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05-24-2008, 12:08 PM
Does anybody know of a database or other online resource that can list comics published by year?

My new "thing" is to try and collect a copy of every comic that Marvel published in May of 1967 (when I was born).

Ian Ascher
05-24-2008, 12:19 PM

Not sure how complete it is but there's a start. Only six books.

Go get 'em.

L Jamal
05-24-2008, 12:43 PM
Did you do a search for silver age comics marvel?
The first link is The Silver Age Marvel Comics Cover Index

it list covers by months from Jan 62 through Jan 71

05-24-2008, 02:13 PM
Nah, I'm at work and tired as hell so my head isn't working too well. I was searching for: MARVEL COMICS 1967 and MARVEL PUBLISHED 1967 and so forth. Didn't think to widen the search a bit.

Because I'm tired. Did I mention that? Like, dog tired.

Anyway - THANKS to both of you!


05-24-2008, 02:23 PM
The first link is The Silver Age Marvel Comics Cover Index

Got 'em all right here. Only 14 books published! Funny compared to today's nutty amount.

Now I get to go on the hunt!

The Spirit
05-24-2008, 03:44 PM
Got 'em all right here. Only 14 books published! Funny compared to today's nutty amount.

Now I get to go on the hunt!
The reason why was that DC could dictate the amount Marvel published until 1968, I think. I don't know the exact details but DC had some kind of legal hold of Marvel at that time.

05-24-2008, 04:47 PM
From what I've read, after Marvel's newsstand distributor pulled out of the comic-book market in 1957, publisher Martin Goodman was put in the unenviable position of having to turn to National Periodicals, parent company of DC Comics, to distribute his titles.

National agreed, but placed restrictions on Marvel: most notably, that Marvel could publish only eight titles a month (that must've changed later in the contract, though).

Goodman sold the company in 1968, and the new owners acquired their own distribution company, which allowed Marvel to expand in the early '70s.

05-24-2008, 09:41 PM
All of which is good news for Mike. I don't have that many books to track down and buy!

The Spirit
05-24-2008, 10:00 PM
Here's another tidbit I also can't remember the exact details but until 68 the pages were drawn on something like 21 X 14 size paper then changed to 11 X 17. I used to know the exact issues and you can compare the art, Kirby's FF issues looked a little cramped for a while til he got used to the new sizes. I've seen some old pages at conventions and they are grand, I'd love to work on that size.

Ian Ascher
05-25-2008, 08:40 AM
Thought of something last night....

When I was a kid buying books at the drug store I recall the dates on the front of the books always being different from the actual date. If memory serves the date was always a month or two ahead of what month it really was.

For example: If it was June, the date in and on the book might say August.

Am I remembering this right or do I have it backwards. If I have it backwards I think I know where my flaw is. This was on books bought from a drug store so I assume they could have been "late" getting issues since it was news stand vs specialty retail or they were just bad at putting books out on time and i didn't know any better.

05-25-2008, 09:30 AM
There was generally a two-month lag between the actual date and the cover date (so, a comic with a May cover date probably was released in March). The cover date was the month in which unsold copies were supposed to be removed from store shelves.

Ian Ascher
05-25-2008, 10:05 AM
Ok... that's what it was... thanks.

Hey Mike... might want to take that into consideration on your search then. You might want books with a July cover date instead of May...

Or am I over thinking this whole thing...

05-25-2008, 10:32 AM
Man, I feel sorry for any kid who was born in the mid '90s trying to do this :laugh: . Happy hunting, Mike!!

05-25-2008, 10:43 AM

I'm basically doing the same thing but not with the year I was born. 1976-78 the years western civilization was at its zenith!


05-25-2008, 10:45 AM
Oof. Not great years for comics, though.

05-25-2008, 10:58 AM
Oof. Not great years for comics, though.

Conan's "Queen of the Black Coast" storyline, 2001 by Kirby, Star Wars, Creepy/Eerie, SSoC... To each their own I suppose.


05-25-2008, 11:12 AM
It's just that, overall, those were rough years for Marvel and DC.

Ian Ascher
05-25-2008, 01:02 PM
I looked up Marvel's from December 1974 and it's a funky mix of Man-Thing, Kung-Fu and various Team Up books along with FF and Iron Man.

I need to look up the DC books too.


For anyone wanting to look at DC Books check out this site: http://www.dcindexes.com/

Huge Master List with cover date & release dates as well as damn near any DC Cover you can think of.

06-01-2008, 02:09 PM
Yeah, I'm aware of the date thing. But I figured it's "easier" to just do it this way. That way when people look at them I can easily explain it. Otherwise, they'd be all like "But... they say July on them and you were born in May" and then I'd have to explain everything to them.

06-05-2008, 05:08 PM
This is a really cool idea to try! I am kind of a nostalgic person, and am especially interested in comics of the late 70s/early 80s since I was born in that time period. There's something kind of magical about going back and seeing what the world was like when you entered it. Good luck with finding all the titles you seek!

Ian Ascher
06-06-2008, 08:25 AM
For anyone else who wants to try Mike's idea check:


They have a nice search engine that let's you look at any publisher for any month or year and they have scans of as many of the books as possible even if they aren't currently in stock.

They also have lower grade books in case you dont care about condition and just want to do this as a fun little project.

06-07-2008, 04:33 PM
from my birth month.
poor aunt may's always in the hospital

and the battle still rages on