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ComicBase 9.0 Archive Edition

Manage, track, and organize your comics with ease By Stephen Schleicher

With well over 10,000 comic books in my collection, how do I know which issue of Batman featured the first appearance of Bane without digging through boxes and boxes of back issues?  How much is the collection worth?  How can I easily find which titles Mike Mignola worked on?  If only there was a database program to organize all this stuff?

Ive been collecting comic books for nearly 20 years now.  The collection has traveled with me across the country twice, has survived near trashing, and has grown in size by leaps and bounds.  The biggest problem with any collection of this size or larger is keeping track of what issues you have, what issues are missing, and generally tracking the minute details of which artist and writer worked on specific titles.

ComicBase 9.0 does all of this with ease. 

This is a huge database.  Each title entry contains all of the information one could ever want.  In addition to a short description of the title premise, the database includes each issue with price guide (including variant covers and multiple printings).  If you are a fan of a particular artist or writer, the listing for each title includes the information along with story summary and any notes that have been added.  These notes can include the first appearance of characters or even a major plot point.

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With the Archive Edition, ComicBase 9 also includes an archive of nearly 70,000 comic book covers.  If you install all of them on your hard drive expect it to eat up at least 5GB worth of space.  The transfer time to get all of the images to the hard drive is a killer.  The Archive Edition contains 2 DVDs that took nearly four hours to complete the transfer.  If you are short on room, you can also insert the DVD in your drive and have the images read from disc. 

Why would having access to all of these covers be useful?  For one thing if you are a fan of good design and dynamic covers, this serves as a history of a titles evolution.  It also can be helpful if you are trying to decide which variant cover you have.

In the database, you can see which issues have covers by the icon in the far left column.  By hovering over the icon, a small cover picon will appear.  If the cursor remains over the picon, and if a larger version of the cover is available, the image will rescale for you to view in full glory.

Unfortunately, with millions of issues and titles available, there is no way for every cover to be included.  This is especially true for any new issues or titles that come out between now and the next release.  The good news is, you can scan your own covers, or obtain full size cover images from the publishers website and import them into the database.  You do this by selecting the issue, then dragging and dropping the image into the place holder.  The image is then transferred to the appropriate folder on the hard drive for easy access in the future.


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