Bails, Jerry and Hames Ware. Accessed 7 Jan. 2011. Who’s Who of American Comic Books 1928–1999. [Online]. Available: http://www.bailsprojects.com/
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Language: en: English
BibTeX citation key: Bails2006a
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Keywords: Biography, Encyclopedia, USA
Creators: Bails, Ware
“The Who’s Who of American Comic Books is a database designed to document the careers of people who have contributed to or supported the publication of original material in U.S. comic books in the years 1928-99. It is not a checklist, but rather a resume of a person's creative career. Each resume covers not only a person's comics career, but as much information as could be located about his/her other creative and professional work in advertising, prose, TV, animation, syndication, and other sister fields and professions. The scope of the Who's Who includes anyone known to have contributed directly to or supported the field of original U.S. comic books.
The goal is to cover the careers of people creating original American comic books, but there is one exception. Since the 1970s, the works of many foreign comics artists and writers have received wide distribution in the United States. These contributions have greatly influenced the American industry. Many of these artists and writers have gone on to create original material directly for U.S. audiences. The Who's Who attempts to document this major development by including their careers in this database.
Many reprints have appeared in abundance since this project began. Some of the more notable of these collections and reprints have been included here in order to give a feel for how a creator’s work has been received and remembered. No effort was made to serve the function of a complete checklist.
The database also attempts to cover the small press and alternative publishers of comic books that have received distribution in the United States. Many new modes of distribution have complicated this task, but the coverage here catches the most prominent contributions in these areas, as well as some vanity productions with very limited print runs.” (‘about’ page)
“On November 23, 2006, the “Father Of Comic Book Fandom” and creator of this database, Jerry Bails, passed away in his sleep.
This website remains a continued tribute to his efforts at making sure that those who helped create our favorite four-color medium are given the credit that they richly deserve.
The future of further updates to this project is pending.
There is no timetable as to when, who, or how this will happen.” (start page)
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