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Comic Book Questions Answered: Is There a Chronological Comic Book Resource I Can Use?

Comic Book Questions Answered – where I answer whatever questions you folks might have about comic books (feel free to e-mail questions to me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com). Here is a link to an archive of all the past questions that have been answered so far.

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

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