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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


Stephanie Gladden (born 20 November 1969, USA) worked in animation in Atlanta, Georgia, before starting her comics career in 1993.

Her mainstream work is primarily on licensed humor series such as issues of “The Powerpuff Girls” and “Looney Tunes” (DC Comics), “Simpsons Comics” (Bongo, 1995–1997), and “Cartoon Network Block Party” (DC, 2007–2009).

Gladden also created her own funny-animal comic feature ‘Hopster’s Tracks’. She published two issues of the feature at Bongo Comics in 1998, and stories have also appeared in “Action Girl” and in “Friends of Lulu Presents: Storytime”.

She is easily lured from her drawing table with the promise of sushi.

At Comiclopedia — http://ow.ly/y6Tt306lqe3
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/y6Tt306lqe3

(Gladden created the cover of “Hopster’s Tracks” #2, 1998)

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Jill Thompson (born 20 November 1966, USA) is a comics creator who has been active since the mid-1980s.

At Comico in 1987 and 1988, she drew “Elementals” and “Fathom”. At First Comics in 1988 and 1989, she drew “Corum: The Bull and the Spear” and “Badger Goes Beserk”.

From 1990 to 1992 she drew “Wonder Woman” at DC Comics. She also drew two story arcs in Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman” (1992, 1993) and launched the “Black Orchid” series (1994).

She drew early issues of “The Invisibles” (1995) and late issues of another “The Invisibles” series (1999) and she drew the “Finals” mini-series (1999), among other work at DC.

She published her first ‘Scary Godmother’ stories at Sirius from 1997, and the funny, cheerful witch and her friends have featured in comics and children’s books from Sirius and Dark Horse ever since.

After having returned to Badger with “Badger: Shattered Mirror” (Dark Horse, 1994), she began publishing more regularly at Dark Horse in the new millennium. She contributed to anthologies such as the “Dark Horse Book of…” collections (2003–2006) and “Hellboy: Weird Tales” (2004).

In 2009, she and writer Evan Dorkin created “Beasts of Burden” at Dark Horse.

Thompson has received multiple Eisner Awards, including Best Painter in 2001 for “Scary Godmother” and Best Short Story in 2005 (with Evan Dorkin).

She won Lulu of the Year in 1999 and was named Best Comic Book Artist in 2011 by the National Cartoonists Society.

Comics writer Brian Azzarello is her husband.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/t/thompson_jill.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jill_Thompson
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/Zzr4306lq2Z
In the IMDB — http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1230948/

(Thompson created the cover of “The Dead Boy Detectives”, 2005)

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Guy Davis (born 20 November 1966, USA) is an artist and graphic designer.

His earliest professional work was the fantasy series “The Realm” (Arrow Comics and then Caliber Press, 1986–1989).

In 1989 he created “Baker Street” (Caliber, 1989–1991) with writer and Caliber publisher Gary Reed (collected in 2003 by iBooks under the title “Honour Among Punks”).

His first stories of ‘The Marquis’ appeared at Caliber from 1997, set in a dark and supernatural version of 18th Century France — Oni Press published additional stories and then a collection in the early 2000s.

He notably illustrated “Sandman Mystery Theatre” (Vertigo, 1993–1999). He and writer Matt Wagner told noir tales of 1940s New York City featuring Wesley Dodds (the first Sandman) and his partner Dian Belmont.

In the early 2000s, Dark Horse published his creation “The Nevermen” (2000, 2003) and he drew Bill Rosemann’s mini-series “Deadline” at Marvel (2002), where he also drew “Fantastic Four—Strange Molecules” by James Sturm (2003).

He drew nearly a hundred issues of the ‘Hellboy’ spin-off “B.P.R.D.” at Dark Horse (2004–2011).

Davis received Eisner Awards in 1997, 2004, and 2009.

He has worked in conceptual design since leaving comics in 2011, providing concept art, character design, and storyboards for film, television, and video games.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/d/davis_guy.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Davis_(comics)
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/JPR7306lpQN
In the IMDB — http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2311459/

(Davis created the cover of Marshall Dillon’s “Scrubs in Scrubland” #1, 1996)

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Steve Lightle (born 19 November 1955, USA) is a comics creator who began his career at DC Comics as part of their “New Talent Showcase” program in the early 1980s. He also drew a few covers at Americomics (predecessor of AC Comics).

He was primarily at DC until about 1988. During that time, he drew for a variety of titles but is best known for his work with the ‘Legion of Super-Heroes’.

Lightle was the story and cover artist on “Legion of Super-Heroes” from 1984 and continued doing covers until 1989. He drew many of the Legion-related profiles in the various “Who’s Who” series from 1985 to 1991.

He drew covers for the 1986 reprint issues of “Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes” and for the “Cosmic Boy” min-series (1987).

He co-created two Legionnaires, Tellus and Quislet, whose unusual appearances contrasted with the humanoid appearances of the other Legionnaires. He also drew the story in which the first Karate Kid character died.

