Back in the 1990s when writeups.org started, having a page with links toward similar resources was de rigueur . This usage faded as people increasingly relied on Google. Which isn’t a great idea. Especially when it comes to niche interests.
Still, this list isn’t meant to be comprehensive. It’s just pointers. It was last updated in october of 2018.
Many of the sites below in turn have recommendations
Main appearance lists sites
Lists of which comics characters appear in are indispensable for writeups.org work. Using the huge amount of work that went into compiling those, we can pore over the material for recap and analysis.
It’s always best to use multiple indices when doing research. This is all volunteer work across massive amounts of data. So every site (including writeups.org) will have missed something somewhere, or have false positives.
The main classic of online appearances indices, covering the Marvel Universe and its suburbs. The entries are listed using the same abbreviations as in the Marvel Chronology project.
The Master List is no longer fully maintained. But it remains useful for older material, and was an important forerunner.
My main resource for appearances lists nowadays, especially for characters for whom placing flashbacks in the correct order isn’t a hassle. It has the advantage of covering a wide breadth of material, and it has kept improving over the years. The chronological display of appearances (by publication date) is the most useful mode.
If you’re one of the 513 million persons in the EU, access is blocked due to some tiresome misunderstanding of the law. Meh, just use a proxy service.
Now that’s a project that takes courage… The MCP (no relation to the Tron evil software) works to place all material, per-character, in an order that makes sense.
This is of course precious to us – for historical reasons we’re a bit more Marvel-centric (since DC characters already had Mayfair stats).
Solid lists of DC Universes appearance, to double-check the ComicBookDB ones. Was overhauled in 2018 so it’s much nicer to use.
Other appearance lists sites
These see less use, but our need for appearances list is endless.
ComicVine used to be an important source for complementing appearances indices, and it still can reference issues other sites missed. But the UI is a pain in the arse, and other sites have grown so much in recent years that checking ComicVine is less of a priority than it used to be.
A key research site for pre-Crisis DC material. Especially since Mike distinguishes Earth-1, Earth-2, etc. appearances – which can save a lot of time.
Extensive and useful annotations for many older DCU series.
Large archives of Golden Age comics that are now in the public domain, and thus free to download.
Lists which books have been reprinted and how. Which is quite useful for such logistics as avoiding to buy expensive comics (the expensive stuff is often what gets reprinted) and finding better-printed versions of the art to work with.
Comicbookdb has superceded it in our usage, though. And then we went digital, so reprints became a non-issue.
Another heroic attempt at chronologically ordering the Marvel Universe. It went all the way to 1994 before it stopped. Note that the character names near the end of the issue recaps are clickable.
These are sites similar to writeups.org, though not generally with a role-playing games angle.
Extensive coverage of obscure Marvel characters (and sometimes not-so-obscure ones). They have even more articles than we do, and not too many folks can say that. :-) Hi guys!
Large, content-heavy site with a lot of high-quality stuff about the DC Universe – and minor publishers whose creations ended up in the DC Universe.
This site went dead a decade ago, but its content — by Jess Nevins — is still invaluable. Numerous notes about fascinating Golden Age characters.
Brief notes about a huge variety of characters, good for inspiring further research into non-US material.
A large site by comic books and TV scripts veteran Jean-Marc Lofficier, lovingly covering decades of French sci-fi, adventure stories, fantastic stories, etc. in English.
The usual Fandom stuff.
A wikia about characters in the public domain – usually Golden Age fare, though many have been used by small publishers since they became available.
These were two of the classic sites from the 1990s, which have since been turned into wikis and expanded to cover quite a bit of ground.
Wikipedia, of course. We suggest caution – comics are the type of subject where Wikipedia‘s weaknesses are more apparent. Entry camping, injection of original content by fan fiction writers, versions of real-world events that do not match the recollections of the professionals who were actually there, etc. are recurrent issues.
Another Golden Age of Comics research site for that old time rock ‘n’ roll.
Super-hero RPGs sites
Early on this site had DCH/MEGS/Blood of heroes writeups as Siskoid went through his comic books collection. It has since become a more general geek news blog, but still with RPG content. And the old writeups, many of which have no WORG equivalent, are stille there.
Knight of Shadow site and Eric Padua’s JLA site
These were the two main DC Heroes homepages back in the day, and were swept into oblivion when Geocities closed. After checking with the authors, the full content has been archived on writeups.org.
That‘s where we live and chat.
That‘s also where we live and chat – specifically in our thread – but more broadly this is the main DC Adventures/Mutants & Masterminds discussion space and content base.
Artigos ilustrados e fichas de personagem sobre os caráteres de DC de todas eras. Em português.
The classic site for Champions players has entries for hundreds of characters. It was one of our inspirations when creating writeups.org back in the ’90s.
These two remain good sites to read about new super-hero RPGs and follow indie production.
The original Marvel RPG had these neat little character standups to use as miniatures when playing out combat on a map. This site offers many stand-ups along the same lines, making me all nostalgic.
Comic book blogs
As the name implies, a blog energetically keeping the Firestorm flame alive. The author also runs the Once upon a geek super-hero and science-fiction blog.
Steve writes about many hobbies, but super-hero role-playing and Golden Age comic books are a common subject for his chronicles. Writeups.org readers who like our articles about 1940s characters should definitely check his blog for its reproduced stories and extensive commentary.
Bits of writeups.org presence
Small pages we maintain to help folks who like the sort of images we produce to find writeups.org. If you like the site, please re-pin, favourite, share, etc. this stuff !
Recent illustrations on WORG that stand out for some reason, with brief commentary.
Exact same thing, but on a lesser-known immage collection service.
This page simply warns you when there are new update messages on writeups.org. It’s handy. Or rather it was before Facebook made you extremely unlikely to see posts from pages you Liked.
Same thing as our Facebook page, really – news alerts.
A few writeups.org pictures every week, with small comments.
Originally created to contact people and get authorisation to publish fan art, I ended up putting some recent writeups.org pictures there so people who like this stuff can find them. Not maintained no more.
We’d also like to mention
These sites are smaller and usually older than the sites listed in the previous sections. But we did use them at some point for research, inspiration or just plain old reading.
Hosted at Vanishing Point , this is a resource we still use a lot – but for a narrow subset of profiles. Definitely worth a link though, especially since our LSH entries are fairly popular.
We have very few Titans entries, since the team was well-covered in Mayfair‘s books back in the day. To fill this gap, Titans fans should definitely check the Meeting Room at the Titans‘ Tower.
Fanzing was a fan magazine that ran from 1997 to 2003 and talked about the DCU. Many of the DCU Info and Hall of Champions are good and may interest writeups.org readers.