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By | Tuesday, May 31, 2011 | 7:14 pm | 10 Comments | Blog > Database Updates

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The end of the school year is a busy time for a lot of us here at TRO, being mostly students, teachers, and staff at various institutions. I’ve found some time to do a few tweaks and updates. The following books have seen some attention:

The New Teen Titans Archives Vol. 4 (Added publication information)
Green Lantern: Tales of The Green Lantern Corps Vol. 1 (Added publication information)
Legion of Super Heroes: The Great Darkness Saga (Added publication information)
Legion of Super Heroes: The Great Darkness Saga (Deluxe Edition) (Added publication information)
Superman: Past and Future (Added publication information)
The New Teen Titans Archives Vol. 3 (Added publication information)
Batman: King Tut’s Tomb (Added publication information)
DC Comics Classics Library: The Justice League Of America by George Perez Vol. 2 (Added publication information)
Crossover Classics: The Marvel / DC Collection (Added publication information)
Thor Visionaries: Walt Simonson Vol. 1 (Added Cover)
Jimmy Olsen: Adventures By Jack Kirby Vol. 2 (I got a copy of this book and apparently it is NOT black and white.)
Batman Beyond: Hush Beyond (Title changed to match actual publication vs. solicit)
Uncanny X-Men: Nation X (Moved in reading order.)

While the blog has been a little quiet, the site is seeing heavy use with plenty of drop by users and 468 of you using the collection feature to manage your books! Keep the comments and support coming and look forward to more updates as the summer opens up!

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By | Sunday, May 8, 2011 | 9:51 pm | 1 Comment | Blog > Database Updates

Here’s another big DC update for you guys. These books now all have publication information, ISBNs, etc.
This brings us through to page 6, or about 1982.

The New Teen Titans Archives Vol. 2 The New Teen Titans Archives Volume 2
Batman: The Secrets of the Batcave
DC Comics Classics Library: The Justice League Of America by George Perez Vol. 1
Superboy: The Greatest Team-Ups Ever Told
The New Teen Titans Archives Vol. 1
Pulp Fiction Library: Mystery In Space
Crisis On Multiple Earths Vol. 5
Superman / Batman: The Saga of the Super Sons
Superman From The 30s To The 80s
Super Friends! Truth, Justice and Peace!
Batman: The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told
Superman: Adventures Of Nightwing And Flamebird
Superman: Bottle City of Kandor
Justice League: The Justice League Hereby Elects
Black Lightning: Year One
Huntress: Dark Knight Daughter
Justice Society Vol. 2
Super Friends! Your Favorite Television Super-Team is Back!
Superman In The Seventies
Superman Vs. Muhammad Ali (Deluxe Facsimile Edition)
Superman Vs. Muhammad Ali
DC’s Greatest Imaginary Stories Vol. 2: Batman & Robin
Showcase Presents: The Phantom Stranger Vol. 2
Batman In The SeventiesBlack Lightning Year One
Justice Society Vol. 1
Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 12
Shazam! From The 40s To The 70s
Superman: The Daily Planet
Jack Kirby’s OMAC: One Man Army Corps Omnibus
Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 11
The Action Heroes Archives Vol. 2
Showcase Presents: Robin The Boy Wonder
Spectre: Wrath of the Spectre
Superman: The Amazing Transformations of Jimmy Olsen
Manhunter: Special Edition
Showcase Presents: Secrets of Sinister House
Batman: The Saga of Ra’s Al Ghul / Tales of the Demon
The Flash / Green Lantern: The Brave And The Bold
Showcase Presents: House of Mystery Vol. 3
Kamandi Archives Vol. 2
Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 10
Showcase Presents: House of Secrets Vol. 2
Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus Vol. 4
Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Featuring: Mister Miracle
Green Lantern / Green Arrow Vol. 2
Kamandi Archives Vol. 1
Batman Illustrated by Neal Adams Vol. 3
Showcase Presents: The Brave And The Bold: Batman Team-ups Vol. 2
DC Universe Illustrated By Neal Adams Vol. 1
Secret Origins of the Super DC Heroes
Showcase Presents: House of Mystery Vol. 2
The Green Lantern / Green Arrow Collection
Deadman: The Deadman Collection
Jack Kirby’s The Forever People
Jack Kirby’s New Gods
Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus Vol. 3
Jack Kirby’s Mister Miracle
Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus Vol. 1
Jimmy Olsen: Adventures By Jack Kirby Vol. 2
The Black Canary Archives Vol. 1
Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus Vol. 2
Showcase Presents: Teen Titans Vol. 2
DC Comics Classics Library: Superman: Kryptonite Nevermore
Jimmy Olsen: Adventures By Jack Kirby Vol. 1
Showcase Presents: House of Mystery Vol. 1
Green Lantern / Green Arrow Vol. 1
Batman Illustrated by Neal Adams Vol. 2
Superman From The 30s To The 70s
Batman From The 30s To The 70s
Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 9The Doom Patrol Archives Volume 5
Showcase Presents: The Justice League of America Vol. 4
Justice League Of America Archives Vol. 9
Showcase Presents: Green Lantern Vol. 4
Enemy Ace: War Idyll
Batman in The Sixties
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Archives Vol. 6
Showcase Presents: Hawkman Vol. 2
DC’s Greatest Imaginary Stories
Batman Illustrated by Neal Adams Vol. 1
Showcase Presents: Batman Vol. 4
The Creeper By Steve Ditko
Justice League Of America Archives Vol. 8
Showcase Presents: Metal Men Vol. 2
Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 8
Showcase Presents: The Brave And The Bold: Batman Team-ups Vol. 1
Showcase Presents: Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 3
The Doom Patrol Archives Vol. 5
Showcase Presents: Teen Titans Vol. 1
Showcase Presents: Doom Patrol Vol. 2
Showcase Presents: The Atom Vol. 2
Showcase Presents: Batman Vol. 3
Superman in The Sixties
Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 7
Showcase Presents: Dial H For Hero
Showcase Presents: Metamorpho
Showcase Presents: Martian Manhunter Vol. 2
Showcase Presents: Green Lantern Vol. 3
Showcase Presents: The War That Time Forgot
Showcase Presents: The Justice League of America Vol. 3
Justice League Of America Archives Vol. 7
Showcase Presents: World’s Finest Vol. 3

