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The database contains 1482 sound effects from 184 comics.

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!


September 9, 2015Twitter

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 31, 2015Twitter

I've stuck to my promise to update every day and have another 12 comics to show for it -- Marvel's output from November 1962.

There's a total of 107 new sound effects, bringing our grand total to 987 from 142 comics. This month features the introduction of a less renowned Lee and Kirby creation -- the Two-Gun Kid.

This month's quick fun feature comes Linda Carter, Student Nurse #8, where Stan Lee -- no stranger to making up names of "readers" -- could possibly at it again, reusing a certain supporting character's name in this submission page.


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