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September 12, 2016
It's taken me a year, but I've finally completed an update with seven new comics, featuring 250 new sound effects, giving us a total of 1,324.
What took so long? The usual excuses. But I also decided to shift gears a bit and --- after nothing but Marvel -- I wanted to include some books from DC. I also went back in time a bit from the Silver Age to the end of the Golden Age. I chose More Fun Comics #101-107, which feature the first appearances of Superboy, the idea being they are also the first appearances of a superhero on Earth-One, and I thought I would go on from there through the Atom Age.
The ironic part is, if I'd just done the Superboy stories I could have finished in a day. But I was determined to do the whole books (Earth-Two Green Arrow, Johnny Quick, Aquaman!) and there were a ton of sound effects from the other stories that took me a super long time to sort through. And many of them were pretty visually dull, sapping my desire to get back to work. But there are also some real gems.
I also spent considerable time changing some things behind the scenes with tags, most notably removing characters who are seen in the panel but don't participate in creating the sound effect. This should allow me to categorize a litte faster in the future.
I'll be returning to 1963 Marvel next, and with any luck there will be more than one update a year!
September 9, 2015
The 10 Marvel Comics from December 1962 are now in the database, for a total of 87 new sound effects -- pushing us over 1,000!
The first complete year from a publisher is now done -- every Marvel comic from 1962 is now in the database! The Lee and Kirby classics continue this month although there are still a lot of humor and westerns, but more superheroes are just around the corner.
I've been keeping this one-comic-a-day goal going pretty steadily for nearly a month, but I need to take a little time away to do some site work behind the scenes. I'm planning an overhaul to the tag system, which will mostly involve removing a lot of them, and it will make it faster to enter new comics in the future. And when we come back? A major change of pace! Stay tuned!
This month's fun little note features Stan Lee's further obsession with the name "Jane Foster." The name of Thor's lady friend showed up last month in a "reader" "submission," but Lee used it again this month for a troubled teen in Life With Millie #20!
August 19, 2015
The 10 Marvel Comics from October 1962 are now in the database, for a total of 70 new sound effects. This month features the first appearance of Loki and the Asgardian legends in Journey Into Mystery, and the start of the Human Torch's solo adventures in Strange Tales (though there's only the one measly sound effect from the first issue).
I've now added a full 12 months to the database! It took significantly longer than 12 months to do that, but there's good news on that front too. Starting last week I've vowed to add one comic to the database EVERY DAY, so expect the amount of content to skyrocket over the coming weeks.
I've also created a Tumblr blog to follow along with the content on the site. It will post one or two comics a day until it catches up to the site's daily updates. I expect it to drive a little more traffic here as a I rededicate myself to the site, so welcome, Tumblr users!
This month's fun little note features the hardy Fantastic Four. Reed Richards must have cured cancer at some point, because it's crazy to think of the dangers the team went through in the early 1960s. Check out the army's plan to capture Sue with radioactivity from FF #7, and Johnny's asbestos-filled apartment from Strange Tales #101!
May 27, 2015
Come on in, we're open! My work here has slowed to a crawl but it is still ongoing. As long as this site is online you can be sure I'm working on it (slowly) behind the scenes.
I've finished adding the 11 Marvel Comics from September 1962, and one annual, for a total of 107 new sound effects, bringing our grand total over 800 from 120 comics. This month we have Namor taking on Dr. Doom, Thor and the Hulk in action, and Ant-Man donning his costume for the first time!
Along with some other updates around the site, you can now search by the artist. I decided to add this because it is often difficult to tell if the letterer or penciller created the sound effects, and I didn't want to take the chance on leaving out the appropriate credit.
Since I last updated, we also lost one of the creative giants whose work graces the sound effects here. Stan Goldberg died in August at 93. Here's Stan's self-portrait from one of this month's issues, Millie the Model Annual #1:
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