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Olivier Coipel (born 22 October, France) is known for his work in the USA market on titles such as “Legion of Super-Heroes” (1999–2003) at DC and “House of M” (2005) and “Thor” (2007+) at Marvel.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/coipel_olivier.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olivier_Coipel
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/pwR130g2wcm

(Coipel drew and Andy Lanning inked the cover of “Legion Lost” #12, April 2001)

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Paul Levitz (born 21 October 1956, USA) is a comic book writer, editor, and executive.

He became the publisher of “The Comic Reader”, a widely-read newszine, while still in high school.

In the early 1970s, he became an assistant editor for Joe Orlando. He later became editor of “Adventure Comics” and of the Batman titles.

He had long been active in Legion of Super-Heroes fandom and as a professional some of his best-known writing was on their comics in 1977–1979 and 1982–1989. He has returned to the feature multiple times.

During his writing career, Levitz co-created characters such as ‘Stalker’ (1975), ‘Starman (Prince Gavyn)’ (1980), ‘The Huntress (Helena Wayne)’ (1977), and ‘Lucien the Librarian’ (1975).

He also had a long career as an executive at DC Comics, finally becoming Publisher in 1989 and then President in 2002. He retired from both positions in 2009, while continuing to write comics.

Levitz received the “Dick Giordano Hero Initiative Humanitarian of the Year Award” in 2013 at the Baltimore Comic-Con.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Levitz
Writing in the GCD — http://ow.ly/o9Pr305ohWL
Editing in the GCD — http://ow.ly/pdIz305ohVM

(Joe Staton and Bob Layton created the cover of “DC Super Stars” #17 - Secret Origins of Super-Heroes, November-December 1977)

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Edmond Hamilton (21 October 1904 – 1 February 1977, USA) was an author of science fiction stories and comic books.

His first published story appeared in “Weird Tales” in 1926 and he became one of the magazine’s most prolific contributors for more than twenty years.

Throughout the late 1920s and early 1930s Hamilton wrote for all of the SF pulp magazines then publishing, and contributed horror and thriller stories to various other magazines as well.

From the early 1940s, he also began writing stories for DC Comics. (He had a few stories in Ned Pines’ “America’s Best Comics” and “The Black Terror” in 1945–1946.)

In the 1950s, Hamilton wrote the ‘Chris KL-99’ series in “Strange Adventures”, which was loosely based on his own ‘Captain Future’ stories from the early 1940s. One of his best known Superman stories was “Superman Under the Red Sun” (1963).

He was also instrumental in the early growth of the Legion of Super-Heroes feature. He had written “Superman’s Big Brother” in 1953, which eventually morphed into the origin of Mon-El.

He was one of the Legion’s first regular writers, beginning in 1963, and introduced many of the early Legion concepts into the DC Universe.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmond_Hamilton
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/MX4l305ohBo
In the IMDb — https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0357836/

(Curt Swan and George Klein created the cover of “Action Comics” #300, May 1963)

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Peter van Dongen (born 21 October 1966, The Netherlands) is a commercial artist and cartoonist. He published his first album in 1990, “Muizentheater”.

He created a two-volume story about the Indonesian struggle for independence from the Netherlands — “Rampokan – Java” (1998) and “Rampokan – Celebes” (2004).

His use of a strong Clear Line (‘ligne claire’) style in this story evokes an equally strong parallel with “Tintin in the Congo” (1931) by Hergé himself.

Van Dongen continues to produce comic work alongside his commercial and illustration work.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/d/dongen_van.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/qVC0305ohqb

(Van Dongen created the cover of “Drie dagen in Rio”, 2013)

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Sid Jacobson (born 20 October 1929, USA) is a writer, having worked in the fields of children’s comic books, popular music, fiction, biography, and non-fiction comics.

He was managing editor and editor in chief for Harvey Comics (1953–1982, 1986–1994) and he edited the Star imprint and other children’s comics at Marvel (1984–1995).

He is also known for his late-career collaborations with artist Ernie Colón, including “The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation” (2006) and “Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography” (2010).

Jacobson received an Inkpot Award in 2003.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sid_Jacobson
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/robQ30g00zV

(Bob Bolling created the cover of “Wally the Wizard” #2, May 1985, and Jacobson wrote the story)

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‘Nick Cardy’ was the pen name of Nicholas Viscardi (20 October 1920 – 3 November 2013, USA), a comic book artist best known for his Silver Age work at DC Comics.

His career began in the 1940s at the Eisner & Iger studio, on work published primarily at Fiction house and Quality Comics. He wrote and drew the four-page backup feature ‘Lady Luck’ in Will Eisner’s “The Spirit Section” (1941–1942) under a house name.

By 1950, he was using the professional name Nick Cardy regularly and he had begun his decades-long association with DC Comics. He drew “Tomahawk” in the mid-1950s. He drew “Aquaman” in the character’s first titular series from 1962 through 1968 (and the covers through 1971).