Showcase Presents: The Elongated Man
DC Comics Classics Library: The Flash of Two Worlds
Bat-Manga!: The Secret History of Batman in Japan
The Doom Patrol Archives Vol. 4
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Archives Vol. 5
Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 6
DC Comics Classics Library: Legion Of Super-Heroes: The Life And Death of Ferro Lad
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Archives Vol. 4
The Adam Strange Archives Vol. 3
Batman: Fortunate Son
Justice League Of America Archives Vol. 6
Showcase Presents: Batman Vol. 2
The Silver Age Teen Titans Archives Vol. 1
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Archives Vol. 3
Sugar And Spike Archives Vol. 1
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Archives Vol. 1
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Archives Vol. 2
Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane Archives Vol. 1
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Archive Vol. 7
Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 5
The Green Lantern Archives Vol. 6
The Action Heroes Archives Vol. 1
The Doom Patrol Archives Vol. 3
Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 4
The Mighty Crusaders: Origin Of A Super-Team
Justice League Of America Archives Vol. 5
The Doom Patrol Archives Vol. 2
The Green Lantern Archives Vol. 5
The Hawkman Archives Vol. 2
Batman: The Dynamic Duo Archives Vol. 2
Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 3Mighty Crusaders
Batman: The Dynamic Duo Archives Vol. 1
Justice League Of America Archives Vol. 4
The Doom Patrol Archives Vol. 1
The Atom Archives Vol. 2
DC Comics Classics Library: Batman: The Annuals Vol. 2
The Green Lantern Archives Vol. 4
The Brave And The Bold Team-Up Archives Vol. 1
The Hawkman Archives Vol. 1
Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 2
The Metal Men Archives Vol. 1
The Atomic Knights
The Flash Archives Vol. 5
Justice League Of America Archives Vol. 3
The Green Lantern Archives Vol. 3
The Atom Archives Vol. 1
Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 1
The Adam Strange Archives Vol. 2
The Flash Archives Vol. 4
The Green Lantern Chronicles Vol. 3
Justice League Of America Archives Vol. 2
DC Comics Classics Library: Batman: The Annuals Vol. 1
The Green Lantern Archives Vol. 2

I also fixed a typo in the title of Gotham City Sirens Vol. 1: Union.

Wow that was a bunch. I’ll try to bring the blog updates more often so I don’t have to put so much in one post!

