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Commander Benson replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion Scenes I'd Like to See... (Again)
"I once had a give-away record from Burger King of Red Skelton breaking down the Pledge of Allegiance word by word. He said the words "under God" were added when Alaska and Hawaii became states. Red was a nice and funny guy but apparently…"
12 hours ago
Commander Benson replied to Randy Jackson's discussion Super-Telepath?
"It was one of the frequent editorial mistakes that cropped up in DC comics in the post-Silver Age, and particularly in the early '70's, when the Young Turk writers didn't bother to reference the old material because they…"
Wednesday
Commander Benson replied to Richard Mantle's discussion AVENGERS. "And There Came ANOTHER Day..."
"It's understandable that you missed it.  Once the Legion was shunted over to the back-up spot in Action Comics, significant events didn't get as much play as when the super-hero club were headliners. To begin with some…"
Wednesday
Commander Benson replied to Richard Mantle's discussion AVENGERS. "And There Came ANOTHER Day..."
"Even the all-powerful tax bureau would be rendered impotent if Karate Kid had just made one televisor call . . . Good morning, President Boltax.  We just had a visit from your tax chief, Wayland Bannan.  Mr. Bannan informs us that the…"
Wednesday
Commander Benson replied to Randy Jackson's discussion Randy Jackson reads the Golden Age Batman
"No, the hyphen-less delineation became standard much sooner than that.  In fact, it was on its way out by Detective Comics # 29 (Jul., 1939).  Only the logos on the first and last panels of "The Batman Meets Doctor…"
Monday
Commander Benson replied to Richard Mantle's discussion AVENGERS. "And There Came ANOTHER Day..."
"The previous issue and this one illustrate precisely why the notion of governmental oversight of the premier super-team (the Avengers, for Marvel; the Justice League of America, for DC) is absurd. The federal government has no leverage.  If…"
Monday
Eric L. Sofer replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry #201 The Earth-Two Silver-Age Challenge---Answers!
"Wow, did I show up badly. I knew I would, but still... the agonizing heartbreak. A couple of notes, Commander. ITEM: I don't have the books or references in front of me, but for your question about direct counterparts, i used the Atoms. They…"
Aug 9
Commander Benson replied to Randy Jackson's discussion Randy Jackson reads the Golden Age Batman
"When I was a youngster, one still saw first names abbreviated, almost always in places where space was at a premium, such as listings in telephone books or the banners of newspaper articles. I saw "Rob't." for Robert quite…"
Aug 7
Commander Benson replied to The Baron's discussion Who's the Dude in the Lab Coat?
"And also the answer under the $2,000 "Double Jeopardy!" card: "It was Lana Lang's mother's maiden name.""
Aug 4
Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry #201 The Earth-Two Silver-Age Challenge---Answers!
"No argument with any of your interpretations, even on the questions where they worked against me. I must respectfully disagree with the Earth-Three story being worse than JLA 55-56. Even allowing for bias (#30 was my first comic book ever). The…"
Aug 2
Commander Benson replied to Emerkeith Davyjack's discussion My younger brother has died.
"Cheryl and I send our deepest sympathies."
Aug 1
Philip Portelli replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry #201 The Earth-Two Silver-Age Challenge---Answers!
"There was an actual story from Wonder Woman #72 (F'55), "The Secret of Wonder Woman's Sandals!" where she had to earn her footwear by doing great feats (sorry!). I read it when it was reprinted in WW #211…"
Aug 1
Luke Blanchard replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry #201 The Earth-Two Silver-Age Challenge---Answers!
"My theory is the idea came from EC's Moon Girl, who is widely regarded as an imitation of Wonder Woman."
Aug 1
Dave Elyea replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry #201 The Earth-Two Silver-Age Challenge---Answers!
"The "Return to the Golden Age" was previewed in Wonder Woman #156 (Aug. 1965), when WW goes to a comic book store to check out rare Golden Age WW comics, and finds herself reliving her battle with the Brain Pirate.  In this issue, she…"
Aug 1
Commander Benson replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry #201 The Earth-Two Silver-Age Challenge---Answers!
"Actually, Wonder Woman adopted the red boots in Wonder Woman # 157 (Oct., 1965), which was still the (then-) modern-age Amazon Princess.  It wasn't until two issues later---# 159 (Jan., 1966)---that Robert Kanigher kicked off…"
Aug 1
Dave Elyea replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry #201 The Earth-Two Silver-Age Challenge---Answers!
"For what it's worth, the Earth-1 Wonder Woman started out with the strappy sandals (hopefully intended to represent gladiator sandals, but to my youthful eyes, they looked more like ballet slippers), and then switched to the more familiar red…"
Aug 1

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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