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Comic Book Questions Answered #3

If you have a nagging comic book question that you'd like to know the answer (or at least AN answer) to, just ask me, and I'll see if I can't answer it (and if I can't, then hopefully I can find an expert on the subject who CAN). Sounds cool, right? Remember my e-mail contact info here. This third question concerns an excellent on-line comic book resource.

Enjoy!

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):

GAM3 25-FBGAM3 1-FBG&B 2-FBGAM3 25-FBGAM3 1-FBGAM3 19-FBGAM3 6-FBGAM3 6-FBGAM3 23-FBGAM 3-FBX 33-FBX 8-FBGAM3 1-FBX 8-FBGAM3 1-FBX 8-FBW/G 3-FBUX 350-FBUX 210-BTSUX 350-FBGAM3 7-FBUX 350-FBGAM3 20-FB{UX 266}UX 267GAM3 2-FBUX 267UX@ 14UX 270NM 95XF 60NM 96XF 61UX 272NM 97XF 62UX 273UX 274UX 275UX 276UX 277UX 278UX 279XF 69UX 280XF 70X 1

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.).

The Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe gives a similar look at the DC Universe with their Unofficial DC Chronology Project, but while it is an excellent resource, it is only for stories since 1985.

The reader added the following question:

And is there also a way to find all of the comics (again in order) based on a certain story, such as the Death of Superman which involved several different titled comics. Thanks for any help you can give.

This one I am having a bit of a harder time with, as far as finding one giant resource I could point to. This site, for instance, is pretty good, but it doesn't even have the Death of Superman on it! And it doesn't list the parts in order all the time.

So if someone can find me a great inter-comic crossover resource site, that'd be appreciated (and if there isn't one already, maybe YOU could create it!).

That's it for this week!

Please feel feel free to send in any more questions you have wanted an answer to!

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