Eric L. Sofer
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  • Cleveland, OH
  • United States
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Swan Song for the Silver Age Fogey

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) May 26, 2011. 141 Replies

"The high cost of being a comics fanboy"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Philip Portelli Oct 30, 2010. 22 Replies

It's THAT time of year!

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Eric L. Sofer replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 199 So, You Want to Join the X-Men . . . .
"Fraser - demarcations of the ages are somewhat indefinite, although one or two are GENERALLY (not universally) agreed on. Golden Age started with Action Comics #1. Silver Age started either with Detective Comics #225 or Showcase #4...or possibly…"
Jun 2
Eric L. Sofer replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 199 So, You Want to Join the X-Men . . . .
"The Uncanny X-Men. I’m glad to see you take an interest in them, Commander, and from a Silver Age perspective. (We all know that the Bronze Age actually began with Giant Size X-Men #1. Well, a lot of people use that as the starting point.) By…"
Jun 2
Eric L. Sofer replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry #198 Kryptonite---a Glowing Reference (Part Three)
"True enough. Every once in a while, maybe we got a glimpse of why he thought Supergirl should have a hidden existence... from his own adventures.It was still a crazy idea, mind you... especially when there was a perfect couple right at hand to help…"
Apr 8
Eric L. Sofer replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry #198 Kryptonite---a Glowing Reference (Part Three)
"TLDR: Too long. Don't read it if you're not Commander Adam. ITEM: Mort probably wasn't so aware of Occam's Razor, about the simplest explanation likely being the right one wrt Color Kid and the Kryptonite cloud. Kryptonite might…"
Apr 8
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
Eric L. Sofer replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Leg Entry # 196 Kryptonite---a Glowing Reference (Part One)
"ITEM: Great article Commander. As per expectations, you always exceed my expectations. ITEM: I believed the same Bud Collyer story about the radio debut of Kryptonite. Thanks for clearing that up. ITEM: Quite a number of Golden Age heroes had…"
Feb 20
Eric L. Sofer replied to Commander Benson's discussion From the Archives: Deck Log Entry # 66 Short-Term Avenger, Long-Term Party Animal
"Commander Adam - seems I'm a bit late to the party. Maybe I can make up for it by being sparkling and entertaining. ITEM: Let's face facts... in the Silver Age, was there ANYBODY who didn't harbor a passion for the Scarlet Witch?…"
Nov 8, 2016
Eric L. Sofer replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 193 The Silver-Age Challenge---Secret Identities. Answers!
"Also, if you're looking for ideas for next year's quiz, I have one that might be fun. Drop me an email and I'll share it with you. Well, not like I was gonna post it here - then EVERYONE would know! :D"
Sep 7, 2016
Eric L. Sofer replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 193 The Silver-Age Challenge---Secret Identities. Answers!
"Commander, a great quiz as always. Your consistently excellent presentations are always a treat, a challenge, and just a ton of fun! One headslap on one I should have known - I knew Steve Rogers worked at a boxing camp, but I put that aside because…"
Sep 1, 2016
Eric L. Sofer replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 191 What's on TV in the DC Universe?
"Commander, fair enough. I don't believe I've read the earlier story, but I can see why it would give you a sour taste in your mouth. Plagiarism doesn't strike me so well either. And surely by the time Detective 500 came out, a writer…"
Aug 20, 2016
Eric L. Sofer replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 191 What's on TV in the DC Universe?
"Commander, in your mention of Roy Raymond, I hope you purchased Detective Comics #500. In addition to being a treasure trove of great stories and art, it has "The 'Too Many Cooks' Caper" - technically a Slam Bradley story, but in…"
Aug 18, 2016
Eric L. Sofer replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 192 The Silver-Age Challenge---Secret Identities
"Huh. I don't remember that feature when I was running the board, but okay. That's cool. I can be contacted at register_els@yahoo.com. Please contact me as necessary... no promises on a reply, but what the heck; my email isn't all that…"
Aug 14, 2016
Eric L. Sofer replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 192 The Silver-Age Challenge---Secret Identities
"Oh, I KNEW it wasn't perfect... I'm relying just on my memory (not the least because you make your questions wonderfully non-Googleable. I thought my email address was available through my profile, but I would be glad to give it to you.…"
Aug 12, 2016
Eric L. Sofer replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 192 The Silver-Age Challenge---Secret Identities
"I've been waiting all summer for this, Commander! Always a delight to work on your quizzes! Now for my answers.... 1) He received a token that would allow him to attend an upcoming meeting of the Legion of Super-Heroes. (Of course, in the…"
Aug 11, 2016
Eric L. Sofer replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 191 What's on TV in the DC Universe?
"Oh, how much fun! I recall "I Remember Superboy", "The Steve Allen Show"*, "Impossible But True", and "Midnight Scare Theatre." Was "Heroes" not broadcast in Metropolis? I guess maybe not, since…"
Jun 6, 2016
Eric L. Sofer replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 190 A Forgotten Gem: Fantastic Four # 39-40 (Jun. and Jul., 1965) (Part Two)
"Commander, another splendid piece - as always. Can extraordinary be applied as a descriptor when it's the standard? Dunno. Just liked it. Weighing in with a Silver Age Fogey point of view on Galactus... I don't think "alive" or…"
Apr 18, 2016

Comment Wall (6 comments)

At 8:27am on May 28, 2009, Rich Lane said…
Hey! Good to see you, buddy!
At 10:46am on May 30, 2009, Mike Parnell said…
UNCLE ERIC! Man, it is so great to see you here!
At 12:24am on May 31, 2009, Don Collett said…
Hello, Eric! Good to see you! Hope things are well with you and yours.
At 6:24am on January 6, 2010, Cavaliere (moderator emeritus) said…
Happy birthday, Unca Eric!
At 9:34am on January 6, 2010, PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod said…
Happy birthday!
At 11:42am on May 17, 2011, Commander Benson said…

Eric,

 

All I can say is "Aw, damn!"  For weeks now, I've been meaning to state in a comment to one of my Deck Log articles how much I appreciate your unflagging support and your incisive commentary on my column.  I kept putting it off because I never found the right place, or was too busy to add a comment, or any of the hundred of things we put off doing stuff we should.

 

Of all the members of this board, you were my most loyal reader, and compliment or criticism or just plain commentary, I always looked forward to seeing you post a comment.  You're one of the Silver-Age experts who kept me on my toes.

 

So I shall miss your presence here, probably more than most.  But it's your decision, friend.  I don't stand in your shoes.  Each of us has to determine what is right for himself and then act accordingly.  I'd prefer you stay, but if you feel you have to go, then go with my blessing.  And my regrets.

 

Godspeed,

Adam

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