Comic Book Questions Answered – where I answer whatever questions you folks might have about comic books (feel free to e-mail questions to me at email@example.com). Here is a link to an archive of all the past questions that have been answered so far.
This question concerns an excellent on-line comic book resource.
A reader wrote in with the following question:
My kid would like to start collecting comics and I know very little about them. He wants to try and start from the beginning of a couple different characters such as his favorite, Gambit. Is there some kind of reference magazine or web site that will list in chronological order all the different comics of a certain character or group?
This gives me the opportunity to plug a really amazing comic book resource, the Marvel Chronology Project!!
The Marvel Chronology Project does exactly what this reader wants, by producing detailed lists of the chronological appearances of characters.
To wit, for Gambit, here are his appearances up until 1991’s X-Men #1 (please note that FB means flashback, so if you just wanted to see his appearances in the order they were released, just ignore the flashback ones):
There’s a reference list that explains what each abbreviation stands for, but most of them are pretty darn simple (Gam 3 would be the third Gambit series, etc.).