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GCD Comics Timeline


Walt Flanagan (born 23 October 1967, USA) is a comic-book creator and store manager, actor, and podcaster.

He is a long-time friend of Kevin Smith and (according to Smith’s book “Silent Bob Speaks”) was the one who turned him onto comic books.

He is co-host of the “Tell ’Em Steve-Dave!” podcast with longtime friends Bryan Johnson and Brian Quinn. He is also the lead character in AMC’s “Comic Book Men” (2012).

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/f/flanagan_walt.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_Flanagan
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/bmoN30g3dtF
In the IMDb — http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0281110/

(Flanagan created this cover of “Cryptozoic Man” #1, October 2013)

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Eric Shanower (born 23 October 1953, USA) is a graphic artist and writer.

He began publishing shortly after graduating from The Kubert School in 1984. His first full story, written by Mindy Newell, was in “New Talent Showcase” (DC, 1985).

He has always created stories in a variety of genres for a variety of publishers. He is best known for two of his personal creations — “Oz” stories and “Age of Bronze”.

From 1986 through 1992 he created five new “Oz” graphic novels (First Comics, Dark Horse). They were collected as “Adventures in Oz” (IDW, 2006).

He has also written short stories and a novel set in Oz. He wrote and Skottie Young drew adaptations of Baum’s first six “Oz” novels (Marvel, 2009–2013).

He is equally well-known for “Age of Bronze”, on ongoing series depicting the Trojan War (Image Comics, 1998+). He is praised by archaeologists for the rigorous research behind his visual depictions.

The story is told as history, with human characters, rather than as mythology, with gods, goddesses, and other magical creatures.

He and David Maxine, his partner, founded Hungry Tiger Press in 1994.

Shanower won Eisner Awards (2001, 2003) and a Gran Guinigi at Lucca (2006) for “Age of Bronze”. He and Skottie Young won two Eisner Awards in 2010 for the first volume of their “Oz” adaptations and another in 2011 for the second. He and Gabriele Rodriguez won an Eisner in 2011 for “Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland”.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Shanower
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/shanower_eric.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/LiJF30g3aCH

(Shanower created the cover of “The Elsewhere Prince” #1, May 1990)

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Takako Shimura (志村貴子, born 23 October 1973) is a manga creator known for her works featuring lesbian and transgender themes.

Her series “Aoi Hana” (“Sweet Blue Flowers”, 2004–2013) was adapted to anime (2009) and has been translated into French and English.

Her series “Wandering Son” (2002–2013) is published in English by Fantagraphics Books and has had an anime adaptation (2011).

She has collaborated on character designs for the anime shows “Aldnoah.Zero” (2014) and “Battery” (2016).

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takako_Shimura
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/BrsW30g36pa

(Shimura created the cover of “Wandering Son” #1, June 2011, an English translation)

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Olivier Coipel (born 22 October, France) is known for his work in the USA market on titles such as “Legion of Super-Heroes” (1999–2003) at DC and “House of M” (2005) and “Thor” (2007+) at Marvel.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/coipel_olivier.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olivier_Coipel
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/pwR130g2wcm

(Coipel drew and Andy Lanning inked the cover of “Legion Lost” #12, April 2001)

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Paul Levitz (born 21 October 1956, USA) is a comic book writer, editor, and executive.

He became the publisher of “The Comic Reader”, a widely-read newszine, while still in high school.

In the early 1970s, he became an assistant editor for Joe Orlando. He later became editor of “Adventure Comics” and of the Batman titles.

He had long been active in Legion of Super-Heroes fandom and as a professional some of his best-known writing was on their comics in 1977–1979 and 1982–1989. He has returned to the feature multiple times.

During his writing career, Levitz co-created characters such as ‘Stalker’ (1975), ‘Starman (Prince Gavyn)’ (1980), ‘The Huntress (Helena Wayne)’ (1977), and ‘Lucien the Librarian’ (1975).

He also had a long career as an executive at DC Comics, finally becoming Publisher in 1989 and then President in 2002. He retired from both positions in 2009, while continuing to write comics.

Levitz received the “Dick Giordano Hero Initiative Humanitarian of the Year Award” in 2013 at the Baltimore Comic-Con.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Levitz
Writing in the GCD — http://ow.ly/o9Pr305ohWL
Editing in the GCD — http://ow.ly/pdIz305ohVM

(Joe Staton and Bob Layton created the cover of “DC Super Stars” #17 - Secret Origins of Super-Heroes, November-December 1977)

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Edmond Hamilton (21 October 1904 – 1 February 1977, USA) was an author of science fiction stories and comic books.

His first published story appeared in “Weird Tales” in 1926 and he became one of the magazine’s most prolific contributors for more than twenty years.

Throughout the late 1920s and early 1930s Hamilton wrote for all of the SF pulp magazines then publishing, and contributed horror and thriller stories to various other magazines as well.

