Hey, if you're going to add the sale date of comics to their comic pages, could you use the "| Day = " field? You fill it out with the day of the month it was released, and it will automatically add it to a category for the week it was published.
(If for some reason the issue wasn't released two months in advance, like it usually is, you can use the Pubyear and Pubmonth fields to force it into the right category).
Back then, the best you could say is that they were consistently inconsistant.
Also, books weren't released on Wednesdays until sometime in the 80s. I remeber them being on Fridays, then bumped to Thursdays and finally to Wednesdays. Before the direct market, they hit newsstands the same as every other magazine--Tuesdays. Even that was inconsitant depending on how rural a location you were at. So, yeah, anything pre-1989 is gonna be guess work at best.
Did you get that from dcindexes.com ? While an awesome site, some of the street dates seem suspect.
To make matters more of a pain, when books were direct market & newstand, the newstand were usually released the following Tuesday from the direct market stores. Only a few days differet when DM came out on Friday, but once it got bumped to Wednesday, it made it a full weeks difference in release date.
yes, it is the dcindexes list, but I'm mostly just interested in using it to check stuff from the last 30-40 years. I'm pretty sure some dates (like the release of Detective #27 in 1939, for which I have seen 3 different dates floating around) in the golden age are suspect, but it's pretty reliable between 1970 and now.
So, the |=Day field just goes right by |=Month & |=Year, right? In addition to using that, I would like to still keep the supposed release date as a Note for these older comics, if that's OK. I think it's pretty cool info to have, and nice to see noted right in the text there...
I was thinking, once I finish coding the auto-categorization for these (It's a little complicated to explain. It's already auto-categorizing, but it only works properly if it's released on a wednesday, right now), I can also make it automatically add a note somewhere - maybe even in the infobox - to list the release date. I think it's good info to have as well.
Anyway, I'll make an announcement about it somewhere when it's all done.
In any case, use the Day field, and if you want, leave a note about the date. That's fine with me - but if I do automatically code in a note about it, it'll be doubled later, so we'll have to go in and fix those... (obviously, not an issue right now).
I was mostly referring to the dates from dcindexes that are obviously holidays & the books wouldn't have shipped. They (he?) probably just ran a program to pick Wednesdays from 1935 to the present. It doesn't seem to take into account when Wednesdays are a holiday (like 7/4 or 12/25 or 1/1).