What's the point of putting on the trivia how many issues were out at the time? It's like putting on any New 52 issue "when this issue came out there were xxxxxx number of dc comics out". Like, really! What's the point?
It is minor, like all trivia, and it is more random than most. And when comicbook historians of the present and future visit this database, it will not be the item for which they are looking. But neither will 90% of the other trivia sprinkled throughout the site.
It’s presented partly an excuse, for the comics of 1936, which are mostly pretty bad. As a reader slogs thru this panorama of mismatched genres, unfunny cartoons, cringeworthy racial stereotypes, and aborted cliff-hangers, this item serves as a reminder that the industry was still in its very earliest infancy, and had not yet really found its footing. Stoop Davy Dave (talk) 12:29, August 1, 2018 (UTC)
I understand your motivation, Stoop - but it is best, in most sections of this wiki, to refrain from editorializing. So, while the information is certainly trivial, its purpose - providing context for its badness - is not made clear by the simple sentence that you wrote.
And if you did make it clearer what your intention in including that number was in the trivia section, I would likely consider that editorializing.
The trivia section isn't meant for us to excuse the subjective badness of the comics - it's more to explain any outside historical or pop culture references that wouldn't be immediately self-evident from reading the comic or other DC publications (for example, if a character is reading a book that was published in the real world, we might note that in the Trivia, and potentially explain what thematic relevance that might have to the story).
In short - trivia should be for facts, not opinions. While the number is a fact, its intention is to excuse the fact that the comic - in your opinion - is dated/bad.
The numbers as presented might have a hundred undertones or bad motivations, but if those are not visible to the reading public, then no editorializing has been done. Which I think is the case here.
The numbers as presented, without context, simply mark some bland milestone of publishing history, and are unlikely to offend the database's readers. Or so I thought until now. Stoop Davy Dave (talk) 22:26, August 1, 2018 (UTC)
You made several recent edits to New Fun Comics Vol 1 6, so I thought you might have access to a copy and be able to answer the following: In the Dr. Occult story, is his assistant referred to as "Rose Psychic", or is she simply called "Rose"?
New Fun #6 is not available at the ComicBookPlus site. But Dr. Occult's second appearance (in More Fun #7) is available there, and in that issue his assistant is simply called "Rose". (See page 29 of this). Her third appearance, per GCD, is in More Fun # 19, and in that issue her full name "Rose Psychic" is given (see page 13 of this). So I'm hoping to determine if her last name was given in NF #6, or if it wasn't mentioned until later. — Lawrence King(talk) 03:34, June 24, 2018 (UTC)
Toying with it. Character's got a problem but a split ain't the right solution. Looking for a way for "Gay Ghost" and "Grim Ghost" to co-exist. While fooling with that I find this whole secondary problem, where, according to Sensation Comics Vol 1 31, the Gay Ghost was actively crimefighting in Gotham City in 1930, but in his origin story he seemingly doesn't get started until after Britain and Germany are both involved in WWII, which iirc is still Sep 1939 even on Earth-Two.
AFAICT, his only Post-Crisis appearances are the origin retelling in Secret Origins (Volume 2) #42, flashback cameos in History of the DC Universe #1 and Starman (Volume 2) #62, and the Comic Book Limbo appearance in Animal Man #25. As you said, a split seems unnecessary.
Regarding this Sensation #31 story, I think a note about the discrepancy would be enough. That story can't be canon. It just doesn't fit.
I am also saddened, but Fawcett City is a late addition to the Shazam myth, not mentioned before 1985 (In that point 48 years of Captain Marvel's existence). See Fawcett City#Notes. Can I revert your edit on Marvel Family #56? Thanx.
Wait wait. In an earlier version of this same argument, somebody (*) told me that the retcon of F.C. took place in the 1970s, well before 1985. So if you revert it, please mark it with a  so that sooner or later somebody will actually look it up. It's a lot of longboxes to move, but eventually even I might get it done.
(* = Can't remember who, but they were here when I got here, a long time ago, and have been right about other stuff.) Stoop Davy Dave (talk) 12:11, March 6, 2018 (UTC)
Billy's home is explicitly stated to be NYC as late as Shazam #26. I just went through the preceding 25 issues and there's no reference to Fawcett City. I'm fairly certain it was a 1985 last-second retcon. That said, I'll read the remainder of the Shazam series and go through the rest of DC's Pre-Crisis Earth-S stories to see if I'm wrong.
Stop, Stoop. I am reading each Captain Marvel's appearance on DC. Fawcett City is not mentioned in Shazam Vol 1. (at least those I read) nor in World's Finest. During Pre-Crisis, Fawcett is referenced only in All-Star Squadron, Crisis on Infinite Earths and Who's Who. I believe your reference is only a lapse of memory. But I will dig a little more.
As a newbie here, I’d appreciate help with an abbreviation you have used. Please explain the acronym OOU. I have searched high and low for an explanation that makes sense in this context, to no avail. (See, for example, https://www.allacronyms.com/OOU. I rather like the definition there of “Order of Undeath” but I doubt that’s what you mean. ;) )
Hey, SSD. I removed the trivia you added to the Sunny Sparkle page. I have misgivings about mentioning Fawcett City in the way you did. As far as I know, Fawcett City was not mentioned until Who's Who and the Crisis and was a last-minute retcon. I'm currently going through the '70s Shazam series and it is definitely set in NYC. The approach I'm currently taking with indexing the Earth-S stories is not to index the city unless it is specifically stated in the story.