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GCD Comics Timeline


Jesse Santos (24 June 1928 – 27 April 2013, The Philippines) was an artist from an early age. As a teenager, he drew sketches of Japanese and then USA soldiers occupying his country.

His professional career began in 1946 when he created ‘Kidlat’ in “Halaklak”. He and Damy Velasquez created the famous detective feature ‘DI 13’ in the earliest issues of “Pilipino Komiks”.

He was the chief artist at “Paraluman” and also drew for Gold Star Publishing, Ace Publications, and other publishers.

He not only created comics features, he illustrated magazines and books, created movie posters and other advertising art, and painted portraits and murals.

Santos served as an officer of both the Philippine Illustrators and Cartoonists and the National Press Club.

In 1969, he moved his family to the USA and began working for Western Publishing on their books and their Gold Key comics.

Santos co-created “Dagar the Invincible” (1972–1976), “The Occult Files of Doctor Spektor” (1973–1977), and “Tragg and the Sky Gods” (1975–1977) with writer Don Glut.

He drew “Brothers of the Spear” in their own series (1972–1976) and appeared in the anthology title “Mystery Comics Digest”.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/santos_jesse.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesse_Santos
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/cbIp301AssB

(Santos created the cover of “Tragg and the Sky Gods” #1, June 1975)

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Frank Bolle (born 23 June 1924, USA) is an illustrator and comics creator, working in both comic books and syndicated strips.

His career began in the early 1940s, working at the Funnies, Inc. studio on work for Marvel (then Timely), U.S. Camera, Rural Home, and other publishers. After serving in World War II, he returned to work for Fawcett, DC Comics, and others.

At Magazine Enterprises, he drew ‘Tim Holt’ first in the rotating series “A-1”, then in his own title, then in “Red Mask” (1948–1954). In that series, he co-created the heroine ‘Black Phantom’ in 1951.

At DC Comics, he drew ‘Robotman’ in “Detective Comics” (1951–1952). He drew “Robin Hood” at ME (1955–1957) and placed stories in Marvel/Atlas anthology titles such as “Mystic” and “Strange Tales” through the 1950s.

Bolle assisted on the strip ‘On Stage’ (1957–1961), created his own Sunday strip ‘Children’s Tales’ (1960–1969), and created other strips throughout the 1960s.

He drew features for the Boy Scouts of America’s magazine “Boys’ Life” (1966–1981), such as ‘Bible Stories’, ‘Pee Wee Harris’, and ‘Space Adventures’.

At Western (Gold Key and Whitman), he drew “Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom” (1963–1967) and contributed to anthologies such as “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” (1969–1980) and “Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery” (1965–1979).

Bolle published in DC romance comics in the mid-1960s and various Marvel comics in the early 1970s.

At Charlton, he contributed to mystery and romance titles such as “Just Married” and “Haunted” during the 1970s.

From the 1970s, he worked on strips such as ‘Encyclopedia Brown’ (1978–1980), ‘Rip Kirby’ (1977–1994), ‘Winnie Winkle’ (1982–1996), ‘The Heart of Juliet Jones’ (1989–2000), and ‘Apartment 3-G’ (1999–2015).

Bolle received an Inkpot Award at San Diego in 2003.

At Comiclopedia —https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/bolle_frank.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Bolle
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/8ACb300YUJ2

(Bolle created the cover of “Crown Comics” #14, August 1948)

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Bill Jaaska (22 June 1961 – 9 November 2009, USA) was an artist who was active in comic books for about a decade.

His earliest work was an issue of “Airboy” (Eclipse) late in 1986. At First Comics, he worked on the “Sable” revival written by Marv Wolfman (1988–1989).

At Marvel, he drew issues of “The Uncanny X-Men”, “Shade, the Changing Man”, and other titles. He drew a “Terminator” mini-series at Dark Horse (1992).

Jaaska joined Wolfman again on “The New Titans” (DC, 1993–1994). His final work was a story in “Turok, Dinosaur Hunter” (Acclaim, 1995).

At 20th Century Danny Boy — http://ohdannyboy.blogspot.com/2010/03/what-happened-to-bill-jaaska.html
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/j/jaaska_bill.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Jaaska
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/r7Gf301vBzl

(Jaaska created the cover of “Sable” #16, June 1989)

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Gary Carlson (born 21 June 1957, USA) is a comics writer whose career began in the 1980s.

