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DC's Golden Age's Baby Steps

Started this discussion. Last reply by Captain Comics Jun 29. 39 Replies

We all agree (hopefully) that the Golden Age of Comics began with Action Comics #1 (Ju'38) with Superman on the cover. And we all know that Superman didn't reappear on the cover until #7 (D'38). When…Continue

Tags: steps, baby, age, goden, dc

Veterans in DC Comics?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Luke Blanchard May 26. 13 Replies

How many classic DC characters were actual veterans in their initial runs?Off the top of my head, I got:Commissioner GordonWonder WomanMost of the Justice SocietyAce MorganHal Jordan (ever mentioned…Continue

Tags: comcs, dc, veterans

Black Panther Questions AKA I Was Wondering #31

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Willis Mar 17. 35 Replies

With the Black Panther movie doing so well, I thought that I would reread his Epic Collection "Panther's Rage!". I had forgotten that it also included his first appearance in Fantastic Four #52-53…Continue

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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"I never liked the implication that it was Bucky who was the dangerous one, not Cap. They had two other Buckys, Buckies, Bucki, whatever. They could have had the Winter Soldier believe that he was Bucky and have it be Junior Juniper or one of the…"
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Philip Portelli replied to Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod)'s discussion The Wrong Earth
"Ordered it today!"
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Philip Portelli replied to Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man's discussion What Comic Books Have You Read Today?
"I went through Batman: White Knight #1-8 and thought that it was a provocative read that raised a lot of questions about the Bat-mythos. It clearly takes place in a world very similar to the Batman: The Animated Series with all its designs…"
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"After all these years and being in several movies, I still have mixed feelings about the Winter Soldier. I'm used to the character now and have no real problem with him except I still think that it was a mistake to have him be Bucky, or…"
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Philip Portelli replied to Gene Phillips's discussion Is "Carol Marvel" Really Successful?
"I heard that, too but I really don't want to see Monica become Carol's War Machine or Falcon (movie versions only). She had nothing to do with Mar-Vell or Carol, became a hero, Avenger and leader on her own.  I feel like Marvel wants…"
Monday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Whoozis, Whatsis and I-Don't-Know-Third-Base-zis, I mean, Howzis!  Lordie, the Silver Age!!"
Sunday
Philip Portelli replied to Gene Phillips's discussion Is "Carol Marvel" Really Successful?
"Also we should remember that they had a very good character in the Monica Rambeau Captain Marvel who could have been a star player until they diminished her due to office politicking and wanting to push Mar-Vell's legacy which Carol Danvers is…"
Sunday
Philip Portelli replied to Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod)'s discussion Comic Book Twenty Questions: Revenge of the Fumble Fingers!
"YES!! I got Steel the Indestructible Man #1 (Ma'78) along with Firestorm the Nuclear Man #1 in my Christmas stocking in 1977. He was clearly inspired by Captain America (the past) and the Six Million Dollar Man…"
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Philip Portelli replied to Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod)'s discussion Comic Book Twenty Questions: Revenge of the Fumble Fingers!
"Thanks, Luke! Counting is hard! Anyway,  10) Yes"
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Philip Portelli replied to Gene Phillips's discussion Is "Carol Marvel" Really Successful?
"Marvel investing that much money isn't really a measure of her popularity. Let's face it: they made Ant-Man. They could do Speedball: The Movie and turn in a profit. It's virtually risk-free especially connecting her to the…"
Saturday
Philip Portelli replied to Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod)'s discussion Comic Book Twenty Questions: Revenge of the Fumble Fingers!
"8) Yes"
Friday
Philip Portelli replied to Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod)'s discussion Comic Book Twenty Questions: Revenge of the Fumble Fingers!
"7) For the most part, yes."
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Archie Comics had their own Wizard, "The Man With the Super-Brain!" who sadly was mostly ignored in all of the MLJ revivals."
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Captain Marvel #39: "The Fate of the Watcher!""
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Philip Portelli replied to ClarkKent_DC's discussion Henry Cavill out as Superman
"Plus Goldmember!"
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Reflections #2--Why Norman Osborn?

