• Comic Books

    My ambitious project to read from the beginning of the DC and Marvel universes in comic books.

    Current month - April 1941

    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.

    Feature Writer for CBSI

    I also wrote a monthly article for www.comicbookinvest.com called Previews Review. I had to give this up as it was taking up too much time that I wanted to devote to other projects.

    Recently Read:

    (Note: A lot of Golden Age comics are anthologies and I only read the stories for certain characters)

    Action Comics (1938) 1-35

    Adventure Comics (1938) 32-61

    All-American Comics (1939) 16-25

    All-Star Comics (1940) 1-4

    Batman (1940) 1-5

    Captain America Comics (1940) 1-2

    Daring Mystery Comics (1940) 1-6

    Detective Comics (1937) 20-50

    Flash Comics (1940) 1-16

    The Human Torch (1940) 1-4

    Marvel Mystery Comics (1939) 1-17

    Master Comics (1940) 1-13

    More Fun Comics (1936) 52-66

    Mystic Comics (1940) 1-5

    National Comics (1940) 5-10

    Red Raven Comics (1940) 1

    Sub-Mariner Comics (1941) 1

    Superman (1939) 1-9

    Whiz Comics (1940) 1-15

    World's Finest Comics (1941) 1

     

    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

     

    First Appearances I've Read:

    1938 - Superman, Lois Lane, Zatara, Jimmy Olsen, Crimson Avenger (Lee Travis), Wing, Tigress

    1939 - Batman, Namor the Sub-Mariner, Sandman (Wesley Dodds), The Human Torch (Jim Hammond), Angel (Thomas Holloway), Commissioner Gordon, Gotham City Police Department, Julie Madison, Betty Dean

    1940 - Flash (Jay Garrick), Hawkman (Carter Hall), Johnny Thunder, Captain Marvel, Electro, Spectre (Jim Corrigan), Hourman (Rex Tyler), Robin (Dick Grayson), Catwoman (Selina Kyle), Doctor Fate, Green Lantern (Alan Scott), Atom (Al Pratt), The Vision (Aarkus), Quicksilver (Max Mercury), Justice Society of America, Lex Luthor, Joker, Bucky Barnes, The Red Skull, Hugo Strange, Clayface (Basil Karlo), El Carim, Perry White, Ibis the Invincible, Shiera Sanders, Lynne Harris, Luther Robinson, Professor Philo Zog, Dr. Sivana, Beautia Sivana, Taia, Sterling Morris, Herman Darling, Joan Garrick, Thunderbolt, Mildred Thunder, Toro, Sgt Casey, Dian Belmont, Irene Miller, Red Raven, Zeelmo, Andreva, Ratoga, Eternal Brain, Makkari (Mercury, Hurricane), Heinrich Goertz, Thea Shilhausen, Inza Nelson

    1941 - Captain America (Steve Rogers), Krypto Ray Gun, Pinhead, Prince Omei, Karl Schwab, Trug, Rimson, Rocco di Bota, Magnificus Sivana, Rainmaker, The Menace (John West), Lando, Man of Magic, Dragons, Linda Page, Hand, The Mighty Mor, Black Marvel, Black Widow (Voyant), Blazing Skull, Benjamin & Emily Sims, Woodley Allen, Starman (Ted Knight), Dr. Doog, Borloff, Dr. Midnite (Charles M McNider), Myra Mason, Hooty, Betty Ross (Golden Girl, X-13), Bucky Barnes, Henry Baldwin, Sgt. Duffy, Agent 3-21, J. Finley, Wax Man (Mayor Dobbs), Patriot, Dr. Ruth Holden, Axti, Dr. Ralph Rand, Three Devils, Patriot (Jeff Mace), Jack Casey, Miss Patriot (Mary Morgan), The Brain, Cat's Paw

    2001 - Jessica Jones (Jewel)

    2003 - Purple Man (Zebediah Killgrave)

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