My ambitious project to read from the beginning of the DC and Marvel universes in comic books.
Current month - September 1940
I'm currently reading Marvel Mystery Comics, Action Comics, Adventure Comics, Superman, Whiz Comics and Detective Comics and more....
Notes on the project
I started out wanting to read Action Comics from the very beginning at #1 to see how Superman develops. Then it dawned on me that other titles and characters would crossover at some point. Since that's the case, I figured that I should read from the beginning about the other characters in other titles as well. Most of the comics from the Golden Age are anthologies and these are thick issues with a lot of stories in each. All of the anthologies from that time make it difficult to figure out which stories I want to read and which characters to follow. As I get further into this project, I'll be reading about more heroes. I may have to cut out certain titles and/or be selective about sticking to the main continuity of each universe. Regardless, I don't have access to everything and some titles or issues will be dropped as a result.
I've created a spreadsheet which, so far, lists all of the comics I want to read until the end of 1941. My best guess is that it will take me at least a year to get through the 1940's. I'll have a better idea once I work out the issues to read for the decade, but based on my extrapolation the number of issues to read each month will increase fairly quickly. My only saving grace will be if there all less anthologies going forward.
(Note: A lot of Golden Age comics are anthologies and I only read the stories for certain characters)
Action Comics (1938) 1-28
Adventure Comics (1938) 32-54
All-American Comics (1939) 16-19
All-Star Comics (1940) 1-2
Batman (1940) 1-3
Daring Mystery Comics (1940) 1-6
Detective Comics (1937) 27-43
Flash Comics (1940) 1-9
The Human Torch (1940) 1-2
Marvel Mystery Comics (1939) 1-12
Master Comics (1940) 1-6
More Fun Comics (1936) 52-58
Mystic Comics (1940) 1-4
Superman (1939) 1-6
Whiz Comics (1940) 1-7
Alias (2001) 1-28 (After watching Season 2 of Jessica Jones, I wanted to see where this character got her start.)
The Pulse (2004) 1-14