He drew the original Teen Titans from their first appearance in “The Brave and the Bold” in 1965 through their entire first series (1966–1973).

He drew “Bat Lash” (1968–1969) and was the primary DC cover artist in the first half of the 1970s.

Cardy received an Inkpot Award in 1998 and was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2005.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Cardy
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/cardy_nick.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/MzEp305m5Ps

(Cardy created the cover of “Aquaman” #52, July-August 1970)

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‘Will’ was the pen name of Willy Maltaite (30 October 1927 – 18 February 2000, Belgium), a comics creator in the Franco-Belgian tradition.

He first published in “Le Journal de Spirou” in 1947. He was living with Jijé (Joseph Gillain) and the two of them along with Franquin (André Franquin) and Morris (Maurice de Bevere) formed the Bande à quatre (‘Gang of four’) whose artistic style defined “Spirou” during the 1950s and 1960s. It came to be called the Marcinelle School.

He took over ‘Tif et Tondu’ and became one of its main artists. He wrote for ‘Spirou et Fantasio’ and ‘Benoît Brisefer’.

Will and René Goscinny created ‘Lili Mannequin’ in “Paris-Flirt” (1957) and he was art director of “Le Journal de Tintin” from 1958 to 1960.

He drew the first episodes of ‘Jacky et Célestine’ by Peyo (Pierre Culliford) in “Le Soir Illustré” (1961–1962). He also drew features in “Record” in the early 1960s.

Back at “Spirou”, he created ‘Éric et Artimon’ with writer Vicq (Raymond Antoine) (1962–1963). He also resumed drawing ‘Tif et Tondu’ in 1964 and stayed with the feature until 1990. He created the ethereal ‘Isabelle’ (1969–1994) with a variety of writers.

He and writer Stephen Desberg contributed two volumes to the Aire Libre collection at Dupuis (1988, 1990). At his death, he was drawing “L’arbre des deux printemps” with a script by Rudy Miel — finished by a stellar array of his artist friends, it was published posthumously (2000).

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/w/will.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_(comics)
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/zjEW30fZKkM

(Will created the cover of “Isabelle” #1 - Morbror Hermes trollerier, 1980, a Swedish translation)

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Mike Manley (born 19 October 1961, USA) is an artist working in animation and comic books, whose career began in the mid-1980s.

He co-created ‘Darkhawk’ (with writers Danny Fingeroth and Tom DeFalco) at Marvel in 1991 and was the regular penciller for the first half of the “Darkhawk” series.

In 1995, he began publishing “Action Planet Comics” featuring his character ‘Monsterman’. He has worked as an artist for publishers as well, such as DC Comics and Dark Horse.

In 1996, he moved into the animation field as a storyboard artist on the “Superman” cartoon for Kids WB. He went on to do storyboards for “Batman” and background designs on “Batman Beyond”, as well as working on many series not involving DC characters.

From 2000, Manley became an art teacher. From 2001, he created and edited “Draw! Magazine” for TwoMorrows, which was twice nominated for Eisner awards.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Manley_(artist)
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/manley_mike.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/rWS4305jRES

(Manley created this cover of “4001 A.D.” #1, May 2016)

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Lou Scheimer (19 October 1928 – 17 October 2013, USA) was an animator, voice actor, composer, and founding partner in Filmation Associates.

He and Hal Sutherland met while working on “Bozo” and “Popeye” cartoons. They and Norm Prescott formed Filmation in 1962.

The company produced a “Superman” television series (1966+) and the first “Archie Show” (1968+) and in the 1970s branched out into their own characters and shows.

Scheimer played a significan role in the creation of “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” (1983+), including co-writing the musical score. He voiced characters on the show such as Orko and Stratos.

He did the narration over the opening credits for most Filmation shows. He voiced Dumb Donald on “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids” (1972+) and both Bat-Mite and the Bat-Computer on “The New Adventures of Batman” (1977).

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou_Scheimer
‘Masters of the Universe’ in the GCD — http://ow.ly/Ljph30fYFzV

(Ross Andru and Frank Giacoia created the cover of “DC Comics Presents” #47, July 1982)

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Giorgio Cavazzano (born 19 October 1947, Italy) began his career as a comic strip artist at age 14, as an inker for Romano Scarpa. In 1967, he started his solo career with several ‘Paperino’ (‘Donald Duck’) stories for “Topolino”.

His work is known for combining the traditional rubbery appearance of Disney characters with realistic illustration of technological gadgets and machinery. This style has had a big influence on many Disney illustrators of the new generation, especially the Italians.

Cavazzano has been a major writer of ‘Donald Duck’ and ‘Mickey Mouse’ stories in the Italian market for decades. He has also written non-Disney stories for other publishers throughout Europe.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/cavazzano.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giorgio_Cavazzano
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/LkXP305jPqW

(Cavazzano created the cover art on “Peter O’Pencil” #1 - Vor udsendte medarbejder, 1981, a Danish translation)

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