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International Milestones!

We recently got our 30,000 comic from Norway indexed, and with French we now have six languages with more than 10,000 issues indexed.

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


Doug Murray (born 13 November 1947, USA) is a comics writer whose career began in the mid-1980s.

He served in the USA military during the Vietnam War. In 1986 he created a comic series intended to describe the war realistically, “The 'Nam” (Marvel), which he wrote through 1990.

During this period he also wrote “Justice Machine” (Comico, 1988–1989), “Roger Rabbit” (Disney, 1991), and stories in “Disney Adventures” digest (Disney, 1992).

Having written for the classic “Savage Tales” (1985–1986) at Marvel, he then wrote for the new “Savage Tales” (2007–2008) at Dynamite.

Also at Dynamite, he has written three “Jungle Girl” series (2008, 2009, 2015) from plots by feature artist Frank Cho, and he wrote “Athena” (2009).

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doug_Murray_(comics)
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/yabroz9o

(Fabiano Neves created this cover art on “Savage Tales” #7, Dynamite: 7 May 2008, illustrating a story by Murray)

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James Swinnerton (13 November 1875 – 8 September 1974, USA) was a cartoonist and painter.
His cartoon for the “San Francisco Herald”, variously titled but commonly called ‘The Little Bears’ (1892–1896), vies with Outcault’s ‘Yellow Kid’ for the title of first comic strip in the USA.

He moved to New York City in 1899, creating his most famous feature for the “New York Journal” — ‘Little Jimmy’ (1904–1958), about a kid who constantly gets into mischievous trouble.

He moved to Arizona in 1906 and spent the rest of his life in the American Southwest.

In addition to his syndicated strips, he created ‘Canyon Kiddies’ for “Good Housekeeping”, which ran for 42 years and was adapted in cartoons. It showed the growing influence of the high desert on his art.

Swinnerton also painted landscapes until 1965, to critical acclaim.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/swinnerton.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Swinnerton
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/ya3rjzwe

(Swinnerton created the cover art on “Spøk og Spenning” #7/1950, Oddvar Larsen: 1950, a Norwegian reprint of a ‘Little Jimmy’ strip)

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Robert Louis Stevenson (13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894, UK) was a celebrated novelist who still has a global audience. He was also a poet, essayist, and travel writer.

Many of his most famous works have been adapted in comics form, including “Treasure Island” (1883), “Kidnapped” (1886), and “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (1886).

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Louis_Stevenson
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/yaaell69

(An unknown artist created the cover art on “Four Color” #624 - Walt Disney’s Treasure Island, Dell: April 1955)

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Jack Tremblay, Canadian comics artist at Bell Features during the WECA period and later a painter, died last Sunday.

Tremblay was inducted into the Giants of the North hall of fame of the Doug Wright Awards in 2014.

Our condolences to his family and friends and to all of his fans.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/t/tremblay_jack.htm
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/yaa9952e

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Stan Lee died on 12 November 2018.

Our most sincere condolences to his family and friends and to all of his fans.

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Kelley Jarvis (born 12 November 1966, USA) is a comics creator who works in comic books, syndicated features, and animation.

She took over the ‘Tom & Jerry’ newspaper strip when she was 18, producing it from 1984 to 1991.

She co-founded Spotlight Comics (1983–1989) with Jim Main (born 23 February 1955) and Richard Maurizio (born 17 June 1962).

There, she created “Samurai Squirrel” (1986) and drew for “Mighty Mouse” (1987). She later worked on “Animaniacs” (DC, 1995)

She founded Jarvis Arts! in the 1990s and continues to design and to create commercial and entertainment art for clients such as Warner Bros. and Hasbro.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/j/jarvis_kelly.htm
Spotlight Comics at Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotlight_Comics
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y83fg5yb

(Jarvis and Maurizio created the cover art on “Samurai Squirrel” #1, Spotlight Comics: September 1986)

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Don Newton (12 November 1934 – 19 August 1984, USA) was a popular comics artist whose career was ended by his untimely death.

His passion for art began when he was young and his earliest publications were in the comics-art fanzines of the 1960s.

In that community, he is remembered for the science-fiction feature ‘The Savage Earth’ which ran in “RBCC” (1968–1970).

In the mid-1970s, his professional career began at Charlton. He drew for the mystery/horror anthology comics and he had a notable run on “The Phantom” (1975–1977).

He then went to DC Comics, drawing ‘Aquaman’ in “DC Special” (1977), in the final issues of “Aquaman” (1978), and in “Adventure Comics” (1979).

He drew the revived series “The New Gods” (1977–1978) and had stories in every issue of the sciece-fiction anthology “Time Warp” (1979–1980).

He fulfilled a childhood dream by drawing Captain Marvel and his famous Family in the ‘Shazam!’ feature in “World’s Finest Comics” (1979–1982).

He drew ‘Batman’ in “Detective Comics” (1978–1984) and in “Batman” (1980–1985). He and writer Dennis O’Neil created the Maxie Zeus character (1979). He drew the first appearance of Jason Todd, who would become Robin (1983).

Newton received the Comic Fan Art Award in 1974 for Favorite Fan Artist.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/n/newton_don.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Newton
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y95qd79m

(Newton and Bob Layton created the cover art on “DC Super Stars” #16 - Star Hunters, DC: September-October 1977)

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Henning Kure (born 12 November 1953, Denmark) is a writer, working in comics, children’s books, film, and theater.

He was one of the founders of Danish comics fandom in the early 1970s. He was an editor at Interpresse (1974–1988), where he nurtured the development of graphic storytelling in the country.

There, he and Arne Stenby created “Valhalla” (1979–2009) with artist Peter Madsen. These stories for younger readers were based on the Elder Eddas. Kure also worked on the 1986 animated adaptation of the series.

His children’s book “Troldehistorien” (1989), also drawn by Madsen, touches on trolls and first love and finding contentment.

He is known in academia for his work on Nordic mythology. He was a contributor to “Old Norse Religion in Long Term Perspectives” (2006) and his “I Begyndelsen var Skriget” (“In the Beginning Was Screaming”, 2010) reinterprets the Eddas without reference to Christian ideas.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/k/kure_henning.htm
At Wikipedia (in Danish) — https://da.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henning_Kure
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/yc839jog
In the IMDb — https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0475656/

(Peter Madsen created the cover art on “Valhalla” #1 - Ulven er løs, Interpresse: September 1979)

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Part of the Nathan Hales's Hazardous Tales series of historical non-fiction graphic novels for younger readers, Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood tells the story of World War I.

https://www.comics.org/issue/1324379/

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Susan Daigle-Leach (born 11 November 1960, USA) is a prolific comics colorist and a fine artist.

She is known for her coloring at Gladstone Publishing (1987–1998) and Gemstone Publishing (2003–2008) on Disney comics. She colored the entirety of the “Carl Barks Library in Color” (Gladstone, 1991–1996).

Fellow comics colorist Gary Leach (born 17 May 1957) is her husband. Her early work is credited to ‘Susan Daigle’.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Daigle-Leach
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/yctdsn5d

(Daan Jippes created and Daigle-Leach colored the cover art on “Gladstone Comic Album” #14 - Uncle Scrooge, Gladstone: March 1989)

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