Posted on February 8, 2012 at 3:36pm 18 Comments

What is Marvel's fascination with Norman Osborn, formerly the Green Goblin and the Iron Patriot? This resurrected villain has become the face of evil in the Marvel Universe some forty years after dying!  From his first…

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Reflections #1--Marvel's Missed Opportunity

Posted on August 8, 2011 at 6:56pm 13 Comments

This is my first Blog attempt and I've been thinking about it for a while now. I picked the title "Reflections" because you can see reflections in Gold, Silver, Bronze and the Brand New. Comics have always reflected pop culture, politics, social issues, current events and the world that they were created in. These are my opinions, my views and my conclusions. And I welcome comments and corrections.

With the relevation of the New Ultimate Spider-Man being half-Latino, half African…

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Comment Wall (12 comments)

At 11:28pm on August 24, 2010, Rich Steeves said…
Thanks! Walt Lloyd and I have the same birthday, after all!
At 3:03am on September 7, 2010, Cavaliere (moderator emeritus) said…
Happy birthday, Philip.
At 9:33pm on March 9, 2011, Figserello said…
Facebook?
At 9:33pm on September 13, 2011, Emerkeith Davyjack said…
...Hey , Philip , I thought for a sec that that avatar was the Chileian comics character Condorito...
At 9:48pm on September 13, 2011, Figserello said…
Hey Philipo - Facebook?
At 2:12am on May 31, 2012, Commander Benson said…

Phillip,

 

I did respond.  My impression about Pinkerton is the same as yours, and I did mention the items that support that impression.  However, as you probably read, the whole discussion really doesn't mean anything.  No amount of facts or evidence or intimations is going to sway those who want to believe Pinkerton was meant to be gay.

 

Nor does it matter.  We're not obliged to accept a determination that came later.  As far as you and I are concerned, Pinkerton was not gay, and it's as simple as that.

 

R,

Commander B

At 12:45am on June 16, 2012, Commander Benson said…

Phillip,

 

I just saw you left me a thumb's-up for my Captain Savage column, and I wanted to thank you for that and all the other times you've done the same thing for my previous articles.

 

Sometimes I wonder if anybody ever reads my stuff, so it's always nice when I get a comment or a "like". 

 

I also enjoy our occasional dialogues, like we just had on the Flash.  You certainly keep me on my toes.

 

I just wanted to let you know I appreciate it, friend.

 

Commander B

At 6:43am on June 17, 2012, Commander Benson said…

"Should you ever print your columns in book form, you have one guaranteed sale!"

 

Heh.  Don't let my wife hear you say that.  She already thinks I should be putting all this stuff in a book, instead of putting it out on the Internet for free.

 

She doesn't get that this whole five years of writing this column has been a training ground for me.  I've learnt how to sharpen my text, work out the repetetion (most of it, anyway), and a dozen other things.  That I've learnt along the way becomes especially apparent when I haul out an article like the Captain Savage one and re-run it as an archive entry.  I honest-to-God cringe at the way I wrote some of that stuff originally---the awkward sentence structures, the over-repeated phrases, and the like.  Fortunately, I have the luxury of polishing it up, along with adding any new information I've picked up since.

 

It's funny you mention my research, because the Good Mrs. Benson dings me on that, too.  I spend a great deal of time---especially on stuff like the two Ultraman articles---locating information and piecing together how things came about.  I spend a great amount of time on the art I attach, as well.  Not just appropriateness, but in terms of getting the panels level and the right size, and then playing with the contrast and brightness to give it good colour.

 

Now I do all that because I'm a perfectionist, but I'm gratified when somebody like yourself takes the time to comment or give me a thumb's-up.  It makes the work worthwhile.  I don't know how guys like Cap or Craig Shutt do it; it seems so effortless for them.  But I deeply appreciate knowing that my trouble hasn't gone unnoticed and I thank you for your kind words.

 

Commander B

 

 

At 6:24am on June 30, 2013, Richard Mantle said…
Not sure if this is the right way to do this but I really wanted to say that your excellent threads on thr JLA/JSA in the 60/70/80s inspired me to get volumes 3, 4, 5 and 6 on the way of the trades and I am lovinng them!!. Not sure what feedback you recieve so just wanted you to know your work is appreciated!
At 1:53pm on July 24, 2013, Richard Mantle said…
I know they're not that inspiring but aren't we gonna get your virws on those last pre-crisis jla/jsa issues?

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