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Bryan Lee O’Malley (born 21 February 1979, Canada) is a comics creator who began working as a letterer at Oni Press in 2002. He published his first graphic novel “Lost at Sea” there in 2003.

From 2004 to 2010, he created his best-known work, a series of “Scott Pilgrim” books. Universal Pictures released a film adaptation in 2010, “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”.

In 2016, he and Leslie Hunt collaborated on “Snotgirl” at Image.

O’Malley is also a songwriter and musician known as ‘Kupek’ and other stage names. He lives in the USA.

He received a 2005 Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent, and Joe Shuster Awards for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Cartoonist in both 2006 and 2015. In 2010, he received an Eisner Award and a Harvey Award.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/o/o-malley_bryan-lee.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryan_Lee_O'Malley
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/YyK6h

(O’Malley created this variant cover of “Young Avengers” #1, March 2013)

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#50thAnniversary
The Question (real name Charles Victor Szasz aka Vic Sage) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by writer-artist Steve Ditko, the Question first appeared in Charlton Comics Blue Beetle #1 (June 1967, on sale 21 Feb 1967). The character was acquired by DC Comics in the early 1980s and incorporated into the DC Universe. Following the events of the 2006–2007 miniseries 52, his protégé Renee Montoya took up his mantle and became his successor. Following the DC relaunch The New 52, Vic Sage is reintroduced as a government agent. As conceived by Ditko, the Question was an adherent of Objectivism during his career as a minor Charlton hero, much like Ditko's earlier creation, Mr. A. In a 1987–1990 solo series from DC, the character developed a Zen-like philosophy.

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Frank Brunner (born 21 February 1949, USA) is a comics writer and artist and an animation designer and artist. He first published stories in Warren magazines in 1971 and 1972.

For the rest of the decade, he published primarily at Marvel (1972–1979) and Star*Reach (1976–1979), with occasional work at other companies.

At Marvel, he is particularly known for his collaboration with writer Steve Englehart on a series of ‘Doctor Strange’ stories that redefined the character (1973–1974). He also drew science-fiction and horror adaptations in “Chamber of Chills” (1973) and the first issues of Steve Gerber’s “Howard the Duck” (1976).

Brunner came back to comics in 1983 to adapt the science-fiction stage-play “Warp” at First Comics. In the years since he has occasionally published at Pacific and Eclipse, Cross Plains Comics, Heroic, and others.

Since the mid-1980s, he has been a character designer, layout artist, and story director for animation series such as “Jonny Quest”, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, and “RoboCop: Alpha Commando”.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/brunner_frank.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Brunner
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/mRJ8309ccaC
In the IMDb — http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0116377/

(Brunner painted the cover of “Voyages”, 1983)

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Judgment Day (https://www.comics.org/issue/1218639/cover/4/)

In the 1950s the portrayal of a black man in a position of authority and a discussion of racism in a comic was at the center of a battle between EC editor William Gaines and the Comics Code Authority. Gaines threatened Judge Charles Murphy, the Comics Code Administrator, with a lawsuit when Murphy ordered EC to alter the science-fiction story "Judgment Day", in Incredible Science Fiction #33 (Feb. 1956). The story, by writer Al Feldstein and artist Joe Orlando, was a reprint from the pre-Code Weird Fantasy #18 (April 1953), inserted when the Code Authority had rejected an initial, original story, "An Eye For an Eye", but was itself also "objected to" because of "the central character being black."

The story depicted a human astronaut visiting the planet Cybrinia inhabited by robots. He finds the robots divided into functionally identical orange and blue races, one of which has fewer rights and privileges than the other. The astronaut decides that due to the robots' bigotry, the Galactic Republic should not admit the planet. In the final panel, he removes his helmet, revealing himself to be a black man. Murphy demanded, without any authority in the Code, that the black astronaut had to be removed.

'Judge Murphy was off his nut. He was really out to get us', recalls [EC editor] Feldstein. 'I went in there with this story and Murphy says, "It can't be a Black man". But ... but that's the whole point of the story!' Feldstein sputtered.

Feldstein went back to Gaines, who threatened to call a press conference regarding the incident.

The story ran in its original form.

Excerpted from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portrayal_of_black_people_in_comics

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Hans van Oudenaarden (born 21 February 1959, The Netherlands) is an artist who began his career in the late 1980s in “Donald Duck & Co” and continued to publish in Disney comics until 1995.

He has drawn ‘Sjors en Smimmie’ stories and stories for “Looney Tunes Magazine”, created erotic comics, and adapted the ‘Bob Evers’ children’s books.

Van Oudenaarden collaborates with Caroline van der Lee, his partner, on the humorous webstrip ‘Puppy from Hell’. He created the crime series ‘Help Me, Rhonda’ in “Eppo” in 2013.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/o/oudenaarden_hansvan.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/g4UK309cb0z

(Van Oudenaarden created the cover art on “Donald Duck & Co” #11/1999, 16 March 1999)

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Michel Pirus (born 21 February 1962, France) began contributing comics stories to “Métal Hurlant” in the 1980s.

His first album, with writer Jean-Pierre Dionnet, was “Rose Profond” (Albin Michel, 1989). He created the popular feature ‘Plip’ about a cubic planet.

In the early 1990s, he and writer Mezzo (Pascal Mesemberg) produced darker stories collected in titles such as “Les Désarmé” and “Deux Tueurs”. Some of this work was translated in “Heavy Metal” in the USA and collected in 1995.

More recently, Pirus and writer Charlie Schlingo created ‘Canetor’ in “Piscou”.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/p/pirus_michel.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/YyIvY

(Pirus created the cover art on “Armed and Dangerous”, 1995)

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Dwayne McDuffie (20 February 1962 – 21 February 2011, USA) was a comics and television writer.

