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Doctor Hmmm? replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 229 Happy Thanksgiving 2020!
"Happy Thanksgiving, Commander!  And  the same to all the Legionnaires!"
8 hours ago
ClarkKent_DC replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 229 Happy Thanksgiving 2020!
"Fine work, as usual, Commander. You really ought to collect these into a book. "
14 hours ago
ClarkKent_DC replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 229 Happy Thanksgiving 2020!
"What, and spoil the ending?"
14 hours ago
Mark Sullivan (Vertiginous Mod) replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 229 Happy Thanksgiving 2020!
"Great one, Commander! I look forward to your Thanksgiving entries. This was all new to me."
19 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 229 Happy Thanksgiving 2020!
"Another great Holiday tale! I give thanks for your insights! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and all who mingle here!"
19 hours ago
Jeff of Earth-J replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 229 Happy Thanksgiving 2020!
""Hey, commander, this is all very interesting, but what's it got to do with Thanksgiving?" that wasn't my (rhetorical) question. Mine was, "Hey, commander, what are you going to do to put a positive spin on this…"
21 hours ago
Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 229 Happy Thanksgiving 2020!
""That was all it took to flame the public's interest in it, and sales increased to the point where Maria showed a handsome income from it." Similarly when the Production Code office found that "The Moon is Blue" was…"
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Deck Log Entry # 229 Happy Thanksgiving 2020!

Even now, Maria would be considered a firebrand. She was born in Massachusetts, to a sickly and emotionally distant mother and a stern, religiously devout father named Francis.  Mr. Francis was a successful baker, so she grew up in a solidly middle-class, if rigid, household.  Possibly her first act of independence was to insist on going by her middle name, Maria, because…See More
Jeff of Earth-J replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 228 The Wienie-isation of Hal Jordan
""I'm afraid our outlooks on this are too different, my friend." That may well be so, but you needn't worry about your arguments being "too barbed." We are, both of us, capable of having a disagreement, even an…"
Commander Benson replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 228 The Wienie-isation of Hal Jordan
"As you understand, my involvement with the character of Hal Jordan essentially ends with the Silver Age, so I cannot attest to his depiction after that.  I mean, I bought the comics after that, but I was emotionally detached; he wasn't my…"
Commander Benson replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion Howling Commandos (Abridged)
"Until this poiht, I  had been able to, with a grain or two of salt, accept the idea that the Howlers were still in good enough shape to go on missions.  Their years of intensive exercise had kept their bodies reasonably fit and, I…"
Nov 16
Jeff of Earth-J replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 228 The Wienie-isation of Hal Jordan
"I have just finished reading issues #172-200 for the first time after reading #49-75 (most of which I read for the first time ever) and #76-89. I am now convinced that the #172-200 arc was specifically plotted to turn around these concerns over the…"
Nov 15
Commander Benson replied to ClarkKent_DC's discussion "Jeopardy!" Host Alex Trebek, 1940-2020
"When Alex Trebek became the host of the revived Jeopardy! in 1984, I resented the fact that he was replacing Art Fleming, whom, to me, was only man who should have hosted the show.  (In the same way that, in my eyes, Bud Collyer was the…"
Nov 8
Commander Benson replied to Cavaliere (moderator emeritus)'s discussion What are you watching right now?
"With pleasure, my friend, and thank you for the kind words. "Elizabeth, My Love" aired in season two, on 27 May 1961.  At the end of the episode, Elizabeth Cartwright (played by Geraldine Brooks) dies after giving birth to…"
Nov 8
Commander Benson replied to Cavaliere (moderator emeritus)'s discussion What are you watching right now?
"Roberts left Bonanza after its sixth season and, for me, the show went downhill after that. One of my favourite anecdotes about Roberts' departure---I can't remember where I heard or read it; perhaps from Roberts himself on a…"
Nov 8
Commander Benson replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion Green Lantern
"By this time, I was no longer recognising DC's characters as the ones I had grown up with.  (And the Crisis would put a solid period on that for me.)  But I was still buying the comics, out of inertia.  Thus, I was following…"
Nov 7

Commander Benson's News Posts

Deck Log Entry # 106 The Witch of Metropolis

Posted on November 12, 2017 at 7:44am 21 Comments

I’m not a big Lois Lane fan. I never was. Try for the life of me, I could never see what attracted Superman to her. Oh, sure, every once in a while would come a story in which she was a true and helpful friend to the Man of Steel. But far more often than not, she was a genuine pain.

She snooped. She pried. She violated others’ privacy. And I’m not talking about in her professional rôle as a reporter. These things she did to dig into the personal secrets of…


Deck Log Entry # 160 A Forgotten Gem: Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos # 7 (May, 1964) (Part One)

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 3:30am 37 Comments

“The Court-Martial of Sergeant Fury”


Editor and writer:  Stan Lee  Art:  Jack Kirby (pencils), George Roussos (inks)



It was January, 1963, and Marvel Comics was a title short.


Publisher Martin Goodman had ordered the cancellation of The Incredible Hulk after its sixth issue. …


From the Archives: Deck Log Entry # 40 "But I Always Thought . . . ." the Justice League of America

Posted on July 9, 2013 at 10:30am 50 Comments

Once again, gang, I’m going to blow away some of the commonly held misconceptions about the fictional details of the Silver Age heroes.  As I mentioned the last time I did this, an abundance of continuity errors made in the 1970’s became factoids when writers and fans who came in late accepted the mistakes as legitimate information.  When 1985's Crisis on Infinite…


Deck Log Entry # 159 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition . . . Answers!

