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We reached 300,000 indexed issues!

With the Norwegian comic Tempo #16/1972 we reached a new milestone for indexes issues.

Considering that from our almost 90.000 variant comics, more than 30.000 are variants of an indexed issue, we have even more comics with detailed information about the comic, the cover and other content.

And while we are at milestones, in Justice League #4 - The Grid our 2,222,222nd sequence is recorded.


Comics Creators

We now added the ability to record data about your favorite comics Creators: artists, writers, letterers, and even editors and production people!

To begin, thousands of names have been imported from Jerry Bails' Who's Who of American Comic Books 1928-1999. Dr. Bails spent a lifetime gathering information on comics Creators, often from interviews and questionnaires filled out by the Creators themselves. We now can have that information integrated into the Grand Comics Database and we are adding new information and new Creators daily.

You can find information on your favorite Creators using the Search function at the top of any page: just type in a name and select the default ‘Everything‘ or ‘Creator‘ from the drop-down list. There are also several new Creator related searches for e.g. awards or art influences.

If you have information to contribute, you can enter it through your indexing account. Creators can be added using the Add New link in the top bar of your editing page. Refer to new documentation in our wiki at the Formatting Documentation page.


GCD Comics Timeline


Aaron McClellan (born 18 February 1959, USA) is an artist who published in the comics industry from the mid-1980s through the 1990s.

He inked “Eternity Smith” (Hero, 1987–1988) over Rick Hoberg. At Apple Press, he provided full art for a science-fiction story by Angela Harris in “Vox” (1989–1990).

He inked stories at DC Comics and Marvel until 1995. He worked on series such as “Wonder Woman” (1992–1994) and “Quasar” (1994).

He inked “Saban’s Mighty Morphin Rangers” (Hamilton, 1995) and “Gene Roddenberry’s Lost Universe” (Big Entertainment, 1995–1996).

McClellan left comics in 1999 to pursue freelance graphic design and illustration. His clients have included the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the AAA.

At Memory Alpha — http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Aaron_McClellan
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/6fdr3097KUJ

(McClellan created the cover of “Vox” #2, August 1989)

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Johnny Hart (18 February 1931 – 4 April 2007, USA) was a prominent newspaper strip cartoonist.

During his military service, he published cartoons in “Stars and Stripes”. He continued cartooning after his service, appearing in magazines such as “The Saturday Evening Post” and “Collier’s Weekly”.

In 1957, he created “B.C.”, a humor strip about a very modern stone-age community. It became popular and widely licensed. He drew the strip to the day he died and it is currently produced by his grandsons Mason Mastroianni and Mick Mastroianni.

In the early 1960s, he developed a new strip idea and involved Brant Parker as the artist. The result was “The Wizard of Id”, which began in 1964. This story of a sardonic wizard serving a ridiculous king is also still running, also now created by his grandsons.

In the mid-1980s, Hart joined a fundamentalist Christian church and increasingly began to express his new-found faith in his creative work. Today’s reader will need to look past increasingly open misogyny and anti-semitism to appreciate his later “B.C.” strips.

He received many awards from his fans and peers. The National Cartoonists Society gave him Reuben Awards for both “B.C.” (1968) and “Wizard of Id” (1984), as well as multiple other awards.

He received a Yellow Kid at Lucca in 1970, the first time the ‘Best Cartoonist of the Year’ award went to a USA creator.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/h/hart.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Hart
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/wx7K3097KHd

(Hart created the cartoon on the cover of “Ehapa Taschenbuch #17 - Neander aus dem Tal - Äußerst urig, ~1976, a German edition)

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Curt Swan (17 February 1920 – 17 June 1996, USA) was a prolific and popular comic book artist, whose career began as soon as he returned home from World War II.

He began working at DC Comics, the company he is most associated with, in 1945. He drew features such as ‘Tommy Tomorrow’ in “Action Comics” and crime stories in “Gang Busters”.

Swan is known as the premier Superman artist of the Silver Age. He drew his first ‘Superman’ story in the Man of Steel’s own comic in 1948.

In 1954, he was the artist on the new ‘Superman and Batman’ feature in “World’s Finest Comics”, a team-up series that replaced their separate features. From 1956 through 1960, he drew the ‘Superman’ syndicated strip comic.

Through the end of the 1980s, Swan drew covers and stories for all of the Superman family of comics, as well as other DC series. In addition to ‘Superman’, he drew ‘Jimmy Olsen’, ‘Superboy’, ‘The Legion of Super-Heroes’.