He began his comics career editing at Marvel in the late 1980s. In 1988, he and Ernie Colón created ‘Damage Control’, a feature about the clean-up and renovation crew that deals with the devastation of super-battles.

In 1993, McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Michael Davis, and Derek T. Dingle founded Milestone Media to amplify diversity in USA comics. He was editor-in-chief of Milestone Comics, which they published from 1993 to 1997.

The Milestone line included “Hardware”, “Static”, and “Icon”, among other series. The comics were published by DC but without editorial control (other than right of rejection).

In 2000, Milestone created the animated television show “Static Shock”. McDuffie was a writer on the series, which ran until 2004.

In 2002, he joined the writing staff of “Justice League” and continued to write and produce it, “Justice League Unlimited”, and other DC Animated Universe shows until his unexpected death.

McDuffie returned to comics in the mid-2000s, writing for both Marvel and DC. He produced long runs on “Fantastic Four” (2006–2008) and “Justice League of America” (2007–2009).

DC Comics integrated the Milestone characters into their main fictional universe in 2008, and they have appeared in both comics and animated shows since then. In 2010, McDuffie wrote “Milestone Forever” to provide the back-story for that integration.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwayne_McDuffie
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/YyASZ
In the IMDb — www.imdb.com/name/nm0568336/

(Ernie Colón created the cover of “Damage Control” #1, May 1989)

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Steve Oliff (born February 20, 1954) is an American comic book artist who has worked as a colorist in the comics industry since 1978. His earliest work was for Byron Preiss at Baronet.

In 1979, he colored the stories in “The Hulk!” #13 at Marvel, which included Bill Sienciewicz’s first ‘Moon Knight’ story. Since then he has colored hundreds of comics, using evolving technologies.

In 1987, Marvel’s Epic imprint asked him to color their translation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s “Akira”. They agreed to let him try doing digital color separation, which he and his colleagues at Olyoptics had begun experimenting with. After the high-profile success of the series, computer-assisted coloring has become prevalent in the industry.

Oliff received multiple ‘Best Colorist’ awards during the 1990s, from both the Eisner Awards and the Harvey Awards.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Oliff
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/IeDl3099Vul

(Oliff penciled and inked the cover of “Slug” #6, Spring 1977)

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Barack Obama (https://www.comics.org/search/advanced/process/?target=cover&method=icon...)

Barack Obama has appeared as a character in comic books published by a number of publishing companies.

Obama made his first appearance as a comic book character in July 2007 in Licensable BearTM No. 4 by Nat Gertler, where he appeared as a U.S. Senator. The comic only had a print-run of 1,050 issues. A year later, in September 2008, Obama appeared in Erik Larsen’s Savage Dragon No. 137. This issue featured a variant cover which showed Obama with the Savage Dragon, who proclaims that he is endorsing him for President. The issue sold out four print runs. A month later, the comic was followed up by Presidential Material: Barack Obama by Jeff Mariotte and in November 2008 with Obama: The Comic Book by Rod Espinosa.

In November 2008, two things led to an explosion in popularity of the Obama comic book character. One of Obama's advisers gave an interview to journalist Jon Swaine of The Daily Telegraph titled, "Barack Obama: The 50 facts you might not know." In the interview, it emerged that Obama collects "Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian." Then later that month, on November 4, 2008, Obama became the first African-American to be elected President of the United States.

When Marvel Comics discovered the president-elect was an avid collector of Spider-Man comics, they decided to have Obama the comic book character be put on the cover of their The Amazing Spider-Man No. 583 (January 2009), for the story "Spidey Meets the President!" written by Zeb Wells. This particular release proved extremely popular and sold out in a matter of minutes. A day after the release, the edition was sold for $300 on eBay. Prior to the Spider-Man story, the president-elect was featured in Secret Invasion #8; this is the first appearance of president-elect Barack Obama in a Marvel comic.

Obama the comic book character has been put on the cover and pages of many other comics including Savage Dragon No. 145 (February 2008) by Erik Larsen and Youngblood No. 8 (February 2008) by Rob Liefeld. The Savage Dragon No. 145 had a special edition variant only offered at the WonderCon 2009 in San Francisco in March 2009 (only 1,500 were produced). On the cover, Barack Obama can be seen holding an American flag and punching Osama Bin Laden in the face.

Barack Obama is the subject of graphic novel "Barack Hussein Obama" by Steven Weissman. In this, President Obama and his cast of characters (Secretary Clinton, VP Joe Biden, his family) experience life in a parallel universe.

Barack Obama has also appeared in Archie Comics Veronica #199, and Archie #616 and #617.

President Obama was in the Flashpoint Storyline of DC comics of 2011. He discusses the earth members of The Green Lantern Corp with Amanda Waller.

Obama in the GCD: https://www.comics.org/character/name/obama/sort/chrono/

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Anthony Tollin (born 20 February 1952, USA) was a comic-book colorist from the mid-1970s through the 1990s. He was a production artist for DC Comics for much of that time, and also colored for Marvel, Topps, Disney, and others.

Tollin is a noted authority on pulps and old-time radio, particularly ‘The Shadow’. He currently publishes Sanctum Books, reprinting classic pulp stories of ‘The Shadow’, ‘Doc Savage’, ‘The Spider’, and others.

Tollin's wife was Adrienne Roy (1953–2010), who had also been a comics colorist.

In the GCD — http://ow.ly/XT9G3099VhJ

(Larry Mahlstedt and Dick Giordano drew and Tollin colored the cover of “Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes” #314, August 1984, the first issue of that title)

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