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marvel-api

Node.js wrapper for working with the official Marvel Comics API

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Node.js wrapper for working with the official Marvel Comics API

Usage

Head over to developer.marvel.com and sign up/in to get your API keys. Install the module using npm and initialize an API client using the public and private API keys for your account.

var api = require('marvel-api');
 
var marvel = api.createClient({
  publicKey: 'my-public-key'
, privateKey: 'my-private-key'
});

All methods return promises but also accept a callback.

..use the promise...

marvel.characters.findAll()
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

..or use a callback.

marvel.characters.findAll(function(err, results) {
  if (err) {
    return console.error(err);
  }
 
  console.log(results);
});

Response Format

The response includes two properties, data which is the actual data returned from the request and meta which includes information about the result set such as the number of items retrieved, the total available items and the current offset into the data. This allows some visibility into the data so that you can make incremental requests to retrieve large datasets.

{
  data: [
    {
      id: 43495,
      digitalId: 28150,
      ...
    },
    {
      id: 42566,
      digitalId: 0,
      ...
    }
  ],
  meta: {
    offset: 0,
    limit: 20,
    total: 2576,
    count: 20
  }
}

Example

Find Spider-Man's ID then the first 20 comics he's been in.

marvel.characters.findByName('spider-man')
  .then(function(res) {
    console.log('Found character ID', res.data[0].id);
    return marvel.characters.comics(res.data[0].id);
  })
  .then(function(res) {
    console.log('found %s comics of %s total', res.meta.count, res.meta.total);
    console.log(res.data);
  })
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

API

the API is broken into pieces based on the data that will be worked with. Each object has methods for interacting with the specific bits of data for that object with some reasonable defaults.

Characters

#findAll

Fetch all characters within range. Accepts a limit and/or offset. Offset defaults to 0; limit defaults to 20 with a maximum of 100.

Fetch the first 20 characters.

marvel.characters.findAll()
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

Fetch the first 5 characters.

marvel.characters.findAll(5)
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

Fetch 3 characters starting at index 30.

marvel.characters.findAll(3, 30)
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

#findByName

Fetch characters (returns an array) with the specified name.

marvel.characters.findByName('spider-man')
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

#findNameStartsWith

Fetch characters with names that start with the specified string.

marvel.characters.findNameStartsWith('spi')
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

#find

Fetch a single character with the specified ID.

marvel.characters.find('1011227')
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

#comics

Fetch a list of comics filtered by character ID.

Optionally accepts a limit [20] and an offset [0].

marvel.characters.comics('1011334')
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

#events

Fetch a list of events filtered by character ID.

Optionally accepts a limit [20] and an offset [0].

marvel.characters.events('1011334')
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

#stories

Fetch stories filtered by character ID.

Optionally accepts a limit [20] and an offset [0].

marvel.characters.stories('1011334')
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

Creators

#findAll

Fetch all creators within range. Accepts a limit and/or offset. Offset defaults to 0; limit defaults to 20 with a maximum of 100.

Fetch the first 20 creators.

marvel.creators.findAll()
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

Fetch the first 5 creators.

marvel.creators.findAll(5)
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

Fetch 3 creators starting at index 30.

marvel.creators.findAll(3, 30)
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

#findByName

Fetch creators (returns an array) with the specified name. A first name, middle name (option) and last name (option) can be specified.

Fetch by first name only.

marvel.creators.findByName('austin')
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

Fetch by first and middle name only.

marvel.creators.findByName('Goran', 'Sudzuka')
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

Fetch by first, middle, and last name.

marvel.creators.findByName('Pat', 'Lee', '(X-Men/FF)')
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

#find

Fetch a single creator with the specified ID.

marvel.creators.find('4110')
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

#comics

Fetch a list of comics filtered by creator ID.

Optionally accepts a limit [20] and an offset [0].

marvel.creators.comics('4110')
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

#stories

Fetch a list of creators filtered by story ID.

