I am not sure where every one stands on this, but it annoys me so I thought I would throw it out to see what every one thought. Below is a list of characters that seem to be place holder characters. There are no appearances or first appearances for a of characters of the list. It seems like some one just went down a list in a Wiki for all the characters that appeared in a title without putting them anywhere.http://www.comicbookdb.com/search.php?f ... =Character
I think if your going to create a character it should be one your going to put into a comic right then and not something to be used as a place holder. Does any one else have an opinon? I will admit I might be overally sensitive since I have spent the last couple of months trying to get the number of characters without appearances down.
Hey, my bad, sorta. (Yeah, been using CBDB for a while but only just registered on the forum... been reading it to keep up with any guidelines though.)
I'm currently working on the character appearances for the Exiles series. I don't have all the trades/issues where I currently live (though I am on the way to a 15% sale at my local comic shop...), but I have most of the trades here from 9 onwards. I added all the characters from the Exiles Handbook entry that's at the back of trade 16. I must admit I'm terrible at adding in First Appearance data normally (did characters for Sandman/Lucifer and didn't once do a first appearance, will go through them later tonight I think), but in this case I'm not 100% certain on all of them. The Handbook info gives when the characters have joined the Exiles/Weapon X teams, but not when they actually first appeared in the comics (examples: Proteus as a villian for a good dozen issues IIRC before being a member, and I'm sure that some of the Weapon X members join and die 'off-screen' - though there's an issue where the Exiles return all of the killed-in-action characters home, so at the very least the off-screen characters appear once.). I have added Group membership to the characters (see http://www.comicbookdb.com/team.php?ID=147
) so they're not entirely orphaned data. Also partly done for convenience - not all realities are numbered in the issues they appear, so having the information from one source added already will make my updating easier.
I was thinking along the same lines as Uthor above, in that having the full group membership is important, irresepective of the character's appearance. I'm thinking of possibilities like a mission control character that is never seen on-panel (perhaps as a running gag or for suspence) but is still a vital member of the team.
I've completed issues 1-4 for character appearances, and used the Issue Notes for extra info, and tried to fill in a little bit of bio for each of the alternate characters (including a small repeated paragraph about the specific Earth-xxx and why it is different to 616). Can someone have a wee look to see if it's okay?
So basically, sorry Spid, am working on the Exiles series as a whole and figured doing it this way would be easier for me. And I'll go through the Sandman/Lucifer characters and add in their Firsts later on.