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Spotlighting the "Sock! Pow! Zok!" that give comics a voice, celebrating the onomatopoeia.
The database contains 1674 sound effects from 202 comics.

August 11, 2017Twitter

The 10 Marvel Comics from February 1963 have been added to the database, putting us past the 200 mark! There are 94 new sound effects, bringing the total to 1,674. Quite a few of those new effects were thanks to the Impossible Man, who went "POP!" in practically every panel of his debut.

I've also redone the comic list page to be expandable by title, as it was getting a little unwieldy. The old version of the full list is still available, too.

Next month... Spider-Man and Iron Man!


July 4, 2017Twitter

About a year before Stan Lee and Jack Kirby launched Marvel's Silver Age in earnest, they revamped Western hero Rawhide Kid beginning in issue #17. I've now added the first eight issues from that run, to lead into where I began this site, with books from late 1961.

The new comics add 98 new sound effects to bring the total to 1,580.


March 21, 2017Twitter

I started this site with comics from November 1961, but with this update I go back a few months to finish off some series. Here is the missing first issue of Linda Carter, Student Nurse, as well as the rest of Amazing Adventures and Teen-Age Romance, completing the series under those titles.

The 13 new comics add 69 new sound effects (23 of them are just ♫), giving us a total of 1,482.


January 25, 2017Twitter

I've gone back to the early Marvel Silver Age, adding the 12 comics from January 1963. There's a total of 89 new sound effects, bringing the grand total to 1,413 from 171 comics.

The biggest highlight this month is the introduction of Paste-Pot Pete in Strange Tales #104 -- a villain made for sound effects!


September 12, 2016Twitter

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!


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