From the early 1940s, he also began writing stories for DC Comics. (He had a few stories in Ned Pines’ “America’s Best Comics” and “The Black Terror” in 1945–1946.)

In the 1950s, Hamilton wrote the ‘Chris KL-99’ series in “Strange Adventures”, which was loosely based on his own ‘Captain Future’ stories from the early 1940s. One of his best known Superman stories was “Superman Under the Red Sun” (1963).

He was also instrumental in the early growth of the Legion of Super-Heroes feature. He had written “Superman’s Big Brother” in 1953, which eventually morphed into the origin of Mon-El.

He was one of the Legion’s first regular writers, beginning in 1963, and introduced many of the early Legion concepts into the DC Universe.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmond_Hamilton
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/MX4l305ohBo
In the IMDb — https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0357836/

(Curt Swan and George Klein created the cover of “Action Comics” #300, May 1963)

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Peter van Dongen (born 21 October 1966, The Netherlands) is a commercial artist and cartoonist. He published his first album in 1990, “Muizentheater”.

He created a two-volume story about the Indonesian struggle for independence from the Netherlands — “Rampokan – Java” (1998) and “Rampokan – Celebes” (2004).

His use of a strong Clear Line (‘ligne claire’) style in this story evokes an equally strong parallel with “Tintin in the Congo” (1931) by Hergé himself.

Van Dongen continues to produce comic work alongside his commercial and illustration work.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/d/dongen_van.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/qVC0305ohqb

(Van Dongen created the cover of “Drie dagen in Rio”, 2013)

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Sid Jacobson (born 20 October 1929, USA) is a writer, having worked in the fields of children’s comic books, popular music, fiction, biography, and non-fiction comics.

He was managing editor and editor in chief for Harvey Comics (1953–1982, 1986–1994) and he edited the Star imprint and other children’s comics at Marvel (1984–1995).

He is also known for his late-career collaborations with artist Ernie Colón, including “The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation” (2006) and “Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography” (2010).

Jacobson received an Inkpot Award in 2003.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sid_Jacobson
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/robQ30g00zV

(Bob Bolling created the cover of “Wally the Wizard” #2, May 1985, and Jacobson wrote the story)

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‘Nick Cardy’ was the pen name of Nicholas Viscardi (20 October 1920 – 3 November 2013, USA), a comic book artist best known for his Silver Age work at DC Comics.

His career began in the 1940s at the Eisner & Iger studio, on work published primarily at Fiction house and Quality Comics. He wrote and drew the four-page backup feature ‘Lady Luck’ in Will Eisner’s “The Spirit Section” (1941–1942) under a house name.

By 1950, he was using the professional name Nick Cardy regularly and he had begun his decades-long association with DC Comics. He drew “Tomahawk” in the mid-1950s. He drew “Aquaman” in the character’s first titular series from 1962 through 1968 (and the covers through 1971).

He drew the original Teen Titans from their first appearance in “The Brave and the Bold” in 1965 through their entire first series (1966–1973).

He drew “Bat Lash” (1968–1969) and was the primary DC cover artist in the first half of the 1970s.

Cardy received an Inkpot Award in 1998 and was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2005.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Cardy
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/cardy_nick.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/MzEp305m5Ps

(Cardy created the cover of “Aquaman” #52, July-August 1970)

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‘Will’ was the pen name of Willy Maltaite (30 October 1927 – 18 February 2000, Belgium), a comics creator in the Franco-Belgian tradition.

He first published in “Le Journal de Spirou” in 1947. He was living with Jijé (Joseph Gillain) and the two of them along with Franquin (André Franquin) and Morris (Maurice de Bevere) formed the Bande à quatre (‘Gang of four’) whose artistic style defined “Spirou” during the 1950s and 1960s. It came to be called the Marcinelle School.

He took over ‘Tif et Tondu’ and became one of its main artists. He wrote for ‘Spirou et Fantasio’ and ‘Benoît Brisefer’.

Will and René Goscinny created ‘Lili Mannequin’ in “Paris-Flirt” (1957) and he was art director of “Le Journal de Tintin” from 1958 to 1960.

He drew the first episodes of ‘Jacky et Célestine’ by Peyo (Pierre Culliford) in “Le Soir Illustré” (1961–1962). He also drew features in “Record” in the early 1960s.

Back at “Spirou”, he created ‘Éric et Artimon’ with writer Vicq (Raymond Antoine) (1962–1963). He also resumed drawing ‘Tif et Tondu’ in 1964 and stayed with the feature until 1990. He created the ethereal ‘Isabelle’ (1969–1994) with a variety of writers.

He and writer Stephen Desberg contributed two volumes to the Aire Libre collection at Dupuis (1988, 1990). At his death, he was drawing “L’arbre des deux printemps” with a script by Rudy Miel — finished by a stellar array of his artist friends, it was published posthumously (2000).

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/w/will.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_(comics)
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/zjEW30fZKkM

(Will created the cover of “Isabelle” #1 - Morbror Hermes trollerier, 1980, a Swedish translation)

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