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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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7 Comments Post New »

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

    Congrats Ian!

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


  2. 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!!!


    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!


    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.


    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. 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.


    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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