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65,000 German covers! The recently uploaded cover for Die tollsten Geschichten von Donald Duck #273 (
http://ow.ly/E8HA309lYSR) is our 65,000th German cover.

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650,000 Covers! The recently uploaded cover for Kaliman #279 (http://ow.ly/tiB0309lYHT) marks our 650,000th on the site.

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Rick Geary (born 25 February 1946, USA) is an artist who gained prominence appearing in “National Lampoon” for more than a decade.

From the 1980s, he appeared in ‘new underground’ anthologies from Kitchen Sink, Eclipse, Pacific Comics, and others (in series such as “Snarf”, “Eclipse, the Magazine”, and “Twisted Tales”).

Geary has also appeared in “Epic Illustrated” (Marvel), “Prime Cuts” and “Graphic Story Monthly” (Fantagraphics), “Dark Horse Presents” and “Cheval Noir” (Dark Horse).

He has created two series of historical crime stories, “A Treasury of Victorian Murder” (1995–2007) and “A Treasury of XXth Century Murder” (since 2008). His subjects range from Lizzie Borden to Sacco and Venzetti.

His kid-friendly comics include “The Junior Carrot Patrol” (Dark Horse, 1989–1990) and “Gumby” (Wildcard Ink, 2006–2007).

He received the 1994 Magazine and Book Illustration Award from the National Cartoonist Society.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/g/geary_rick.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Geary
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/YGdmn

(Geary created the cover of “Classics Illustrated” #13, October 1990)

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Arnold Roth (born 25 February 1929, USA) is an illustrator, an album cover artist, a magazine cover artist, and a cartoonist since 1950.

He has done covers for “The New Yorker” and illustrations there, in “TV Guide”, and in “Esquire”. His album covers include “Dave Brubeck Octet” (1950), “Phil Napoleon and His Memphis Five” (1955), and “Pete Seeger Sings Little Boxes and Other Broadsides” (1963).

He contributed to Harvey Kurtzman’s “Trump” (1957), “Humbug” (1957–1958), and “Help!” (1960–1965). He appeared in the first two dozen issues of “National Lampoon” (1970–1972).

Roth created ‘Poor Arnold’s Almanac’ as a syndicated Sunday strip (1959–1961) and later revived it as a daily panel (1989–1990). He was a political cartoonist for “The Progressive” from 1981 to 1987.

He has received multiple awards from the National Cartoonists Society, most of them multiple times — from the Illustration Award to the Sports Cartoon Award. He received their Gold Key Award (their Hall of Fame) in 2000, and served as the group’s president from 1983 to 1985.

In 2009, Roth was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/r/roth_arnold.htm
At Wikipedia — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arnold_Roth
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/YGdLb

(Roth created the cover of “Humbug” #11, October 1958)

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Alvin Hollingsworth (25 February 1928 – 14 July 2000, USA) was a comic book and syndicated strip artist, a painter, and an art teacher.

Growing up in New York City (Joe Kubert was a high school classmate), he was only 12 when he began assisting on “Cat-Man Comics” (Holyoke). His earliest known credit is from 1945.

Through the very early 1960s, in addition to Holyoke he published at Fiction House, Avon, Superior, Lev Gleason, Fox, Charlton, and others. He was the first African-American artist hired by Fawcett.

From 1955, he worked on syndicated comic strips such as ‘Kandy’, Scorchy Smith’, and ‘Martin Keel’. He left the comics field in the 1960s, focusing his creativity on painting. His themes included justice and community, from civil rights to jazz.

In 1963, he, Romare Bearden, and William Majors formed Spiral, which organized art exhibitions in support of the Civil Rights Movement. He taught at the public High School of Art & Design in Manhattan and at the Harlem Parents Committee Freedom School.

From 1980 until his retirement in 1998, Hollingsworth taught at Hostos Community College of CUNY.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/h/hollingsworth_alvin.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alvin_Hollingsworth
Alvin Hollingsworth in the GCD — http://ow.ly/jRXU309lnF7
Alvin C. Hollingsworth or A. C. Hollingsworth in the GCD — http://ow.ly/zfSf309lnEJ

(Hollingsworth created the cover art on “City of the Living Dead”, 1952)

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Darrell McClure (25 February 1903 – 27 February 1987, USA) was a painter and comics artist from the late 1920s.

He is widely known for ‘Little Annie Rooney’, a syndicated comic strip that he took over in 1930 and drew until his retirement in 1966. It became very popular and was widely merchandised.

When McClure was young he had been a sailor on a commercial freighter, and he served in the Coast Guard during World War II. His income from the strip allowed him to become a yachtsman, and he and his family sometimes living aboard.