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By | Wednesday, May 4, 2011 | 2:15 am | 0 Comments | Blog > Database Updates

Today I spent some time watching 30 Rock and putting in publication information for some DC books. I haven’t put an emphases on creator or character tags, but I at least want the books to have ISBN numbers. The following books were updated:

The Supergirl Archives Vol. 2
The Green Lantern Chronicles Vol. 2
Justice League Of America Archives Vol. 1
The Green Lantern Archives Vol. 1
The Aquaman Archives Vol. 1
World’s Finest Comics Archives Vol. 3
The Adam Strange Archives Vol. 1
The Flash Archives Vol. 2
The Supergirl Archives Vol. 1
The Flash Chronicles Vol. 2
Absolute Batman: The Long Halloween
Legend Of The Hawkman Book Three: Flight of Faith
Legend Of The Hawkman Book Two: Heresy
Legend Of The Hawkman Book One: The Fallen One
Adventures Of The Fly
Batman in The Fifties
The Flash Archives Vol. 1
Superman: The Man Of Tomorrow Archives Vol. 2
Superman in The Fifties
Challengers Of The Unknown Archives Vol. 2
World’s Finest Comics Archives Vol. 2
Superman: The Man Of Tomorrow Archives Vol. 1
The Essential Showcase 1956-1959
Showcase Presents: Blackhawk
Challengers Of The Unknown Archives Vol. 1
World’s Finest Comics Archives Vol. 1
Shazam: The Monster Society of Evil
Batman: Year One
Showcase Presents: Our Army At War Vol. 1
The Spirit: A Pop-Up Graphic Novel
Best Of The Spirit
The Robin Archives Vol. 2
Superman in The Forties
The Spirit: Femmes Fatale
The Robin Archives Vol. 1
The Plastic Man Archives Vol. 8
Superman: The World’s Finest Comics Archives Vol. 2
The Plastic Man Archives Vol. 7
Adventures of Superboy
The Plastic Man Archives Vol. 6
All Star Comics Archives Vol. 7
The Plastic Man Archives Vol. 5
All Star Comics Archives Vol. 6
The Plastic Man Archives Vol. 4
The Golden Age Starman Archives Vol. 2
The Sandman By Joe Simon and Jack Kirby
Light Brigade
War Stories Vol. 2
War Stories Vol. 1
Jack Kirby’s The Losers Omnibus
Showcase Presents: The Unknown Soldier
America At War: The Best of DC War Comics
Showcase Presents: Haunted Tank Vol. 2
Showcase Presents: Sgt. Rock Vol. 3
Viking Prince by Joe Kubert
Sgt. Rock’s Combat Tales
Superman Archives Vol. 8
Superman: The Action Comics Archives Vol. 5
The Seven Soldiers of Victory Archives Vol. 3
The Plastic Man Archives Vol. 3
The Monster Society of Evil
The DC Comics Rarities Archives Vol. 1
All Star Comics Archives Vol. 5
Superman: The World’s Finest Comics Archives Vol. 1
The Golden Age Doctor Fate Archives Vol. 1
The Plastic Man Archives Vol. 2
The Newsboy Legion By Joe Simon and Jack Kirby
Superman: The Action Comics Archives Vol. 4
Superman: Sunday Classics 1939-1943
Superman Archives Vol. 6
The Seven Soldiers of Victory Archives Vol. 2
The Plastic Man Archives Vol. 1
The Comic Cavalcade Archives Vol. 1
Showcase Presents: Haunted Tank Vol. 1
Showcase Presents: Sgt. Rock Vol. 2

I also fixed the title for Batman: Time And The Batman, which used to be titled as Era Of The Batman, since an older solicitation named it as such.

As of this update (and thanks to the script that pulls images from Amazon, thanks to their affiliate program) all the DC books have some sort of image (though not always a fully accurate cover) up until page 3. Again, while I don’t consider most of these final images (we will eventually have our own high quality scans for each book, at the very least 600 pixels and color balanced, etc) it makes browsing a much more enjoyable experience.

Who doesn’t like pictures?

As always, more soon. I’d like to get on a roll with these, maybe I can catch the DC list up to the Marvel one quicker than I’d thought. If so, thank 30 Rock.

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By | Monday, May 2, 2011 | 1:30 pm | 8 Comments | Blog > Database Updates

I finished the big batch of upcoming DC releases (and a few stragglers otherwise not in the database.) The following books have been added, with publication information if available.

Flex Mentallo: Man Of Muscle Mystery
Madame Xanadu Vol. 4: Extra Sensory
Hellblazer Vol. 1: Original Sins
Billy Batson And The Magic Of Shazam!: Back In Black
Superman: The Black Ring Vol. 2
Legion Of Super-Heroes: Consequences
Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane Archives Vol. 1
Supergirl: Bizarrogirl
Kamandi: The Last Boy On Earth Omnibus Vol. 1
Justice League Of America: Omega
Green Lantern Corps: The Weaponer
Doom Patrol: Fire Away
Brightest Day Vol. 3
Absolute Sandman Book 5
Northlanders Vol. 5: Metal
Hellblazer: Bloody Carnations
Northlanders Vol. 4: The Plague Widow
Northlanders Vol. 3: Blood In The Snow
Northlanders Vol. 1: Sven The Returned
Northlanders Vol. 2: The Cross And The Hammer
Outsiders: The Great Divide
The Secret Society Of Super-Villains
Steve Ditko Omnibus Vol. 1: Starring Shade The Changing Man
Legion Of Super-Heroes: The Curse
Superman: Grounded Vol. 1
New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 1
Firestorm: The Nuclear Man
Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors Vol. 1

