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By | Tuesday, August 3, 2010 | 12:50 pm | 0 Comments | Blog > Database Updates

Scott Free. Get it??

I wanted to let everyone know that I’ve created an easy to browse archive page for all of the Uncle Gorby’s Corner posts! They’ve now got their own category and links have been placed on the top navigation and side navigation. The posts will continue to appear in the blog, of course, but this way you have a place to go if you just want to find the rest of them.

I’m super lucky to already have community members this awesome – Alex started posting this feature in the forums and I felt right away that it deserved to be on the front page.

When I started building the site, I decided that everyone who registered would not only be a forum user, but also able to be fully credited and featured on the blog – with their posts listed under their profile and so on. The backend is a little awkward right now, so it’s hard to submit content directly to the blog for review, but if you ever think you have something great to share – feel free to post it on the forum! I’ve always got my eye on it.

Anyway, I hope you’re enjoying Uncle Gorby’s Corner as much as I am. I’m putting most of my time into finding Marvel books to put into the database, and all these free episodes of different shows are making my work much more enjoyable!

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By | Tuesday, August 3, 2010 | 10:11 am | 2 Comments | Blog > Uncle Gorby's Corner Of Free Stuff

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love the DC Animated Universe. Superman, Batman, The Joker, Lex Luthor, Darkseid, The Flash – if you ask me, all of these characters and many more saw their greatest incarnations of all time within this series of series.

But even a hardcore DCAU fan such as myself must admit that there was always one element it was severely lacking: the Plastic Man Element.

Today’s Link: (Or watch it right here!)

Fortunately, in 2006, the year Justice League Unlimited- and, with it, the DCAU- came to an official close, DC chose to rectify this Eel O’Brian-shaped hole in our lives with a pilot for a potential Plastic Man animated series, entitled “Puddle Trouble,” directed by the astounding Andy Suriano and with Plas himself voiced by the talented Tom Kenny. It was to be a show with the look of Ren and Stimpy, but with the feel of The Tick. Unfortunately, Cartoon Network passed on the project, in favor of their 2007 lineup of Out of Jimmy’s Head, Chowder, Transformers: Animated, and Ben 10: Alien Force. Make your own judgment call there.

But the story does have a happy ending: Tom Kenny went on to voice frequent appearances for Plastic Man on Batman: The Brave and the Bold, beginning in 2008. And a year later, the unaired pilot was included on the DVD set of the 1979-1981 Super Friends spin-off series, The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show. And for now, you can check it out on YouTube for free!

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By | Monday, August 2, 2010 | 6:37 am | 0 Comments | Blog > Uncle Gorby's Corner Of Free Stuff

On March 29th, 2010, a single copy of Action Comics #1 sold at auction for 1.5 million US dollars, making it the most expensive comic in the world. There are only about six readable copies still around today.

And anyone can read it without even spending the one dime suggested by the cover.

Today’s Link:

Today, freebie fans, I proudly present you with the primordial soup of the DC Universe.

Here, for the very first time, Superman appears on four-color panels (alongside lesser characters such as Zatara, who would eventually become father to today’s Zatanna, and Tex Thompson, who would find a place in continuity as the obscure but nevertheless present Americommando).

Thanks to the University of Virginia‘s online library, this historic issue, from which every single one of our favorite super-heroes would spawn, is available for everyone to see – ravages of seventy-two years of time included.

If you never have before, take some time today to treat yourself to the Original Origin Story.

(And even if you’ve seen it before, this scan is worth checking out for the rest of the content, which is almost never reproduced! – Ian)

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By | Sunday, August 1, 2010 | 11:02 pm | 2 Comments | Blog > Database Updates

First of all, as noted in a thread on the Collected Editions Discussion Forums (“Let’s Celebrate DC In The 80’s!), my info for Justice League International Vol. 5 was wrong, so it’s been updated to match the current solicitation. As such, it’s been moved a few places, to right before Animal Man: Origin Of The Species. (That’s the new amazon listing placeholder art above, by the way)

Here are the rest of the updates:

Witchcraft (Added to database, placed in reading order and on Vertigo Universe list)

DC Comics Goes Ape! (Moved, along with the next two, to make the [Kingdom Come – Elseworlds – Tangent – The Kingdom] interlude flow better. Awkward spot anyway, may have to be tweaked upon second read through)

Superman: A Nation Divided

Son Of Superman

That’s it for now, I’ll have a few more later tonight or in the wee hours of the morning.

