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Two Indexing Milestones!

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We reached 325,000 indexed issues and 2.5 million stories !

With a recent issue of the British serial Commando #5192 we reached a new milestone for indexed issues. And on the same day, we reached 2.5 million indexed stories (or sequences) with the issue Spider Gwen: Ghost Spider #4 from Marvel.

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


Nelson DeCastro (born 17 February 1969, USA) is a comics creator who signs his work with his first name only.

In 1993, he created the horror character ‘Eudaemon’ in “Dark Horse Presents” and in his own mini-series.

He also created illustrations and covers for Harris Comics, Chaos! Comics, and others. From the late 1990s, he has worked at DC Comics and Marvel comics, primarily as an inker.

Among other work, he has appeared in “Inhumans” (2003–2004) and “Venom” (2012–2013) at Marvel and on “Superman: Strange Attractors” (2006) and “Lobo” (2014–2015) at DC.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_DeCastro
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y9xuqs6u

(Nelson created the cover art on “Eudaemon” #1, Dark Horse: August 1993)

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Jean-François Miniac (born 17 February 1963 [1967?], France) is a comic book creator known for his adaptations of Agatha Christie novels.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/miniac_jf.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Fran%C3%A7ois_Miniac
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/ya2cr5av

(Miniac created the cover art on “Detective English - Murder on the Orient Express”, Chancerel: 1998)

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Hiroaki Samura (沙村 広明 Samura Hiroaki, born 17 February 1970, Japan) is a manga writer and artist.

He is best known as the creator of ‘Blade of the Immortal’, a samurai revenge story that ran in “Magazine Afternoon” from 1993 to 2012 and has been widely translated.

Samura has done several other short works as well as magazine illustrations.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/samura_hiroaki.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiroaki_Samura
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y7gy9x3t

(Samura created the cover art on “Blade of the Immortal” #88, Dark Horse: April 2004, an English edition)

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Ron Wilson (born 16 February, USA) is a comics artist whose career began in the early 1970s.

In a large body of work, he is known for drawing ‘The Thing’ from 1975 to 1986 at Marvel, in “Marvel Two-in-One” and then in “The Thing”.

He also drew the entire series “Masters of the Universe” (Marvel, 1986–1988) and issues of titles from “Iron Man” to “What If…?”.

In the early 1990s, he appeared frequently in “Marvel Comics Presents” and drew the limited series “Arion the Immortal” (DC, 1992). In the mid-1990s, he was part of the Milestone Comics imprint at DC Comics, as a character designer and occasional story artist.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/w/wilson_ron.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Wilson_(comics)
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y7hadoh9

(Wilson created the cover art on “Icon” #11, DC/Milestone: March 1994)

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Luc Vincent (born 16 February 1968, Belgium) is an artist and web designer.

He collaborated with Ivan Adriaenssens (born 21 June 1969) and his brother Michaël Vincent (born 28 June 1971) to create “Orphanimo!!” (Standaard, 2002).

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/v/vincent_luc.htm
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/yc78hzdm

(Vincent collaborated on the cover art on “Orphanimo!!” #1, Standaard Uitgeverij: December 2002)

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Art Spiegelman (born 15 February 1948, USA) is a cartoonist, editor, and comics advocate best known for his graphic novel “The Complete Maus: A Survivor’s Tale” (Pantheon, 1992).

His work as co-editor on the comics magazines “Arcade” and “Raw” has been influential. From 1992 he spent a decade as contributing artist for “The New Yorker”, where he made several high-profile and sometimes controversial covers.

Editor and colorist Françoise Mouly (born 24 October 1955) is his wife and writer Nadja Spiegelman (born 13 May 1987), their daughter.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/spiegelman.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_Spiegelman
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y9xcexvv (some explicit images)

(Spiegelman created the cover art on “Breakdowns - Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@?*!”, Pantheon: 2008)

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Ben McCool (born 15 February, UK) lives in New York City, “writes peculiar stories for a living”, and works mainly in USA comic books.

He has written “Choker” (Image, 2010) and “Captain America & the Korvac Saga” (Marvel, 2011) and he has appeared in anthologies such as “Liberty Comics”, the annual benefit for the CBLDF, among other work.

At ComicVine — https://comicvine.gamespot.com/ben-mccool/4040-57102/
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/yb3kwaps

(Ben Templesmith created the cover art on “Choker” #1, Image: February 2010)

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Albert DeGuzman (born 15 February, The Philippines) is a comics artist.

After finishing his schooling, he worked as a letterer in the USA comics market from the end of the 1970s to shortly after the turn of the century. He worked almost exclusively for DC Comics.

In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y95h9e65

(Carmine Infantino and Bob Smith created and DeGuzman colored the cover art on “The Flash” #304, DC: December 1981)

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Guido Scala (14 February 1936 – 6 January 2001, Italy) began his comics career in 1950 at Alpe and Bianconi, working with Luciano Bottaro. In the late 1950s, he lived in Sydney, Australia, and created a strip there.

Back home in the 1960s, he published stories for established features and created his own, such as ‘Petruska’.

From 1962, he began working on Disney comics. Over his 35 years on their features, he became one of the most famous Disney artists in Italy.

Scala started with a focus on ‘Mickey Mouse’ and soon also wrote Duck-family stories. He was particularly known for stories based on famous literary works by the likes of Jonathan Swift and Ernest Hemingway.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/scala_guido.htm
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/yctr7fmh

(Scala may have created the cover art on “Corky Chico & Kelly” #1, Cleveland: 1955?)

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John L. Goldwater (14 February 1916 – 26 February 1999, USA) was a comics publisher and editor.

In 1939, he joined with Maurice Coyne and Louis Silberkleit to found M.L.J. Comics. They published adventure, superhero, and humor comics.

In 1941, he and artist Bob Montana created ‘Archie’ in “Pep Comics”. The feature became extremely popular, soon branching out to features for the other characters and then comics series as well.

MLJ changed its name to Archie Comics in 1946, the superheroes ended as the market shifted, and the teenagers came to dominate the company. Goldwater continued to edit at the company that made him rich, until his retirement in 1983.

Goldwater was a founder of the trade group Comics Magazine Association of America in 1954 and was its president for 25 years. Its first action and its purpose for existence was establishing the Comics Code Authority, a seal-of-approval for comic books which met its restrictive content guidelines.

He also served as president of the New York Society for the Deaf and was an active National Commissioner of the Anti-Defamation League, a civil rights group that was founded by B’nai B’rith.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_L._Goldwater
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/ybvy2uca

(Edd Ashe may have created the cover art on “Blue Ribbon Comics” #1, Archie/MLJ: November, 1939, the first MLJ comic book)

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