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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
""The Unkillables!" Dare you guess their sinister secret??"
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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!  Famous but Unknown, Forbidden but Not Forgotten."
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Philip Portelli replied to Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod)'s discussion Comic Book Twenty Questions: Revenge of the Fumble Fingers!
"Is it the first Union Jack?"
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Philip Portelli replied to Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod)'s discussion Comic Book Twenty Questions: Revenge of the Fumble Fingers!
"Is the other team the All Winners Squad?"
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Philip Portelli replied to Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod)'s discussion Comic Book Twenty Questions: Revenge of the Fumble Fingers!
"Is it Toro?"
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Philip Portelli replied to Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod)'s discussion Comic Book Twenty Questions: Revenge of the Fumble Fingers!
"Is one of the teams the Invaders?"
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Eighteen years after its debut, X-Men was officially retitled Uncanny X-Men with #142 (F'81). In mid-story, no less. I wonder why the change?"
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Philip Portelli replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Philip Portelli Re-Reads Legion of Super-Heroes
"It's especially weird to have Cham change into a girl (and I wonder how often he did? And by request?) when the Legion had FOUR girls on the team already! The best option would have been Phantom Girl defensively or Saturn Girl as she was in…"
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Captain Comics replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Philip Portelli Re-Reads Legion of Super-Heroes
""Glutton of Good," "Toothy Titan" -- I bow in awe! Cosmic Boy was certainly in a hurry to play dress-up with Chameleon Boy. "Use your super-power to change into a girl -- NOW!" I'll bet Cos was eager to draft…"
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"U. S. Jones, Fox's patriotic hero!"
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Philip Portelli replied to Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod)'s discussion Comic Book Twenty Questions: Revenge of the Fumble Fingers!
"Were the teams from the same "Age"?"
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Philip Portelli replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Philip Portelli Re-Reads Legion of Super-Heroes
"ADVENTURE COMICS #303 (D'62): The Fantastic Spy! by Jerry Siegel and John Forte. Cosmic Boy and Brainiac 5 go to the hospital to visit Lightning Lad and Sun Boy who injured their knee and…"
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Philip Portelli replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Philip Portelli Re-Reads Legion of Super-Heroes
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Philip Portelli replied to Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod)'s discussion Comic Book Twenty Questions: Revenge of the Fumble Fingers!
"YES!!  Monica Rambeau assumed the trademark name of Captain Marvel, joined the Avengers and became their leader only to get depowered and demoted, losing the name to Genis-Vell, son of Mar-Vell, then his sister, Phyla-Vell then to, of course,…"
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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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