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By | Tuesday, April 26, 2011 | 4:34 pm | 1 Comment | Blog > Database Updates

Today’s update brings some small tweaks and additions to the site structure since the DC update isn’t quite ready yet.

First of all, I added a “Comment” link that also turns into a comment count (if the book has any discussion on it) right onto the reading order pages.

This increased the size of that segment, so I tweaked the others accordingly and changed “Info” to “More Info” and “CBDB” to “CBDB Entry.” “Review” has also been changed to “TRO Review” and moved to the top (remaining bold). The CBDB and TRO Review links will only appear when available, of course.

If you didn’t follow any of that, you should be able to see what I mean by looking at any random reading order page.

We’re also updated to WordPress 3.1.2 and a couple of the plugins (caching mainly) have been updated as well. As always, let me know if you see any weirdness with any of this.

There are also a few database updates to mention.

The following Marvel releases were added by Marc and are now placed on the Unplaced Books list until I have a chance to technically place them in the system (or until we figure out the contents.):

Evolutionary War Omnibus
Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Marvel Comics Vol. 6
Spider-Man: The Next Chapter Vol. 1
X-Men by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee Omnibus Vol. 1
Spider-Man: The Vengeance of Venom

Also, I made a tiny change to the listed contents of Civil War: Fantastic Four, just putting in some spaces around the “Young Avengers / Runaway” slash so it line breaks more gracefully on the reading order pages.

That’s it for now, back to working on some of the upcoming reviews and the DC update. You’ll get to see whichever one I finish first soon!

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By | Monday, April 25, 2011 | 7:59 pm | 3 Comments | Blog > Database Updates

Obviously, the time it took to get the Marvel list online has taken our focus off the DC list. Now I’d like to start the ongoing forever-battle of juggling both (and the rest of the site, but let’s start with the big two.)

I’m just about to start adding the upcoming solicitations in and getting back to placing the unplaced books, as detailed in this forum thread (which will be updated with progress).

Here are the DC books I’ve got in the offline database so far. They’ll go up as soon as the publication info is in (hopefully tomorrow.)

Flash by Geoff Johns Omnibus
Batman: Vow From The Grave

Batman: Challenge of the Man – Bat

Batman: Red Water, Crimson Death

Batman: The Frightened City

The Complete Frank Miller Batman

Batman: The Joker’s Revenge

Authority / Lobo: Holiday Hell

Chiaroscuro: The Private Lives of Leonardo da Vinci

The Mystery Play

Batman / Deathblow: After The Fire

Detective Comics Classics

JLA Cold Steel Book 1

JLA Cold Steel Book 1

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Archive Vol. 7

Brightest Day Vol. 2

Batman & Robin: Batman Must Die

Our Army At War

Sugar And Spike Archives Vol. 1

Wonder Woman: Odyssey Vol. 1

Superboy And The Legion Of Super-Heroes: The Early Years

The Mighty Crusaders

Secret Six: The Reptile Brain

Dong Xoai, Vietnam 1965

Yossel

Jew Gangster

Batman: The Brave And The Bold: Emerald Knight

Tiny Titans: Field Trippin’

Hellblazer: City Of Demons

House Of Mystery Vol. 5:

House Of Mystery Vol. 6: Safe As Houses

Unknown Soldier Vol. 1: Beautiful World

Batman: Bruce Wayne: The Road Home

Batman: Knight And Squire

Brian Bolland Cover To Cover

Batman: Red Hood: The Lost Days

Red Robin: Hit List

Superman Chronicles Vol. 9

Green Arrow: Into The Woods

Absolute Identity Crisis

Justice

Jack Kirby Omnibus Vol. 1: Starring Green Arrow

Power Girl: Bomb Squad

Showcase Presents: Doc Savage

Showcase Presents: The Trial Of The Flash

Gotham City Sirens: Strange Fruit

Firestorm: The Nuclear Man

Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors Vol. 1

New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 1

Superman: Grounded Vol. 1

Legion Of Super-Heroes: The Curse

Steve Ditko Omnibus Vol. 1: Starring Shade The Changing Man

The Secret Society Of Super-Villains

Outsiders: The Great Divide

Northlanders?

Hellblazer: Bloody Carnations

Absolute Sandman Book 5

Brightest Day Vol. 3

Green Lantern Corps: The Weaponer

Doom Patrol: Fire Away

Justice League Of America: Omega

Kamandi: The Last Boy On Earth Omnibus Vol. 1

Supergirl: Bizarrogirl

Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane Archives Vol. 1

Legion Of Super-Heroes: Consequences

Superman: The Black Ring Vol. 2

Billy Batson And The Magic Of Shazam!: Back In Black

Madame Xanadu Vol. 4: Extra Sensory

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By | Monday, April 18, 2011 | 2:30 pm | 2 Comments | Blog > Database Updates

Hey everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend! We’ve got another wave of updates to share with you today, so let’s get started!

