So, keeping my mind off the Warner news at the moment. We all know that one of the weaknesses of the comics cataloguing, is that there is not a great way to read based on publishing dates.
I have been slowing working on an excel sheet for this. You can find the current in-progress list here. I am updating/replacing the file until I have it complete. I am looking for help on this project, see below if you are interested.
A couple of notes:
I have started working oldest series and moving forward. I am mostly using the publish dates that DCU has for issues. It appears to me that there are SEVERAL cases where the dates DCU has are clearly wrong and if I can assume that the titles fit together in a particular time frame I am making my best guess.
Prior to ~1980, most titles all are listed as releasing on the first Tues/Wed of the month. It isn’t until after this point that the titles are correctly dated for weekly releases. Rather than have 52 rows for each year, I have been only tagging each issue by month. If there appear to have been multiple issue of a single title released each month, only then have I expanded the row.
Sometime in and around ~1998, there was a shift in how the titles are dated. Prior to this, the dates correspond with issue dating, after this it appears the normal ~1-2 month post dating of publishing is applied to the dates, so there is a weird period where some titles overlap.
4 Since this is a large project, if have been able to establish a pattern of reliability in release schedule for certain time periods, I have assumed that it continues until I encounter an aberration. If that means I have introduced an error on a release date, please feel free to let me know.
- I am working on this slowly, but there are a lot of series. If you are interested in helping speed this project along, send me a pm and I can send you a template excel sheet to work with. If you are willing to tackle a numbers of series, that would speed things along.
Also, as I get more info on the google docs, I could use some proofers to make catch any errors.
Finally, if this goes well, and DCU stays up for comics, phase 2 would be to create reading lists for each year of publishing under a final thread.