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Big News, True Believers!

Strap your cap on and grab your hammer, ’cause the Marvel Reading Order is fully functional!

Including 2956 entries, many with links and information for softcover and hardcover printings, the list is sorted and tagged and all ready to help you get your collection in order. I’ve already got mine added, which you can see here!

Ultimate Marvel has its own separate list, but this list includes stuff like Marvel MAX, Marvel All Ages, What If? stories and even Companion Volumes. If you just want to see primary continuity books (IE, no companion volumes or kid’s stuff) go to the Primary Continuity list.

Every book is tagged with a Character and Creator and many also have a Series or Event – all of which can be used to generate a reading order just on that topic! Plus, don’t forget you can use the filter tool on the secondary sidebar to create your own specific lists or search the database. The ability to filter by Marvel Character as well as DC Character is coming soon.

I’ve added the new sub-categories to the filter tool, so you can now choose to see only books in the Marvel Modern Age, or if you want, you could search for books in just “Golden Age” which would give you Marvel and DC results. Or create a reading order for books just collecting “Uncanny X-Men” issues. Whatever you want!

The list is packed with all the Marvel favorites: X-Men, Spider-Man, The Avengers, Fantastic Four, Wolverine, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Daredevil, Punisher, Deadpool, Nick Fury, She-Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Silver Surfer, the Sub-Mariner, Ghost Rider. And a lot more.

Once you’ve found the books you’re looking for, you can add them to your collection which will automatically be sorted alphabetically and by reading order – just click that little green plus button next to the book! Remember, you’ve got to be logged in to add books to your collection. (If you’re not registered yet, it only takes a second, and you can even use a fake name – accounts are only used for collection management and forum posting.)

The Age Of Conan

In addition to the Marvel list, there’s also an offshoot – the Conan Universe Reading Order containing comics for all of the Robert E. Howard inspired characters such as Conan The Barbarian, Red Sonja, Kull, Thulsa Doom, and Solomon Kane.

Conan comics were originally published by Marvel (and Conan does exist in the Marvel Universe!) but because there are so many books published by Dark Horse and Dynamite, the list has been given its own home on this website.

For Marvel continuity purposes, these books take place between Thor’s Age Of Myth and before the Marvel Westerns.

Major Structural Updates

The site is now running on an updated backend and the forum has also been redone. The amount of memory available has been increased as well.

The DC Quicklist and Marvel Quicklist are fully functional and all the new pages are now linked from the sidebar. In case you haven’t noticed, simple index views are now available for Primary List Reading Orders, DC Series Reading Orders, DC Character Reading Orders, Marvel Series Reading Orders, Marvel Character Reading Orders, and Creator Reading Orders.

The site has gained a ridiculously large amount of content in the past few days, but our work is never finished. Moving forward, I’ll be adding covers to every book and filling out the character tags. As always, you can leave a comment on any book with questions or advice, either on placement or about the information in the database.

We’ll also be getting back on the daily review schedule starting this weekend!

Stay tuned, dear readers!

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  1. avatar Chris D. wrote on at February 24, 2011 5:35 am:

    Congrats Ian!

    That “Kid Captain” pic is worth the entire post alone :-)


  2. avatar Ryard wrote on at February 24, 2011 10:44 pm:

    I heartily approve of the Conan reading list. And you’re missing a lot of pictures there of the graphic novels? Just haven’t gotten to them yet or you genuinely don’t have them? I have them all in the ol’ Archives here…

    In fact, allow me to pitch my Conan Wiki (well, I took over a dead wiki and invite others to contribute while I focus on the comics)…start here:


    Having a child and working two jobs slowed down my progress…A LOT…but I want to get to it again, and I can’t wait for the Conan reviews to come in here!!!


    avatar Ian replied on February 24th, 2011 at 10:50 pm:

    Just haven’t gotten to them yet :)

    Very cool wiki! Maybe you can help us sort the books into a story based reading order (right now it’s just release date.) there’s a thread about it on the forums.

    I don’t currently own any conan books myself, unfortunately, but I’d love to have some reviews up here. Perhaps you’d like to try a shot at one? Maybe whatever book you think is the best to start?

    I can find images for you. I’d say you’re qualified if you run the wiki!


    avatar Ryard replied on February 27th, 2011 at 8:57 pm:

    Maaaan….I would love to sit down and review some stuff…maybe over Spring Break.


    avatar Ian replied on February 27th, 2011 at 8:59 pm:

    of course, no hurry. The offer is always open. I think that diversity of viewpoints is a good thing for a website :)


  3. avatar jackarandos wrote on at February 26, 2011 5:24 pm:

    Thanks sooo much for the marvel list ^_^
    I only ever read in trades and you’re DC list was great for getting into DC which I had never read because I wanted somehwere good to start for the titles I was interested in.


    avatar Ian replied on February 26th, 2011 at 5:45 pm:

    no problem! Enjoy it. And let me know if you see anything that can be fixed or if you have any questions at all. Just leave a comment on the book that you’re concerned about.