Posted on June 17, 2013 at 1:03pm 29 Comments

I have to say, I loved the response to this particular quiz!  The responses were everything I hope for when I gin up one of these brain-teasers:  a reasonable amount of participation, a bit of brilliance from everyone who posted, some correct answers which I hadn’t thought of, and one question which nobody got right. 


(O.K., that last one is my ego speaking…


Deck Log Entry # 158 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition

Posted on May 31, 2013 at 9:30am 57 Comments

I try to accommodate my readers.  Sometimes, it’s a snap, especially when the reader himself provides the inspiration, such as when Commando Cody raised the question of why Lightning Lad wasn’t held to task for killing Zaryan the Conqueror.


Other times, the sailing's not so smooth.  Figserello has been waiting for me to do a piece on Animal Man.  The hold-up…


Comment Wall (9 comments)

At 8:30am on August 12, 2010, Mr. Silver Age said…
Thanks, Commander! Since my own playground was down for so long, I figured I'd spend a little time over here, and I decided I might as well sign up while I was at it.
At 3:12pm on May 17, 2011, Eric L. Sofer said…

Commander, I have always respected your style and manner, and have enjoyed disagreeing with you on any (infrequent) points of contention we have had - so you can certainly believe that I have immensely appreciated your Deck Logs.  If you are posting them elsewhere, I will continue to enjoy them.


But it's just time for me to be gone from the Captain Comics board.  I receive no replies or conversation from Cap anymore, and my unceremonious dumping as an administrator left a bad taste in my mouth... and the subsequent situation has done nothing to make me feel any better.


If I do not get the opportunity to communicate with you again, let me assure you that you have my greatest respect and admiration, and I wish you and yours the very best.


I remain,


Eric L. Sofer

The Silver Age Fogey


At 10:24am on October 21, 2011, Sandi Charton said…

Hi - not sure if I'm posting this comment for Commander Benson in the write location, but - yes - if you could scan some pages, that would be phenomenal!!!  I am very grateful for the tenaciousness and loyalty of this group....


Fond regards, Sandi Charton


At 9:48pm on May 30, 2012, Philip Portelli said…


Over at the "Alan Scott is DC's Gay Hero", there is some discussion on whether Pinky Pinkerton of the Howling Commandos was always meant to be gay, not merely picked by fans as was Element Lad. It seems like there is the assumption that Stan Lee did this deliberately. I am in disagreement of this. If you can, could you please comment on this? Your knowledge is appreciated. Also I mentioned that, in the Silver Age, most of the Justice Society were not established as being married.

These are minor points, to be sure but if you want to add anything, it would be most welcomed.


Philip Portelli

At 8:45am on May 31, 2012, Philip Portelli said…

Thank you, Commander. I was thinking about Percy's "origin" story as proof but you're right about what people want to believe. If Marvel puts out a story that states Percy was gay, fine. My point was Stan's intent at the time.

Again informative and timely,

Much thanks,


At 9:06am on June 16, 2012, Philip Portelli said…


Actually we should all be thanking you for the research, enjoyment and knowledge you provide!

"Happy I read your stuff", I've gone through your archives! The way you combine Silver Age comics with the events of the time plus your background creates a real learning experience!

Should you ever print your columns in book form, you have one guarantee sale!

Again with much thanks and respect!


At 9:19am on June 29, 2012, Doctor Hmmm? said…


Just bopping around the Board this morning, I ran across a comment you made to Philip Portelli earlier this month:

Sometimes I wonder if anybody ever reads my stuff, so it's always nice when I get a comment or a "like".

Made me feel a teensy bit guilty (not that you intended that).  I don't read every word on every thread, but I always read what you have to say in any thread I'm in, and I'm more likely to peek in on a new thread if I see you've posted there.  And I always read the Deck Log.

Your comments and articles are consistently well researched, well written, interesting and (when thats your goal) entertaining.  Since most of my available Board time is at the office (SHHH, don't tell anybody!) I don't often post unless I have something to say -- which, most of the time, means I have something silly to say -- but I am reading and enjoying.

Oh ... and "color" doesn't have a "u" in it. :)


At 5:42pm on May 23, 2013, Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said…

Commander, I'm not sure what's going on; I've approved your Archive Deck Log Entry #37 twice now, and it hasn't shown up on the front page either time. I'm going to discuss it with the other mods; I might be doing something wrong. But I'm not sure how, exactly, I can screw up hitting "Approve."

But if you don't see it, and put it up again, I'm going to let one of the other mods approve it, and see if I can learn what, if anything, I'm missing here. Sorry for the delay!

P.S. I'm going to send this on to you as an individual message, too, so you don't miss it, but I've got to "friend" you first.

At 11:05am on May 24, 2013, Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said…

Ah, that makes sense. I've seen some unfinished blog entries from Figs that said in caps at the top, "JUST A DRAFT, MODS, DO NOT APPROVE" or something to that effect. It's an inelegant system, but as far as I can tell. it's the best anyone's come up with so far. 

Regardless, I'm glad it wasn't causing frustration or extra work on your end. 

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