Fred Slota Posted January 26 Share Posted January 26 So, I've done a quick survey of the use of Item Title, and I'm not sure I this is being used in a useful manner. Of course, there are inconsistent/incomplete coverage. "A-1 comics" and the various "Coloring DC" titles... Then there are some that think Item Title is the same as Item Description... The message that shows up in Item Title when editing an issue's information is "The title of this item, if it differs from the series name" Here are a few examples An issue of "The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book" with the cover reading "The 500 Years of Indigenous Resistance Comic Book" The entire 1963 series, where the covers have "1963" looking more like a publisher identification. The Item Title is what looks like the title on the cover. The series "Archie & Friends" Ever issue has "Archie & Friends" prominently on top, followed by a suffix or subtitle, where the Item Title is suffixed as "Archie & Friends Music Jam", etc. The series "B&V Friends Forever". Like "Archie & Friends", but here the Item Titles are subtitled as "Betty and Veronica Friends Forever: At the Movies", etc. "The Defenders" #147, with the one-off stunt cover title of "Sgt. Fury and His Howling Defenders" These make sense - the title you would expect based on the cover is not the series name and the title you would expect based on what is on the cover is in Item Title. A little consistency on suffix vs. subtitle might be nice, but all the obvious printed words are all there. But then we have: The TPBs of The Avengers, like "The Avengers Bk 2" Typically, these covers feature the series title prominently on top, followed by the name of the collected Storyline. In this example, the book collects the Storyline "Under Siege" (which is in the Storyline field), and the cover fully reads "The Avengers Under Siege". Similar to "Archie & Friends", should these not have Item Titles like "The Avengers Under Siege"? What appears to be the entirety of "Classics Illustrated". Not only do the Item Titles only include the Storyline, but on some, the cover reads "Classic Comics Presents", which is mentioned in the Title description, but not reflected in the Item Titles of those that reflect this on the cover. "Dell Junior Treasury" is maybe understandable at not including "Dell Junior Treasury", which is on the covers,, but issue 1 also shows "Walt Disney's" first. Bottom line, I thought the purpose of Item Title is to aid someone who picks up a comic and attempts to find it in ComicBase using the reasonable assumption that what looks like the title on the cover is the title. As such, the Item Title should have the full obvious text on the cover when it differs from the official CB title. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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