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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. 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

Tags: joker, bronze, fan

Fan of Bronze: Kamandi Without the King

Started this discussion. Last reply by Philip Portelli May 19. 3 Replies

Of all of JACK KIRBY's 70s DC work, the book that lasted the longest was Kamandi the Last Boy On Earth which lasted fifty-nine issues but not with the King at the end. #33 (S'75) was the last issue…Continue

Tags: kirby, gerry, conway, jack, kamandi

25 Years Ago: Low Prices For Key Books!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Willis Apr 7. 1 Reply

Going through some Wizard magazines from 1995, I was amused by some of the prices for the debuts for some big name heroes who have appeared in movies and TV! If only I could give my younger self some…Continue

Tags: prices, ago, years, 25

New Warriors/Children of the Atom: Will They Work?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Luis Olavo de Moura Dantas Mar 31. 15 Replies

Apparently Marvel has a bit of a problem with its two new titles, New Warriors and Children of the Atom where all the buzz appears to be mostly negative. This always amuses me because if you don't…Continue

Tags: 2020, atom, children, warriors, new

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"And the people on the east coast of Brazil must be scared out of their minds!"
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"Speaking of breaking the Fourth Wall, did the kids in Gotham City really have a "Batman" TV show to watch or Batman comics to read? Did he get royalties? What about Robin? Or the villains? Did they need the Joker's approval of…"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Blackhawk couldn't be a reincarnation of Hawkman as they were contemporaries during the WWII era."
Sep 12
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Indian papoose??? Superman, it's a baby!  After the controversial Lois Lane #106, our Intrepid Girl Reporter was at it again, this time championing Native American rights. Or "Indians" at the time! Then, and probably…"
Sep 12
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
""I wanted to be on PLANET OF THE APES but no, they say that's too expensive. Team with Kamandi, they say. It's the same thing! Well let me tell you, it's NOT! Where's my Charlton Heston moment? Where's my primitive love…"
Sep 10
Philip Portelli replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion Star Trek: Voyager
"Neelix never bothered me much and Kes was there to be the "space babe" like Troi and Dax, despite her "jailbait" status. Her age was there to be controversial. She had some good moments but still was under-utilized. Not as much…"
Sep 9
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
""Scram before DC sues us...again! Then again, I always wanted to be in Brave and the Bold!""
Sep 9
Philip Portelli replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion Green Lantern
"They brought back the Golden Age Star Sapphire in Flash & Green Lantern: The Brave and the Bold #6 (Ma'00) and immediately tied her into the backstory of the Silver Age Star Sapphire!"
Sep 9
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Tune in to the next episode of "As the Avengers Turn" to answer these questions and more!"
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Richard Willis replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TCM Coming Attractions! Chills, Thrills and Spills!
"Turner Classic Movies has classic horror all of October. COMPLETE LIST:"
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Philip Portelli replied to The Baron's discussion Movies I Have Seen Lately
"Second best A&C meet a Monster movie!"
Sep 6
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
""This is why you NEVER shake hands while transporting!" Or "I think that the new android needs some work!" Or "Need a hand?" "No thanks! Got one!" Or "Vulcans do have a sense of humor. It's just not…"
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""Hey, Supes!!! Remember when I was one of your top three baddies!" "Shut up, Prankster!" "Hey, Supes!!! Don't forget to tell your JLA buddies about my Whoopie Cushion of Calamity and my Fake Doggie-Doo of…"
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
""There's nothing...NOTHING I can do to get rid of that spit curl!" Or "I told him not to read those Post-Crisis books!" Or "Brainy, I can't stop seeing Cosmic Boy in that outfit!""
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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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