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Michael R. Wagner

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  1. I added a cover scan to the Gold Key one-shot currently entitled "Lion (Goldkey)" in the database. The correct title is "The Lion" - missing the definite article. Not sure if you'd accept my correcting the title, so thought this would be a better way to fix it. r/ Mike
  2. Possibly, but the cover appears to be black behind the artwork, rather than the shiny silver foil of the copy I have. I suppose that could be the result of the scanner that was used, but it doesn't look like the actual cover is silver. The words "Convention Exclusive" do look like they're formatted the same way as my copy. And, 1/G is a comic convention variant cover, so perhaps this is it.
  3. I have a copy of Justice league (3rd series) #1 with "Convention Exclusive" in the lower left corner, no bar code on the cover. It has a silver foil cover (front and back). The front cover image is the same as the standard cover. Before I enter it as a new variant cover (1/V looks like the next # in sequence), I'm trying to find out if it's one of the variants already listed, for which no cover is available. Does anybody know? r/ Mike
  4. I echo Joel's suggestion. The magazines and books in my collection are so few, I'd prefer to manually add those titles from the db and live without the thousands of other books and magazines. r/ Mike
  5. I've submitted a few new titles within the last two years or thereabouts; how do I go about getting badge #15 open?
  6. The custom text fields are available and can be used for stuff like this. I use a couple of them to hold what you describe as Local Item Notes.
  7. These two hardcover books reprint the "greatest covers from Action Comics" for their respective periods. Both are still in the Comic Books category; I updated info on both, added cover scans, and moved them over to Books. r/ Mike
  8. I don't want to have to re-learn the purpose of the established fields. The field names are fine as they are.
  9. And if i take my bagged comic out of its bag, do I then enter it using the "unbagged" entry or the "bagged" entry w/ a note that says this really is a bagged issue, it's just no longer in the bag (which I might or might not have kept)? Seems like a single entry works best, with appropriate note(s) as to the presence of a bag.
  10. That's a good point, but it seems that the way you'd know the cover artist information is not correct (against what's printed in the credits in the actual issue) would be from looking in the actual issue. This being the case, the redundant data in the Item Description is again that: redundant. The Cover Artist field has a clear purpose, and was added several years ago to remove the need (up to that time) to put cover art/ink credits in the Item Description.
  11. It's generous to accommodate Express version users this way; though since that's important, perhaps you should expand the Express version to provide cover images. Then, the users of the other versions wouldn't have to carry this data just for the benefit of the Express users. I usually delete this repetitive data in my copy of the database after I've confirmed it's in the proper field. With other data in the field and by setting my weekly update appropriately, I avoid the automatic re-population of the cover artist data.
  12. Made similar adjustments to Fantastic Four, Incredible Hulk, Tomb of Dracula, Uncanny X-Men, and of course, to Spectacular Spider-Man - the instigator of this effort. r/ MikeW
  13. This prompted me to take a look, so I did. I just uploaded adjusted notes for the Dazzler, Ghost Rider, Spider-Woman, Amazing Spider-Man, and Defenders archives, and will follow up with the rest shortly. r/ MikeW
  14. The covers for these two issues look like they should be traded. The cover associated with #80 has the barcode of a variant, i.e., the last five digits are 08021. The cover associated with #80/A has the barcode ending in 08011. r/ MikeW
  15. Yep, I thought about the internet connection, but haven't noticed any particular changes in connection speed, at least none that I've noticed. I do use Norton for internet security, but have been using it for many years without this issue - tho' perhaps Norton has changed something in its background operation - which isn't beyond the realm of possibility by any stretch of imagination. Thanks for the ideas. I'll update this if the problem corrects itself. r/ MikeW
  16. Good thoughts to consider, Mark, thanks. So far the slow start has been consistent. The db is stored in its default location, as is all other CB install options. I looked at older versions and my db has stayed around 825 mb in size, no noticeable increase or decrease since updating to the 2022 version. I haven't experienced a similar lag in any other programs; they all open the way they have been for a long time. I do periodically perform the deep clean-type of actions that you suggest. It's been a couple of weeks since I last did that, so I'll repeat those and see if there's any improvement.
  17. Yep, no effect. I haven't added/deleted any other software since switching to the new CB 2022.
  18. Comicbase used to take 10-15 seconds from clicking on the icon to the database window open and ready to use. Since installing the 2022 edition, it now takes nearly 3 minutes. The first minute passes with the opening dialog box displayed, the status bar frozen around 2/3 complete. Then, the window frame opens with a black screen while the status bar reads "not responding" for another 2 minutes. I'm running the Archive edition and downloaded/installed the new edition without any deviation from the default procedure. I also haven't made any other changes to my computer since before or after installing the new edition. Any thoughts/ideas? r/ Mike
  19. The cover in the database appears to be preliminary art. I scanned a copy of the published cover, but it didn't appear to upload, possibly because of the size of the existing file. Here's a copy in case that's what happened. r/ MikeW
  20. A few minutes ago I uploaded data and covers for issues 1, 2, and 5. However, the issue numbering is a mystery. Issue 1 is marked as such on the cover and in the indicia, and dated September 1976. Issue 2 is marked as such on the cover and in the indicia, and dated April 1977. There also exists an un-numbered issue dated in the indicia as 1976 (no publication month). The date indicates this should be the first or second issue; but, given that there are two issues marked with those #s, I can't figure out where this fits in the sequence. I've attached a copy of the mystery issue here. Any thoughts?
  21. The book "She Changed Comics: The Untold Story of the Women Who Changed Free Expression in Comics" is currently sitting in Comic Books; it should be moved to Books. r/ MikeW
  22. It lists each book by its title with "(Wheaties Miniature Edition)" appended to the title. https://www.comics.org/series/name/wheaties miniature/sort/alpha/
  23. Trying to clean up my unrecognized titles... CB has created a title called "Fawcett Miniatures" and populated it with the miniature-size giveaways that were taped to Wheaties boxes, regardless of the title of the book. I'm contemplating moving my Captain Marvel Adventures to this title, but there's no issue number to assign, and I don't have the foggiest clue as to how you want these numbered (the title currently has issues numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, and 11). These miniatures didn't carry issue numbers. Help would be appreciated. r/ Mike
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