Handling different imprints (Western Publ->Gold Key/Whitman)

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Handling different imprints (Western Publ->Gold Key/Whitman)

Postby HexA » Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:14 am

Back in the 70's Western Publishing sold a lot of comic titles under different imprints. The indicia used to be the same, saying the comic was published by Western Publishing Company, Inc. But the comics had different cover variants with the Gold Key or Whitman logo.

I see this is handled in different ways in the database.

Ex.1 - Bugs Bunny, two different series one for Gold Key and one for Whitman

Ex.2 - Underdog, one series different variants of each issue
http://www.comicbookdb.com/title_coverg ... p?ID=18773

What is the correct way to handle this?

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Re: Handling different imprints (Western Publ->Gold Key/Whit

Postby mikebo » Tue Feb 18, 2014 3:12 pm

Ah... the Whitman mess. It depends upon the series/issue really. Western's "imprints" are not imprints in the modern sense, but instead publishers. See the following post for a detailed summary of Western's history:

Note that the last paragraph refers to the Whitman reprint problem. As you've found, there hasn't been a lot of consistency regarding this in the database. Following DarthSkeptical's advice, Whitman reprints should probably be their own individual titles with reprint links to the Marvel/DC/Gold Key issues within. On the other hand, if its an original Whitman issue, and follows numbering continuity from a Dell or Gold Key series, then it can be indexed under the same title (assuming the indicia title remains the same) with an appropriate title note about the series' publishing history.

Western's publishers were so prolific for such a long time.. It's a big mess that needs a thorough cleaning. Less confusing problems seem to keep getting the priority for some reason. :D

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