Talk:Captain Future (magazine)

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Copyright on the magazines[edit]

Noting here for future reference that the copyright was renewed on all 17 magazines, so the covers are not available as public domain, and would have to be fair use if they were to be included. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 02:20, 7 August 2014 (UTC)

GA Review[edit]

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Reviewer: J Milburn (talk · contribs) 19:01, 23 December 2014 (UTC)


Happy to offer some thoughts.

  • What precisely is a superscientist? Is it a very good scientist or a superhero who is also a scientist? (It's not in the OED.) I note that in the main prose, it is "super-scientist".
    I think the intended meaning is a very good scientist, though the source doesn't explain and I haven't read the relevant stories. I added the hyphen in the lead; does that suffice? Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 23:10, 23 December 2014 (UTC)
  • Technically, citations are needed for all quotes, even in the lead.
    Done. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 23:10, 23 December 2014 (UTC)
  • "the disembodied brain of Simon Wright" Presumably, you don't mean disembodied- the brain would still be corporeal- detached, perhaps?
    You're right, of course, but "disembodied" is what the source says. I assume they mean a brain in a vat, though perhaps not quite in the usual philosophical sense. A quick bit of Googling finds this, which makes it definite. I've just made it "brain", which sidesteps the issue; is there a better way to say it? Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 23:10, 23 December 2014 (UTC)
  • Is Startling Comics worth linking? How about Better Publications?
    I can't find a good target for the comic, which surprises me. I linked Better Publications to Standard Magazines, which was the parent corporation. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 23:10, 23 December 2014 (UTC)
  • Your Superman link goes to an article on the character, not a particular publication
    That's the best link I could find. Apparently Weisinger didn't leave to edit a particular comic; he left to edit the group of Superman comics, and I don't think there's a suitable link for that. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 23:10, 23 December 2014 (UTC)
  • I notice from the covers that the tagline changed- is this mentioned in any of your sources?
    No, but I just searched and found something that will work. Probably have to be tomorrow to make the edit; I'm out of time for tonight. Thanks for the review, as usual! Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 23:10, 23 December 2014 (UTC)
    OK, done. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 03:36, 24 December 2014 (UTC)

As ever, looks strong. Please check my changes- I've adjusted the table and added an image, among smaller tweaks. J Milburn (talk) 19:01, 23 December 2014 (UTC)

My only concern with the changes is the use of the volume/issue number to refer to the magazine's individual issues, both in the image caption and the table. It's not that it's wrong, it's just that it's never done that way -- nobody knows the volume/issue numbers for most magazines; it's just bibliographic data you look up when you need it. Everyone uses the cover date to identify the magazines. Is there a way to make the table correctly sortable while using the magazine dates as the visible text? Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 03:50, 24 December 2014 (UTC)
Understood- I've adjusted this. J Milburn (talk) 17:14, 24 December 2014 (UTC)

According to page 55 of this book, Captain Future was "the first science fiction pulp built around the exploits of a single character". J Milburn (talk) 19:13, 23 December 2014 (UTC)

It's not just the first one, it's really the only one. I added a footnote to say so; does that cover it? Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 23:10, 23 December 2014 (UTC)