• Comic Books

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

    Current month - January 1942

    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) 1-44

    Adventure Comics (1938) 32-70

    All-American Comics (1939) 16-34

    All-Flash Quarterly (1941) 1-4

    All-Star Comics (1940) 1-8

    All-Winners Comics (1941) 1-3

    America's Greatest Comics (1941) 1

    Batman (1940) 1-8

    Blue Beetle (1940) 1-10

    Captain America Comics (1940) 1-10

    Captain Marvel Adventures (1941) 1-7

    Crack Comics (1940) 1-21

    Detective Comics (1937) 20-59

    Flash Comics (1940) 1-25

    Green Lantern (1941) 1-2

    The Human Torch (1940) 1-6

    Leading Comics (1941) 1

    Marvel Mystery Comics (1939) 1-27

    Master Comics (1940) 1-22

    More Fun Comics (1936) 52-75

    Mystic Comics (1940) 1-7

    National Comics (1940) 5-20

    Police Comics (1941) 1-7

    Sensation Comics (1942) 1

    Smash Comics (1939) 14-31

    Star-Spangled Comics (1941) 1-4

    Sub-Mariner Comics (1941) 1-4

    Superman (1939) 1-14

    USA Comics (1941) 1-2

    Whiz Comics (1940) 1-25

    World's Finest Comics (1941) 2-4

    Young Allies Comics (1941) 1-2


    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, Blue Beetle (Dan Garret), Dr. Franz, Mike Mannigan

    1940 - Flash (Jay Garrick), Hawkman (Carter Hall), Johnny Thunder, Captain Marvel (Billy Batson), 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 (Maxon), Hugo Strange, Clayface (Basil Karlo), El Carim, Perry White, Ibis the Invincible, Shiera Sanders (Hawkgirl), 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, Thorndyke Thompkins, Black Condor (Richard Grey Jr.), Father Pierre, Wotan, The Ray (Langford Terrill), Cadava, Culflam, Dorma, Regina Paige Bannerman, Joan Mason

    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, The Light, Doris Lee, Sargon the Sorcerer, Mark Carstine, McAllister, Carol Young, Hunchback, Hawskshaw Brogan, Butterfly, Doiby Dickles, Mister X, Brenda Forest, Fred Devere, Agent Zero, Young Allies, Tubby, Knuckles, Jeff, Whitewash Jones, Dr. Iker, Flora Styles, Ian KarKull, Python (Emil Cullen), Nip, The Black Magician, Dr. Darkk, Plastic Man, Phantom Lady (Sandra Knight), Human Bomb (Roy Lincoln), Whizzer, The Ghost of the Deep, The Camera Fiend, Fang, The Hangman, Peachy Pet, Rathia, Johnny Quick, Tubby Watts, Shazam's Squadron of Justice, Scarecrow, The Mist, Black Toad, Fiddler, Solidius Scriggles, The Parrot, Star-Spangled Kid, S.T.R.I.P.E., Doctor Weerd, Ra the Avenger, Queen Jarna, Enric Zagnar, Mister Who, Green Arrow, Speedy, Aquaman, Tom Curry, Madam Brawn, The Archer, jimmy Olsen, Baby Bob Pierson, Clara Pierson, Sandy Hawkins, Professor Radium, White Death, Black Talon, Penguin, Captain Nazi, Freddy Freeman (Captain Marvel Jr.), J. Percival Poplaski, Black Jack, wonder Woman, Steve Trevor, Hippolyta, Althea, Mala,

    1942 - Bookworm, Mr. Terrific (Terry Sloane), Wildcat, Joan Fortune

    2001 - Jessica Jones (Jewel)

    2003 - Purple Man (Zebediah Killgrave)


    Finished Reading the Series:

    Alias (2001) 1-28

    Big 3 (1940) 1-7

    Daring Mystery Comics (1940) 1-6

    Mystery Men Comics (1939) 1-31

    Red Raven Comics (1940) 1

    The Pulse (2004) 1-14

    World's Best Comics (1941) 1

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