First of all, I’ve streamlined the Nick Fury tags by deleting the “Fury” tag and limiting the “Sgt. Fury” tag to the following books:

Fantastic Firsts
Marvel Masterworks: Sgt. Fury Vol. 1
Marvel Masterworks: Sgt. Fury Vol. 2
Marvel Masterworks: Sgt. Fury Vol. 3
Marvel Visionaries: Jack Kirby Vol. 1
Marvel Visionaries: Jack Kirby Vol. 2

After getting some feedback on the forum, I changed the “Kraven” tag to “Kraven the Hunter” as well. I also did a bit of clean-up with some of the creator tags:

Hulk / Thing: The Big Change (Removed and deleted tag “Berni Wrightson”; replaced with “Bernie Wrightson”)
DC Comics Classics Library: Roots Of The Swamp Thing (Removed and deleted tag “Bernie Wightson”; replaced with “Bernie Wrightson”)
Swamp Thing: Dark Genesis (Removed and deleted tag “Bernie Wightson”; replaced with “Bernie Wrightson”)
Deathblow / Wolverine (Removed and deleted tag “Aron Weisenfeld”; replaced with “Aron Wiesenfeld”)
Nova: War Of Kings (Removed and deleted tag “Andy Lanning Kevin Sharpe”; replaced with “Andy Lanning” and “Kevin Sharpe”)
Angel: Autumnal (Removed and deleted tag “Andrew Peppy”; replaced with “Andrew Pepoy”)
Batman: Venom (Removed and deleted tag “Andrew Heiffer”; replaced with “Andrew Helfer”)
Green Lantern: Emerald Dawn II (Removed and deleted tag “Andrew Heifer”; replaced with “Andrew Helfer”)
Killraven (Removed and deleted tag “Allan Davis”; replaced with “Alan Davis”)
Impossible Man (Removed and deleted tag “Alan David”; replaced with “Alan Davis”)
Incredible Hulk Vs. Superman (Removed and deleted tag “Al Migrom”; replaced with “Al Milgrom”)
Essential Savage She-Hulk Vol. 1 (Removed and deleted tag “Allen ‘Al’ Milgrom”; replaced with “Al Milgrom”)

I also made some adjustments to the tags for Andrew Pepoy, although I took a roundabout route to make it quicker. Since the majority of his books were tagged with “Andrew J. Pepoy,” that’s what I changed all of the tags to before editing the tag as a whole to “Andrew Pepoy.” As a result, the following books appear in the Recent Updates page, although nothing was actually changed for them:

X-Men: Children Of The Atom
Thunderbolts Classic Vol. 1
Thunderbolts: Justice Like Lightning

And to round things out, here are a few more miscellaneous updates:

The Villainy Of Doctor Doom (Standardized Issues section, tagged characters)
Fantastic Four Visionaries: John Byrne Vol. 1 (Standardized Issues section, tagged characters)
Marvel Visionaries: Jack Kirby Vol. 2 (Standardized Issues section, tagged characters)

That’ll do it for now, but stay tuned throughout the week for more updates!

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By | Thursday, April 14, 2011 | 11:07 pm | 1 Comment | Blog > Database Updates

First up for today’s update are a handful of books featuring the Fantastic Four that I tidied up by standardizing the “Issues” notation and tagging the four main members of the team:

Marvel Masterworks: Silver Surfer Vol. 1
Essential Daredevil Vol. 2
Bring On The Bad Guys (1998 Edition)
Bring On The Bad Guys
Fantastic Firsts
Marvel Masterworks: Daredevil Vol. 4
Marvel Masterworks: Nick Fury, Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Vol. 1

I also noticed quite a few character tags that were either misspelled or just plain redundant — something that’s bound to happen with a database this size! In fact, I’m kind of surprised that I didn’t run into more of them. Of course, it could very well be that there are more I haven’t noticed yet, so if you happen to run into any, let us know! Anyhow, here are the books with the tags that I fixed (and I apologize in advance for what might initially just look like a wall of text):

Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Marvel Comics Vol. 5 (Removed and deleted tag “The Invaders”; replaced with “Invaders”)
Cable And The New Mutants (Removed and deleted tag “The New Mutants”; replaced with “New Mutants”)
The New Fantastic Four: Monsters Unleashed (Removed and deleted tag “The Hulk”; replaced with “Hulk”)
Marvel: Powerless (Removed and deleted tag “The Kingpin”; replaced with “Kingpin”)
Bullseye: Greatest Hits (Removed and deleted tag “The Punisher”; replaced with “Punisher”)
Sensational Spider-Man (Removed and deleted tag “The Punisher”; replaced with “Punisher”)
Beyond! (Removed and deleted tag “The Wasp”; replaced with “Wasp”)
Daredevil by Ed Brubaker And Michael Lark Omnibus Vol. 2 (Removed and deleted tag “Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu”; replaced with “Shang-Chi”)
Deadline (Removed and deleted tag “J. Jonah Hameson”; replaced with “J. Jonah Jameson” and tagged other characters)
Marvel Masterworks: Fantastic Four Vol. 1 (Removed and deleted tag “Invisible”; replaced with “Invisible Girl”)
Incredible Hulk Collector’s Album (Removed and deleted tag “Incredible Hulk”; replaced with “Hulk”)
Grandson Of Origins (Removed and deleted tag “Fanatstic Four”; replaced with “Fantastic Four” and tagged other characters)
The Life And Times Of Death’s Head (Removed and deleted tag “Death’s Hand”; replaced with “Death’s Head”)
Acts Of Vengeance Omnibus (Removed and deleted tag “Cloak and Dager”; replaced with “Cloak and Dagger” and fixed Issues section)
Civil War: Captain America (Removed and deleted tag “Capain America”; replaced with “Captain America”)
Girl Comics (Removed and deleted tag “Black Widdow”; replaced with “Black Widow”)
Black Panther: The Deadliest Of The Species (Removed and deleted tag “Black Panter”; replaced with “Black Panther”)
Black Panther: Secret Invasion (Removed and deleted tag “Black Panter”; replaced with “Black Panther”)
Black Panther: Little Green Men (Removed and deleted tag “Black Panter”; replaced with “Black Panther”)
Secret Invasion: Who Do You Trust? (Removed and deleted tag “Black Panthor”; replaced with “Black Panther”)
Marvels: Eyes Of The Camera (Removed and deleted tag “Angel Ant-Man”; replaced with “Angel” and “Ant-Man”)
Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes II (Removed and deleted tag “Captain American”; replaced with “Captain America”)

I also deleted the misspelled character tag “Pheonix” and fixed the spelling of the “Jean Grey” character tag. And if you’re a Marvel character buff, I’d really appreciate it if you took a look at this thread on the forum, in which I’m looking for your feedback. And with that, this is Marc, signing off!

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By | Wednesday, April 13, 2011 | 1:59 am | 2 Comments | Blog > Database Updates

I’ve just gone through the Marvel Reading Order and updated a slew of Fantastic Four books! The “Issues” section has now been standardized for all of the following books to read “Fantastic Four” (rather than “The Fantastic Four,” or any other variation on the title). This should make things a little more consistent if you happen to be looking at a custom list of books related to the team. I’ve also tagged each one with the four founding members in the character section.

Fantastic Four Visionaries: George Perez Vol. 2
Fantastic Four: The Secret Story Of Marvel’s Cosmic Quartet
Fantastic Four Visionaries: George Perez Vol. 1
Essential Fantastic Four Vol. 8
Essential Fantastic Four Vol. 7
Essential Fantastic Four Vol. 6
Marvel Masterworks: Fantastic Four Vol. 12
Marvel Masterworks: Fantastic Four Vol. 11
Marvel Masterworks: Fantastic Four Vol. 8
Essential Fantastic Four Vol. 5
Marvel Masterworks: Fantastic Four Vol. 9
Marvel Masterworks: Fantastic Four Vol. 10
Fantastic Four
Essential Fantastic Four Vol. 4
Fantastic Four: The Flames Of Battle
Marvel Masterworks: Fantastic Four Vol. 7
Fantastic Four: Where Stalks The Sandman
Fantastic Four Omnibus Vol. 2
Essential Fantastic Four Vol. 3
Fantastic Four: Doomsday
Marvel Masterworks: Fantastic Four Vol. 6
Fantastic Four: The Coming Of Galactus
Marvel Masterworks: Fantastic Four Vol. 5
Marvel Masterworks: Fantastic Four Vol. 4
Essential Fantastic Four Vol. 2
Fantastic Four Return Collector’s Album
Marvel Masterworks: Fantastic Four Vol. 3
Fantastic Four Omnibus Vol. 1
Marvel Masterworks: Fantastic Four Vol. 2
Marvel Masterworks: Fantastic Four Vol. 1
Essential Fantastic Four Vol. 1
Fantastic Four: Maximum Edition

I  updated a few other books as well, including several that we got the full details of just today in Marvel’s July 2011 solicitations:

Fantastic Four / Spider-Man Classic (Tagged characters)
Fantastic Four: In Search Of Galactus (Tagged characters)
Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe Vol. 4 (Standardized character tags)
Fantastic Four: Featuring The Peerless Power Of The Silver Surfer (Tagged characters)
X-Men by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee Omnibus Vol. 1 (Added Issues, Original Publication Dates; tagged characters and creators)
Excalibur Visionaries: Alan Davis Vol. 3 (Added Issues, Original Publication Dates; tagged characters)
Thor: Black Galaxy Saga (Updated Issues and Pages sections)

I also cleaned up some issues with repetition in the character taxonomies by deleting entries for “Mister Fantastic” (since we’re already using “Mr. Fantastic”) and “Uncanny X-Men” (since we already have just plain “X-Men”). We may at some point re-add “Uncanny X-Men” as a Series/Event tag to relevant books, to make it easier to see which X-Men collections include material from that particular ongoing series.

Well, that should just about do it for now. Over the next few days I’ll be making an effort to standardize the “Issues” sections for the rest of the Fantastic Four titles in the database, before moving on to the Avengers and the X-Men. I’ll also be sprinkling in some of Marvel’s newly announced collected editions for July, so keep an eye out!

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