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Silver Sightings: Batman's Silver Age: What Took So Long?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Emerkeith Davyjack on Monday. 43 Replies

Beyond Commander Benson's examination of Batman's "New Look" period which began in 1964, I was always puzzled that the Caped Crusader was so behind the times as far as his Silver Age "entry"…Continue

Tags: sightings, silver, batman

SUPERMAN VS SUB-MARINER (1939)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Captain Comics Oct 25, 2018. 1 Reply

Place your bets in one corner we have the Action Ace, the Man of Steel, SUPERMAN and in the other, we have the Avenging Son, the Deep Sea Dynamo, the SUB-MARINER!! Who comes up on top in…Continue

Tags: 1939, sub-mariner, superman

Trip to the Past: Going Through My Closet!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Philip Portelli Sep 25, 2018. 6 Replies

Since I'm off this week, I decided to go through my upstairs closet for the first time in at least ten years, if not more. The long boxes contain books between 1996 and 2000, roughly. This was when I…Continue

Tags: closet, past, trip

DC's Golden Age's Baby Steps

Started this discussion. Last reply by Captain Comics Jun 29, 2018. 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

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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Doc Magnus carrying Tina which must mot be easy as she's solid platinum! Then Tina holding Doc!"
yesterday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Barry Allen is aghast at the sight of Spidey cradling the Torch!  "You'd never see me holding Hal like that! And we had our chances!""
Thursday
Philip Portelli replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion Star Trek: The Next Generation
"The initial body language of the Ferengi ensured that they would never be taken seriously!"
Wednesday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
""So much for getting invited to the JLA Satellite NOW!""
Wednesday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"She didn't make that many in the DC and Marvel series either!"
Tuesday
Philip Portelli replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion Star Trek: The Next Generation
"They modified Deanna Troi's look after the first episode with a better outfit but a worse hairdo. I think that they were trying to make her more serious after blubbering throughout the pilot. Thankfully they toned down her empathic powers so…"
Tuesday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Jane Porter in the same peril depicted by TWO different publishers! But with two great artists: Joe Kubert and John Buscema!"
Tuesday
Emerkeith Davyjack replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Silver Sightings: Batman's Silver Age: What Took So Long?
"...I've heard of such a pilot, but I'm not referring to that."
Monday
Philip Portelli replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Silver Sightings: Batman's Silver Age: What Took So Long?
"Which I NEVER noticed as a kid. Only did that when we got a better TV!"
Monday
Dave Palmer replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Silver Sightings: Batman's Silver Age: What Took So Long?
"Mustache?  Did someone say mustache?"
Monday
Philip Portelli replied to Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod)'s discussion Heroes in Crisis (spoiler thread)
"But why? Wouldn't that ruin Harley as a character? What would be the upside from the company's POV?"
Monday
Philip Portelli replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Silver Sightings: Batman's Silver Age: What Took So Long?
"They used the amnesia standby where Perry and Gordon don't remember what occurred when they were evil! And ask the Golden Age Air Wave and the Jaguar about reappearing mustaches!"
Monday
Philip Portelli replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Silver Sightings: Batman's Silver Age: What Took So Long?
"A DICK TRACY pilot was shot in 1967 with Victor (King Tut) Buono as the villain, Mister Memory. And Bonnie Braids was to have been played by Eve (Jan Brady) Plumb!"
Monday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Two consecutive issues of Star Spangled War Stories where the Unknown Soldier is carrying a Joe Kubert babe!"
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Emerkeith Davyjack replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Silver Sightings: Batman's Silver Age: What Took So Long?
" ...I have read that in the mid-60s, then-perpetually number three network ABC had great success with the twice-weekly nightime soap opera (Thrice-weekly at it's height) soap opera PEYTON PLACE. Following that up, ABC decided to try a…"
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Richard Willis replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Silver Sightings: Batman's Silver Age: What Took So Long?
"Two amusing things are that the youth serum got rid of Gordon's mustache and that Gordon and White are inside the Batcave, somehow not learning Batman's secret identity."
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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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