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Whatever Happened to Commander Benson?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) Apr 7. 17 Replies

Deck Log Entry # 236 Merry Christmas 2021!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Willis Dec 27, 2021. 8 Replies

Deck Log Entry # 235 Happy Thanksgiving 2021!

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Commander Benson replied to PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod's discussion Anything, Everything, or Nothing At All
"The GMB experienced those same feelings of worthlessness.  So, she threw herself into running the house and tackling projects that were on our when-we-get-around-to-it list.  It's working out very well, too.  I feel like Jim…"
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Commander Benson replied to PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod's discussion Anything, Everything, or Nothing At All
"It's been irritating, but we've always been pretty confident that her disability will eventually be approved.  The thing that has struck me, though, is the leaden speed of the process, going into eighteen-to-twenty-four months. …"
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Commander Benson replied to PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod's discussion Anything, Everything, or Nothing At All
"Fingers crossed for you, pal.  If it is approved, that's going ro be one hell of a backpay cheque! I know from where you speak.  The Good Mrs. Benson filed for Social Security Disability in January of 2021, and only now is the end in…"
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Commander Benson liked Randy Jackson's discussion League of Extraordinary Gentlemen reboot
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Commander Benson replied to Randy Jackson's discussion How old is Alfred Pennyworth?
"O.K., folks, here we go! Part of the problem is that, after all the decades and all of the revisions, just what Alfred's history was blurs in the minds of comics fans who try to keep all of it, up to the present day, in order.  Cap got…"
Apr 23
Commander Benson liked Captain Comics's discussion Is the Silver Age holding Superman back? A CBR writer thinks so
Apr 21
Commander Benson replied to Randy Jackson's discussion How old is Alfred Pennyworth?
"Sorry I missed the emergency signal on this one, gang, I must have been tied up on an urgent case of my own. I've been working on this, and I'll post my findings by this week-end."
Apr 18
Commander Benson replied to ClarkKent_DC's discussion R.I.P. Nehemiah Persoff of The Legion of "Hey, It's That Guy!" Character Actors
"Mr. Persoff had always fascinated me simply because of his longevity, not just of his life, but of his career.  In fact, about two weeks ago, the Good Mrs. Benson and I were watching an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents from 1958 in which…"
Apr 8
Commander Benson liked Commander Benson's discussion Whatever Happened to Commander Benson?
Apr 7
Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) replied to Commander Benson's discussion Whatever Happened to Commander Benson?
"Congratulations, Commander! I'm glad you found fulfilling, engaging work. I'm still years from retirement -- and have been self-employed for more than a decade, so I haven't even grappled with what that would mean -- but I certainly…"
Apr 7
Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) liked Commander Benson's discussion Whatever Happened to Commander Benson?
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The Baron replied to Commander Benson's discussion Whatever Happened to Commander Benson?
"I defy you to find a post anywhere where I claimed to be perfectly consistent.  :)"
Apr 6
Jeff of Earth-J replied to Commander Benson's discussion Whatever Happened to Commander Benson?
""I never know what people will or won't know.  " So let me get this straight... you felt the need to footnote LIE and SOL but not hikikomori? Got it. ;)"
Apr 6
ClarkKent_DC replied to Commander Benson's discussion Whatever Happened to Commander Benson?
"I'm experiencing the work paradigm from a different angle. After too many miserable years at an inhospitable workplace, which unceremoniously gave me the boot, I've been working from home as a freelancer for the past eight years or so. I…"
Apr 5
Commander Benson replied to The Baron's discussion Our Friend, Rich Lane
"When you're a young man just beginning to make your mark in the world, diseases and infirmities, like what Rich Lane is suffering through right now, are things out of mind.  Those things are for old people, and you're…"
Apr 5
The Baron replied to Commander Benson's discussion Whatever Happened to Commander Benson?
"I never know what people will or won't know.  There's lots of things that I don't know.  For example, I couldn't tell you the name of the major highway through Memphis, and I'm pretty sure that I've driven on…"
Apr 5

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…

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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. …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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. 

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

Commander:

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. :)

Darin

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

Commander,

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!

Philip 

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,

Philip

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

Commander,

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.

Respectfully,

Philip Portelli

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 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,

  Sincerely,

Eric L. Sofer

The Silver Age Fogey

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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.
 
 
 

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