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GCD Comics Timeline

Stan Kaye (24 November 1916 – 21 June 1967, USA) was an artist who worked at DC Comics from 1941 to 1962.

He began drawing humor strips such as ‘Drafty’ and ‘Hayfoot Henry’ in the anthology titles.

He and writer Alfred Bester created ‘Genius Jones’ in “Adventure Comics” (1942), a kid detective who fought crime in costume (and who was briefly revived in 2005).

He became Wayne Boring’s regular ‘Superman’ inker around 1943 and theirs became the defining look of the character for many years.

In addition to stories and covers in the comic books, Boring and Kaye produced the Sunday newspaper strip and many of the daily episodes.

He then made the transition to Curt Swan’s ‘Superman’ pencils in the late 1950s, including on the daily newspaper strip. He retired from comics in 1962.

He is not to be confused with comics writer Stan Kay (1924–1987).

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(Kaye drew and inked the cover of “More Fun Comics” #106, November-December 1945, featuring both ‘Superboy’ and the twins ‘Dover and Clover’)

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Carl Gafford (born 23 November 1953, USA) is a writer, artist, and editor who has worked for several decades in the comics industry. He has primarily been a colorist and an editor.

He was active in comics fandom, including CAPA-alpha, before beginning his professional career. From 1973, he worked in production at DC Comics, proofreading and coloring.

Near the end of 1974, he published his first freelance coloring at both Marvel and DC, with stories in “Marvel Treasury Edition” #2 featuring the Fantastic Four and in “Justice League of America” #115, among others.

In the mid-1970s he wrote and colored for Marvel’s Hanna-Barbera comics. In 1981 he returned to staff at DC in production and then also as an editor. He edited the digest-sized run of “Adventure Comics” (1982–1983).

From 1982 to 1989, he colored every issue of “The Legion of Super-Heroes”, “Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes”, and “Legion of Super-Heroes”. In the early 1990s he worked at Disney Comics, Defiant Comics, and Topps Comics.

He has also written and drawn ‘furry’ (anthropomorphic) comics at Antarctic Press, Radio Comix, and Shanda Fantasy Arts as well as super-hero stories for “Big Bang Comics”.

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(Xavi [Xavier Vives Mateau Lopez] created the cover of “Disney’s Aladdin”, 1992, colored by Gafford)

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‘Masamune Shirow’ is the pen name of Masanori Ota (士郎 正宗, born 23 November 1961, Japan), a manga creator. His pen name is an homage to legendary sword-smith Masamune (~1300 CE).

He created his first feature, ‘Black Magic’ (1983), while still in college. His first big hit was the science-fiction feature “Appleseed” (1985–1989).

He may be best known for “Ghost in the Shell” (1989–1997), a popular science-fiction series. It has also been adapted in anime and live-action movies, television, and video games and was published in English translation by Dark Horse.

He is also known for creating erotic art.

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(Shirow created the cover of “Dominion: Conflict 1”, March 1997)

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Roy Thomas (born 22 November 1940, USA) is a comic book writer, editor, and historian. He was Stan Lee’s first successor as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics.

He is possibly best known for introducing the pulp magazine hero ‘Conan the Barbarian’ to American comics in 1970, with a series that added to the storyline of Robert E. Howard’s character and helped launch a sword-and-sorcery trend in comics.

He is also known for his championing of Golden Age comic-book heroes — particularly the 1940s super-hero team the ‘Justice Society of America’ — and for lengthy writing stints on Marvel’s “The X-Men” (1966–1974) and “The Avengers” (1966–1975) and DC Comics’ “All-Star Squadron” (1981–1987), among other titles.

He founded and still edits the magazine “Alter Ego” (TwoMorrows, 1999+). He edited the four-volume reference work “The All-Star Companion” (TwoMorrows, 2000–2009).

Thomas has received multiple awards and honors over his career, beginning with a fannish Alley Award in 1969 and a Shazam Award from his peers in 1971. He received additional Shazams as well as fannish Goethe Awards and then Comic Fan Art Awards in the 1970s.

In 1974, he received the Best Foreign Author award at Angoulême and an Inkpot Award at San Diego. He received a Haxtur Award at the Salón Asturias in 1996 and was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2011.

Comics writer Dann Thomas is his wife and was often his writing collaborator beginning with “Arak, Son of Thunder” (1981–1985).

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(Dave Hoover created the cover of “The Invaders” #1, May 1993, beginning a mini-series written by Thomas)

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Roy Crane (22 November 1901 – 7 July 1977) was an influential cartoonist who created the comic strip characters Wash Tubbs, Captain Easy and Buz Sawyer.

He pioneered the adventure comic strip, establishing the conventions and artistic approach of the genre.

Comics historian R. C. Harvey wrote, “Many of those who drew the earliest adventure strips were inspired and influenced by his work.”

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(Crane created the art on the cover of “Comics Revue” #234, January 2006)

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Larry Welz (born 21 November 1948, USA) is a comics creator who published in underground comix from the late 1960s to the end of the century.

