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So, just for fun (as opposed to all the other serious business we do around here), I figured we might make some guesses about the Marvel Universe trades before the reading order is up or all the books are tagged.

For reference, the DCU list includes 1782 books plus about 130 unplaced or unreleased.

I’ve currently got 1739 Marvel books in my offline Database. I’m just finishing up X-Men right now, and then I’m going to be going through Amazon and combing for any I may have missed (there are probably a lot!)

As another note, Oversized Hardcovers will have separate entries (most collect different contents as well, but a few are similar or the same as softcovers.)

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What about most popular books? What character will end up the most heavily tagged? For DC, it’s Batman! Of course, we’re not done tagging DC yet either.

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Any other predictions? Are you guys excited?

This has been going quicker than I expected. Mainly because I’ve been unemployed this past week – but that’s a story for another time. New job starts on monday!

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  1. Gorblax wrote on at August 8, 2010 12:08 am:

    How many trades, you say?



    Ian replied on August 8th, 2010 at 12:08 am:

    I tried so hard not to put that as the actual option in the poll.


  2. Marc wrote on at August 8, 2010 12:58 am:

    I’m predicting over 2500. Probably not much over that, if it even makes it quite that far, but I think it’ll be close. And I think X-Men will probably win with the most trades, although there have been tons of Spider-Man trades ever since they went to the thrice-monthly format, so Spidey could actually give the X-Men a run for their money.

    Anyway, to answer one of your questions: yes, I am excited! Especially the post-2004 stuff, since I haven’t done as much with that yet. And I’m planning on posting the years 1998-2001 of my annotated list either tomorrow or the day after that. It’ll be nice to finally get that out there where people can see it. Fun times ahead!!


    Ian replied on August 8th, 2010 at 1:00 am:

    Awesome! Send me a note as soon as it’s up and I’ll make sure to let people know!

    One thing I hadn’t thought of before – how should I handle Conan and Red Sonja?


  3. Marc wrote on at August 8, 2010 1:52 am:

    Sigh…yeah, those guys, hahaha. I say leave them out for now; they’ve pretty much been wholly excised from Marvel continuity. There were issues of Marvel Team-Up and What If? that featured them, but they were skipped over in Essential Marvel Team-Up and What If? Classic because Marvel no longer has the rights to reprint those stories. Same goes for Rom the Space-Knight and G.I. Joe (IDW has rights to G.I. Joe, but I’m not sure who owns Rom…definitely not Marvel, though).

    A bigger problem than any of those might be Transformers. Some major Marvel characters may have appeared in those books; I’m not sure, and I can’t check right now since Comic Book DB doesn’t seem to be working. I do know that Death’s Head made his first appearance in a Tranformers UK book, and I’m not sure if that’s been reprinted yet by IDW or anyone else. Either way, it’s still probably not a huge deal though. I don’t have Conan, Red Sonja, Transformers, or any of the others in my list.


    Ian replied on August 8th, 2010 at 1:58 am:

    I’ll probably put them in eventually (If we’ve got Tor and Doc Savage in the DC list, it only seems fair) but may wait until we’ve got the main list up.

    Will probably only include the marvel published conan stuff and any relevant crossovers (I think there was a transformers crossover trade)

    Red Sonja, I thought, shows up in some pretty random places


  4. Marc wrote on at August 8, 2010 11:07 am:

    Actually, now that I think of it, you’re right about Red Sonja. A few years ago there was a Spider-Man/Red Sonja series, for example. It’s a tough question, really. At some point do you think you’re going to do a Dark Horse reading order, or one that would cover Conan and Red Sonja in their current incarnations? I actually have no idea if the series that are going on right now have any ties to the ones Marvel did in the 1970s, or if they started completely over.


    Ian replied on August 8th, 2010 at 11:50 am:

    As far as I know, Dark Horse has no main shared universe, so they’d be separated out by world – conan/red s in one, hellboy is one, buffy is another (shared actually by several publishers) and so on


  5. Marc wrote on at August 8, 2010 12:55 pm:

    You’re right, they’re all separate universes. Although Dark Horse actually did attempt to have its own shared universe at one point in the 1990s…that stuff is collected in the Dark Horse Heroes Omnibus, and from what I hear it’s pretty bad.


    Ian replied on August 9th, 2010 at 2:37 am:

    Guess I don’t have to worry too much about that, then.

    So far I’ve got Hellboy and Buffy lists up, but I’m not sure if I’ll need anymore for dark horse properties. I guess Star Wars and maybe Aliens/Predator, now that I think about it?


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