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We received the 700,000 cover scan!

The cover of Riqui Ricón el Pobre Niño Rico #113 passed the milestone, it is from the Mexican edition of Richie Rich.

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


Cliff Sterrett (12 December 1883 – 28 December 1964, USA) was an innovative comics artist who worked in syndicated strips.

In 1912, he created his best-known work, ‘Polly and Her Pals’, at the Hearst newspapers. It was the first strip to star a woman, creating a subgenre that would include ‘Blondie’, ‘Fritzi Ritz’, and many others.

In the 1920s, his artwork on ‘Polly’ gleefully embraced abstract art, showing influences of cubism, surrealism, and expressionism.

He influenced his fellow artists more than he impressed his audience, though, and ‘Polly’ never branched out to merchandising and licensing. He was praised by artists from Al Capp to Jules Feiffer and compared to George Herriman’s ‘Krazy Kat’ for his innovative styling.

In the 1930s, arthritis forced Sterrett to hand over the daily strips to Paul Fung, who drew them until they ended in 1942. Sterrett drew the Sundays but soon had to cut back to designing and supervising, until his retirement in 1958.

Malibu reprinted ‘Polly’ strips in a brief comic run in 1991, under the Eternity brand. IDW released two hard-cover collections in 2010 and devoted a volume of their “Library of American Comics Essentials” series to the strip in 2013.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/sterrett.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cliff_Sterrett
‘Polly and Her Pals’ at Toonopedia — http://www.toonopedia.com/pollypal.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/KKpi30h9IFc

(Sterrett created the cover art on “Polly and Her Pals” #1 - 1913-1927, October 2010)

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Pascal Garray (12 December 1965 – 17 January 2017, Belgium) was a comics creator known for his humorous work. He was part of the Peyo studio from 1990.

During his career he worked on 17 “Smurfs” albums and seven of “Benoît Brisefer”. At the time of his death, he had recently finished drawing the 35th “Smurfs” album.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/g/garray_pascal.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pascal_Garray
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/m1sb30h9FBu

(Garray created the cover of “Steven Sterk” #10 - De weg naar het Zuiden, June 1997, the Dutch edition of “Benoît Brisefer”)

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Philippe Dupuy (born 12 December 1960, France) is a comics creator whose career began in 1980 with ‘Le Père Gaston’ in “Aïe”.

In the mid-1980s, he began producing work in collaboration with Charles Berberian (born 28 May 1959). They are known for the character ‘Monsieur Jean’ and for the style of their collaboration — all aspects of the creation were shared between them.

From the mid-2000s, they have produced solo material as well. Dupuy released “Hanté” in 2005.

Dupuy and Berberian shared awards at Angoulême in 1989 and 1999 and the Grand Prix in 2008. They received an Inkpot Award at San Diego in 2003.

Dupuy was nominated for the Best Comic award at Angoulême in 2006.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/d/dupuy.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dupuy_and_Berberian
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/Gzpj30h9DWx

(Dupuy created the cover of “Atomium 58” #16 - Der kleine Maler, 1986)

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‘Marge’ was the pen name of Marjorie Henderson Buell (11 December 1904 – 30 May 1993, USA), a cartoonist who is best known as the creator of ‘Little Lulu’.

She sold her first cartoon when she was 16 years old, to a local Philadelphia newspaper. She built a career providing cartoons and illustrations to a variety of magazines, including “Collier’s” and “Ladies’ Home Journal”.

In 1935, the “Saturday Evening Post” asked her for an ongoing cartoon and she provided ‘Little Lulu’. It was a weekly cartoon through 1945 and then continued as a weekly strip in the magazine until 1950, when it became a newspaper strip (it continued until 1969). Buell drew the feature until 1947.

She did not, however, draw the ‘Little Lulu’ comic books. Lulu’s first comic was “Four Color” #74 (June 1945) and she also appeared in her own title and in related titles. Her best-known comics artist was John Stanley.

Buell managed the rights to ‘Little Lulu’ very closely, first with Paramount Pictures to produce animated shorts in 1943 and then in comic books, greeting cards, advertising, and so on.

When she finally sold the rights to Western Publishing in 1971, she included contractual language specifying that ‘Little Lulu’ stories would always have “a high level of entertainment and originality, disassociated from vulgar or crude ideas or unworthy products”.
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/marge.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marge_%28cartoonist%29
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/LHJ53070KdE

‘Little Lulu’ at Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Lulu
‘Little Lulu’ in the GCD — http://ow.ly/Xjrt3070KbL

(Marge created this cartoon in “The Saturday Evening Post”, 1925)

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Didier Comès (11 December 1942 – 7 March 2013, Belgium) began his career as a comics artist in 1969 with strips in the children’s supplement of Le Soir. In 1973, his first major series began in “Pilote” (later continued in “À Suivre”) — ‘Ergün l'errant’.

He created ‘L’Ombre du Corbeau’ in “Tintin” in the late 1970s. It is a dark and surreal story set in World War I in the artist’s native Ardennes.

From the 1980s, he published stark black-and-white stories about magic and death and mythology at Casterman.