He created “Captain Guts” (1969–1971) and was a frequent contributor to “Yellow Dog” and other series.

He may be best known for Cherry Poptart, a character he created in 1982. She appeared in “Cherry Poptart”, “Cherry”, “Cherry’s Jubilee”, and “Cherry Deluxe” through 2000.

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(Welz created the cover of “Bakersfield Kountry Comics”, September 1973)

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Claude Moliterni (21 November 1932 – 22 January 2009, France) was a prolific comics writer, editor, and critic. He was a key proponent of the consideration of comics as a vital and normal part of any culture’s artistic expression.

He was one of the founders of the Angoulême International Comics Festival in 1974 and was a co-organizer through 2005. He was an editor at Dargaud until 1989.

He wrote features such as “Scarlett Dream” (1967–1982), the heroic fantasy “Taar the Rebel” (1976–1988), and “Harry Chase” (1979–1989).

His critical and academic work includes “L’Aventure de la Bande Dessinée” (Bagheera, 1989), “Le Dictionnaire de la Bande Dessinée” (Larousse, 1994), and “Chronologie de la bande dessinée” (Flammarion, 1996).

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(Jaime Brocal Remohi created the cover of “Taar” #3 - Les géants des eaux glauques, 1977)

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Stephanie Gladden (born 20 November 1969, USA) worked in animation in Atlanta, Georgia, before starting her comics career in 1993.

Her mainstream work is primarily on licensed humor series such as issues of “The Powerpuff Girls” and “Looney Tunes” (DC Comics), “Simpsons Comics” (Bongo, 1995–1997), and “Cartoon Network Block Party” (DC, 2007–2009).

Gladden also created her own funny-animal comic feature ‘Hopster’s Tracks’. She published two issues of the feature at Bongo Comics in 1998, and stories have also appeared in “Action Girl” and in “Friends of Lulu Presents: Storytime”.

She is easily lured from her drawing table with the promise of sushi.

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(Gladden created the cover of “Hopster’s Tracks” #2, 1998)

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Jill Thompson (born 20 November 1966, USA) is a comics creator who has been active since the mid-1980s.

At Comico in 1987 and 1988, she drew “Elementals” and “Fathom”. At First Comics in 1988 and 1989, she drew “Corum: The Bull and the Spear” and “Badger Goes Beserk”.

From 1990 to 1992 she drew “Wonder Woman” at DC Comics. She also drew two story arcs in Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman” (1992, 1993) and launched the “Black Orchid” series (1994).

She drew early issues of “The Invisibles” (1995) and late issues of another “The Invisibles” series (1999) and she drew the “Finals” mini-series (1999), among other work at DC.

She published her first ‘Scary Godmother’ stories at Sirius from 1997, and the funny, cheerful witch and her friends have featured in comics and children’s books from Sirius and Dark Horse ever since.

After having returned to Badger with “Badger: Shattered Mirror” (Dark Horse, 1994), she began publishing more regularly at Dark Horse in the new millennium. She contributed to anthologies such as the “Dark Horse Book of…” collections (2003–2006) and “Hellboy: Weird Tales” (2004).

In 2009, she and writer Evan Dorkin created “Beasts of Burden” at Dark Horse.

Thompson has received multiple Eisner Awards, including Best Painter in 2001 for “Scary Godmother” and Best Short Story in 2005 (with Evan Dorkin).

She won Lulu of the Year in 1999 and was named Best Comic Book Artist in 2011 by the National Cartoonists Society.

Comics writer Brian Azzarello is her husband.

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(Thompson created the cover of “The Dead Boy Detectives”, 2005)

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Guy Davis (born 20 November 1966, USA) is an artist and graphic designer.

His earliest professional work was the fantasy series “The Realm” (Arrow Comics and then Caliber Press, 1986–1989).

In 1989 he created “Baker Street” (Caliber, 1989–1991) with writer and Caliber publisher Gary Reed (collected in 2003 by iBooks under the title “Honour Among Punks”).

His first stories of ‘The Marquis’ appeared at Caliber from 1997, set in a dark and supernatural version of 18th Century France — Oni Press published additional stories and then a collection in the early 2000s.

He notably illustrated “Sandman Mystery Theatre” (Vertigo, 1993–1999). He and writer Matt Wagner told noir tales of 1940s New York City featuring Wesley Dodds (the first Sandman) and his partner Dian Belmont.

In the early 2000s, Dark Horse published his creation “The Nevermen” (2000, 2003) and he drew Bill Rosemann’s mini-series “Deadline” at Marvel (2002), where he also drew “Fantastic Four—Strange Molecules” by James Sturm (2003).

He drew nearly a hundred issues of the ‘Hellboy’ spin-off “B.P.R.D.” at Dark Horse (2004–2011).

Davis received Eisner Awards in 1997, 2004, and 2009.

He has worked in conceptual design since leaving comics in 2011, providing concept art, character design, and storyboards for film, television, and video games.

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(Davis created the cover of Marshall Dillon’s “Scrubs in Scrubland” #1, 1996)

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