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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Emerkeith Davyjack Jan 14. 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


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 Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man's discussion What Comic Books Have You Read Today?
"I read the Batman/Flash/Heroes In Crisis crossover, "The Price", which was in #64-65 of each of their titles. It was much better than their previous one, the over-hyped and disappointing "The Button". This story was more…"
6 hours ago
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
"Some Steranko love!"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"A much earlier, contemporary one with Jaws!"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"An Avengers #4 homage though the Wasp is replaced by Redwing!"
Mar 18
Philip Portelli replied to PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod's discussion Anything, Everything, or Nothing At All
"In a winter filled with bad news, sad events and abrupt changes, I received an e-mail from my LCS which I have been getting my books for over 25 years is closing at the end of this month! Their rent was raised 40% so they're shutting down and…"
Mar 18
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Some Flash #123 which got a shout out on the TV show!"
Mar 15
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
Mar 14
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"A lesser-known X-Men #100 take!"
Mar 13
Philip Portelli replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion Star Trek: The Next Generation
"There was the rumor that Patrick Stewart might have left the show after Season Three, hence the cliffhanger. I don't think that it was true but the introduction of Commander Shelby who could have been first officer if Riker, indeed, became the…"
Mar 12
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Some Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 homages!"
Mar 12
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Though not a cover homage, the character detail from Avengers #24 was used as a computer screenshot in the Comic Action Heroes: Superman's Fortress of Solitude playset from the late 70s. They replaced Captain America with Superman,…"
Mar 11
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"All Star Comics #35 was the inspiration of Avengers #79 and the new cover of Marvel Super Action #17 which reprinted the second half of Avengers Annual #2 and came full circle in America Vs the Justice…"
Mar 9
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Not a real book, of course, but too good to pass up!"
Mar 8
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Re-imaginings of Green Lantern/Green Arrow #76:"
Mar 7
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"A more recent Amazing Fantasy #15 homage!"
Mar 6

Philip Portelli's News Posts

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…


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…


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…
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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