NO, it’s not one of my books.
It’s much, much geekier:
Yep, it’s a google spreadsheet that tracks X-Men title publication over time. WHY? Dear gods, WHY? Well. I dunno. Because I have a thing with comics and a thing with spreadsheets… they were bound to cross eventually, you know? Like starcrossed lovers in the night driving drunken speedboats across a coral reef.
So “What does it DO?”, as my oldest would say.
Well. There’s a dated (year.month) cell at the top – not for every single month, only for every month where an x-title either stops or starts (otherwise it would be waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay wider, and I’m trying to preserve space for clarity). So, there is some distortion, but I think the brevity is worth it. Then, if you scroll down the rows you can see the titles (listed chronologically from top to bottom, except for sub-titles/relaunches/volumes which are either under the main title, or in the same row if it’s a replacement).
And, at almost the bottom, there’s a total of how many books were published that month (not counting limiteds, of course). This was probably my main motivation – in addition to wanting a pretty little graphical thing (failed there, I suck at pretty) – I was curious how many X-Titles Marvel published per month. I mean, it seems like a fuckton of them now, right? Evidently it was higher in 2004, etc.
Inquiring minds KIND OF WANT TO KNOW. Maybe. So. There you go.
Disclosure: I may of course be missing things, methods to determine what does and doesn’t count as an ongoing are entirely my own (Like I count the 1st Wolverine limited here but not the billion others because I think the first one was significant), etc. etc.
[Note: I really wish the column & row headers would stay locked, but evidently that doesn't work on embedded spreadsheets. Sorry!]