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Commander Benson commented on Commander Benson's blog post From the Archives: Deck Log Entry # 6 Silver-Age Chemistry 101: Sometimes Lead is "Ert"
"Thank you, sir.  I did a tremendous amount of research into lead and radioactivity for this entry.  Several years ago, a couple by the name of Jo and Terri-Anne Sanning managed a very comprehensive web site on the Silver-Age Legion of…"
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Fraser Sherman commented on Commander Benson's blog post From the Archives: Deck Log Entry # 6 Silver-Age Chemistry 101: Sometimes Lead is "Ert"
"Nice job, Commander (came here via your link from the kryptonite story)"
Thursday
Ronald Morgan replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 197 Kryptonite---a Glowing Reference (Part Two)
"Somewhere, I think it was The Adventures of Superman, stated that kryptonite would be harmless to Superman on his home planet. Of course that was the early 50s and only one piece was found on that show."
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Commander Benson replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 197 Kryptonite---a Glowing Reference (Part Two)
"Actually, lead can give off radiations under certain infrequent, but not rare, circumstances.  I covered this in one of my earliest Deck Log…"
Thursday
Captain Comics replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 197 Kryptonite---a Glowing Reference (Part Two)
"I always thought it weird in the Silver Age that something could be radioactive and not affect humans. But then, in the Silver Age, lead had "radiations" that laid Mon-El low. Science was slightly different on Earth-One, I suppose."
Mar 21
Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 197 Kryptonite---a Glowing Reference (Part Two)
"I think all kryptonite was radioactive in the pre-Crisis universe too."
Mar 21
ClarkKent_DC replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 197 Kryptonite---a Glowing Reference (Part Two)
"In the post-Crisis world, all Kryptonite is radioactive, but Kryptonians feel its effects a LOT more strongly. Humans don't feel Kryptonite's effects very much ... ... unless they're dumb enough to, say, take a piece of it, make it…"
Mar 21
Richard Willis replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 197 Kryptonite---a Glowing Reference (Part Two)
"An excerpt from: http://comicvine.gamespot.com/kryptonite-ring/4055-56452/ "First worn by Lex Luthor, the Kryptonite ring was fashioned out of a sample obtained from Metallo's Krytonite power core. In an attempt to keep Superman at…"
Mar 20
Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 197 Kryptonite---a Glowing Reference (Part Two)
"I know the story you're referencing, the B&B with Batman and Lois. good tale."
Mar 20
Eric L. Sofer replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 197 Kryptonite---a Glowing Reference (Part Two)
"Kryptonite. So prolific a plot device that it's actually made it into somewhat common use. More than a few times have I heard that this or that is someone's weakness, e.g., "She's his Kryptonite."   Commander, I so…"
Mar 20
Commander Benson replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 197 Kryptonite---a Glowing Reference (Part Two)
"Part three, in which I go into the other forms of kryptonite, was the hardest to put into a comprehensive form. The problem wasn't with the five other basic types---red, gold, blue, white, and jewel---but with all of the one-offs that got…"
Mar 5
Captain Comics replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 197 Kryptonite---a Glowing Reference (Part Two)
"I'm looking forward to part three. Mark Waid uses a number to describe the varieties that's way more than I remember from the Silver Age, so I'm eager to see what number you put on it, Commander."
Mar 5
Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 197 Kryptonite---a Glowing Reference (Part Two)
"That makes sense. Thanks for the info on the stuff-to-kryptonite transmutation."
Mar 4
Commander Benson replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 197 Kryptonite---a Glowing Reference (Part Two)
"Mr. J., while there were occasions that Superman used one of his robots to dispose of a specific piece of kryptonite, I don't recall ever seeing a tale in which he simply---and logically---ordered his electronic minions to seek out and destroy…"
Mar 4
Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 197 Kryptonite---a Glowing Reference (Part Two)
"One question I don't think anyone answered (but if they did, someone on this list will know) is why some artifacts from Krypton (like the statues from the El family crypt) turned to green k while others just stayed unchanged, except for…"
Mar 4
Randy Jackson replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 197 Kryptonite---a Glowing Reference (Part Two)
"I'm surprised that Superman never programmed one of his many robots to hunt down kryptonite, at least on Earth. Was there ever such a story?"
Mar 4

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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