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Commander Benson replied to Captain Comics's discussion Need some help on Captain Triumph
"Oops!  There goes my Golden-Age emergency signal!  I haven't heard that one in a long time. Per the entry on Captain Triumph in The Quality Companion by Mike Kooiman and Jim Amash (TwoMorrows Publishing, 2011): According…"
11 hours ago
Commander Benson replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 226 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition II
"It wasn't addressed specifically, but by implication.  In Adventure Comics # 369-70 (Jun. and Jul., 1968), when Mon-El arrives in Smallville of Superboy's time, along with the Boy of Steel, Duo Damsel, and Shadow Lass, he…"
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Commander Benson replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 226 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition II
"Eric!  Nope, you weren't too late.  In fact, I held off posting the answer column for one week, hoping you'd chime in.  As for your answers, you did respectably, as you will see when I do post the answer part shortly. …"
yesterday
Luis Olavo de Moura Dantas replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 226 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition II
"I believe that most of Mon-El's early years as a LSH member were during the time when Superman-related books tended to discourage time travel by declaring that going to a time period where one already existed was possible, but made one…"
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Richard Willis replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 226 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition II
"He could take some lead with him and take over the planet!"
yesterday
Luis Olavo de Moura Dantas replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 226 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition II
"An addendum to my answers from page 2, both from Adventure Comics #305 (in different stories).5. Ma and Pa Kent met Chameleon Boy at least once while knowing full well that he was a Legion member.6. Mon-El achieved full membership while using the…"
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Commander Benson replied to Gene Phillips's discussion Clark Kent, Down on the Farm?
"The Kents didn't always look the same ("The Fantastic Faces" notwithstanding) no matter how old Clark was.  Actually, their appearances during Clark's babyhood changed quite a bit.  As much as I credit Mort Weisinger…"
yesterday
Philip Portelli replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 226 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition II
"It was noted that it was Superman, not Superboy, who received the Elastic Lad statuette. I never thought about Mon-El returning to 20th century Daxam on his own. It's possible, of course, that he did but may have felt that was tempting fate as…"
Saturday
Luis Olavo de Moura Dantas replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 226 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition II
"It took me a few minutes to remember that by this point in time the Superman books had that rule about time travel to one's own time.  Weirdly reminescent of the Phantom Zone itself.An additional fact: the second Composite Superman story…"
Saturday
Commander Benson replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 226 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition II
"I addressed the whole Mon-El/Superboy's post-hypnotic command problem in a comment I posted here nine years ago ____________________________________________________________________________ Mon-El has always been the Gordian Knot when it came…"
Saturday
Commander Benson replied to Gene Phillips's discussion Clark Kent, Down on the Farm?
""The Origin of Superboy's Super-Costume", from Superboy # 78 (Jan., 1960), is the earliest Silver-Age reference that I recall off the top of my head which directly states that the Kents moved from a farm to Smallville…"
Saturday
Philip Portelli replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 226 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition II
"Technically Superman shouldn't know about Mon-El's 30th century cure and Legion membership as Mon is still in the Phantom Zone throughout Superman's lifespan. Despite, y'know, having a Mon-El statuette among the Legion ones…"
Friday
Peter Wrexham replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 226 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition II
"So, if Superboy no longer forgets that Mon-El will become a Legionnaire, does he remember when that happens?  If he knows that a cure for Mon's lead poisoning won't be found until the 30th century, it means that there's no point…"
Friday
Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 226 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition II
"For example I found an answer in one of his earlier quizzes by remembering "I think that's in JLA 55" and perusing the issue. Oddly I was right but I had the context of the information completely wrong. Memory is weird."
Friday
Commander Benson replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 226 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition II
"Nope, not dirty pool, at all.  I expect you folks to use any resource available and plan my questions around that. The trick isn't looking up the story; it's knowing which story to look up."
Thursday
Luis Olavo de Moura Dantas replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 226 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition II
"Yes, dealing with time travel and knowledge of facts regarding Mon-El was always a bit tricky.In this case, what you say made me think that once the Kents saw Mon-El in Smallville alongside Shadow Lass and Duo Damsel, you pretty much have to assume…"
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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 cancellation of The Incredible Hulk after its sixth issue. …

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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 legitimate information.  When 1985's Crisis on Infinite…

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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 right. 

 

(O.K., that last one is my ego speaking…

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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 waiting for me to do a piece on Animal Man.  The hold-up…

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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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