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  1. etragedy
    wrote on at February 25, 2011 1:09 pm:

    Good job!

    Thanks for breaking Conan out separately. Laughing


  2. Matches Malone
    wrote on at February 28, 2011 3:50 am:

    Well done, my friend!  Sheesh, I step away from the site for a few days and POW!  You go and pull an update like this.  :)  Seriously, nice work.  Now I can finally get my review of Ultimate Iron Man Vol 1. completed.  Don't nobody review that one!  It's mine, I tell ya.  All mine!  hehe


  3. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at February 28, 2011 5:00 am:

    haha, definitely looking forward to that. I'm hoping to post it early in the cycle.


    By the way, are you (or anyone) online right now? I'd love some feedback on the new list design. It's up live at the filter page. (like here)


    I'm trying to make it more intuitive, easier to read, and possibly use the space better.


  4. Matches Malone
    wrote on at February 28, 2011 5:12 am:

    Morning Ian.  Or have you not gone to bed yet?  :)  Poor Beth.  hehe.


    Anyway, I like the new design.  It's easier to read the titles, and it looks like despite the added column to fit the Marvel and DC lists over on the right hand side, you were able to get in all the information you wanted for each listing by putting the title at the top and then the info pretty much beneath it.  I prefer this new design.  Not that the old one was bad, just that this is a good improvement.

    Hope that helps.  If you have a specific question, I should be online for another hour, maybe 45 minutes.


  5. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at February 28, 2011 5:23 am:

    well, the column was always there, hehe, but I did shift the amazon and half.com links over a column and moved the info links all the way next to the cover (they were in the middle for some reason)


    I think it looks kind of bad when the entry isn't done, I think. 



  6. Matches Malone
    wrote on at February 28, 2011 5:35 am:

    Ian said:

    well, the column was always there, hehe, but I did shift the amazon and half.com links over a column and moved the info links all the way next to the cover (they were in the middle for some reason)


    I think it looks kind of bad when the entry isn't done, I think. 


    I recall seeing the column there before, but now it looks different to me in that there are TWO columns.  One for Recent Reviews, Forum Posts, and Comments, etc.  And the other for the lists.  I seem to recall that it was all one column before, no?  Maybe I'm imagining things.  It has been a few days since I was here last.


    And when you say “when the entry isn't done,” what exactly do you mean?  If there's no cover image?  Or do you mean if there isn't much info on the Amazon/Half.com/eBay side of things?  Because I really do think the new design you linked to above is easier to read.  You can quickly go up and down the list and see the titles clearly.  It helps.


  7. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at February 28, 2011 5:40 am:

    nope, it's always been one column on the forum and front page, and two columns on the reading order and single post pages. 


    but they have been shifted around a lot in the past month. hehe


    Hey, if the new design is making it easier to notice the sidebar, all the better!


    yeah, I think it doesn't look as good when there's not much info – but then again, the better way to solve that problem is to get everything with full info and picture. 


    the title text is a bit bigger now, dunno if you noticed. I realized I was accidentally styling it twice so it wasn't exactly the font size I wanted. 


    I'm trying to find a way to fix the “widows” now (where a line will wrap with just one word, often a number in this case, which looks really terrible.)


  8. Matches Malone
    wrote on at February 28, 2011 5:58 am:

    Yes, I did notice the larger text for the titles.  Also helps with the ability to peruse the list quickly.  All in all, you are doing a great job in improving your site.  I know we say that a lot around here, but it's true.  I like how the forum is now, and I like all the additional sections of the forum.  At first, I was going to “complain” that the number of tags for a character was removed, but then I moused over the name (eg Batman) and saw it's still there (428 topics).

    Can I email you about something?  Or are you signing off?


  9. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at February 28, 2011 6:01 am:

    sure, email ahead. 


    I just took the “bold” off the titles on that list, I thought it was a bit much. I'm not sure now though. How do you like it now?


    as for the number on the sidebar, I'd actually like to get it back at some point. I'm using a different database call though, and it doesn't seem to have an easy function for displaying it. I'll try and get it going eventually, though it's not super high priority. 


  10. Simon
    wrote on at February 28, 2011 2:18 pm:
    The new style is a lot better and it does indeed make the sidebar easier to spot; I'd till say that bold on the titles might make it easier to pick out the titles.


    Hey -B, Ultimate Iron Man is all yours but I spotted something a while ago in issue 1 of the second volume you might have missed being away from the site (http://www.tradereadingorder.com/forum/general-comics/comic-art/page-2/).


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