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Updates To The Site!

We deployed a couple of new functionalities to the site in the recent weeks. Many of these make use of our linked story data, i.e. creator, feature and character, where the migration is an ongoing project. A rough estimate is that half of our creator credits are converted from text entries to linked data.

For a while we have lists of covers for

For creators we long had lists on which stories, issues, series, or features they worked. We recently added a list of co-creators (e.g. Tatjana Wood). We also show for features (e.g. Iron Man) the creators as well as for characters (e.g. Wolverine).

Recently we added another type of lists, showing for issues the cover and the longest comic story in the issue. This can be used for

These issues lists with covers and the longest story are now also used for the weekly and monthly on-sale lists.

For navigation we added on many of the lists pages further filtering by country, language or publisher. So you can easily see which issues in Spanish we have recorded for Jack Kirby.

For all of these lists of course even more of our data needs to be migrated from text entries to linked records, or even entered at all. If you ever wondered about helping with the content of the database, now is a good time.


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


Aldo De Amicis (b. 1904)

1904 March 1 - 1978 April 30
Aldo graduated in accounting and started working for the Roman transport company ATAC. He later became a full time artist for the weekly comics magazine Il Vittorioso.
Throughout the 1940s, he produced a great many historical adventure stories, including 'Pietro Micca', 'Il Terreno minato', 'Campo de' Fiori', 'La Valle della Solitudine', 'Il Grande Circo', 'Una Madre Ritorna', 'L'angelo azzurro', 'Fiamme a San Francisco', 'Carovana verso il Sud', 'L'amore è una cosa meravigliosa', 'Fanfan la Tulipe', 'Appuntamento a Ischia', 'Rocce insanguinate', 'La gloriosa avventura', and 'Destino sull'asfalto'.

Scott Dikkers (b. 1965)

1965 March 1
Creator of the daily comic strip Jim's Journal which ran from 1987 to 1997. Editor in chief of The Onion.

Bill Gaines (b. 1922)

1922 March 1 - 1992 June 3
Additional bibliography:
Comic Book Artist (Twomorrows, 1998 series) #1 (Spring 1998);
Comic Book Marketplace (Gary Carter, 1991 Series) v1#16 (August 1992) [obituary];
Comic Book Marketplace (Gemstone, 1995 Series) v2#80 (July-August 2000);
Comics Journal (Fantagraphics, 1977 series) #81 (May 1983);
Comics Journal (Fantagraphics, 1977 series) #100 (July 1985);
Jester (July 1992) [obituary];
MAD World of William M. Gaines (Bantam Books) 1972;
World Encyclopedia of Comics (Chelsea House Publishers) 1976;
World Encyclopedia of Comics (Chelsea House) 1998;
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Gaines;
New York Times, "William Gaines, Publisher of Mad Magazine Since '52, Is Dead at 70" by James Barron, June 4, 1992, Section B, Page 11; and
Washington Post, "Publisher William M. Gaines Dies" by Claudia Levy, June 4, 1992.

Gaines worked in support as a business consultant to DC from circa 1972 to circa 1992.

Gaines was publisher and editor in chief of EC Comics from 1947 to 1955. He owned EC from 1947 until he sold his remaining magazine, Mad, to Premiere Industries in 1961.

Robert Grossman (b. 1940)

1940 March 1 - 2018 March 15
New York Times Obituary (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/19/obituaries/robert-grossman-illustrator-with-a-brash-touch-dies-at-78.html).

Freelance illustrator from 1963 onwards.

Nominated in 1977 for an Academy Award (Oscars) as Best Animated Short Film for Jimmy The C (Motionpicker Productions).

Produced television commercials with his brother, David Grossman, in the 1980s under the banner Grossman Brothers.

Pete Hansen (b. 1920)

1920 March 1 - 1993 December 30
Pete Hansen was a former Disney animator when he launched the comic strip Lolly in 1955, through The Chicago Tribune Syndicate. His prior newspaper comics experience included Flapdoodles, which he did for King Features Syndicate from 1950 through 1956.

Rose Wyn (b. 1902)

1902 March 1 - 1992 July 15
Rose Schiffman Wyn (March 1, 1902 - July 15, 1992) was an editor, publisher, and co-owner of the company that came to be known as Ace Periodicals, which published comics during the Golden Age.

Schiffman was a Russian Jew who had immigrated to the U.S. in 1905 with her family. By 1922 Schiffman was working as a bookkeeper at her family's printing business. In 1926 she married A.A. Wyn, who would shortly thereafter begin working for Harold Hersey at Magazine Publications, Inc. By 1932 Wyn had taken over the publisher, which was renamed Ace Publications by 1938.

Rose Wyn began working as an editor for her husband's company in 1932 or 1933. In 1940, Ace began publishing comic books, and both Wyns are listed as co-owners. Rose Wyn was also an editor for Ace Comics (1946-1951).

ほるまりん (b. 1976)

1976 March 1
Rin Horuma (ほるまりん) is the original artist, writer and character designer of the Medabots manga series.

山本ヤマト (b. 1983)

1983 March 1
Yamato Yamamoto (山本ヤマト) is a manga artist and illustrator who debuted in 2003. Best known for doing the artwork on the Seraph of the End (終わりのセラフ / Owari no Serafu) manga series as well as the Kure-nai (紅) light novel and manga series.

花咲アキラ (b. 1956)

1956 March 1
Akira Hanasaki (花咲アキラ) is the artist on the food-based manga series Oishinbo (美味しんぼ) which lasted 111 volumes.

Renato Bianconi (b. 1928)

1928 February 1 - 1993 October 23
Renato Bianconi was the publisher and founder of Edizioni Bianconi.
After working at Edizioni Alpe, Bianconi first publishing house, started in 1952, was called Il Ponte which then became Edizioni Bianconi (also known through the labels S.B.G., Alhambra and Editoriale Metro).
After his death, the business was run by his wife Rosalia Guccione.

How to Help

There are several ways in which you can help us to improve our site and its content.

  • You can provide missing data, update existing data, or upload cover scans. Just register an account with us, and you can start contributing.
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    • Web designer / front-end developer (HTML / CSS / JavaScript)
    • Python / Django programming
    • ElasticSearch search server
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    • Database Performance (MySQL)
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.
Viewer discretion is advised.
The Grand Comics Database Team
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Statistics
16,216 publishers
72,414 creators
200,225 series
2,035,768 issues
188,807 variant issues
446,442 issue indexes
1,200,507 covers
3,870,348 stories