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Deck Log Entry # 223 Passing the Bat-Torch---Part Two

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fraser Sherman on Monday. 2 Replies

Deck Log Entry # 222 Passing the Bat-Torch---Part One

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Willis Feb 28. 9 Replies

Deck Log Entry # 221 Merry Christmas 2019!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) Dec 26, 2019. 6 Replies

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Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 223 Passing the Bat-Torch---Part Two
"I knew the first couple of stories in this cycle but I had no idea at all about these last three. Much like the Superman of the thirtieth century, it seems to have ended just when it was getting really interesting. Did Byrne use this in his…"
Gregory Glaz replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 223 Passing the Bat-Torch---Part Two
"Good Job,, I really enjoy reading about the Silver Age DC stories,, Brings back memories of getting these books off of the spinner racks at the drug Store and off the shelf of the Cigar store in Erie Pa,,,Thank you again for doing them,, Greg"
Mar 21
Commander Benson posted a discussion

Deck Log Entry # 223 Passing the Bat-Torch---Part Two

Many Silver-Age DC titles instituted their own continuing features.  A series within a series, so to speak.  Green Lantern ran annual tales involving Hal Jordan's two brothers and his sister-in-law's mistaken belief that youngest brother Jim was the Emerald Crusader.  The Atom's back-up stories often took the Tiny Titan on adventures in the Time Pool.  Blackhawk fans were…See More
Mar 20
Richard Willis replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 222 Passing the Bat-Torch---Part One
"I read a couple of these stories when they first came out. I didn't notice before how incompetent it made the second team look."
Feb 28
Randomnole replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 222 Passing the Bat-Torch---Part One
"Nothing strikes fear in the hearts of criminals like Roman numerals."
Feb 25
Luke Blanchard replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 222 Passing the Bat-Torch---Part One
"Byrne has said he was very impressed by the Batman story in one of his first comics, so I assume he read Batman growing up. The first story and "The Son of the Joker" were also reprinted in the 1970s, in Batman from the 30's to the…"
Feb 24
Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 222 Passing the Bat-Torch---Part One
"Mine was the annual that included this story along with Bat-Girl's and Bat-Mite's debut stories. Little did I know all that stuff was getting wiped out of continuity. Fraser"
Feb 24
Philip Portelli replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 222 Passing the Bat-Torch---Part One
"The idea of Dick Grayson becoming the next Batman is not used in most imaginary Bat-stories outside of these. Usually he simply stays as Robin in a more adult outfit. This is true on Earth-Two where he should have been Batman II. But Robin II…"
Feb 23
The Baron replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 222 Passing the Bat-Torch---Part One
"I think that's very likely."
Feb 23
Luis Olavo de Moura Dantas replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 222 Passing the Bat-Torch---Part One
"John Byrne included a "son of the Joker" story in his first "Superman and Batman Generations" mini-series. Maybe he had read Batman #145?"
Feb 23
Randy Jackson replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 222 Passing the Bat-Torch---Part One
"I guess the idea was not to make the new team look good. A shame, too, as showing Dick and Bruce Jr. Bring competent heroes in their own right would have been nice  "
Feb 23
doc photo replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 222 Passing the Bat-Torch---Part One
"I'm looking forward to your next entry, Commander. The first Batman comic I ever purchased was #159 that featured one of Alfreds Batman ll stories. The glimpse into what Alfred thought the future might hold for the Dynamic Duo was a very…"
Feb 23
Commander Benson posted a discussion

Deck Log Entry 222 Passing the Bat-Torch (Part One)

The Silver-Age Alfred was a real Renaissance man:  butler, chef, actor, medic . . . and author! Actually, he was more of a frustrated writer---because his work could never be published, nor even read.  Except by two other people. I'm talking, of course, about Alfred's turn as a fiction writer, scribing the imaginary adventures of the second Batman and Robin team.  Herein,…See More
Feb 22
ClarkKent_DC replied to Commander Benson's discussion Military Sitcoms
"We have word that Kellye Nakahara passed away on Sunday. From MeTV: "R.I.P. Kellye Nakahara, who played Nurse Kellye on 10 seasons of M*A*S*H" Who Played Nurse Kellye on 10 Seasons of M*A*S*H""
Feb 18
Commander Benson replied to Richard Willis's discussion Words Commonly Confused
"Adhering strictly to the category of English usage error that Mr. Willis specified:  the misapplication of similar sounding words, I believe the most common one sees is the confusion over affect and effect. If this thread migrates…"
Feb 11
Commander Benson replied to Richard Willis's discussion Robert Conrad, Star of 'The Wild Wild West,' Dies at 84
"Robert Conrad was one of those television actors from whom one'could make a pretty good guess about another's age from the question "When you think of this actor, which television show first comes to mind?"  For example,…"
Feb 9

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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