His paintings are usually sea or seashore scenes, often from the Bahamas. His work hangs in the Maritime Museum in San Francisco and in other museums and collections.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/mcclure_d.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darrell_McClure
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/sTKg309lntn

(McClure created the cover art on “Feature Book” 11, March 1938)

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The Legion, Part 2: Tryoc ( http://ow.ly/IzxW309kGRR)

Tyroc the first black member of the Legion of Super-Heroes, first appeared in Superboy #216 (April 1976). Debuting a year before Black Lightning, he is one of DC’s first black costumed superheroes.

Jim Shooter, who had been prevented from introducing black characters into the Legion in the 1960s, objected to the characterization of Tyroc: ”…I always wanted to have a character who was African-American, and years later, when they did that, they did it in the worst way possible….instead of just incidentally having a character who happens to be black…they made a big fuss about it. He’s a racial separatist….I just found it pathetic and appalling.“

According to Mike Grell, who co-created Tyroc with Cary Bates, the character of Tyroc was "sort of a sore spot with me." He had previously tried to introduce black characters into the series, but had been prevented by then-editor Murray Boltinoff. "I kept getting stalled off…and finally comes Tyroc. They might as well have named him Tyrone. Their explanation for why there were no black people [in the Legion] was that all the black people had gone to live on an island. It’s possibly the most racist concept I’ve ever heard in my life…I mean, it’s a segregationist’s dream, right? So they named him Tyroc, and gave him the world’s stupidest super-power.”

Tyroc was the only Legionnaire introduced prior to 1989 that never appeared during Paul Levitz’s initial 15-year run on the Legion. Levitz says this was because he thought Tyroc was “just such a stupid character….a sound-based character is, I think, intrinsically futile in a silent medium. He just never worked for me, so I did my best to dodge him.”

Levitz and Keith Giffen would go on to introduce the Legion's second black Legionnaire, Jacques Foccart, the second Invisible Kid, who was a regular member of the Legion till the dissolution of the team during the Five Years later series.

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The Legion, Part 1: Ferro Lad ( http://ow.ly/xpAn309kGja)

Ferro Lad was created by Jim Shooter for the Legion of Super-Heroes, and debuted in Adventure Comcs #346, which was cover dated July 1966, the same month as the Black Panther's debut in Fantastic Four #52.

When Jim Shooter first created the character, he intended Ferro Lad to be black, but editor Mort Weisinger vetoed the idea, saying “we’ll lose our distribution in the South.”

This was in fact why Shooter chose Ferro Lad to be the one to die in the Sun Eater story. “Ferro Lad, I killed because my plan was that he was a black guy, and Mort said no. Then I said, "Well, let’s see. I’ve got this idea for a story, and someone needs to die…Ah-ha! Him!” So basically, I killed him off because it annoyed me that I couldn’t do with him what I wanted.“

The Legion wouldn't receive their first black member for another ten years.

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Antonio Canale (25 February 1915 - 23 October 1991, Italy) began his career as an assistant to Nino Pagot. His first full work was in “Il Vittorioso” in 1937, with a script by Gianluigi Bonelli (the elder Bonelli, founder of the publishing house).

He appeared in “Topolino” before World War II, and published there again from 1943. He also collaborated with Bonelli on additional features.

In the 1950s, Canale worked through Fleetway drawing ‘Buffalo Bill’ in “Cowboy Comics”, ‘Spy 13’ in “Thriller Comics Library”, war stories, and other work. He also appeared in USA comics at this time.

His later work includes ‘Hiawatha’ (in “Il Corriere dei Piccoli”, 1960) and the series ‘Ballate della Vecchia America’, telling ‘legends of New England’. He created the western feature ‘Kirby Flint’ and drew stories of ‘Pecos Bill’.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/canale_antonio.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/YGcNQ

(Canale created the cover art on “Seriemagasinet” #2/1951, October 1951)

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Jess Jodloman (born 25 February 1925, The Philippines) has drawn since he was a boy. He began publishing comics in 1954, in “Luz-vi-minda Klassiks”.

From 1955 to 1957, he produced his best-known work, the heroic fantasy series ‘Ramir’ in “Bulaklak Komiks”. His detailed, realistic rendering was very popular. A film based on the series was released in 1957.

Jodloman also appeared in “Maharlika”, “Top Komiks”, and other series. In the early 1960s, one of his students was Alex Niño.

He was among the Filipino artists working in the USA market in the 1970s, at Warren, DC Comics, Marvel, and others.
His stories appeared in “Creepy”, “House of Secrets”, “Weird War Tales”, “Conan the Conqueror”, and other series.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/j/jodloman_jess.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/VQVE309lnmo

(Jack Sparling created the cover art on “House of Secrets” #108, June 1973, which includes a story by Jodloman)

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