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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


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.

Jenette Kahn (b. 1947)

1947 May 16
Jenette Kahn is an American comic book editor and executive. In the 1970s, she edited a number of magazines such as 1970s Kids Dynamite and Smash. In 1976, she joined DC as publisher, and was promoted to President five years later. In 1989, she assumed, while retaining the office of president, the title of editor-in-chief, after stepping down as publisher. In 2002, after 26 years with DC, she left the company to pursue a career as a film producer.

エルド吉水 (b. 1965)

1965 May 16
Eldo Yoshimizu is a Japanese fine artist, sculptor, photographer, musician and manga creator.

His first manga work, Ryuko, was been published in France, Italy, Germany, the US and the UK. His second work, Gamma Draconis, with script by French author Benoist Simmat, was published in French by Lezard Noir and will be published in English by Titan Books.

He is greatly influenced by Japanese films of the 1960s, the Film Noir of French Cinema and British punk band The Clash, naming Joe Strummer as one of his heroes.

Jack Jackson (b. 1941)

1941 May 15 - 2006 June 8
In 1964, Jackson self-published the one-shot God Nose, which is considered by some to be the first underground comic in the modern sense, discounting “Tijuana bibles”. He moved to San Francisco in 1966, where he became art director of the dance-poster division of the Family Dog psychedelic rock music-promotion collective. In 1969, he co-founded Rip Off Press, one of the first independent publishers of underground comix, with three other Texas transplants, Gilbert Shelton, Fred Todd, and Dave Moriaty. Despite this, most of his underground comics work (heavily influenced by EC Comics) was published by Last Gasp, including frequent contributions to the Last Gasp anthology Slow Death. (Jaxon left his affiliation with Last Gasp in c. 1991.)

In addition to Slow Death, Jackson contributed to a selection of other underground comix, including Barbarian Comics (California Comics) and Radical America Komiks (Radical America Magazine). In the 1980s Jaxon contributed historical comics to Fantagraphics' Graphics Story Monthly and a number of Kitchen Sink Press titles, including BLAB! and the 11-part, 126-page "Bulto… The Cosmic Slug," about a space creature's effect on the people of the ancient Southwest, which was serialized in Death Rattle. Jackson did freelance work for Marvel Comics as a colorist from 1988-1991.

Jackson was also known for his historical work, documenting the history of Native America and Texas, including the graphic novels Comanche Moon (1979), Recuerden El Alamo (1979), Los Tejanos (1982), The Secret of San Saba (1989), Lost Cause (1998), Indian Lover: Sam Houston & the Cherokees (1999), El Alamo (2002), and the written works like Los Mesteños: Spanish Ranching in Texas: 1721–1821 (1986), Indian Agent: Peter Ellis Bean in Mexican Texas (2005), and many others.

Alvaro Mairani (b. 1913)

1913 May 15 - 1997 month? day?
Alvaro Mairani trained at the l'Accademia di Bergamo and at L'Accademia dell'Arte Applicata del Castello di Milano.
He began his career shortly after World War II, working for publisher Giovanni De Leo on the periodicals Tiger and Avventure. In 1949, he started work for Universo, where he took over 'Il Principe Azzurro' and launched 'Il Cavaliere Ideale' in L'Intrepido. He has illustrated nearly all the covers for the Albi dell'Intrepido collection from issue 253 onwards.

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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.
Viewer discretion is advised.
The Grand Comics Database Team
Statistics
14,209 publishers
46,560 creators
164,708 series
1,743,772 issues
139,979 variant issues
384,935 issue indexes
961,214 covers
3,135,743 stories