He published “Megaton” (1983–1987), an anthology comic featuring stories written by himself and others, drawn by Erik Larsen, Rob Liefeld, Sam Grainger, Jackson Guice, Gene Day, and other new and established artists.

He began writing at Image in 1993, including a “Vanguard” mini-series featuring a character he and Larsen had created in “Megaton”. He has also written for “Supreme” and other Image titles, and continues to work on “Savage Dragon”.

In 1994, Carlson published the first issue of “Big Bang Comics” at Caliber. He is the main creative force behind the Big Bang Universe, whose stories have been published in Caliber titles, then at Image, then independently, and most recently at AC Comics.

The Big Bang characters and their stories are homages to well-known mythologies from Marvel, DC Comics, and other publishers.

With Erik Larsen, Carlson briefly co-wrote “Aquaman” (DC, 1999).

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Carlson
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/U1en301sRzB

(Tomm Coker penciled and Jim Sinclair inked the cover of “Vanguard” #1, October 1993)

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John Workman (born 20 June 1950, USA) is a comics creator whose professional career began in the early 1970s.

Stories in “Star*Reach” led to freelance work at DC Comics, primarily as a letterer and colorist. From 1977 to 1984, he was also art director at “Heavy Metal”, where he occasionally published stories.

Since 1983, he has primarily been a freelance letterer, with some 1500 stories currently to his credit in the GCD.

Some of the titles he has lettered for are “Grimjack” (First Comics, 1984–1987), “Jurassic Park” (1993) and “X-Files” (1995–1998) at Topps, and “Savage Dragon” (Image, 2003–2005).

At Marvel — “Thor” (1983–1987), “Fantastic Four” (1985–1989), “Fantastic Force” (1994–1996), and “Spider-Girl” (2000–2002).

At DC Comics — “Doom Patrol” (1987–1995), “Legion of Super-Heroes” (1991–1993), “Aquaman” (1999–2000), and “Orion” (2000–2002).

Workman created the feature ‘Roma’ in “Dark Horse Presents” (1987) and the erotic “Sindy” (Apple Press/Forbidden Fruit, 1991).

Since about 2006, he has been lettering on “Sonic the Hedgehog” and other Archie comics, in addition to his work at DC, Marvel, and other publishers.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Workman
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/XsvZ301pUgy

(Workman created the main cover art on “Dark Horse Presents” #6, April 1987)

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Mick Anglo (19 June 1916 – 31 October 2011, UK) was a comics artist, writer, and editor, and an author.

He drew his first cartoons in the service during World War II. After the war, while writing novels for Martin & Reid, he also became the editor of their comic books.

Through 1950, he also wrote and drew for Martin & Reid. From 1948 through 1951, he created the early super-hero “Wonderman” for Paget Publications.

Anglo formed his own studio in 1954, where he employed Don Lawrence, Denis Gifford, and many other artists through 1963.

L. Miller had been publishing reprints of USA comics from Fawcett, including “Captain Marvel”. When Fawcett stopped producing all Captain Marvel material in 1954, Anglo created replacement features — “Marvelman”, “Young Marvelman”, and “The Marvelman Family”.

The Marvelman features were produced by Anglo and his studio until L. Miller ceased publication in 1963. They were revived in 1982 in “Warrior” (Quality Communications) by writer Alan Moore.

That series was reprinted in the USA as “Miracleman” and was followed by new stories (Eclipse). From 2009, Anglo regained all rights to the Marvelman features and Marvel Comics has published both new stories and reprints.

Anglo also continued other titles that had been USA reprints — “Jim Bowie” and “Annie Oakley”, for example. Under his own Anglo Comics imprint, he published “Captain Miracle”, “Gunhawks Western”, and other titles.

In the mid-1960s, he and his studio produced a short-lived comics line for John Spencer & Co. He edited, wrote, and drew for other publishers as well, until his retirement in the early 1980s.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/a/anglo_mick.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mick_Anglo
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/rsYz301oMvG

(Anglo created this variant cover of “Marvelman Family’s Finest” #1, September 2010, altered from the cover of “Marvelman” #33, 31 March 1954)

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Robert Kanigher (18 June 1915 – 7 May 2002, USA) was a prolific comic book writer and editor whose career spanned five decades.

In the 1940s, he wrote ‘Justice Society of America’ stories in “All Star Comics”, ‘Hawkman’ in “Flash Comics”, and “Green Lantern”.

