Display Volume with Issue Number

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The "display volume with issue number field" flag must be set (the box must be checked) in the following situations, and must not be set (the box must be unchecked) for any other reasons (unless established by subsequent policy votes):

  1. Issue numbers that reset within a single series such that the presence of the volume number disambiguates the issue.
  2. In the case of irregular numbering, issue numbers that happen to be unique but are otherwise part of a run requires volume numbers for disambiguation must set the flag as well. Examples:
    • There is only one issue of Cat-Man Comics with indicia #15, but the irregular nature of the series requires consistent use of the volume field for clarity up to the point where volume numbers are no longer printed at all http://www.comics.org/series/255/).
    • A series with odd start and end points, such as a four-issue series numbered v1#11, v1#12, v2#1, v2#2. If the pattern appears to be a regular reset issue reset for a new volume, the flag must be set.
  3. If the series is part of a sequence of series with shared numbering, and the shared numbering fulfills the requirements for use of the flag, then the flag must be used on all series in the sequence. Example:
  4. If the volume is prominently displayed on the cover (or wherever the issue number is most prominently displayed). This is not to be confused with a "volume" being part of the series name (i.e. "Marvel Zombies 2", "Marvel Zombies 3", etc. which do not actually have volume numbers in the traditional sense). Example:
  5. If the volume usage changes during the lifetime of the series, the flag should only be set during the period(s) when the rules would normally apply. Examples:
    • Star Comics (http://www.comics.org/series/89/) did not have a volume printed at all for its first six issues.
    • [Note: find a better example] If "New Comics", "New Adventure Comics" and "Adventure Comics" were taken together as a single series, it would go through a period of resetting indicia issue numbers: v1#1-v2#10 (22) then a period of no indicia number at all (#23 - the mid-40's at least), then a period of matching indicia and cover numbers, but no volume (the 50's and 60's or so), then a period of a volume that is independent of the issue number (volume 35 #466, for instance). The flag would be set on v1#1 - v2#10 (22), but not on the later issues such as volume 35 #466.
  6. Series which were canceled before such a reset could occur, but which clearly would have fallen under the above rule on the evidence of contemporary closely related publications (i.e. from the same publisher). If the evidence is ambiguous (i.e. some closely related series do not use issue numbers that reset), the flag should not be used.

Further examples of when the flag is NOT set:

  1. Captain America Comics starts off as volume 2, and then switches to volume 1 in the late 40s, but uses whole numbering throughout. The flag is not set for any of these.
  2. Multiple series of the same name, each with independent numbering starting at 1, each with a different volume number that appears only in the indicia or only in the series title, do not set the flag.

Policy List Votes:

http://www.comics.org/voting/ballot/13

http://www.comics.org/voting/ballot/14

http://www.comics.org/voting/ballot/15


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