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So, What Did You See on Television Last Night?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Luke Blanchard May 18. 20 Replies

Deck Log Entry # 205 Captain America, G-Man!

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Luke Blanchard replied to Commander Benson's discussion So, What Did You See on Television Last Night?
"6. Braken's World (Hat-tip: Wikipedia.)"
May 18
Luke Blanchard replied to Commander Benson's discussion So, What Did You See on Television Last Night?
"I can think of British cases."
May 17
ClarkKent_DC replied to Commander Benson's discussion So, What Did You See on Television Last Night?
"1.  This one has been plumbed so many times that the correct answer is definitely out there on the Internet, but it’s such a popular one that I had to lead off with it: What was the first situation comedy to show a married couple sharing…"
May 16
Dave Palmer replied to Commander Benson's discussion So, What Did You See on Television Last Night?
"3.  IMBd’s list of the full cast for Mannix lists that Martin Braddock played Gordon Parker in seven season 1 episodes and in the 3rd episode of season 2 (“Pressure Point”). That’s the best I’ve got."
May 15
Emerkeith Davyjack replied to Commander Benson's discussion So, What Did You See on Television Last Night?
"...#11: NICHOLS, starring James Garner"
May 15
Dave Palmer replied to Commander Benson's discussion So, What Did You See on Television Last Night?
"Regarding #12, there are a number of internet sites that say it was Shelly Cohen, including Mark Evanier’s obituary for Tommy Newsom (2007)—that obit does give his name as Shelley, but other sites have it as Shelly."
May 15
Dave Palmer replied to Commander Benson's discussion So, What Did You See on Television Last Night?
"Commander, May 27 works just fine.  I hope you and Mrs. Benson have a great trip."
May 15
ClarkKent_DC replied to Commander Benson's discussion So, What Did You See on Television Last Night?
"11.  Name a series in which the lead character was killed off in the final episode. (Note:  the lead character, the star, not just a regular character.) Hmmm .... I know of a show from the '90s called Action, which starred…"
May 15
Luke Blanchard replied to Commander Benson's discussion So, What Did You See on Television Last Night?
"The questions the Commander has counted as wrongly answered likely include 6 and 11. The ones answered other than as he expected might be 13 and 15."
May 15
Commander Benson replied to Commander Benson's discussion So, What Did You See on Television Last Night?
"Ordinarily, I would have provided the answers along about now.  But the Good Mrs. Benson and I are about to leave on a cruise to Alaska, and we can't rely on regular Internet access.  I really want to see the discussion when I…"
May 15
Dave Palmer replied to Commander Benson's discussion So, What Did You See on Television Last Night?
"#3 has me stumped.  I watched Mannix regularly, but the first season wasn’t part of the syndication deal (or so says the internet), so I haven’t seen any of the episodes in the past 50 years (yikes, that makes me feel old).  A…"
May 15
Dave Palmer replied to Commander Benson's discussion So, What Did You See on Television Last Night?
"8.  My Three Sons I watched this show regularly and remember when Steve Douglas (Fred MacMurray) married Barbara Harper (Beverly Garland) for its last few seasons.  This brought her daughter “Dodie” (Dorothy) into the series.…"
May 10
Luke Blanchard replied to Commander Benson's discussion So, What Did You See on Television Last Night?
"1. Mary Kay and Johnny. (Hat-tip: Wikipedia.)   4. The songs were re-recorded every season?   6. Charlie’s Angels.   9. Petticoat Junction (= Billie, Bobbie and Betty).   11. Dynasty? Arguably, cliffhanger deaths are…"
May 10
Dave Palmer replied to Commander Benson's discussion So, What Did You See on Television Last Night?
"10.  What was the radio call-sign for Sargeant Saunder’s squad on Combat!?  I watched this as a kid and had a full set of the trading cards, which I got after getting my tonsils removed.  I puttered around on the internet…"
May 9
Dave Palmer replied to Commander Benson's discussion So, What Did You See on Television Last Night?
"7.  Who was the first captain of SSRN Seaview on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea? John Phillips who is killed in the first episode, “Eleven Days to Zero.”"
May 8
ClarkKent_DC replied to Commander Benson's discussion So, What Did You See on Television Last Night?
"4.  What distinctive feature was shared by the theme songs of Gilligan’s Island, The Brady Bunch, and Mary Tyler Moore over the course of their network runs? I'm very curious as to the answer to this one. I know…"
May 8

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

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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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