He worked on the Wonder Woman franchise for over twenty years, editing from 1946 and taking over the scripting from creator William Moulton Marston.

Kanigher wrote the ‘Johnny Thunder’ story that introduced Black Canary in “Flash Comics” (1947), which was Carmine Infantino’s first job for DC.

From 1952 he was in charge of the “Big 5” war titles at DC Comics, where he co-created ‘Sgt. Rock’ with Joe Kubert in “Our Army at War” (1959).

In 1956, he introduced the Silver Age ‘Flash’, Barry Allen, in “Showcase”, and in 1958 he and artist Ross Andru revised “Wonder Woman” with a new origin and a new look.

Kanigher and Andru also created ‘Gunner and Sarge’ in “All-American Men of War” (1959), ‘Suicide Squad’ in “The Brave and the Bold” (1959), ‘The War That Time Forgot’ in “Star Spangled War Stories” (1960), and the ‘Metal Men’ in “Showcase” (1962).

Other features created by Kanigher include ‘Viking Prince’, ‘Balloon Buster’, ‘Rose & the Thorn’, “Rima, the Jungle Girl” (an adaptation), and ‘Ragman’.

He was the 2014 posthumous recipient of the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Kanigher
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/3PIi30cFRY9

(Dick Giordano drew the cover of “Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane” #114, September 1971)

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Hilary Barta (born 17 June 1957, USA) is a comics artist whose professional career begin in 1982.

He inked over Ron Wilson on early issues of “The Thing” (Marvel, 1983–1984). He worked with Tim Truman on “Starslayer” (First Comics) in 1984 and 1985.

He wrote and drew ‘Munden’s Bar’ backups in “Grimjack” (First) and also inked other First Comics, Marvel, and Eclipse titles in the mid-1980s.

In 1989, he penciled Phil Foglio’s “Plastic Man” mini-series at DC. He wrote and drew stories for “What The--?!” (Marvel, 1988–1993).

Barta published at Dark Horse, Image, Topps, and other companies as well as Marvel and DC throughout the 1990s. Around the turn of the century, he also began publishing at Bongo.

He wrote backups for “Fear Agent” at Image and Dark Horse, from 2006 to 2010. Since 2011, he has drawn stories for “SpongeBob Comics” (Bongo/United Plankton).

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/barta_hilary.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilary_Barta
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/Z7mP301lxmV

(Barta created the cover of “Tomorrow Stories” #7, June 2000)

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Sad Sack ( http://ow.ly/Jq2N30cEvis )

Harvey Comics published original Sad Sack stories in the Sad Sack Comics comic book series, which ran 287 issues, cover-dated September 1949 to October 1982. Harvey also published the one-shot comic Sad Sack Goes Home in 1951 ( http://ow.ly/dNsC30cEvo3 ).

In the mid-1950s, Harvey Comics and Baker brought in Paul McCarthy to draw the Sad Sack titles, followed by Fred Rhoads, Jack O'Brien, and Joe Dennett. Others who periodically drew for the titles include Warren Kremer and Ken Selig. Baker retained editorial control and continued to illustrate the covers of Sad Sack comics until his death in 1975.

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Sad Sack (http://ow.ly/TgcL30cEuKj)

Sad Sack is an American comic strip and comic book character created by Sgt. George Baker during World War II. Set in the United States Army, Sad Sack depicted an otherwise unnamed, lowly private experiencing some of the absurdities and humiliations of military life. The title was a euphemistic shortening of the military slang “sad sack of shit”, common during World War II.

Originally drawn in pantomime by Baker, The Sad Sack debuted June 1942 as a comic strip in the first issue of Yank, the Army Weekly. It proved popular, and a hardcover collection of Baker’s wartime Sad Sack strips was published by Simon & Schuster, Inc. in 1944, with a follow-up, The New Sad Sack (1946). The original book was concurrently published as an Armed Services edition mass market paperback, in that edition’s standard squarebound, horizontal, 5 5/8" × 4" format, by Editions for the Armed Services, Inc., a non-profit organization of The Council on Books in Wartime; it was #719 in the series of Armed Service editions.

After the war ended, The Sad Sack ran in newspaper syndication in the United States until 1957. Baker then sold the rights to Harvey Comics, which produced a large number of commercial spin-offs.

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