WELCOME! Here's a quick rundown on the various sub-sites and pages you'll find here on Matthew McCallum Online.
Literally years in the making, clicking the image above will take you to a site designed to be your one-stop resource for information on all the various collected editions produced by DC Comics that span the decades from the Golden Age to the Current Era: Archives, Absolute Editions, Classics Library, Omnibus, Showcase Presents and more!
This site is currently undergoing a major redevelopment now that DC has shifted focus from its Archive line of titles to larger Omnibus collections. The current phase concentrates on cataloguing DC hardcovers and softcovers containing pre-Crisis material (circa pre-1986) and mapping the content of highly anticipated future DC collected editions covering that period.
Future phases will add post-Crisis DC hardcover and softcover releases, non-DC Universe Archive lines (such as THUNDER Agents and The Spirit), and ultimately releases from other DC imprints such as Vertigo.
Back in late 2012, when I told my wife Lynn that my next web project was to create a virtual collection for my autographed hockey cards, her reaction was (to my surprise, I will admit) one of great joy and tremendous support. "Finally! You'll be getting rid of all those binders and boxes filled with cards that have been cluttering up my house!" Rarely had I seen her so pleased that it just seemed unnecessarily cruel to let my real plans intrude on what to her was the arrival of a long hoped for moment. We are sufficiently removed from that conversation that I can now say "Unfortunately, my love, that isn't exactly my plan."
Rather, this site is intended as the solution to a vexing problem. When part of the fun of collecting is sharing your treasures with fellow collectors, how do you accomplish that when you live hundreds of miles away from the nearest people whom might care? The obvious answer (the internet, of course!) brings forth a host of new puzzles and challenges in terms of site construction, formatting, and layout. And hence, this is the humble beginnings of a multi-year project to place my every growing certified autographed hockey card collection out on permanent display.
At present, approximately a third of my collection appears on the site. My aim is to increase this north of 40 percent in the next few weeks, and have half my collection on display by the end of the year.
site will finally be enhanced with all the research that I've been engaged in the last few months. In addition to updating the players statistics and player register, two special features have been added: The Order of Outstanding Oilers
and a Comprehensive Entry Draft Analysis Comparison
. The Order of Outstanding Oilers (or O-Three) ranks the top Oilers through a meticulous rating system. Only the top 10 percent of all Oilers can qualify for the O-Three, and the 5-tier ranking system provides a best-within-the-best rating. The Comprehensive Draft Analysis rates the Oilers draft performance against other teams in the league both in NHL man-games produced and points generated. Head-to-head comparisons against Calgary and Los Angeles have been researched, with other teams to be added in the coming months.
The Gruenwald Institute for the Study of Fictional Reality is dedicated to the exploration of the omniversal theory of comics advanced by Mark Gruenwald (1953-1996) in such works as A Primer on Reality in Comic Books, A Treatise on Reality in Comic Literature, and Omniverse: The Journal of Fictional Reality. In light of Mr. Gruenwald's many contributions to the comic arts and his pioneering efforts in this field, the Institute has been so named in his honor. Click on the image above to enter the Institute.
New features coming soon to Matthew McCallum Online
a sub-site called Hockey Hall of Fame Hot Focus
where I'll examine issues related to the HHOF in greater detail with charts and analysis, and a sub-site showcasing my Oilers Game-Worn Sweater Collection.
So, welcome, glad to have you here, and I hope you enjoy the site!