are, as expected, the individual comic books, including both periodical , one-shot , bound volumes and single-bound collections. Though there is usually significant variation in the attributes of different types of anthologies, bound collections and comic books, the approach taken within XOWComics.com is geared primarily towards the singular concept of a comic book as a single entity.
An must be associated with one and only one in the XOWComics.com site. Optionally, an may be associated to any that is in the same as the the is within. Also, an may be associated to any that is in the same as the the is within. These restrictions maintain consistency and integrity within the data in the XOWComics.com site.
may have multiple associated with them. For the vast majority of in the XOWComics.com site, at least one is available. For that have alternate covers, multiple may be associated with an . may also consistent of scans of original artwork, prints and pinups from the , even splash pages and character biographies from the . and with each of the often denote the differences between individual within a single .
An has a number of attributes that the XOWComics.com site tracks. These individual attributes are as follows:
Note: for , , , and , a note will be displayed in italics if the data indicates no value is present in the .
An can contain details relevant to other data within the site. The following is a listing of these items:
are not always sequential. It is not uncommon for within a to be sequentially incorrect when compared to numerical order. within a are actually stored in a particular sorted order that is directly related to no other data within the XOWComics.com site, allowing for editors of the data to set the unique sort order of within a to match the actual sequential publishing history and storyline of a continuing of . Sorting tools available on every *** XOWComics.com *** page allow editors to sort the by any criteria displayed, so this added "sort order" feature for within a is just another advantage of the XOWComics.com site.
are often taken from the indicia for individual comic book . Sometimes the is inferred from the publishing history of the itself, even as it applies across separate in the XOWComics.com site.
The is a title or name to help in the identification of an Issue. This is a contrived name, commonly pulled from the key text on the cover or title page of an Issue.
are just a counting of the total number of pages of a publication. The includes every single side of every single page presented, including the cover. So, for instance, for just the cover of a standard, saddle-stiched comic book, there are four (4) pages; dustjackets are counted as two (2) pages only, as the "inside" of a dustjacket is not intended to ever be viewed. When the is not certain, the interface in the XOWComics.com site will display the value for the in italics.
The for an is always displayed as only a month and year. Internally, editors actually set a particular , though, down to the day. This allows for the proper sorting of lists of when sorted by the , especially when multiple in the same are published in the same month and year.
The is the International Standard Book Number (9, 10 or 13 digits) assigned to the individual publication . Depending on the year and location of publishing, it may instead be the SBN code commonly used in the United Kingdom before the mid-1970s. All consist solely of numeric digits, possibly the last digit being the letter 'X'. Digits in the may be separated into groupings by either a dash '-' or a space. For editors, the interface allows the entry of spaces and dashes but they will be stripped upon saving of the for compatibility with the ISO specifications for . Note, ISSNs are not the same as and should not be entered or available in the field; rather, if provided, ISSNs may be available in the field.
The is the UPC (UPC-A, UPC-E, or GTIN-12) or EAN (EAN-13 or GTIN-12) assigned to the individual publication . All consist solely of numeric digits. Digits in the may be separated into groupings by either a dash '-' or a space. For editors, the interface allows the entry of spaces and dashes but they will be stripped upon saving of the for compatibility with the GTIN specifications for . Note, ISBNs and ISSNs are not the same as and should not be entered or available in the field.
The field is a listing of one or more for the when original made available for sale. Any individual may have more than one , and each is shown as the numerical monetary value with the appropriate currency designators. A Note may also be attached to individual to indicate particular printing variants, distribution methods, etc.
The is the publication frequency for in the as it is listed in the indicia of the individual . As a progresses, the frequency of publication may change, hence our tracking this value for each individual . It is not uncommon for there to be a within a indicating a common publishing frequency for in the .