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Commander Benson replied to Jason Marconnet (Pint sized mod)'s discussion HeroesCon 2017
"I'll be there on Friday.  Planning to arrive sometime after noon, so I don't have to deal with the thundering herd when the doors first open. As I told Mr. Marconnet, I'm obligated to an outing with the Good Mrs. Benson on…"
Jun 15
Commander Benson replied to Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod)'s discussion Carol Ferris: Why Can She Walk?
"That occurred to me, as well, so that was the first issue of the revived GL series at which I looked. Unfortunately, it glosses over the entire matter of Carol's paralysis.  It does show one of the final panels from Green…"
Jun 12
Commander Benson replied to Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod)'s discussion Carol Ferris: Why Can She Walk?
"I have a very faint recollexion of the question being raised by a reader in a letter column, and it being answered by the editor's response.  Most likely, this was when the Green Lantern series was revived in 1977.  But it…"
Jun 12
Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 199 So, You Want to Join the X-Men . . . .
"X-Men 12 shows Charles had lost the hair while he was still in college. It also shows him several years older than if he'd been conceived while his parents worked on the Manhattan Project. But then it's hardly the first time Stan and Jack…"
Jun 5
Richard Willis replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 199 So, You Want to Join the X-Men . . . .
"Commander Benson said: Actually, the first mention of Charles Xavier's military service was made in "The Origin of Professor X", from The X-Men # 12 (Jul., 1965), and he served in combat overseas during the Korean War. I think Stan…"
Jun 5
Commander Benson replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 199 So, You Want to Join the X-Men . . . .
"Fogey, my friend!  Always glad to see you chime in.  As always, you make some cogent points . . . . ITEM: He had to be a polymath of the first order. He was the X-Men’s only teacher, and in addition to training the X-Men for…"
Jun 4
Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 199 So, You Want to Join the X-Men . . . .
"Actually there are valid theories that we got along fine with the neanderthals—and may have some of their genes in us. I think Xavier's goal was partly to show that mutants, or at least good mutants, were a model minority, willing to…"
Jun 2
Richard Willis replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 199 So, You Want to Join the X-Men . . . .
"Eric L. Sofer said: He was the X-Men’s only teacher, and in addition to training the X-Men for combat possibilities (more on that), he provided them education on every school subject. Just off the top of my head, that would include algebra,…"
Jun 2
Commander Benson replied to Captain Comics's discussion The Top 10 Silliest Bits in 'Wonder Woman' comics
"Just popped into this thread to say, per the story "The Superman-Wonder Woman Team", from Lois Lane # 93 (Jul., 1969), Wonder Woman's loss of super-powers was public knowledge.  She performed at a charity event as a…"
Jun 2
Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 199 So, You Want to Join the X-Men . . . .
"It's a new one on me, but I don't doubt you're right."
Jun 2
Eric L. Sofer replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 199 So, You Want to Join the X-Men . . . .
"Fraser - demarcations of the ages are somewhat indefinite, although one or two are GENERALLY (not universally) agreed on. Golden Age started with Action Comics #1. Silver Age started either with Detective Comics #225 or Showcase #4...or possibly…"
Jun 2
Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 199 So, You Want to Join the X-Men . . . .
"I've never heard Giant-Size X-Men as the starting point for the Bronze Age--it seems way too late. You have a good point about the lack of any other staff. Perhaps Xavier's telepathy let him pluck what he needed from other people, like a…"
Jun 2
Eric L. Sofer replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 199 So, You Want to Join the X-Men . . . .
"The Uncanny X-Men. I’m glad to see you take an interest in them, Commander, and from a Silver Age perspective. (We all know that the Bronze Age actually began with Giant Size X-Men #1. Well, a lot of people use that as the starting point.) By…"
Jun 2
Randy Jackson replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 199 So, You Want to Join the X-Men . . . .
"I haven't determined which one it is yet, but I can cross #25 off the list. I want to say it was set in a circus or something similar. I seem to remember a big top."
May 30
Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 199 So, You Want to Join the X-Men . . . .
"The original origin for Charles--parents were working on the Manhattan Project--meant he wouldn't have been much older than Jean. Still not proper behavior given his authority over her, of course."
May 28
Philip Portelli replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 199 So, You Want to Join the X-Men . . . .
"Actually it was far earlier that Jean was established as a telepath. In the black & white magazine Bizarre Adventures #27 (Jl'81) aka The Secret Lives of the X-Men in a tale by Chris Claremont (naturally), John Buscema (WOW!) and Klaus…"
May 28

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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. …

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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,

  Sincerely,

Eric L. Sofer

The Silver Age Fogey

x<]:o){

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…

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 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 9:06am 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 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 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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