Main research sites
These are chiefly lists of appearances, or a similar system allowing us to track down in which issues a character popped up.
This doesn‘t generally make for terribly exciting reading. But providing full writeups would be impossible without the immense amount of work people have put, and are putting, into these sites.
The main classic of appearances indices online, though it only covers 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 since newer sites are sure to reference modern appearances of characters it‘s not a problem. And the Master List remains very useful as it lists flashbacks in order of suspected appearance in the chronology. This means that research can take place while reading events in in-universe chronological order, which is much more comfortable.
The appearances database, originally sparse, kept building up and it is now the most useful appearances index around. The appearance lists can be displayed in chronological publication order.
There is still some material missing (inevitably) and the listing of European reprints can be a bit confusing at times, but it‘s a key resource.
ComicVine has a large character index, though it seems to have been populated at a less aggressive speed than the CDB. However it does covers some areas (such as Fawcett books) in a better manner than most, and it is now complete enough to be worth checking to see if it has a book someone else missed.
With some clicking and cursing, it is possible to arrange the appearances list by date of publication.
The default 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 very 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 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Comicbookdb has superceded it in our usage, though.
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.
For some strange reason we seldom use this site for cross-checking, but it has grown nicely over the years and has a lot of articles.
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.
Super-hero RPGs sites
Many writeups for DCH/MEGS/Blood of heroes as Siskoid goes through his comic books collection. Covers many characters WORG does not.
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.
We rarely pass up opportunities to do profiles of cool Black characters, if only to compensate for their comparative lack of market exposure. But if you want to know what’s happening now rather than read about disparate characters you need a blog, and we suggest Black Superhero Fan.
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.
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.
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.
We’d also like to mention
These sites are much smaller and usually much 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.
This site is long since abandoned, but its Golden Age villain section is quite interesting.