Carl Gafford

Carl Gafford: 1953-2020

An active member of comics fandom as a teenager, he contributed to numerous comics fanzines and amateur press associations, as well as founding a cooperative of mini-comic creators (Blue Plaque Publications) that remains active today from its genesis in the late 1960s.

Gafford began his career in comics as a proofreader, then he became assistant production manager, editing and writing much of DC’s in house ‘prozine’, Amazing World of DC Comics. His career as a colourist, the field with which he is most associated, flourished at Marvel beginning in 1976 colouring Marvel’s Hanna-Barbera comics. He returned to staff at DC in 1981 and began colouring the Legion of Super-Heroes title with #288 cmmencing an unbroken seven-year run on that title, totalling 125 regular, mini-series, Special and Annual issues. During this time, he developed and refined the ‘colour hold’ technique, adding a unique and appropriately futuristic tone to the series. He returned to freelancing in the 1990s writing, colouring and editing for various companies, including Disney Comics, Topps, Defiant, Antarctic and Image’s Big Bang Comics. 

Action Comics
Action Comics
DC  ⋅ 1938
32
Adventure Comics
Adventure Comics
DC  ⋅ 1938
13
Superman
Superman
DC  ⋅ 1939
3
Batman
Batman
DC  ⋅ 1940
4
All-Star Comics
All-Star Comics
DC  ⋅ 1940
2
World's Finest Comics
World's Finest Comics
DC  ⋅ 1941
24
Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman
DC  ⋅ 1942
16
Blackhawk
Blackhawk
DC  ⋅ 1944
14
Strange Tales
Strange Tales
Marvel  ⋅ 1951
1
Brave and the Bold, The
Brave and the Bold, The
DC  ⋅ 1955
13
Flash
Flash
DC  ⋅ 1958
23
Green Lantern
Green Lantern
DC  ⋅ 1960
6
Justice League of America
Justice League of America
DC  ⋅ 1960
26
Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four
Marvel  ⋅ 1961
3
Amazing Spider-Man
Amazing Spider-Man
Marvel  ⋅ 1962
1
Walt Disney's Comics and Stories
Walt Disney's Comics and Stories
Western  ⋅ 1962
1
Metal Men
Metal Men
DC  ⋅ 1963
4
Avengers
Avengers
Marvel  ⋅ 1963
1
Fantastic Four Annual
Fantastic Four Annual
Marvel  ⋅ 1963
1
80-Page Giant Magazine
80-Page Giant Magazine
DC  ⋅ 1964
1
Marvel Tales
Marvel Tales
Marvel  ⋅ 1964
3
Thor
Thor
Marvel  ⋅ 1966
6
Avengers Annual
Avengers Annual
Marvel  ⋅ 1967
4
Captain America
Captain America
Marvel  ⋅ 1968
1
Iron Man
Iron Man
Marvel  ⋅ 1968
5
Iron Man Annual
Iron Man Annual
Marvel  ⋅ 1970
1
Conan the Barbarian
Conan the Barbarian
Marvel  ⋅ 1970
1
Marvel Team-Up
Marvel Team-Up
Marvel  ⋅ 1972
5
Marvel Premiere
Marvel Premiere
Marvel  ⋅ 1972
3
Defenders
Defenders
Marvel  ⋅ 1972
3
Swamp Thing
Swamp Thing
DC  ⋅ 1972
1
Marvel Two-In-One
Marvel Two-In-One
Marvel  ⋅ 1974
2
Superman Family
Superman Family
DC  ⋅ 1974
4
1st Issue Special
1st Issue Special
DC  ⋅ 1975
1
Secrets of Haunted House
Secrets of Haunted House
DC  ⋅ 1975
1
Claw the Unconquered
Claw the Unconquered
DC  ⋅ 1975
1
Super-Team Family
Super-Team Family
DC  ⋅ 1975
1
Invaders
Invaders
Marvel  ⋅ 1975
4
The Warlord
The Warlord
DC  ⋅ 1976
11
DC Super-Stars
DC Super-Stars
DC  ⋅ 1976
1
Karate Kid
Karate Kid
DC  ⋅ 1976
4
Kobra
Kobra
DC  ⋅ 1976
1
Secret Society of Super-Villains
Secret Society of Super-Villains
DC  ⋅ 1976
3
Super Friends
Super Friends
DC  ⋅ 1976
1
Red Sonja
Red Sonja
Marvel  ⋅ 1977
1
What If…?
What If…?
Marvel  ⋅ 1977
9
Black Lightning
Black Lightning
DC  ⋅ 1977
1
Tarzan
Tarzan
Marvel  ⋅ 1977
1
Shade the Changing Man
Shade the Changing Man
DC  ⋅ 1977
1
Star Wars
Star Wars
Marvel  ⋅ 1977
1

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