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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

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GCD Comics Timeline

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.

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(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).

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‘Masters of the Universe’ in the GCD —

(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.

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

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Sam Henderson (born 18 October 1969, USA) is a cartoonist, writer, and expert on American comedy history.

He has been publishing mini-comics since he was a child and began his comics series “The Magic Whistle” in 1993 (now published by Alternative Comics).

He also began the long-running silent strip ‘Scene but Not Heard’ in “Nickelodeon Magazine” in 1993.

He wrote and did storyboard directing on the “SpongeBob SquarePants” animated show in the early 2000s. He has drawn cartoons and written stories in ‘SpongeBob’ comic books, as well.

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(Henderson created the cover of “Zero Zero” #18, July 1997)

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Lionel English (born 18 October 1966, USA) is a long-time indexer, editor, and director of the Grand Comics Database.

Happy Birthday, Lionel!

(Phil de Lara created the cover of “The Flintstones” #36, October 1966)

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Sandy Plunkett (born 18 October 1955, USA) is a comic-book artist whose professional career began in 1975.

He moved from work in art fanzines (such as “Comic Art Showcase”) to illustrations and short stories for Marvel, DC, and Gold Key.

He has done most of his work since then for Marvel Comics. His first longer story was a team-up of Spider-Man and Scarlet Witch in “Marvel Fanfare” (1983).

He also occasionally publishes with DC, Titan (UK), Dark Horse, IDW, and others.

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(Plunkett penciled and Alan Weiss inked the cover of “The Defenders” #124, October 1983)

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Jerry Siegel (17 October 1914 – 28 January 1996, USA) was an early and very influential comic-book creator.

He was an avid science-fiction fan, publishing the first fanzine in 1929. In high school, he became friends with Joe Shuster, an artist and fan like himself.

Siegel and Shuster broke into comics together, with stories in “New Fun” and “New Comics” (published by what would become National Comics) from 1935.

In 1938, they sold a feature to the same company for a new title, “Action Comics” — ‘Superman’. They got $130 and a contract to supply material to the publisher.

Near the end of the contract, in 1946, the pair sued to regain rights to ‘Superman’. They left National and in 1947 began working for another publisher, Magazine Enterprises. They lost the lawsuit.

Siegel continued to write for a variety of publishers. He returned to National to write uncredited ‘Superman’ stories. He wrote at Marvel both as himself and as ‘Joe Carter’.

He worked on super-heroes for Archie Comics (the Mighty Comics line) and Charlton Comics. For Disney’s publishers, he wrote “Junior Woodchucks” stories (USA) and stories in “Topolino” (Italy).

He received an Inkpot Award (1975) and a Bill Finger Award (2005). He was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame (1992) and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame (1993).

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(John Buscema created the cover of “Nature Boy” #3, March 1956, introducing the character he and Spiegel co-created)

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Harry Donenfeld (17 October 1893 – 1 February 1965, USA) was a businessman who is known to comics fans as the co-owner of two of the companies that later merged and eventually became DC Comics.

Born in Romania, his family emigrated in 1898. He struggled his way into possession of a printing company founded by his brothers which he funded with services to organized crime.

In 1937, he and accountant Jack Liebowitz joined Major Malcom Wheeler-Nicholson to found Detective Comics, Inc. in order to fund Nicholson’s third comics title, “Detecive Comics”. Nicholson was forced out of the company in 1938.

In 1939, Liebowitz and Max Gaines founded All-American Comics. Donenfeld published the All-American titles and they shared branding with the Detecive Comics titles.

In 1946, Detective Comics and All-American Comics merged to form National Comics Publications. Since 1940, all of the comics involved had been branded with a ‘Superman-DC’ bullet and few consumers noticed the corporate changes happening behind the logos.

The company was renamed National Periodical Publications in 1961 and DC Comics in 1977.

Back in 1943, Donenfeld had also taken a stake in Benjamin W. Sangor’s new company, American Comics Group (ACG). ACG published until 1967, just a few years after Donenfeld’s death.

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(Leo O’Mealia created the cover art on “Action Funnies”, 1937, an ashcan edition — the art was eventually used on “Action Comics” #3, August 1938)

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Johan de Moor (born 17 October 1953, Belgium) is a second-generation comic artist. He established himself as a political cartoonist before coming to Studio Hergé where his father, Bob de Moor (1925–1992), had been working for many years.

De Moor created an animated relaunch of Hergé’s humor series ‘Quick et Flupke’ in the early 1980s. It led to a comic series which he drew with famously-close faithfulness to Hergé’s own style.

From the late 1980s, he developed a style more distinctly his own. De Moor and writer Stephen Desberg created the series “Gaspard de la Nuit” and “La Vache” in the 1990s.

He continues to create graphic stories. He also teaches in Brussels at the Saint-Luc Art Institute.

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(De Moor created the cover of “Gaspard de la nuit” #2 - Les chasseurs dans la nuit, 1989)

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François Allot (born 17 October 1951, France) is an artist who started his career illustrating science fiction.

His first comics work appeared in “Actuel”, “Okapi”, and “Circus”. In 1988, he took over Rodolphe’s “Les Écluses du Ciel” following the departure of Michel Rouge.

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(Allot created the cover of “Les Écluses du ciel” #5 - Le Pays, February 1990)

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