Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Get Off My Porch #2 - Legacy Numbering!
I keep crossing over a phrase when new comics are discussed which frankly rankles me. "Legacy Numbering" is the phrase. It apparently refers to a switch back to the standard numbering of a comic series after that numbering has been interrupted to make way for a frothy new number one issue. Some series have suffered this indignity a few times over.
I'm old enough to remember when "Legacy Numbering" was...well... just numbering. A comic book series began at number one and continued forward in a relentless march through the months and years if it was fortunate enough to garner sufficient fans to make that possible. Venerable series like Action Comics and Detective Comics and Adventure Comics have achieved large numbers which reflect a tenure on the market which speaks to the durability of their features and the company which produces them. Likewise The Fantastic Four and the The Amazing Spider-Man and many more besides.
Sadly all these series have been interrupted. New fans like new shiny things and I can understand the goal of attracting new readers, it's absolutely necessary. I just hate that numbering of comics is such a plastic matter that it can change and slip with editorial whim. Now all that said, I have to confess that being a Charlton fan it is somewhat fun to try to piece together the slipshod numbering of series which move around with an almost chaotic glee. So maybe my disgust is misplaced. Maybe.