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Support for migrating text credits to creator links!

We deployed new functionalities for creator credits and features. There is now support for migrating existing text entries to matching creator records (or feature records). The way we record signatures also changed after we gained experience with creator records. Signatures are now separate database objects.

On the display side, we added lists of creators who worked on a series or feature, as well as an issue list for features. For both of course more of our data needs to be migrated from text entries to linked records. If you ever wondered to help with the content of the database, now is a good time.


Uploading Milestone!

Cover Image

We reached 950,000 cover scans !

We reached 950,000 comic covers. The milestone issue was Wild Western #3 a British reprint of Wild Western (Marvel, 1948 series) #47 (January 1956).

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


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.

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.

Alan Kupperberg (b. 1953)

1953 May 18 - 2015 July 17
Syndicated strips:
Conan the Barbarian [Sunday] (pencil/ink) 1980-81 for Register And Tribune Syndicate.
Howard the Duck [daily and Sunday] (pencil) 1978 for Register And Tribune Syndicate
Incredible Hulk [daily and Sunday] for Register and Tribune Syndicate. Pencils in 1979, 1980 and 1982 (Sundays), Inks in 1979 (daily only) and 1982, and writing in 1982 (Sundays)

Assisted Wally Wood on Sally Forth and Cannon circa 1972.

早寝電灯 (b. ????)

????? May 18
Dento Hayane (早寝電灯) is a manga artist. Works include Bakeneko ga Katatte Sōrō (化け猫かたって候 / The Cat Proposed), See You Later, Mermaid, Koko kara wa Off-record de (ここからはオフレコで / From Here It Is Secret), Ashita Okitara Kimi Wa (明日、起きたら君は / When You Wake Up Tomorrow), Kiminiha Fureruto Narutokoga atte (君にはふれると鳴るとこがあって), Tenjite Koi to Iki (転じて恋と生き) and Hankai no Hana (半壊の花).

Peter Fitzgerald (b. 1968)

1968 May 17
Fan and trade zines:
Amazing Heroes Swimsuit Special (Fantagraphics, 1990 series) #1, (1990) (pencils and inks).
San Diego Comic-Con Program (Comic Con International, 1975 series), 1991 (pencils and inks).

Poster:
Cracked Blockbuster (Major Magazines, 1987 series) #4 (Summer 1990) (pencils and inks).

Trading Cards:
Cracked ? (Major Magazines ?) 1992.

Steve Geiger (b. ????)

????? May 17
Steve Geiger is a comic book artist who primarily worked at Marvel, from 1984 to 1991, 1993 to 1996, 2000 and 2002. He also worked for Acclaim / Valiant, from 1997 to 1998; DC in 1987; Penthouse, in 1995; Newsday, Inc., in 1998; Starwarp Concepts, in 1991; and Continuity, in 1989.

Roy Nelson (b. 1905)

1905 May 17 - 1956 September 14
Roy Nelson was an American cartoonist and caricaturist. He worked primarily for the Chicago Daily News from the mid-1920s through the late '40s, except for a brief stint in the early '30s, when he worked for the Disney Studio doing publicity artwork and helping with the Mickey Mouse comic strip, and a few years in the Army during World War 2.

Additionally, he regularly contributed cartoons to publications such as Esquire, The Sporting News, and Hearst newspapers.

In 1951 he created a daily strip named "Mot, Dot, and Tot".

He was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1953 and passed away in 1956.

F. Paul Wilson (b. 1946)

1946 May 17
F. Paul Wilson is known as a writer of Science Fiction and Horror books. He has won the Prometheus Award, the Bram Stoker Award, the Inkpot Award from the San Diego ComiCon, and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers of America.

Sophie Yanow (b. 1987)

1987 May 17
Lesbian, autobiographical cartoonist who also teaches at the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont.

Hannes Hegen (b. 1925)

1925 May 16 - 2014 November 8
Hannes Hegen was a German illustrator and caricaturist and is most famous for creating the East German comic book Mosaik and its original protagonists, the Digedags.

His own creation Mosaik was first published in December 1955. Hegen was solely responsible for only the first issues of the book. Later a team of artists and writers worked on the book, but only Hegen was credited on the cover. 223 issues were produced. Hegen worked on Mosaik until 1975, when he had a disagreement with the publisher and quit working, taking the rights to the Digedags characters with him. The Mosaik team continued without him and created new characters to appear in Mosaik.

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Disclaimer
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.
The GCD acknowledges that the all-encompassing research nature of the project may result in the posting of cover scans for comics with images that some may find objectionable.
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The Grand Comics Database Team
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14,212 publishers
46,595 creators
164,728 series
1,743,867 issues
140,031 variant issues
384,998 issue indexes
961,403 covers
3,136,398 stories