The Grand Comics Database (GCD) is a nonprofit, internet-based organization of international volunteers dedicated to building an open database covering all printed comics throughout the world. Give our search a try, take a look at the menu to the left to see how you can help us improve the site, or use my.comics.org to track and manage your comic collection.


30 Years of the Grand Comics Database !

30 years ago the original announcement from Tim Stroup's on the Grand Comics Database first appeared on the Usenet group rec.arts.comics.misc on 1994-03-31 15:55:15 PST.

Founders included Jon Ingersoll, Bob Klein, and Tim Stroup.

Since then the GCD progressed and enhanced in database content and functionality, with ups and downs. In all that time, the database survived at least two major technology changes on the backend. All this was achieved by the contribution of work and time of several hundred of volunteers.

Thanks and congrats to all of us.


Updates To The Site! (Early 2024)

We deployed a different handling of characters from DC and Marvel in recent weeks. We now can record the universe from which a character originates. In the editing workflow this replaces the different character versions.

Examples of characters with different universes are:

Additionally one now can add the DC or Marvel universe in which a story takes place. One then can also see in which universe a character appeared in, or which stories take place in a given universe.

Examples are:

Note that most stories and characters are in the so-called mainstream universe. Since we do not want to track continuity, the mainstream universe is the at the time of publication standard universe for DC or Marvel, no matter the specific naming or continuity setup. In particular, no retroactive changes to the universe. We mainly want to be able to track stories and characters in DC or Marvel universes that are different from the standard universe. In other words, the mainstream universe is the default universe, unless a different universe is specified in the story or for the character.

We also added lists for characters, group and universes.

For publishers we added a list of creators that were published by it, e.g. for Norwegian publisher Hjemmet / Egmont.

That is in addition to all the other lists we added in the last year, where for navigation one often can further filter by country, language or publisher.

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. So, if you ever wondered about helping with the content of the database ?


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


Allen Baron (b. 1927)

1927 April 14
Long time TV director best known for the 1961 film noir Blast of Silence. Worked as a freelance comic book artist in the 1950s.

Daniel Clowes (b. 1961)

1961 April 14
Clowes did support work for A.C.E. Comics as a letterer in 1987 and for Fantagraphics as a colorist and letterer from 1987 to 1991.

Don Komisarow (b. 1914)

1914 April 14 - 2000 March 14
Additional biographical information found at:
The Stripper's Guide, "Ink-Slinger Profiles by Alex Jay: Don Komisarow", Monday, November 18, 2019, http://strippersguide.blogspot.com/2019/11/ink-slinger-profiles-by-alex-jay-don.html

Sheldon Moldoff (b. 1920)

1920 April 14 - 2012 February 29
Sheldon Moldoff was the first creator of horror stories for EC Comics.

Additional biographical information found in:
Amazing Heroes (Fantagraphics, 1981 Series) #130 (December 1987) and an interview in Fanboy! Journal of Comic Fandom (Jam Comics Group, 1993 series) #2 (1994).

Syndication:
Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder daily (Ledger Syndicate, 1966 series) 1966-05-29 - 1966-08-14;
Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder Sunday (Ledger Syndicate, 1966 series) 1966-05-30 - 1966-08-06.

Moldoff worked with Mort Meskin on the The Little Woman comic page for True Story Magazine (Macfadden Publications, 1919 series), from about 1950 to about 1952.

He also did writing, pencils, and inks for sports and gag cartoons during an unknown period of time.

Moldoff did pencil and ink work for advertising comics for companies included: Burger King; Continental Cablevision; Dairy Queen; General Nutrition Co.; Los Angeles Dodgers; Traveler's Insurance; Oakland Athletics; Quincy Steak House; and Seaescape.

Norbert Pearlroth (b. 1893)

1893 April 14 - 1983 May 7
Norbert Pearlroth was the main researcher for the Ripley's Believe It or Not strip from its beginnings in 1923 until he retired in 1975.

Bruce Sterling (b. 1954)

1954 April 14
Science fiction author credited with helping bring about the cyberpunk genre.

矢町大成 (b. ????)

????? April 14
Taisei Yamachi (矢町大成) is the artist on the manga adaptation of Danjon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darō ka II (ダンジョンに出会いを求めるのは間違っているだろうかII / Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II).

石原ケイコ (b. ????)

????? April 14
Keiko Ishihara (石原ケイコ) is a manga artist who debuted with Hajimari no Hikari in 2008. Works include Prince Freya (偽りのフレイヤ / Itsuwari no Freya), Strange Dragon (ストレンジ ドラゴン), The Bride & the Exorcist Knight (花嫁と祓魔の騎士 / Hanayome to Futsuma no Kishi), Awakening of a Rose Princess (薔薇姫の目醒め), The Heiress and the Chauffeur (お嬢様の運転手 / Ojō-sama no Untenshu) and Teki wa Ō-sama (敵は王サマ).

Jean-Marc Reiser (b. 1941)

1941 April 13 - 1983 November 5
Stoppant ses études à 15 ans en 1956, il travailla un moment comme apprenti puis comme caviste jusqu’en 1960. Autodidacte du dessin, Reiser commença en 1958 une carrière de dessinateur en publiant dans diverses revues mineures sous les pseudonymes JIEM et J.-M. Roussillon, du nom de son père présumé.
Dès 1958 il présenta ses dessins à Cavanna et publia dans son journal Les Cordées (ex-Zéro). En 1959, il participa au lancement d’Hara-Kiri, puis il collabora aux autres publications des éditions du Square : Charlie hebdo, Charlie mensuel, B.D., sans oublier le magazine écologiste La Gueule ouverte. À la fin des années 1960, il intègra l’équipe de Pilote, d’abord comme scénariste puis comme dessinateur. Reiser travaillait aussi ponctuellement pour la presse d’information (Le Monde, Le Nouvel Observateur…). Associé à Coluche, il conçut pour L’Écho des savanes la série des Sales blagues, qui sera reprise après sa mort par Vuillemin.

Joseph Baker (b. ????)

????? April 12
Colorist whose work has been published by DC, Devil's Due Publishing, Moonstone and Simon and Schuster. In addition, through Hi-Fi Colour Design his work has been seen on titles by Disney, IDW, Lerner and Titan.

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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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
Statistics
16,311 publishers
73,456 creators
201,841 series
2,044,599 issues
190,717 variant issues
448,866 issue indexes
1,210,608 covers
3,898,641 stories