Gotham City Sirens: Strange Fruit
Showcase Presents: The Trial Of The Flash
Showcase Presents: Doc Savage
Power Girl: Bomb Squad
Justice
Jack Kirby Omnibus Vol. 1: Starring Green Arrow
Absolute Identity Crisis
Green Arrow: Into The Woods
Red Robin: Hit List
Superman Chronicles Vol. 9
Batman: Red Hood: The Lost Days
Brian Bolland Cover To Cover
Batman: Knight And Squire
Batman: Bruce Wayne: The Road Home
Unknown Soldier Vol. 4: Beautiful World
House Of Mystery Vol. 6: Safe As Houses
House Of Mystery Vol. 5: Under New Management
Hellblazer: City Of Demons
Tiny Titans: Field Trippin’
Batman: The Brave And The Bold: Emerald Knight
Yossel
Jew Gangster
Dong Xoai, Vietnam 1965
Secret Six: The Reptile Brain
The Mighty Crusaders
Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Odyssey
Superboy And The Legion Of Super-Heroes: The Early Years
Sugar And Spike Archives Vol. 1
Our Army At War
Batman & Robin Vol. 3: Batman Must Die
Brightest Day Vol. 2
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Archive Vol. 7
JLA Cold Steel Book 1
JLA Cold Steel Book 1
Detective Comics Classics
The Mystery Play
Batman / Deathblow: After The Fire
Chiaroscuro: The Private Lives of Leonardo da Vinci
Authority / Lobo: Holiday Hell
Batman: The Joker’s Revenge
The Complete Frank Miller Batman
Batman: The Frightened City
Batman: Challenge of the Man-Bat
Batman: Red Water, Crimson Death
Flash by Geoff Johns Omnibus
Batman: Vow From The Grave

They are currently sitting on the Unplaced Books list, waiting for me to place them in a future update.

I also made a small Marvel move since the last blog post, just placing The Pulse Vol. 2: Secret War along with the main Secret War trade. You may update your shelves accordingly ;)

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By | Saturday, April 30, 2011 | 4:20 pm | 2 Comments | Blog > Database Updates

Now you can find all your DC Universe wishes.

I’ve figured out a way to display a list of all the DC books outside your collection. I could do the same with Marvel, but this method isn’t especially graceful, resulting in a LOT of server load.

Basically, it pulls up all the books and then checks each one to see if you have it already. If you do, it doesn’t display it – but it still does the work.

Since there are twice as many Marvel books as DC, this method just results in the server crashing. I can’t afford to increase the memory allowed for it right now.

As it is, even though it takes some time, it DOES work for DC well enough. Once we finish streamlining the collection plugin, this kind of thing will be possible on every list (just letting it show you the ones you need, etc.) Completionists rejoice! Well, get ready to rejoice at some point in the future.

You can see the Alphabetical listing of all your “to collect” books here. This one has links to amazon, etc, so you can try and find the book you want easily.

I also made a Plain Text version, which should be easy for you to print or copy into an email/forum post/whatever. It may be obvious, but these lists will only work if you’ve logged in.

If you don’t have any DC books collected through the site, you’ll just see the full list.

Since these lists are so server intensive right now (it takes 3933 database queries to generate!), I’m not linking them directly from anywhere in the navigation. Kind of like a public secret feature, like the Recent Updates page.

It’s quite possible that if more than one person is trying to generate the list at the same time, it will crash for one of them. If you see a 500 Server Error then wait about a minute and try again. Please don’t refresh like a madman or you will take down the site – I’m trusting you guys here. ;)

Also, I updated some Spider-Man books.

The following books have been moved together on the timeline, right after .

As Marc noted, they’re meant to be read at once and are confusing interspersed with the other Spider-Man books coming out at the time.

Marvel Knights Spider-Man Vol. 1
Marvel Knights Spider-Man Vol. 1: Down Among The Dead Men
Marvel Knights Spider-Man Vol. 2: Venomous
Marvel Knights Spider-Man Vol. 3: The Last Stand

That’s all for today! I’m pretty excited about the wishlist myself, because while for a lot of people it might seem HUGE, I’ve only got 500 or so books left until I complete my DC collection. One of my life goals is so close – if I get 5 books a month, that’s only 100 months, under 9 years!

Of course, they keep putting out new books. I’ll have to make some more money ;)

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