Prentice’s work begins in Volume 6 (2013).

Prentice received the Story Comic Strip Award from the National Cartoonists Society in 1966, 1967, and 1986.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/p/prentice_j.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Prentice_(cartoonist)
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y9c6ovqf

(Prentice created the cover art on “Showcase” #1 - Fireman Farrell, DC: March-April 1956)

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Harry Donenfeld (17 October 1893 – 1 February 1965; Romania, USA) was an early comics publisher, one of the men involved in various companies that became DC Comics and an investor in ACG.

His family emigrated when he was very young and he grew up in the USA. As an adult, he struggled his way into possession of a printing company founded by his brothers, which he funded with services to organized crime.

In 1937, he and accountant Jack Liebowitz (10 October 1900 – 11 December 2000) joined Malcom Wheeler-Nicholson (7 January 1890 – 1 January 1968) to found Detective Comics, Inc. in order to fund Nicholson’s third comics title, “Detecive Comics”. Nicholson was forced out of the company in 1938.

In 1939, Liebowitz and Max Gaines (21 September 1894 – 20 August 1947) founded All-American Comics. Donenfeld published their comics, which shared branding with the Detecive Comics titles. In 1944, Gaines sold his interest in AA to Donenfeld.

In the mid-1940s, Detective Comics, Inc. and All-American Comics merged to form National Comics Publications. Since 1940, all of the comics involved had been branded with a ‘Superman-DC’ bullet and few consumers noticed the corporate changes happening behind the logos.

The company was renamed National Periodical Publications in 1961 and DC Comics in 1977. It is currently owned by Warner Bros.

Back in 1943, Donenfeld had also taken a stake in Benjamin W. Sangor’s new company, American Comics Group (ACG). ACG published until 1967, just a few years after Donenfeld’s death.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Donenfeld
DC Comics publisher history in GCD — http://www.comics.org/publisher/54/

(Wayne Boring and Stan Kaye created the cover art on “Action Comics” #105, DC/National Comics Publications: February 1947, the first issue with that indicia publisher)

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‘André Gill’ was the pen name of Louis-Alexandre Gosset de Guines (17 October 1840 – 1 May 1885, France) was an influential caricaturist.

His style of over-sized heads on small bodies has been embraced by political and social caricaturists ever since.

His earliest work was in “Le Journal Amusant” and he became well-known while publishing at “La Lune” (1865–1868), which ended when the paper was banned.

When the publisher of “La Lune” was told by the authorities that “The moon will have to undergo an eclipse”, he named his new paper “L’Éclipse”, to which Gill continued to contribute.

After “L’Éclipse” closed, Gill himself served as the editor of the replacement “La Lune Rousse” (1876–1879). France ended prior censorship in 1881 but by then Gill was in a psychiatric hospital, where he died a few years later.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/g/gill_andre.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andr%C3%A9_Gill
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y7d99ohc

(Gill created the cover cartoon on “La Lune” #78, Tallandier: 1 September 1867)

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Pete Janes (born 16 October 1966, USA) edited ‘Star Wars’ comics at Dark Horse (1992–2000) and is a former managing editor of “Cracked”.

In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y7qgkazq

(Doug Wheatley created the cover art on “Star Wars: Bounty Killers - Kenix Kil”, Dark Horse: October 1999, edited by Janes)

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Joe Sinnott (born 16 October 1926, USA) is a comic book artist who has worked primarily as an inker.

He is best known for his long stint on “Fantastic Four” (1965–1981), initially over the pencils of Jack Kirby.

During his sixty years as a Marvel freelancer and then salaried artist working from home, he inked nearly every major title at the company, with notable runs on “The Avengers”, “The Defenders”, and “Thor”.

Sinnott received an Inkpot Award at San Diego in 1995 and was inducted into the Will Eisner Awards Hall of Fame in 2013.

In 2008, he shared the inaugural Inkwell Award for Favorite Inker (Retro) with Terry Austin and received the first Inkwell Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award, or ‘Joe Sinnott Award’.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/sinnott_joe.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Sinnott
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y87nxf33

(Sinnott created the cover art on “Arrowhead” #1, Marvel/Atlas: April 1954)

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EDIT — Rodolfo Cimino (16 October 1927 – 31 March 2012, Italy)
At Wikipedia (in Italian) — https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodolfo_Cimino

(I apologize for posting this without double-checking whether it was up-to-date. — DH)

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Rodolfo Cimino (born 16 October 1927, Italy) initially inked Romano Scarpa on stories in “Topolino”, the Italian Disney comic series named for Mickey Mouse.

He later became a popular writer, producing many stories about Scrooge’s treasure hunts, for example.

He created ‘Reginella’, a duck queen from another planet who is in unrequited love with Donald Duck.

In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y957nh9l

(Romano Scarpa and Cimino created the cover art on “Disney Masters” #1 - Walt Disney Mickey Mouse: The Delta Dimension, Fantagraphics: 2018)

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Charles Knauf (born 15 October, USA) is a comics writer who often collaborates with his father, David Knauf.

At Marvel, the two have written “Iron Man” / “The Invincible Iron Man” (2006–2008), “The Eternals” (2008–2009), and issues of “The Last Defenders”, “Young X-Men”, and other titles.

Knauf wrote “The Heap” (Moonstone, 2011), a one-shot that continued online.

In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y7rpts9u

(Daniel Acuña created this cover art on “The Eternals” #1, Marvel: August 2008)

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Alicia Patterson (15 October 1906 – 2 July 1963, USA) was the founder and editor of “Newsday” (1940), which became a respected and Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper.

In 1942 and 1943, she collaborated with Algonquin Round Table artist Neysa McMein (1888–1949) on ‘Deathless Deer’, a comic strip that ran for a year.

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

(Neysa McMein created the art on this ad published in the “Binghamton [NY] Press & Sun-Bulletin”, 7 November 1942)

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Archer St. John (15 October 1904 – 14 August 1955, USA) was the founder of St. John Publications. During its short existence (1947–1958), his comics marked several industry firsts.

He published one of the earlist proto-graphic novels, “It Rhymes With Lust” (1950). It was written by Arnold Drake and Leslie Waller as ‘Drake Waller’ and drawn by Matt Baker, the first African-American artist in mainstream commercial comics.

His “Abbott and Costello Comics” (1948–1956) was the first comics series based on movie comedians.

He published the first 3-D comic book, “Three Dimension Comics” starring Mighty Mouse (1953), conceived and created by Joe Kubert, Norman Maurer, and Leonard Maurer.

St. John Publications at Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._John_Publications
St. John Publications in the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y9acmgly

(Raeburn van Buren created the cover art on “A Treasury of Comics” #1 - Abbie an’ Slats, St. John: 1947, one of his first comics)

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Cam Kennedy (born 15 October 1944, UK) is a Scottish comics artist.

He is well-known for his work in “2000 AD” beginning in the late 1970s, especially the flagship features ‘Judge Dredd’ and ‘Rogue Trooper’.

At Marvel in the USA, he and writer Tom Veitch created “The Light and Darkness War” under the Epic imprint (1988–1989). He also drew a story arc in “The Punisher” written by Garth Ennis (2003).

At DC Comics, he drew the science-fiction series “The Outcasts” (1987–1988), written by John Wagner and Alan Grant. He drew “Lobo: Unamerican Gladiators” (1993) with the same writing team.

He and Veitch also collaborated on “Star Wars: Dark Empire” at Dark Horse (1991, 1994).

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/k/kennedy_cam.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam_Kennedy
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/yabb96a2

(Kennedy created the cover art on “2000 AD” #344, IPC: 26 November 1983)

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