Marvel is going well so far – Marc of With Great Power sent me an amazing list of just under 1000 marvel books with dates and order already roughly plotted out.

It’s an annotated list that he’s going to be posting eventually at his site. I’m pretty excited about it, so I hope he gets it up soon so I can share it with you guys. For now, though, it’s already been a great help in filling in some holes in my work in progress list.

Just like how the annotated DC Universe Trade Paperback Timeline over at Collected Editions is a great companion to this site’s DC Comics Recommended Reading Order, Marc’s list will probably be an invaluable resource for us anal retentive collectors.

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By | Saturday, July 31, 2010 | 6:18 pm | 2 Comments | Blog > Database Updates

We’re already well acquainted with the Ultimate Marvel Universe here and we’re getting more intimate with good ol’ 616 every day, but I had to ask over at the CBR Forums to see if there were any Alternate Marvel Universes (that saw separate publication) that I’d missed.

CBR Forum user Plawsky was kind enough to list a bunch of them for me. Based on his list, I’ve started laying out an attack plan for how all these books will be worked into this website.

Definitely a head scratchier. There are similar things going on the DC list though – the worst offenders are the DC animated books, though there were a ton of one shot Elseworlds. The Wildstorm Universe, though it had some crossovers, is basically a separate list.

What I did is basically include them by release date with a kind of “Elseworlds” interlude at the end of each year. That way, if in the next year a title traveled to one of those universes, you would be familiar with it. Likewise, if the Elseworlds referenced recent events, you would read it after those events.

I think I can do the same with a bunch of this Marvel stuff – The What If? style of book is basically an elseworlds type thing, and many of them seem to reference very recent events (like what if civil war, etc.)

I’m pretty limited to doing ONE list, at least, in a straight forward 1. 2. 3. type order (no branching, technically) because the other lists would all be dynamically generated from that one. But there’s no reason that a book couldn’t have all kinds of tags.

Squadron Supreme/Supreme Power: These I may include by release date (maybe bunched up to read in a row instead of by exact date), but will probably give them a tag that will generate a list like the DC Animated Universe

Marvel Zombies: I think there are four trades including the army of darkness crossover? I may just include these on the ultimate marvel list, since they’re an offshoot, right? Maybe on the main list as well though, jumbled together as an extended “What If?”

Marvel 1602: This one I’ve read. I think it can be read any time after the release of the first 1602, so I’ll just put the three volumes there. You should be familiar enough with the characters by that point, but it doesn’t influence future continuity (or universe crossovers) as far as I know, so it will just tagged as “What If?” as well.

MC2 (M2?): This one I know a bit about (After picking up a spider-girl trade and being totally confused once). Basically it’s a future where you can read about the kids of current marvel heroes. Spider Girl is parker’s kid, and so on. I think these could be jumbled up and placed by release date – fun to read but not essential to continuity. They have their own continuity, but all the titles except for Spider-Girl were canceled pretty quick, so I’m not worried about it.

X-Men/Factor Forever: I’ll probably place these in at the time of release – short alternate universes can probably be treated as “What If?” stories. Is this related to Avengers Forever? There is also that whole Age of Apocalypse arc, but that’s in continuity right so… there are a LOT of marvel stories that concern alternate universes and futures, actually, hah.

New Universe: Since there’s so little, it can be placed in at the date like the others.

Marvel 2099: I’d like to jumble these together around their release date. I was really into the floppies as a kid for some reason and I think though they take place in “the future” they work best at the time they were written.

Amalgam Universe: This is kind of a crossover so will be treated the same way it worked in the DC unvierse

Marvel Mangaverse: Again, treating it a lot like DC Animated – maybe in a couple of Mangaverse interludes if there is a lot of it.

Marvel Noir: Will probably put these in together a lot like the DC books that were based on old films (Metropolis, Nosferatu)

Marvel Adventures: Since they’re not in continuity with each other, may bulk them together by the ones they ARE linked to.. and then date? Not sure if there is enough to warrant a separate universe list, especially if they don’t even interact.

There will probably be a 616 list that includes just 616 titles, with any crossover, OOC, What If?, or Alternate Universe stuff taken out, but a master list with everything in as well.

So.. Feels good to have a game plan. Will change, I’m sure, as I get more and more books ready. Any feedback? Any significant publications that we’ve missed?

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