From 1989, Lightle transitioned to mainly working for Marvel Comics, beginning as the cover artist on the reprint series “Classic X-Men”. He remained at Marvel during the 1990s.

He founded Lunatick Press in 2001 to publish his comics and his artwork. His current work is a science-fiction webcomic, “Justin Zane”.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/l/lightle_steve.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Lightle
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/J5bI306kqF0

(Lightle created this cover of “Star Trek / Legion of Super-Heroes” #2, November 2011)

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Janet Hetherington (born 19 November 1955, Canada) is a comics writer and artist and a prose author.

As a fan, she contributed articles to “Amazing Heroes” magazine in the 1980s.

She and her partner, comics artist Ronn Sutton, formed a studio in Ottawa in the early 1990s, where they continue to collaborate and to work on individual projects. They produced collateral material for the popular Canada Post release of ‘Superhero Stamps’ (1995).

She both wrote and drew the anthology series “Eternal Romance” at Best Destiny (1997–1998) and her short stories have been published since 2000.

Hetherington has been nominated multiple times for Prix Aurora Awards (from the Canadian SF and Fantasy Association). She received one in 1999 for being a curator of the “60 Years of Superman” exhibit at the Nepean Museum in Ottawa.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/h/hetherington_janet.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janet_Hetherington
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/PD9U306kquS

(Hetherington created the cover of “Eternal Romance” #2, May 1997)

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Rick McCollum (born 19 November 1954, USA) was active in art-focused fanzines and small-press comics in the 1980s and 1990s. He created stories and he collaborated on stories, usually as artist.

He appeared in comics from Jabberwocky Graphix, Pyramid, White Wolf, Crystal, FantaCo, and other publishers.

At the end of the 1990s, he published a few stories in erotic comics from Eros Comix, a Fantagraphics imprint.

In the GCD — http://ow.ly/8pO2306kq8V

(MCollum created the cover of “Robert E. Howard’s Blood and Thunder” #1, 1992)

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Karel Verschuere (19 November 1924 – 10 August 1980, Belgium) was a comics artist who was a war veteran when he began working at Willy Vandersteen’s studio in 1952.

He is known primarily for realistic features such as historicals and adventure stories.

He co-created the western series ‘Bessy’ with Vandersteen himself (the credit ‘Wirel’ is from ‘Willy’ and ‘Karel’). It began in the newspaper “La Libre Belgique” in 1952.

In 1959 he suggested adapting the character ‘De Rode Ridder’ from stories by Leopold Vermeiren. He drew most of the first fifteen albums.

Verschuere continued to work on a variety of features until he left the field in the mid-1970s.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/v/verschuere.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/KUE7306kq4G

(Verschuere created the cover of “Biggles” #3 - In India, February 1966)

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Bob Smith (born 18 November 1951, USA) has been a comic-book artist since the early 1970s. He works mostly as an inker but he sometimes pencils and occasionally writes.

After a few stories in “Star*Reach” and “Crazy”, he worked primarily at DC Comics from 1976 to about 2001. He worked on hundreds of comics there, including “Super Friends” (1977–1981), “The Night Force” (1982-1983), and “Batman: Gotham Adventures” (1999–2003).

During this period he also appeared published at First, Kitchen Sink, Renegade Press, Apple Press, Dark Horse, and Malibu.

Since the late 1990s, he has worked at Archie Comics, across the core character titles. He has already worked on more comics there than he did at DC.

He inked the daily and Sunday ‘Archie’ newspapers strips over pencils by Fernando Ruiz, continuing until new material for the strips ended in 2011.

In the new millennium, Smith has also appeared in Bongo comics, some humor and super-hero comics for DC, and more recently at Charlton Neo.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Smith_%28comics%29
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/mzyp306ikF6

(Gene Colan drew and Smith inked the cover of “The Night Force” #11, June 1983)

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Sue Flaxman (born 17 November 1962, USA) is a novelist and short-story writer. Some of her fiction is published under the pen name ‘Zsuzannah BasReisa’.

She worked at Marvel Comics in the late 1980s. She edited “The Savage Sword of Conan” and “Conan Saga” magazines (1988–1989).

She also wrote stories published in “Marvel Comics Presents”, “Marvel Fanfare”, and “Marvel Super-Heroes” (1989–1991).

At Women in Comics — http://womenincomics.wikia.com/wiki/Sue_Flaxman
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/3G1330gDkOQ

(Ron Frenz and Al Milgrom created the cover of “Marvel Super-Heroes” #5, April 1991, with a ‘Thor’ story by Flaxman)

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François Gilson (born 16 November 1965, Belgium) was one of the main comics writers at “Spirou” in the 1990s.

He joined the weekly magazine in 1989. He created such features as ‘Garage Isidore’ with artist Olis (Olivier Longe), ‘Mélusine’ with Clarke (Frédéric Seron), and ‘Cactus Club’ with Phillipe Bercovici.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/g/gilson_francois.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fran%C3%A7ois_Gilson
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/WN5a30gBYdm

(Clarke created the cover of “Mélusine” #1 - Sortilèges, January 1995)

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