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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Is It The Button On The Left or the Switch on the Right?

As I got bored I decided to look into this whole business of diminishing (sudden and drastic) views of CBO.

the thing is that the Google+ views of CBO posts -which bring those people here have increased in the last month.  Views of the CBO posts on the Black Tower Face Book page have increased which makes me think that something is wrong with Blogger Stats again.

But I decided to look at the all-time CBO views so here you go -countries in order and all time views from each.

All Time Page views by Countries

Graph of most popular countries among blog viewers
EntryPage views
United States
United Kingdom

kTo back this up I wanted to see whether there had been a change in the way people view or the gateways used to visit CBO so here are all time CBO access systems.

All Time Page views by Browsers

1913430 (58%)
Internet Explorer
619810 (18%)
513777 (15%)
121580 (3%)
46519 (1%)
27840 (<1%)
Mobile Safari
12775 (<1%)
12673 (<1%)
4898 (<1%)
3551 (<1%)
Image displaying most popular browsers
And let's not leave out the operating systems:

All Time Page views by Operating Systems

2881473 (87%)
128136 (3%)
82778 (2%)
81128 (2%)
41937 (1%)
37157 (1%)
9287 (<1%)
Other Unix
7064 (<1%)
3848 (<1%)
3567 (<1%)
Image displaying most popular platforms

The point is that nothing appears to have changed. Google+ views increased in the last month.  FB views increased in the last month. CBO views dramatically dropped in the last month -which makes no sense if the previous two are entrance points to CBO posts.

It seems this has to be a technical problem -if the daily stats are somewhat disheartening to look at.

Gods save us from technology!

It does mean my Dr Strange mega post is not going to appear, however.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Thousands Vanish! Where Are They?

Before I did all the recent postings of many hundreds of images and many many thousand of words (I stopped checking when it got to over 100,000 words) CBO was getting daily views of between 2,000-5,000.

I decide to go out on a big bang because you are not going to find post like this elsewhere.

Okay, you are waiting to find out just how many extra views CBO is getting, right?

Zero.  I am not kidding.  In fact, the number of CBO views has decreased dramatically. Since the first mega post (the Avengers one) CBO is struggling to make 700 views a day.

Does that make any sense?  Oh, the number of moaning comments (most deleted) rose by 100%.  But I checked blog settings, audience distribution -everything.  There appears to be no logical reason for a sudden and massive drop in views.

Look at this -

Pageviews by Countries

Graph of most popular countries among blog viewers
United States
United Kingdom

All the same as usual but thousands have vanished.  I thought it might be a New Year and back to work but it is now the 16th January.  Bloggers tend not to talk to one another so problems rarely get announced.

Web tools shows everything is fine and since I do not earn a penny from any of this I'm not worried.  Millions of people have visited since 2011 so they know where CBO is!

Just part of blogging which I am happy to say that I am now encouraged to back away from.

Also,my notes show that something similar happened twice before when the number of views screwed up figures on this blog -it turned out on those occasions that views had increased by a few thousand and Blogger stats could not cope.


Monday, 15 January 2018

The MLJ Guys At Class! Groovy.

These are just some of the Class Radio City/Archie reprints.  Remember they are all in black and white and printing quality could be a bit hit-and-miss.  One of the printers told me that "You had to print such-and-such a number of copies. Toward the end of the print run things might not be as pristine as when they started!"

But Class reprinted Fly-Man/Fly stories, The Jaguar, The Mighty Crusaders from issue #1 -in fact, all the MLJ heroes could be found in various Class titles.

What I like is that the actual comic covers used in the US were reproduced so if you knew anything about these Archie Comics you knew what you were getting.

It's fair to say that until the early 1970s I had not seen any of the Archie heroes -the reason Class Comics existed was because we never had comic shops and newsagents got whatever comics got to the UK, mainly as "bulk" so finding a Fly-Man comic in a shop would be a rarity and might -might- be one of a very few in your part of the country.

