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PLANET OF THE APES Marathon Tuesday 11/10 on Cinemax

Started this discussion. Last reply by doc photo Nov 10, 2020. 1 Reply

This Tuesday, 11/10/20, from 9:27 AM to 5:40 PM, Cinemax (MAX) will be…Continue

Tags: cinemax, apes, planet

TEEN TITANS (1976-79)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Elyea Feb 13. 204 Replies

After being cancelled in 1972, the Teen Titans made a couple of appearances in Brave & Bold as its members went their separate ways. However during the 52 and 100 Pagers, several of their stories…Continue

Tags: titans, teen, bronze, fan

PSYCHO (1960): How Does It Hold Up?

Started this discussion. Last reply by doc photo Oct 24, 2020. 6 Replies

I recently saw PSYCHO (1960) directed, of course, by Alfred Hitchcock in its entirety for the first time in years. Most people rightfully consider it a classic in both horror and suspense but without…Continue

Tags: up, holds, psycho

Fan of Bronze: "Wait 'Til They Get a Load of Me!"---The Corruption of the JOKER!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Willis Jun 9, 2020. 3 Replies

The Joker, the Clown Prince of Crime, the Grinning Ghoul, the Harlequin of Hate has been the Batman's inescapable nemesis since 1940. Despite his infamy, he is one of DC's most recognizable and…Continue

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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Sebastian rarely appeared on the covers of Josie & The Pussycats, usually during Alexandra's witchcraft phase. That's surprising considered his importance on the Saturday morning cartoon shows!"
21 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Marvel could never make up their mind about Zabu's tail!"
21 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Two of my first Catwoman books and boy, was I confused!!!"
Philip Portelli replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 231 A Forgotten Gem: Superman # 172 (October, 1964)---Part One
"Another point is that if Green Lantern could restore a couple of Kandorians to normal size then why not the entire city? If that would be too much for one Green Lantern, there are 3600 of them to help! And what would have Green Lantern done if when…"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Okay then how about The Aristocats? They had two spinoff books as well!"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"To bridge February and March's themes, there's That Darn Cat!"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"The first Disney movie star to be featured in Dell's Four Color Comics was Bambi and apparently Thumper was a draw too!"
Philip Portelli replied to The Baron's discussion Pro Wrestling
"He'll wrestle there too! AEW is working with Shaquille O'Neal and Wight has wanted a match against Shaq for years!"
Feb 24
Philip Portelli replied to The Baron's discussion Pro Wrestling
"Actually he keeps coming back in great shape but the WWE only wanted him to put over guys like Braun Stroman, Drew McIntyre and Randy Orton and not much else!"
Feb 24
Philip Portelli replied to The Baron's discussion Pro Wrestling
"Paul Wight aka The Big Show has left the WWE after twenty-two years and has joined AEW! Wight, a legit former WCW/WWE Champion, has held multiple world, secondary and tag team titles!"
Feb 24
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"For some reason, Close Encounters of the Third Kind did not have the same impact on Marvel as Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark or even Battlestar Galactica had.  At least it made MAD's 200th issue!"
Feb 24
Philip Portelli replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion Post-Kirby Fantastic Four
"I always liked Johnny's red & yellow costume. It made him look more like a solo star as he almost was in Marvel Team-Up. It's ironic that the change was made in homage to the Original Human Torch yet Johnny was put back in blue…"
Feb 23
Philip Portelli replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion Star Trek: Voyager
"On "", they listed STAR TREK'S 10 Most Hated Characters. Surprisingly Wesley Crusher wasn't on the list but Neelix, Kes and Naomi Wildman, which seems pretty harsh."
Feb 23
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Marvel missed out on the classic JAWS but got to do the sequel at least!"
Feb 23
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Marvel's adaptations of the two Conan films. I don't recall the second but I know that John Buscema drew Conan as his version in the first one, not as Arnold Schwarzenegger despite that cover!"
Feb 22
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Surprised that this one hasn't been remade/rebooted yet!"
Feb 21

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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 appearance, his…


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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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…
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…



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.



Commander B

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



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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