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GCD Comics Timeline


John Coleman Burroughs (28 February 1913 – 22 February 1979, USA) was a book illustrator, an author, and a comics artist and writer.

From 1937, he illustrated all of the books written by his father, Edgar Rice Burroughs.

He adapted the ‘John Carter of Mars’ stories in “The Funnies” 34–56 (Dell, 1939–1941) and then in a syndicated Sunday strip (1941–1943).

He created a ‘Pellucidar’ story, 12 pages of which appeared in “Hi-Spot” #2 (Hawley, 1940). The full story was published in 1968 by Greystoke Press.

Burroughs’s wife Jane Ralston assisted on his art and was his model for the heroines he drew.

He collaborated with her and with his brother Hulbert Burroughs on short stories, and he published a novel in 1967.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/burroughs_j-coleman.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Coleman_Burroughs
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/YLSF7

(Either Burroughs or E.C. Stoner drew the cover of “Hi-Spot” #2, November 1940)

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Milton Caniff (28 February 1907 — 3 April 1988, USA) was a popular and influential artist. He is best-known today for his syndicated comic strips ‘Terry and the Pirates’, ‘Male Call’, and ‘Steve Canyon’. Many artists cite his inspiration or influence on their own work.

In 1934, he created ‘Terry and the Pirates’ and continued with the famous strip until 1946. He created the memorable Dragon Lady, one of the titular pirates.

The aviator adventure strip changed tone at the end of 1941, when Terry joined the military. He spent the war flying from a base in China. Dragon Lady her pirates became Chinese partisans fighting the Japanese.

During the war, Caniff also created and donated a strip for military newspapers. It began as a variant ‘Terry and the Pirates’ in 1942 but soon became ‘Male Call’, starring Miss Lace.

Readers appreciated not only the pretty women but the real-world portrayal of servicemen — in one famous strip, Lace lost her temper at a civilian who mocked her date, who had lost an arm.

Caniff created ‘Steve Canyon’ in 1946 for Field Enterprises, who agreed to purchase the strip from him rather than employ him and own the strip, which was the case with ‘Terry’. Caniff produced the strip until his death in 1988.

A veteran when the strip began, aviator Canyon re-enlisted for the Korean War and remained in the Air Force afterwards. There was a “Steve Canyon” television show in 1958, created with the approval and possible support of the United States Air Force.

Caniff was one of the founders of the National Cartoonists Society (NCS), served two terms as its President, and received the first Cartoonist of the Year Award for 1946 — which included his work on both ‘Steve Canyon’ and ‘Terry and the Pirates’.

He received multiple other NCS awards, including the Gold Key Award in 1981, and the Society named the Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award in his honor when it was created in 1994.

He was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1988.

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

(Caniff drew the cover art on “Large Feature Comic” #6, 1939)

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Antonio Cossu (born 28 February 1952, Italy) is a comics creator who began his career in the late 1970s. He published the series ‘Alceister Crowley’ in “Spirou” from 1980.

Among other work in the 1980s, he drew several dark stories written by Michel Jamsin (collected as “Histoires Alarmantes”), some of which were translated to English in “Cheval Noir” (Dark Horse, early 1990s).

Cossu co-founded Oro Productions with Philippe Foerster in 1993 and they launched the magazine “Brazil”.

He and writer Rodolphe (Rodolphe Jacquette) created the series “Angie” at Casterman in 2004.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/cossu.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/g3qY309qpHR

(Cossu created the cover art on “Carte Blanche” #10, 1985)

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Riri Williams ( http://ow.ly/rDe8309pjHy )

Riri Williams, created by Brian Michael Bendis and designed by Stefano Caselli, first appeared in Invincible Iron Man volume 7 #7, written by Bendis and drawn by Mike Deodato.

Williams stars in the eighth volume of Invincible Iron Man, which began in Fall 2016, under the codename Ironheart.

Riri Williams is a 15-year-old engineering student attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on scholarship. Working alone, Riri designs a suit of armor similar to the Iron Man armor using material stolen from campus. Tony Stark heard of Riri's accomplishment and went to go meet her. During their meeting, Tony Stark states to Riri that he will endorse her decision to be a superhero.

excerpted from http://ow.ly/QqYn309pjNT

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Eiwin Mark (born 27 February 1969, Canada?) was an editor on the Aircel comics line from its beginning in 1985 through the acquisition by Malibu Comics in 1988 and on through 1991. He also lettered most of the comics, as well as other titles at Malibu.

In the GCD — http://ow.ly/ZdDr309nVj1

(Patrick McEown penciled and Barry Blair inked the cover of “Samurai” #1, September 1985, which Mark edited and lettered)

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Andy Kubert (born 27 February 1962, USA) is a comics artist who graduated from The Kubert School, founded by his father Joe Kubert. He began his career in 1980, as a letterer at DC Comics, and by 1984 he was drawing stories.

He drew “Sgt. Rock” (1986–1987), a “Doc Savage” series written by Dennis O’Neil (1987–1988), and an “Adam Strange” series written by Richard Bruning (1990).
He drew the DC Comics / Dark Horse cross-over series “Batman Versus Predator” (1991–1992), written by Dave Gibbons.

Kubert was also publishing at Marvel from the mid-1980s. At the end of 1992, he became the regular artist on “X-Men” following the departure of Jim Lee to co-found Image Comics. His run on the title continued through 1996.