Swan drew the final story of the original Superman, which was written by Alan Moore. Collected as “Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?”, it originally appeared in “Superman” #423 and “Action Comics” #583 in September 1986 — the final issues of those series.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/swan_curt.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curt_Swan
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/PirB3095wBc

(Swan drew and Murphy Anderson inked the cover of “Adventure Comics” #390, April 1970)

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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 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 themid-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 — http://ow.ly/N93M30iqUnh

(Wilson drew and John Romita Sr. inked the cover of “The Avengers” #125, July 1974)

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John Totleben (born 16 February 1958, USA) is an illustrator working mostly in comics.

He came to prominence inking ‘Swamp Thing’ over Stephen R. Bissette on the stories in which Alan Moore re-imagined the character, in “The Saga of Swamp Thing” and then “Swamp Thing” (DC Comics, 1983–1987).

From 1987 to 1989, he joined Moore again providing full art on a story-arc in “Miracleman” (Eclipse) that was collected in 1990 as“Miracleman: Olympus”.
He and Bissette created and edited the horror anthology “Taboo” (Spiderbaby Grafix, 1988–1992).

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/t/totleben_john.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Totleben
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/rVnl3093j3j

(Totleben painted the cover of “Miracleman” #3 - Olympus, December 1990)

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Antonio Serra (born 16 February 1963, Italy) is a comics writer who began working at Sergio Bonelli Editore in the mid-1980s.

In 1991, he and fellow writers Michele Medda and Bepi Vigna created the science fiction series “Nathan Never”, which is still published. He also wrote for the spin-off series “Legs Weaver” (1995–2005).

Serra also created two other science-fiction series, “Gregory Hunter” (2000–2002) and “Greystorm” (2010–2011), at Bonelli.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Serra_(writer)
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/YoBQS

(Claudio Castellini created the cover of “Nathan Never” #2, July 1991)

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William Van Horn (born 15 February 1939, USA; Canada) is a well-known Disney comics artist and writer.

From 1965, he worked in animation for a dozen years and then changed his focus to children’s books. He and his family moved to Canada in 1980.

His first comics work was his own creation “Nervous Rex” (Blackthorne, 1985–1987). He also published in other Blackthorne comics and in the “Critters” anthology (Fantagraphics, 1988–1990).

From 1988, he began creating Disney comics stories. Over the years, his work has been published by Gladstone, Disney, Gemstone, Egmont in Scandinavia, and others.

He is particularly known for his stories about Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge, including stories in the “Disney's DuckTales” anthology (Gladstone, 1989–1990). IDW currently reprints his European material in their Disney comics and publishes occasional new covers.

He collaborated with writer John Lustig earlier in his career, but now he creates the entire story. His distinctive style is a blend of both visual elements and plotting tropes.

Fellow Disney artist and writer Noel Van Horn (born 6 July 1968) is his son.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/v/van-horn-william.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Van_Horn
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/8XZr30ipw1o

(Van Horn created the cover of “Nervous Rex” #1, September 1985)

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Willy Vandersteen (15 February 1913 – 28 August 1990, Belgium) was a major comics creator.

In a career spanning fifty years, he created a large studio and published more than 1,000 comic albums in over 25 series, selling more than 200 million copies worldwide.

Considered together with Marc Sleen to be a founder of Flemish comics, he is mainly popular in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany.

Hergé called him “The Brueghel of the comic strip”, while the creation of his own studio and the mass production and commercialization of his work turned him into “the Walt Disney of the Low Countries”.

Vandersteen is best known for ‘Suske en Wiske’ (published in English as ‘Spike and Suzy’, ‘Luke and Lucy’, ‘Willy and Wanda’ or ‘Bob and Bobette’).

His other major series are ‘De Rode Ridder’ with over 200 albums and ‘Bessy’ with almost 1,000 albums published in Germany.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/v/vandersteen.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willy_Vandersteen
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/fpuC30917bN

(Vandersteen created the cover of “Safari” #1 - De gevaarlijke opdracht, 1970)

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‘Sanpei Shirato’ is the pen name of Noboru Okamoto (岡本 登, born 15 February 1932, Japan), a comics creator and an essayist.

He is a pioneer of ‘gekiga’, a more realistic visual style than the broad strokes of ‘manga’. This graphic style lends itself well to the social criticism in many of his creations.

His father was the painter Toki Okamoto, who was active in socialist organizations and whose work reflected working-class themes. His own creations reflect the same politics, amplified by his childhood during World War II and its aftermath.

He is best known for “Kamui” (Garo, 1964–1971), its companion “The Legend of Kamui” (Weekly Shōnen Sunday, 1965–1967), and its sequel, also called “The Legend of Kamui” (Big Comic, 1982–1987).

An anime of the story was broadcast in 1969 and parts have been translated to English, German, and other languages.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/shirato_sampei.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanpei_Shirato
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/F2SH30io3T8

(Shirato created the art on the cover of “Kamui” #1 - Zufall oder Schicksal, 1995, a German edition)

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