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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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Jim Lawson (born 19 February 1960, USA) is a comics writer and artist, well-known for his association with “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (Mirage).

He worked on the ‘City at War’ sequence in the mid-1990s, the 2001 incarnation of the title along with Peter Laird and Eric Talbot, and many issues between.

While at Mirage, Lawson created his own non-Turtles series “Bade Biker and Orson” (1986–1987) and “Dino Island” (1993).

Around the turn of the century, he and Peter Laird formed Zeromayo Studios. They created and published two volumes of Laird’s science-fiction series “Planet Racer” (1997, 1998) and Lawson’s series of realistic stories “Paleo: Tales of the Late Cretaceous” (2001).

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/l/lawson_jim.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Lawson_(comics)
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/xreF3098PBm

(Lawson created the cover of “Bade Biker and Orson” #1, November 1986)

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Gerry Shamray (born 19 February 1957, USA) is an artist and illustrator. He drew many issues of “American Splendor”, the autobiographical series by fellow-Clevelander Harvey Pekar.

From 1987 to 1991, he drew Tom Batiuk’s syndicated strip ‘John Darling’.

Shamray also publishes caricatures in the “Cleveland Press” and does commercial illustration.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/shamray_gerry.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerry_Shamray
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/ZZgG3098Pw5

(Shamray created the cover of “American Splendor” #6, 1981)

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Jackie Robinson (https://www.comics.org/series/14327/covers/)

Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson (January 31, 1919 – October 24, 1972) was an American professional baseball second baseman who became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball (MLB) in the modern era. Robinson broke the baseball color line when the Brooklyn Dodgers started him at first base on April 15, 1947. The Dodgers, by signing Robinson, heralded the end of racial segregation in professional baseball that had relegated black players to the Negro leagues since the 1880s. Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

Robinson's major league debut brought an end to approximately sixty years of segregation in professional baseball, known as the baseball color line. After World War II, several other forces were also leading the country toward increased equality for blacks, including their accelerated migration to the North, where their political clout grew, and President Harry Truman's desegregation of the military in 1948. Robinson's breaking of the baseball color line and his professional success symbolized these broader changes and demonstrated that the fight for equality was more than simply a political matter. Martin Luther King, Jr. said that he was "a legend and a symbol in his own time", and that he "challenged the dark skies of intolerance and frustration." According to historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Robinson's "efforts were a monumental step in the civil-rights revolution in America ... [His] accomplishments allowed black and white Americans to be more respectful and open to one another and more appreciative of everyone's abilities."

Robinson's character, his use of nonviolence, and his unquestionable talent challenged the traditional basis of segregation which then marked many other aspects of American life. He influenced the culture of and contributed significantly to the Civil Rights Movement. Robinson also was the first black television analyst in MLB, and the first black vice president of a major American corporation, Chock full o'Nuts. In the 1960s, he helped establish the Freedom National Bank, an African-American-owned financial institution based in Harlem, New York. In recognition of his achievements on and off the field, Robinson was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal and Presidential Medal of Freedom.

In 1950, Robinson portrayed himself in a film version of his life story, The Jackie Robinson Story. From 1949 to 1952 Robinson was featured in a short six issue comic book series from Fawcett, called simply Jackie Robinson.

excerpted from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie_Robinson

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Don Glut (born 19 February 1944, USA) is a writer; film director, screenwriter, and actor; amateur paleontologist; and musician.

He wrote for comics from the end of the 1960s to 1980. He wrote stories for Warren’s black-and-white magazines and for anthology comic books at Archie, DC, Charlton and others.

Glut created and wrote three memorable features at Gold Key — ‘Dr. Spektor’, ‘Dagar the Invincible’, and ‘Tragg and the Sky Gods’.

At Marvel, he wrote ‘Solomon Kane’ stories in “The Savage Sword of Conan” and had runs on “Captain America” and “The Invaders”.

Among his many fiction and non-fiction books, he is well-known for his 1980 novelization of the film “The Empire Strikes Back” (now called ‘Star Wars Episode 5’).

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_F._Glut
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/pVh93098PsN

(Jesse Santos painted the cover of “The Occult Files of Dr. Spektor” #1, May 1973)

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Henry Boltinoff (19 February 1914 – 19 April 2001, USA) was a comics creator whose career began in the mid-1930s as a freelance magazine cartoonist.

By 1940, he began working at DC Comics creating very short humor strips and panels which were used to fill partial pages. He continued to create primarily for DC but occasionally at Fawcett and Harvey, until the early 1970s.

Boltinoff’s filler strips include ‘Casey the Cop’, ‘Super-Turtle’, and ‘Jerry the Jitterbug’.

He created ‘Dover and Clover’ in 1943, a standard-length humor feature about twin detectives. It ran in “More Fun Comics” and “All Funny Comics” through 1948, with a few more stories in “Detective Comics” in 1950 and 1951.

His final filler creation was ‘Cap’s Hobby Hints’ in the late 1960s. From 1969 to 1971, he created stories in “Date with Debbi” and “Swing with Scooter”.

Boltinoff also worked for newspaper syndication. He drew ‘This & That’ in 1946. In 1960, he took over ‘Nubbin’ and continued it to 1986. He also created ‘Stoker the Broker’ that year, which ran on business pages through the mid-1990s.

Outside the comics community, he is known globally for the ‘Hocus-Focus’ syndicated feature. Readers enjoy spotting the differences between two nearly-identical panels without any language barriers.

Boltinoff received awards from the National Cartoonists Society for his comic-book work (1970) and his newspaper panels (1981).

Shortly after beginning to work for DC, editor Whitney Ellsworth casually complained of overwork and Boltinoff suggested he hire his brother, Murray, as an assistant. Murray Boltinoff edited at DC through the end of the 1980s.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/boltinoff_henry.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Boltinoff
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/FvRy3098Poi

(Boltinoff created the cover of “More Fun Comics” #108, March 1946, the first all-humor issue following the migration of ‘Superboy’, ‘Green Arrow’, ‘Johnny Quick’, and ‘Aquaman’ to “Dectective Comics”)

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