He is also known for work on “Captain America” (1998–2000) and “Marvel 1602” with writer Neil Gaiman (2003–2004).

He returned to DC in 2005 as the “Batman” penciler. He and writer Grant Morrison introduced Damian Wayne, the son of Batman, in 2006. He re-united with Neil Gaiman on ‘Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?’ (2009).

Among other work, Kubert has drawn “Flashpoint” (2011), “Before Watchmen: Nite Owl” (2012), and “Damian: Son of Batman” (2013–2014).

Joe Kubert (18 September 1926 – 12 August 2012), a popular and influential comics artist, was his father. Fellow comics artist Adam Kubert is his older brother. Comics editor Katie Kubert is his niece.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/k/kubert_andy.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Kubert
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/jsd3309nUPG

(Andy Kubert created the cover of “Earth 2: Society” #7, February 2016)

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Norm Breyfogle (born 27 February 1960, USA) has been an artist from an early age. He took art lessons at age 12 and was publishing comics and magazine illustration while in high school and university.

He made his industry debut through the DC Comics “New Talent Showcase” program in 1984. For the next few years he also published at First, Eclipse, and Marvel.

From 1987 to 1993, he collaborated with writer Alan Grant on the ‘Batman’ feature, in “Detective Comics”, then in “Batman”, then in “Batman: Shadow of the Bat”, which they launched in 1992.

The pair created such ‘Batman’ characters as the Ventriloquist and Jeremiah Arkham. In 1990, they introduced Tim Drake, who would become the third boy to wear the Robin uniform.

Breyfogle has continued to work on comics projects from “The Spectre” (DC, 2001), through “Life with Archie” (Archie, 2009–2010), to “Batman Beyond Unlimited” (DC, 2012–2013).

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/breyfogle_norm.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norm_Breyfogle
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/oU1V309nUIx

(Breyfogle created the cover art on “Life with Archie” #1, September 2010)

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Jeff Smith (born 27 February 1960, USA) is a comics creator who was first published in his university’s student newspaper.

He began his best-known work, “Bone”, in 1991. Published by his own Cartoon Books (except two years at Image), the comic series ran through 2004.

“Bone” is very popular, remaining in print in a both a multi-volume series of collections and a massive single-volume collection, and translated globally. It is recommended by teachers and librarians for middle-school readers.

There are two short series set in the same milieu — “Stupid, Stupid Rat Tails” (1998–2000) and “Rose” (2000–2002). The latter is drawn by Charles Vess.

Smith has received 10 Eisner Awards, 11 Harvey Awards, and 2 National Cartoonists Society Awards, almost all for “Bone”. In 1996 he received a Best Foreign Comic prize at Angoulême and the Swedish Adamson Award for the work.

He created “Shazam! The Monster Society of Evil” at DC Comics in 2007. That same year he became the designer for the Fantagraphics complete reprint of Walt Kelly’s “Pogo”.

From 2008 to 2012, he published his science-fiction series, “RASL”. He received an Eisner Award for it in 2014.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/smith.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Smith_(cartoonist)
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/YL9hS

(Smith created the cover of “RASL” #1, March 2008)

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Dudley D. Watkins (27 February 1907 – 20 August 1969, UK) was a cartoonist and illustrator.

He is best known for his characters’ Oor Wullie’ and ‘The Broons’. Strips featuring them have appeared in Scottish newspaper “The Sunday Post” since 1936.

Watkins also illustrated for comics such as “The Beano”, “The Dandy”, “The Beezer”, and “Topper”, and provided illustrations for Christian stories.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/w/watkins_dudley.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dudley_D._Watkins
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/rbB9309nUqF

(Watkins created the cover strip on “The Beano Comic” #360, 30 April 1949)

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Torchy Brown

Jackie Ormes's ( http://ow.ly/Pyxz309nOCP ) first comic strip, Torchy Brown in Dixie to Harlem, first appeared in the Pittsburgh Courier in 1937. In addition to the Courier, Torchy Brown was syndicated to fourteen other black newspapers. The strip, starring Torchy Brown, was a humorous depiction of a Mississippi teen who found fame and fortune singing and dancing in the Cotton Club. Torchy's journey from Mississippi to New York City mirrored the journey of many African-Americans who ventured northward during the Great Migration. It was through Torchy Brown that Ormes became the first African-American woman to produce a syndicated comic strip. The strip would run until 1940. The reason for the strip's abrupt end is uncertain, but it is presumed to be due to an end in her contract.

In 1950, the Courier began an eight-page color comics insert, where Ormes re-invented her Torchy character in a new comic strip, Torchy in Heartbeats. This Torchy was a beautiful, independent woman who finds adventure while seeking true love. Ormes expressed her talent for fashion design as well as her vision of a beautiful black female body in the accompanying Torchy Togs paper doll cut outs. The strip is probably best known for its last episode in 1954, when Torchy and her doctor boyfriend confront racism and environmental pollution. Ormes used Torchy in Heartbeats as a sounding board for several big issues of the time. In a 1985 interview for Chicago Reader she claimed she was " anti-war-I was anti-everything-that's-smelly". Torchy presented an image of a black woman who, in contrast to the contemporary stereotypical media portrayals, was confident, intelligent, and brave.

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