Comès received the Grand Prix Saint-Michel in Brussels and the Yellow Kid in Lucca in 1980. He received Best Comic awards in Angoulême in 1981 and in Brussels in 1983.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/comes.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Didier_Com%C3%A8s
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/xXJs3070K3F

(Comès created the cover of “Silence der Stumme”, 1982, a German translation)

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Matt Baker (10 December 1921 – 11 August 1959, USA) was a comics artist in the 1940s and 1950s. He was the first African-American artist in the nascent USA comic-book industry when he joined the Jerry Iger Studio in the mid-1940s.

His best-known work was on ‘Phantom Lady’ for Fox Features (1947–1949). The costumed crime-fighter had been created at the Iger Studio in 1941 for Quality Comics. Baker drew her Fox stories in both her own title and “All-Top Comics”. They were most likely written by Ruth Roche. He also drew “Rulah, Jungle Goddess” for Fox.

Baker created the military humor feature ‘Canteen Kate’ at St. John’s in 1951 and drew all of her stories in “Fightin’ Marines” and her own short-lived series. He also drew for their romance titles.

In the late 1950s he published at Atlas Comics (as Marvel Comics was known then) in their romance and western titles. He died unexpectedly in 1959, before his 38th birthday.

Baker was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2009.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/baker_matt.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Baker_(artist)
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/Hlac306ZC6a

(Baker created the cover of “Phantom Lady” #15, December 1947)

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Henk Kuijpers (born 10 December 1946, The Netherlands) began his career as a comics artist in the mid-1970s.

He is well-known for his “Franka” series, about a private investigator whose cases take her around the world. Her stories appeared in “Eppo” from 1975 and have been collected in albums from 1978.

Kuijpers received the 1990 Stripschapprijs, the lifetime-achievement award from the Dutch national organization for comics, Stripschap.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/k/kuijpers_h.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henk_Kuijpers
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/deGY306ZBZX

(Kuijpers created the cover of “Eppo” #31/1981, 1981)

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José Delbo (9 December 1933, Argentina) began his comics career at age 16 in the magazine “Poncho Negro”. He moved to Brazil in 1963 and then to the USA in 1965.

His earliest work in the USA included “Billy the Kid” at Charlton Comics. He drew many TV tie-in comic books for Dell Comics and Western Publishing’s Gold Key Comics. Delbo has cited “The Monkees”, “The Lone Ranger”, and an adaptation of the “Yellow Submarine” film as being among his favorite projects.

Delbo’s first work for DC Comics appeared in “The Spectre” (1969). He drew “Wonder Woman” from 1976 through 1981, where he and writer Gerry Conway introduced a new version of the Cheetah in 1980. He continued to work on a variety of titles at DC until 1986.

From 1986 to 1988 he drew “Thunder Cats” at Marvel Comics, and from 1988 to 1990, “The Transformers”. He co-created “Brute Force” with Simon Furman in 1990. He drew “NFL Super Pro” in 1991 and 1992.

In the later 1990s he published at Acclaim / Valiant, Big Entertainment, and other publishers.

Delbo taught at The Kubert School from the 1990s until 2005. After moving to Florida, he taught at a ‘cartoon camp’ program for school aged children in Boca Raton. He received an Inkpot Award at San Diego in 2013.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/d/delbo_j.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Delbo
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/laDY306XspZ

(Delbo created the cover art on “Wundergirl” #41, 1979, a German reprint from “Wonder Woman” #253)

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Alarico Gattia (born 9 December 1927, Italy) moved to comics after working as an advertising illustrator and industrial illustrator.

In the late 1960s his stories appeared in magazines such as “Il Corriere dei Piccoli” and “Diabolik”. He illustrated comic adaptations of literary works in the 1970s at Il Giornalino.

He joined Bonelli in 1977, creating two albums of the “Un Uomo, un'Avventura” series — “L’Uomo del Klondike” and “L’Uomo del Sud”. He also illustrated stories in ‘Tex’ comics.

Gattia was a founder and has been the president of the Associazione Illustratori professional group.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/g/gattia_alarico.htm (some explicit images)
At Wikipedia (in Italian) — https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alarico_Gattia
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/lmho306Xsdr

(Gattia created the cover of “Een man - Een avontuur” #5 - De man van Klondike, 1978, a Dutch translation)

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Jason Lutes (born 7 December 1967, USA) is a comics creator whose career began in the 1990s.

Following school, he worked for Fantagraphics in Seattle and then became the art director at the city’s alternative weekly newspaper, “The Stranger”.

He created ‘Jar of Fools’ at the paper in 1993, the story of a struggling magician. He collected the strips himself (as Penny Dreadful Press), then they were collected by Black Eye. The complete edition was published by Drawn & Quarterly in 2003.

His best-known work may be “Berlin”, set in the closing years of the Weimar Republic. Begun in 1996 at Black Eye, the 22-chapter work is now at Drawn & Quarterly. Issue #21 was released in 2017.

He drew and Ed Brubaker wrote ‘The Fall’ in “Dark Horse Presents” (1998), collected by Drawn & Quarterly in 2001. He wrote and Nick Bertozzi drew “Houdini: The Handcuff King” (Hyperion, 20007).

Since 2008, Lutes has been an instructor at the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/l/lutes_jason.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Lutes
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/QWT330h48Hk

(Lutes created the cover of “Berlin” #3, February 1997)

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