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Commander Benson replied to Hoy Murphy's discussion Happy birthday to our host, Mr. Silver Age, Craig Shutt
"Late for the party, but hope it was a good one.  Happy Another-Year-Done, Mr. S.A.!"
Commander Benson replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Philip Portelli Re-Reads Legion of Super-Heroes
"As you know, I also postulated in one of my older Deck Log entries ( that the events in "The Day Pete Ross Became a Robot" formed the reason that the Legion made Pete…"
Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry #198 Kryptonite---a Glowing Reference (Part Three)
"I hadn't known about the Dimension Z story. Good point."
Apr 23
Luke Blanchard replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry #198 Kryptonite---a Glowing Reference (Part Three)
"The trick Superman uses to defeat Brainiac in the former story only makes sense if Superman's x-ray vision doesn't work continuously, and he was timing his spins to match the gaps between his x-ray pulses. Otherwise, he replaced…"
Apr 23
Commander Benson replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry #198 Kryptonite---a Glowing Reference (Part Three)
"With regard to "The Menace of Red and Green Kryptonite", I agree with your assessment.  There appeared to be nothing special about the addition of green k to the mix. However, the Supergirl story, "The Ordeals of Dimension…"
Apr 22
Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry #198 Kryptonite---a Glowing Reference (Part Three)
"Having just reread the red-green kryptonite story, I'm honestly not sure the green k contributed anything. Growing a third eye seems like a fairly normal red k effect, hardly the nightmarish transformation announced on the cover."
Apr 22
Commander Benson replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion Hanna-Barbera Cartoons
"Glad I could help,.Jeff.  I still remember watching all those cartoons back in '66-7, in the TV room of our house on Willow Park Road.  Of the Saturday-morning fare, Space Ghost was my favourite.  (I didn't…"
Apr 12
Commander Benson replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion Hanna-Barbera Cartoons
"I would have linked it, but those entries appeared on the long-departed old board and I haven't added them to the current board as "From the Archives" entries, yet.  There are seven parts, and I didn't want to go that long…"
Apr 11
Commander Benson replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion Hanna-Barbera Cartoons
"Seven years ago, I did a seven-part Deck Log entry on Saturday-morning television, and I had remarks about both Frankenstein, Jr., and the Impossibles,The Herculoids, Birdman, Shazzan!, and The Mighty Mightor.…"
Apr 11
Commander Benson replied to The Baron's discussion The Baron Re-Watches "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!" (SPOILERS)
"Frankly, I preferred Bobby Darin's version: In a cavern, down by a canyon, Excavating for a mine, Lived a miner from North Carolina And his daughter, sweet Clementine.   Now every mornin', just about dawnin', When the sun began…"
Apr 10
Ronald Morgan commented on Commander Benson's blog post From the Archives: Deck Log Entry # 8 "JLA": Justice League of---Avengers?
"Possibly Stan realized he hadn't actually had Thor say he was leaving like the others did. Interesting idea that he quit because he didn't care for the new group and thought they were too weak to be useful. A weaker Avengers would have…"
Apr 10
Commander Benson replied to PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod's discussion Anything, Everything, or Nothing At All
"The newest of our kindle of cats, the one that the Good Mrs. Benson rescued after it fell into a dumpster at her place of business, came to us when it was five weeks old.  Great, we thought!  We could raise it virtually from square one,…"
Apr 9
Commander Benson replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry #198 Kryptonite---a Glowing Reference (Part Three)
"There was such an occurance, well after the Silver Age; however, some of the Bizarro's super-powers were altered from those of Superman not because of the duplicator machine, but from an outside agency. In "Backwards Battle of the…"
Apr 8
Richard Willis replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry #198 Kryptonite---a Glowing Reference (Part Three)
"Commander Benson said: So, what's to stop the Legion from taking a time-bubble back to a day before the Sun-Eater entered Earth's galaxy and telling Ferro Lad to hop aboard? This trick was just used on the Legends of Tomorrow show so they…"
Apr 8
Richard Willis replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry #198 Kryptonite---a Glowing Reference (Part Three)
"Luke Blanchard said: I think "The Sun of Superman!" (Superman #255, nice art in that one) must have been written to get rid of kryptonite from the rest of the universe. At that point, Schwartz really wanted it gone! Did Schwartz think this…"
Apr 8
Richard Willis replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry #198 Kryptonite---a Glowing Reference (Part Three)
"Eric L. Sofer said: Commander, you missed one of the most awkward Red K items of all. Out in space, there was a huge cloud of Red K that would change Kryptonians into WHATEVER THEY WANTED - Krypto became a beautiful collie and Superman got a giant…"
Apr 8

Commander Benson's News Posts

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…


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…


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…


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…


From the Archives: Deck Log Entry # 37 Mars or Bust!

Posted on May 24, 2013 at 6:30am 35 Comments

I haven’t bought a comic book, at least not a current one, in over two decades.  But that doesn’t mean my head is in the sand when it comes to what the popular things are.  Fora like the Captain Comics message board keep me posted on that; I may not know the bit-and-piece details, but I am privy to the general ideas. …


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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