| Some questions come up time and again in our tech support queue. I encourage everyone to read this FAQ before posting a new question thread. It's very possible that the answers you seek are already listed here or on the main Tech Support page.
Q: Why isn't (my favorite title) listed in ComicBase?
A: First, make sure that the title isn't listed under a different name. Checking the book's indicia for the proper name, and using the Find -> Title Name command is very useful in determining if you're looking in the right place for a title. If the title still does not appear to be in ComicBase, it's generally due to one of three things:
1. The title was too new to make it into the current edition.
2. We haven't found a copy of the title to review yet.
3. We're working on it, and will have it in a future download for ComicBase 10 users and up.
Q: Where are the rest of the X-Men (or Justice Leagues, or...)?
A: Marvel's X-Men are listed as X-Men (1st series) until issue #142, after which they went through a little-noticed name change to become officially The Uncanny X-Men (where subsequent issues are listed). Justice League America/International/Europe went through numerous such mid-title name changes, and issues are listed under the appropriate titles (although the shifts still make us dizzy). We generally try to smooth such transitions by noting where series are continued in the notes of the last issue of the original run, as well as where they are continued from in the first issue of the renamed series.As a final note: we probably would have continued listing the X-Men under the original series name had Marvel not introduced a second title (also called X-Men) which ran simultaneously with the newly renamed Uncanny X-Men. Oh, those wacky publishers...
Q: How do I install my Pictures Disk?
A: Just go to your File menu -> Manage Pictures and Movies. Check te boxes for the images or movies you want to install. Also make sure you have the correct disk in the drive before you begin.
Q: Does ComicBase include every comic ever published?
A: No. But we do have an awful lot of them--over 275,000 issues as of ComicBase 11, ranging from Golden Age super-heroes to mini-comics to manga. With over 20, 000 different titles covered in ComicBase 11, ComicBase is far and away the most comprehensive comic book database that has ever been published. And while we'll never actually be able to cover every comic, each edition of ComicBase brings us closer to that ideal.
Q: I can't run my copy of ComicBase because it gives me a long string of code and an "Active X" error. Any suggetions?
A: An Active X error usually means an incomplete install of your ComicBase 11 program. This can happen if the installation was interrupted, or occasionally, when you uninstall ComicBase 10 after installing ComicBase 11. (In the latter case, it means that Windows has uninstalled some file you need to run ComicBase 11 while uninstalling 10.)
Try putting your Program disk back in and running a repair installation. Let us know if that doesn’t fix it.
Q: What Is ComicBase’s pricing based on?
A: ComicBase is based on independent pricing research, drawing on surveys of retail comic stores, as well as mail order and auction sales, combined with over twenty years of in-house comic-pricing experience. In 1999, it joined pricing resources with Comics Buyer's Guide to produce the world's most accurate and comprehensive database of comic values.
Q: What is ComicBase’s pricing stance?
A: The prices in ComicBase represent our best determination of what: 1) A savvy buyer with 2) some choice of sources] would pay if they were looking for a specific comic.This should also be the price at which the comic in question could change hands between a potential buyer and seller, without either one feeling used. It’s not meant to be the price at which the comic would sit on the dealer’s wall for another year, waiting for a desperate or uneducated buyer to come along.
Q: How does ComicBase price comics of low value?
A: Even though many comics can be found in quarter, dollar, or 1/2 price clearance boxes, ComicBase tends to use cover price as the basic price for low-value comics. The reason is that clearance boxes represent comics as an interchangeable, "bulk" commodity, whereas ComicBase’s price represents what you would pay if you were looking for a specific comic. With few exceptions, retailers demand at least cover price for comics that they’re willing to bag, board, and organize as regular stock (as opposed a comic which "might be in one of those boxes over there.") For a comic to be listed below its original cover price, it must be in such extraordinarily low demand that it would be hard to sell--even to a relatively interested buyer--at its cover price.
Q: How does ComicBase’s pricing compare to Wizard’s?
A: ComicBase’s pricing tends to be much more conservative, particularly in the area of special issues, variants, and "hot" comics. We see these markets as much softer and shallower than Wizard’s pricing has tended to indicate. ComicBase is particularly suspicious as to the true worth of many "manufactured collectibles" which have been making the rounds in recent years (e.g. 1/2 issues, chromium promotional editions, etc.).Perhaps the most important difference, however is in our pricing stance: ComicBase’s pricing is meant to reflect the price a smart buyer would pay for a comic, given some choice of suppliers. Wizard’s pricing stance appears to be more in line with what a person might pay when their choice is limited to a single retailer--and perhaps a somewhat speculative style of business.
Q: How does ComicBase’s pricing compare to that in The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide?
A: Although both companies do their own pricing research, ComicBase and Overstreet share similar pricing philosophies, leading to many similarities in pricing. These similarities grew stronger in 1998, when Overstreet did a large-scale repricing of its Silver Age issues, knocking down the prices of many non-key issues to the levels ComicBase had kept them all along.Significant differences between ComicBase and the Overstreet price guide exist in the areas of war, romance, and funny animal comics, where ComicBase tends to be somewhat more conservative.
More importantly, ComicBase is aiming at a different target than the Overstreet guide: Overstreet prices are meant to reflect what a typical shop owner might have a comic priced at; ComicBase's values reflect what a smart buyer would actually pay for certain issue. Increasingly, we are finding evidence that many shop owners have grossly overpriced certain slow-moving comics (see our 2003-2004 pricing report for details). Usually, these comics sit in shop inventory for ages until a particularly desperate buyer shows up, or the store places these comics in a 75% off bin. With the rise of online services like eBay, it has become possible to determine more realistic (and surprisingly consistent) price levels for such comics. Unfortunately, it is out opinion that many store owners--and the Overstreet Guide--continue to list these comics at the unrealistically inflated asking price.
Q: What are the conventions for submitting information to the ComicBase database?
A: That's a great question! Everyone has a slightly different take on how to format their notes, but we try to make sure that anything submitted to the ComicBase database is as clear and consistent as possible. Here are some of the guidelines we use:
Commonly Used ComicBase Notes
(The first letter of any entry in Notes is in CAPS, unless you’re using a shortening, e.g. “b&w.”)
includes Certificate of Authenticity
Free Comic Book Day Giveaway
<Character Name, If Applicable>: Storyline, <Part # If Applicable>
The Mutant Factor
Knightfall, Part 1
Judge Dredd: Robot Wars, Part 8