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Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 208 So, You Want to Join the Blackhawks . . . . (Part Two)
"Re, the 1970s revival: when the letter page at the end of the last issue (a shame, I thought it had some potential) declared that it was The End of the Blackhawks (bad guys blown up, one Blackhawk dead, Henderson down with a heart attack, another…"
Jul 25
Philip Portelli replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 208 So, You Want to Join the Blackhawks . . . . (Part Two)
"In the mid-70s Blackhawk revival, the Magnificent 7 met the Duchess Ramona Fatale and her all-women squad, who got paired with their own Blackhawk.  Also in the mid-70s, June Robbins got her own Challenger outfit!"
Jul 24
Captain Comics replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 208 So, You Want to Join the Blackhawks . . . . (Part Two)
"I grew up with a lot of tough women. So characters like Zinda made sense to the Li'l Capn, but women like June didn't. It's been an odd experience for me to see comics -- my favorite medium -- catch up with that aspect of my…"
Jul 24
Commander Benson replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Philip Portelli Re-Reads Legion of Super-Heroes
Jul 24
Commander Benson replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 208 So, You Want to Join the Blackhawks . . . . (Part Two)
"Something I omitted from this two-part entry, because it was only tangentally related to the subject, was the fact that Lady Blackhawk, while she appeared fewer times than her Challengers of the Unknown counterpart, June Robbins, was notably more…"
Jul 24
Captain Comics replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 208 So, You Want to Join the Blackhawks . . . . (Part Two)
""Functional flying-squirrel costume" is the sort of phrase that makes me love comics. Dick Dillin and Chuck Cuidera sure did make Zinda a knockout, which is one of the reasons I find her more memorable than most of the Blackhawks from that…"
Jul 24
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Deck Log Entry # 208 So, You Want to Join the Blackhawks . . . . (Part Two)

The paramilitary Blackhawks were one of the most closed-door groups in comic-book history.  After the admission of Chop-Chop in 1941 (subsequent revisions would set it later in the war), no-one else was awarded a Blackhawk uniform until 1957.  That’s when Jim Turner joined the team, albeit under somewhat spurious circumstances. …See More
Jul 24
Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 207 So, You Want to Join the Blackhawks . . . . (Part One)
"I've heard of Jim Turner solely because I picked up the Showcase Blackhawk collection a couple of years back. Reading it did not make me feel I missed anything not picking them up back in the day — while a book with one hero and a…"
Jul 9
Commander Benson replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 207 So, You Want to Join the Blackhawks . . . . (Part One)
"Thanks for giving Cap the lowdowns on Sheila and Sugar, Luke.  I was too busy to get to it when he asked, but I kind of figured you would.  It also alerted me to a typo I had made in an early paragraph of my article, too.  (I put…"
Jul 1
Luke Blanchard replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 207 So, You Want to Join the Blackhawks . . . . (Part One)
"The Sugar story appeared in 1942. Sugar is an American who has been ferrying planes to England. She lands at Blackhawk island and declares herself the team's new member. She wants to join them so she can avenge her brother, who has been…"
Jun 30
Luke Blanchard replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 207 So, You Want to Join the Blackhawks . . . . (Part One)
"Sugar is an American who has been ferrying planes to England. She lands at Blackhawk island and declares herself the team's new member. She wants to join them so she can avenge her brother, who has been shot down over Germany. The…"
Jun 30
Captain Comics replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 207 So, You Want to Join the Blackhawks . . . . (Part One)
"I don't know anything about Sheila Hawke and Sugar. I assume they were one-hit wonders. What's their story?"
Jun 30
Luke Blanchard replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 207 So, You Want to Join the Blackhawks . . . . (Part One)
"Blackhawk #9 appeared in 1944, but the series didn't continue until after the war. #10 was dated for Spring 1946. (Mike's Amazing World says it came out in Oct. 1945. If that's right the issue was dated a whole quarter ahead.) In…"
Jun 30
Luke Blanchard replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 207 So, You Want to Join the Blackhawks . . . . (Part One)
"Blackhawk #9 appeared in 1944, but the series didn't continue until after the war. #10 was dated for Spring 1946. (Mike's Amazing World says it came out in Oct. 1945. If that's right the issue was dated a whole quarter ahead.) In…"
Jun 30
Luke Blanchard replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 207 So, You Want to Join the Blackhawks . . . . (Part One)
"Blackhawk #9 appeared in 1944, but the series didn't continue until after the war. #10 was dated for Spring 1946. (Mike's Amazing World says it came out in Oct. 1945. If that's right the issue was dated a whole quarter…"
Jun 30
Commander Benson posted a discussion

Deck Log Entry # 207 So, You Want to Join the Blackhawks . . . . (Part One)

If you wanted to become one of the famed Black Knights of the skies, you pretty much had to be around in 1941.  The story of the man called Blackhawk and the squadron named after him began in Military Comics # 1 (Aug., 1941).  During the Nazi invasion of Poland, in the fall of 1939, the brother and sister of a Polish pilot are…See More
Jun 29

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…

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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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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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