When I walked into the Bristol Book Centre on Gloucester Road, Bristol, run by a rather "eccentric" American lady and former opera singer (I never asked), there were a row of cardboard boxes on a table as you entered.  I'd gone in mainly to try to find Fu Manchu, Doc Savage or other pulp books.  When I saw what was in the boxes I forgot about them!

But up to that time I had not seen many of the Archie characters in colour and some were new to me. But, as with a lot of Marvel comics, these Class issues gave us Brit Kids a glimpse into a comics world we had never heard of. We had seen and read Superman, Batman, we had seen Spider-Man, The Avengers in Odhams comic titles but these...

I'm just sorry the cover scans are not great on some of these but once I get to trying to catalogue the collection I have I hope to get better scans as well as more on the contents.
And believe me, this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to Class and Archie/MLJ hero reprints (Gerald Swan had reprinted Archie Andrews, Jughead et al in the 1940s/1950s).

So apologies for the meagre offerings but "one day"........

I actually forgot that Rick Offenberger at the Mighty Crusaders Network gave this list of Class reprints of Archie MLJ hero comics:

Amazing Stories of  SUSPENSE

85        3 Fly stories with cover
86        1 Fly story, 1 Shield story
88        2 Fly stories with cover, and 1 Flygirl story
90        3 Jaguar stories with cover
90        1 Steel Sterling story with cover,  and 1 Fox story
97        3 Fly & Flygirl stories
100      1 Jaguar story
105      1 Fly story with cover
217      1 Fly story
224      3 Jaguar stories with cover
235      1 Fly story, and 1 Shield story

Amazing Stories


76        1 Fly story by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby
84        2 Fly stories, and 1 Flygirl story
89        1 Mighty Crusaders, 1 Fly, and 1 Jaguar story
91        1 Fly story, and 1 Jaguar story
93        1 Jaguar story
94        1 Fly-Man, 1 Black Hood, 1 Shield, and 1 Jaguar story
220      2 Jaguar stories with cover, and 1 Fly story Amazing Tales

100      2 Jaguar stories, and 1 Fly story
105      2 Fly story, 1 Flygirl story,  and 1 Jaguar story
107      1 Fly story
109      2 Fly stories, and 2 Jaguar stories
113      1 Fly story, and 1 Web story
165      2 Fly stories with cover
169      1 Jaguar story
243      3 Jaguar stories, and 1 Fly story
 Strange Suspense stories 


52        3 Fly stories with cover
55        1 Fly story, 1 Mr. Justice story, and 1 Black Hood story
60        1 Fly story
64        2 Fly stories with cover, 1 Flygirl, and 2 Jaguar stories
70        3 Jaguar stories with cover
71        3 Jaguar stories
94        2 Shield stories, and 1 Fly story96        3 Fly stories with cover115      3 Jaguar stories, and 1 Fly story
117      1 Jaguar story with cover
120      1 Fly
121      2 Jaguar stories with cover
122      1 Black Hood story, 1 Mr. Justice story, and 1 Fly story
124      3 Jaguar story with cover
125      1 Fly story
126      1 Shield, 1 Black Hood, and 1 Fly by Simon &  Kirby
130      1 Fly story, and 1 Flygirl story
144      2 Jaguar stories with cover, 1 Fly story
146      1 Jaguar story
161      1 Fly story, and 1 Flygirl story
186      2 Black Hood stories
189      1 Fly story
 Strange Suspense stories 
UNCANNY TALES95        1 Fly story by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby
121      1 Fly story by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby
123      2 Shadow stories with cover
126      1 Black Hood story with cover, and 1 Mighty Crusaders
155      1 Fly story
156      1 Mighty Crusaders story

Strange Tale of Suspense 


94        1 Shield and Web story with cover, and 2 Fly stories
98        1 Mighty Crusaders story
104      3 Jaguar stories with cover
106      1 Fly story, and 1 Jaguar story
111      1 Fly story with cover, 1 Shield story, and 1 Web story
230      1 Shadow story, and 1 Fly story
247      1 Mighty Crusaders story, and 1 Fly story

If you want to find out more about these characters I'd highly recommend the MCN