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Deck Log Entry # 214 Lois Lane's Three Super-Cupids

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fraser Sherman Mar 4. 5 Replies

Deck Log Entry # 213 "Youthenising" the Kents

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fraser Sherman Feb 17. 20 Replies

Deck Log Entry # 212 Merry Christmas 2018!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Willis Dec 25, 2018. 4 Replies

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Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 214 Lois Lane's Three Super-Cupids
"Lois and Superman really shouldn't allow their kid to torment the dog. Amusingly, a couple of stories established Lois saw her identity-snooping as much superior to Vicky Vale's – Lois just wanted to prove herself to Superman, Vicky…"
Mar 4
Philip Portelli replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 214 Lois Lane's Three Super-Cupids
"I'm surprised that Jimmy didn't take a stab at it! If Superman married Lois, then maybe Lucy might want to get married too! Also Wayne Boring always drew Lori prettier than Lois!"
Feb 28
Doctor Hmmm? replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 214 Lois Lane's Three Super-Cupids
"Fun as always, Commander. I've read all of those stories multiple times over the years, but never really thought of them as a 3-part series before. Also, the fish with Lois' face just never gets old!"
Feb 28
ClarkKent_DC replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 214 Lois Lane's Three Super-Cupids
"Perry White has a seaside cabin and a yacht? The Daily Planet pays pretty well, indeed!"
Feb 27
The Baron replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 214 Lois Lane's Three Super-Cupids
"Wow, that's one deranged-looking picture of Linda Lee!"
Feb 26
Commander Benson posted a discussion

Deck Log Entry # 214 Lois Lane's Three Super-Cupids

Ask the question, “Who is Superman’s girl friend?”, and even those folks who’ve never seen a Superman movie or television show or comic book will quickly answer, “Lois Lane!” That’s because there are few couples as iconic in popular culture. Since the character of Superman first saw print in 1938, he’s been linked with girl reporter Lois Lane.  They’re right up there with…See More
Feb 26
ClarkKent_DC replied to Commander Benson's discussion Military Sitcoms
"I saw The Presidio a while back on TV. I remember when it was out, there was a big push, but it utterly failed to turn Mark Harmon into a movie star, probably owing to the lousy script. It was one of those projects that kept almost getting made,…"
Feb 20
Commander Benson replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion Star Trek: The Next Generation
""Tomorrow is Yesterday", first aired on 26 January 1967."
Feb 18
Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 213 "Youthenising" the Kents
"No, imaginary just meant "not part of the same fictional reality as our regular stories." I don't recall anyone bringing them up as an alternate timeline before the Bronze Age (the Superboy-as-Tarzan story). However the update of the…"
Feb 17
Dave Elyea replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 213 "Youthenising" the Kents
"This was exactly the story I had in mind when I used the phrase "may as well have been" the LSH instead of "assumed it must have been them" that made the difference.  The Legion "knew" that Superboy would survive,…"
Feb 17
Commander Benson replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 213 "Youthenising" the Kents
"Yes, that would give the Legionnaires the impetus to travel back in time and rescue Superboy, whenever one of their future-viewers showed that he was in trouble.  In fact, that's precisely what happened in "The Army of Living…"
Feb 17
Dave Elyea replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 213 "Youthenising" the Kents
"The big difference between, say Superboy "changing the past" by attempting to stop Lincoln's assassination, and some Legionnaire saving Superboy from one of Lex Luthor's cunning traps is that Superboy knows that history says…"
Feb 17
Dave Elyea replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 213 "Youthenising" the Kents
"But weren't most of the "Imaginary Stories" alternate timelines?  Mort wasn't afraid of those confusing young readers.  Of course, none of those stories were as potentially confusing as the matter of the Kents being…"
Feb 17
Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 213 "Youthenising" the Kents
""Time is not a medium through which things can travel; it is a form of measurement so that events can be accurately recorded in the proper order." Tat doesn't disturb me any more than any of comics' (or SF) other scientific…"
Feb 17
Commander Benson replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 213 "Youthenising" the Kents
"Yes, the appearance of the phoney Sun Boy in Smallville's time did prevent Tom Tanner from assuming Clark Kent's life.  But it doesn't mean it changes the past.  Tanner being prevented from posing as Clark Kent could have…"
Feb 16
Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 213 "Youthenising" the Kents
"A lot depends on how you define "change." The Legion actually changed the past a lot. In "Secret of the Seventh Super-Hero" the fake Sun Boy's interference stops Clark's double from stealing his life. The Legion's…"
Feb 16

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…


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…


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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