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Philip Portelli's Discussions

Silver Sightings: The Three Wives of Superman!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Luke Blanchard Mar 18. 5 Replies

Though I didn't know it at the time, Superman Family #164 (My'74) was its first issue as, due to a paper shortage and falling sales, DC combined Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen, Superman's Girlfriend Lois…Continue

Tags: superman, wives, sightings, silver

Batman/Catwoman/Huntress Questions AKA I Was Wondering #32

Started this discussion. Last reply by Luis Olavo de Moura Dantas Feb 23. 9 Replies

With the recent news about a big change in the status quo of the rather bumpy relationship between Batman and Catwoman, I thought about their eighty year history and, well, wondered about a few…Continue

Tags: wondering, huntress, catwoman, batman

TIMELY COMICS IN 2009?? (Marvel's 70th Anniversary Series & Other Things)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Philip Portelli Jan 21. 4 Replies

So finally I'm going to post about the series of Timely Comics one-shots from 2009 to celebrate Marvel's 70th Anniversary through their Golden Age. I hope to note the retcons, contradictions and…Continue

Tags: anniversary, 70th, marvel, timely

Classic "MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATRE 3000" Returns!!!

Started Jan 6 0 Replies

While looking at the TCM movies for late night/early morning gems, I was shocked to see Mystery Science 3000 listed on the IFC channel over it in the menu for 1 AM.  At first I thought that it was…Continue

Tags: MST3K, 3000, theatre, science, mystery

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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"One more Super-Statue!"
3 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Another Egyptian statue with the Living Mummy!"
yesterday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"I wonder where all these super-villains get their super-hero statuettes? Do they commission them? Are they mass-produced? If so, they probably just steal them!"
Thursday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"At the time the population of South Dakota was, like, one person for every eight square miles, so it's entirely possible! The only place more sparsely populated was the moon!"
Wednesday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"A sentimental favorite in the living statue genre; The Golem!"
Wednesday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Another wrecked Superman statue! "
Tuesday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"More statues that stump the Super-Family!"
Monday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"The Boy King and his Giant! Don't mess with this guy!"
Sunday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"A great giant stone head cover!"
Mar 20
Philip Portelli replied to Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man's discussion What Comic Books Have You Read Today?
"Thanks to "The Pact", I never saw Highfather as being the light to Darkseid's night. He was willing to sacrifice his own son to a hellish existence while raising with love and comfort the offspring of the devil tormenting his son.…"
Mar 20
Philip Portelli replied to Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man's discussion What Comic Books Have You Read Today?
"Actually he's a very interesting character from the Doctor Who comic books from England who got carried over into a few novels. He went from being stuck as a penguin to preferring to be a penguin! No mean feat that!"
Mar 20
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Does half a statue count?"
Mar 19
Philip Portelli replied to Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man's discussion What Comic Books Have You Read Today?
"New: Gwen Stacy #1: Set prior to her debut in Amazing Spider-Man #31 D'65), it focuses on Gwen's senior year of high school with Harry Osborn and her then-boyfriend! It involves her father, Captain George Stacy, with a young Jean…"
Mar 19
Luke Blanchard replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Silver Sightings: The Three Wives of Superman!
"That's the tragedy at the heart of the life of the Silver Age Superman. What he really wanted to do was sculpt. But modernism was the thing and he couldn't get into art school. His ideal was Antonio Canova."
Mar 18
Luis Olavo de Moura Dantas replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Silver Sightings: The Three Wives of Superman!
"It is a nice story, albeit a dark one.  And, I think, a bit of a look into the popular mindsets of the time."
Mar 18
Philip Portelli replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Silver Sightings: The Three Wives of Superman!
"Some observations: According to the GCD, the author of Lois Lane #51 is not known but the artist is the wonderful Kurt Schaffenberger. Superman and Lois are portrayed as a loving couple, devoted to each other so of course this was going…"
Mar 17

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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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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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