Optionally accepts a limit [20] and an offset [0].

marvel.creators.stories('4110')
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

Comics

#findAll

Fetch all comics within range. Accepts a limit and/or offset. Offset defaults to 0; limit defaults to 20 with a maximum of 100.

Fetch the first 20 comics.

marvel.comics.findAll()
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

Fetch the first 5 comics.

marvel.comics.findAll(5)
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

Fetch 3 comics starting at index 30.

marvel.comics.findAll(3, 30)
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

#find

Fetch a single comic with the specified ID.

marvel.comics.find('4110')
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

#characters

Fetch a list of comics filtered by character ID.

Optionally accepts a limit [20] and an offset [0].

marvel.comics.characters('4110')
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

#stories

Fetch a list of comics filtered by story ID.

Optionally accepts a limit [20] and an offset [0].

marvel.comics.stories('4110')
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

Events

#findAll

Fetch all events within range. Accepts a limit and/or offset. Offset defaults to 0; limit defaults to 20 with a maximum of 100.

Fetch the first 20 events.

marvel.events.findAll()
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

Fetch the first 5 events.

marvel.events.findAll(5)
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

Fetch 3 events starting at index 30.

marvel.events.findAll(3, 30)
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

#findByName

Fetch events (returns an array) with the specified name.

marvel.events.findByName('spider-man')
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

#find

Fetch a single event with the specified ID.

marvel.events.find('1011227')
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

#comics

Fetch a list of comics filtered by event ID.

Optionally accepts a limit [20] and an offset [0].

marvel.events.comics('1011334')
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

#characters

Fetch a list of characters filtered by event ID.

Optionally accepts a limit [20] and an offset [0].

marvel.events.characters('1011334')
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

#stories

Fetch stories filtered by event ID.

Optionally accepts a limit [20] and an offset [0].

marvel.events.stories('1011334')
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

Series

#findAll

Fetch all series within range. Accepts a limit and/or offset. Offset defaults to 0; limit defaults to 20 with a maximum of 100.

Fetch the first 20 series.

marvel.series.findAll()
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

Fetch the first 5 series.

marvel.series.findAll(5)
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

Fetch 3 series starting at index 30.

marvel.series.findAll(3, 30)
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

#findByTitle

Fetch series (returns an array) with the specified title.

marvel.series.findByTitle('spider-man')
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

#find

Fetch a single series with the specified ID.

marvel.series.find('1011227')
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

#comics

Fetch a list of comics filtered by series ID.

Optionally accepts a limit [20] and an offset [0].

marvel.series.comics('1011334')
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

#events

Fetch a list of events filtered by series ID.

Optionally accepts a limit [20] and an offset [0].

marvel.series.events('1011334')
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

#stories

Fetch stories filtered by series ID.

Optionally accepts a limit [20] and an offset [0].

marvel.series.stories('1011334')
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

Stories

#findAll

Fetch all stories within range. Accepts a limit and/or offset. Offset defaults to 0; limit defaults to 20 with a maximum of 100.

Fetch the first 20 stories.

marvel.stories.findAll()
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

Fetch the first 5 stories.

marvel.stories.findAll(5)
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

Fetch 3 stories starting at index 30.

marvel.stories.findAll(3, 30)
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

#find

Fetch a single comic with the specified ID.

marvel.stories.find('4110')
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

#characters

Fetch a list of stories filtered by character ID.

Optionally accepts a limit [20] and an offset [0].

marvel.stories.characters('4110')
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

#characters

Fetch a list of stories filtered by character ID.

Optionally accepts a limit [20] and an offset [0].

marvel.stories.characters('4110')
  .then(console.log)
  .fail(console.error)
  .done();

License

Copyright (c) 2014, Matt Hernandez matt@modulus.io

Permission to use, copy, modify, and/or distribute this software for any purpose with or without fee is hereby granted, provided that the above copyright notice and this permission notice appear in all copies.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND THE AUTHOR DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES WITH REGARD TO THIS SOFTWARE INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHOR BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, DIRECT, INDIRECT, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER TORTIOUS ACTION, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THIS SOFTWARE.