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Was BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE ever meant to be an Elseworlds?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fraser Sherman Jun 16. 37 Replies

Over on the Back Issue Facebook group, there is some contention that Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's groundbreaking and influential Batman: The Killing Joke (1988) was originally intended to be an…Continue

Tags: joke, killing, bronze, fan

Fan of Bronze: You Learn Something NEW Everyday!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Philip Portelli Dec 27, 2021. 3 Replies

I'm starting this thread for the little things that I've discovered while re-reading my old books. This will probably be trivia of the most trivial nature but it is what it is! Today I picked out TWO…Continue

Tags: new, something, learn, bronze, fan

When Spider-Man Become Marvel's #1 Hero?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff of Earth-J Sep 2, 2021. 9 Replies

Spider-Man is Marvel's #1 Super-Hero. There is no doubt about that, despite the popularity of the Hulk, Wolverine and other heroes featured in today's films. But when did it actually happen?Marvel…Continue

Tags: popularity, spider-man

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

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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Gigantor, the Space Age Robot or Tetsugin 28-go ("Iron Man no.28")! "
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"There were the Cyclons of Battlestar Galactica (famed for their "Pong" eyes) but also the robot dog of Boxey, Daggett (actually played by a chimpanzee)!"
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"The Construct had his minions, the Cannons who literally were "cannon fodder". Also inside the books, they had no hands so they were limited in what they could do. Thus they were automatons that really, really needed automation! "
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Brave & Bold #74 (N'67) is well-known as the issue where Batman takes over the book but its main plot point was that there were enough sentient robots around to have the first International Robot Expo! "
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"A Silver Age classic: "Riddle of the Robot Justice League!""
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Philip Portelli replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion DC's 1st Issue Specials
"And he was actually called "Code Name: Assassin" despite never killing anyone.  Strange that in a world filled with superheroes, crooks still can't believe a man can fly!"
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Another Golden Age robot and proof that Stripesy MUST have had some level of super-strength! "
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Philip Portelli replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion DC's 1st Issue Specials
"METAMORPHO: I never saw him as a comedic character, having never read most of his Silver Age run. The artists who I'd seen draw him treated him seriously. This issue seemed more like a storyboard for a Saturday morning cartoon show. It's…"
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Debuting in Quality's Smash Comics #1(Au'39) and preceding Doll Man's first appearance was HUGH HAZZARD and HIS IRON MAN/ BOZO THE ROBOT. Hugh sometimes travelled inside Bozo and the two had a decent Golden Age…"
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Philip Portelli replied to The Baron's discussion List of Super-Speedsters
"How about MERCURY the SHAZAM Elder who teamed with the JLA/JSA/Earth-S heroes in Justice League of America #135-137?"
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Philip Portelli replied to The Baron's discussion List of Super-Speedsters
"The Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg & Holliway law firm from She-Hulk employs/had employed three "super-swift" couriers named MOMENTA, WHIZ KID and ZIG ZAG."
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Philip Portelli replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion DC's 1st Issue Specials
"The original Outsiders concept was interesting enough, yet the character designs were terrible. None of them looked appealing, heroic or cool like other "monster" heroes like the Thing. Their powers were mostly super-strength and…"
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Philip Portelli replied to The Baron's discussion List of Super-Speedsters
"In Norse mythology, THJALFI was the servant of Thor and the swiftest of men, while Marvel dubbed minor deity HERMOD the god of speed!"
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Philip Portelli replied to The Baron's discussion List of Super-Speedsters
"They became the parents of XS and Impulse, respectively (or vice versa)!"
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Philip Portelli replied to The Baron's discussion List of Super-Speedsters
"Then there's Spongebob Squarepants as...The QUICKSTER!"
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Philip Portelli replied to The Baron's discussion List of Super-Speedsters
"And SUPER SABRE, a retconned World War II speedster from Uncanny X-Men #215! "
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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…

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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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At 12:27pm on March 18, 2014, Kirk G said…

Henry K has asked me to relay an invitation to you:  I'd appreciate it if you could let Luke Blanchard, Phillip Portelli, and anyone else who posted in my "NEW GODS", "WESTERNS" and "BIBLE" threads know about my KIRBY LAND group.

After a Jack Kirby Fan Group forum was hijacked by an unscrupulous individual on Facebook, Henry began his own forum, titled "Kirbyland" where he, and like-minded individuals continue to promote their beliefs on Facebook.    

He wanted you to know.

At 7:34pm on July 24, 2013, Figserello said…

I'd like to echo said sentiments, though I know you're very busy these days. 

 

 

 

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?
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 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 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 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 9:48pm on September 13, 2011, Figserello said…
Hey Philipo - 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 9:33pm on March 9, 2011, Figserello said…
Facebook?
 
 
 

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