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Philip Portelli's Discussions

TIME BANDITS on TCM this Saturday! (8/13)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark S. Ogilvie Aug 12, 2016. 2 Replies

This Saturday (8/13) on TCM…Continue

Tags: python, monty, tcm, bandits, time

Fan of Bronze: One REALLY Sexist Comic!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark S. Ogilvie Jul 23, 2016. 52 Replies

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Tags: black, canary, sexist, bronze, of

Down the Toy Aisle

Started this discussion. Last reply by Philip Portelli May 16, 2016. 9 Replies

This morning I went to Target to look for the DC SUPER HERO GIRLS Batgirl and Wonder Woman for my cousin's daughter. She and her little brother (my godson) are into super-heroes, LEGOs, Star Wars and…Continue

Tags: collecting, aisle, toy

DRIPS---HERCULES #1-3 or Who's That Demi-God?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Philip Portelli Feb 24, 2016. 3 Replies

Marvel has been putting out numerous new books featuring their second and third tier characters including some a lot time coming (Vision [more on that later], Scarlet Witch) and some getting yet…Continue

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Philip Portelli replied to Captain Comics's discussion Marvel teaser: "Generations"
"Yes but Thunderstrike was Thor for a time. War Machine was Iron Man for a time. USAgent was Captain America for a time. It was only when Marvel brought back the originals were their codenames changed! Also there was Spider-Man/Venom, Fantastic…"
14 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Captain Comics's discussion Marvel teaser: "Generations"
"What's obvious to me by looking at the promo piece is that, while Marvel is pushing to diversify its heroes, the original "white guys" are still around for the most part, just for occasions like this!"
16 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"I first read this when it was reprinted in the first "Secret Origins of Super Villains" tabloid which, of course, immediately spoiled the ending! And I just got a LEGO Red Hood figure!"
20 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Secret Origins #20 with Doctor Mid-Nite! Doc was always a sentimental favorite of mine but covers that featured him prominently during the Silver and Bronze Ages were very few and far between! But, as I said, I liked him and thought he was an…"
22 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Dectective Comics #387: One of the earliest books I had as a kid. I don't remember where I got it but it was Batman's 30th Anniversary and it retold "The Case of the Chemical Syndicate" with a "modern" flair! As a…"
yesterday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Justice League of America #38: Doctor Fate hogs the cover! Seriously, the Golden Mage was the de facto star of the JLA/JSA team-ups. I wonder why he never got a major solo push during the Silver Age or why DC never simply created an Earth-One…"
Wednesday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"World's Finest Comics #276: The return of Doctor Double X, one of the Dark Knight's few foes that possessed actually super powers in the Silver/Bronze Ages!"
Feb 13
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Archie recently reprinted some of this series in their digests. "
Feb 13
Philip Portelli replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Leg Entry # 196 Kryptonite---a Glowing Reference (Part One)
"While the Man of Steel did discover his origin in Superman #61, the Krypton name popped up in Action Comics #32 when he invented the krypto-ray gun which was a tie-in with a toy at the time."
Feb 12
Philip Portelli replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Leg Entry # 196 Kryptonite---a Glowing Reference (Part One)
"One thing that is often overlooked was that Swami Ravi's kryptonite was colored red!"
Feb 12
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"DNAgents was a series that deserves to be seen again, although this time without so much fan service."
Feb 12
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Has Destroyer Duck come up yet? I have to admit, I felt quite rebellious getting this series!"
Feb 11
Philip Portelli replied to Captain Comics's discussion Captain Comics Reviews for Feb. 8, 2017
"Marvel is definitely revisiting Frank Miller's run on Daredevil as the Kingpin and Elektra are getting their own books and Bullseye getting a mini!"
Feb 10
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Marvel Feature #2: the second appearance of the Defenders as they battle Dormammu! I had a coverless copy of this for the longest time and feel that it's a stronger story than Marvel Feature #1. Ross Andru did a great job on this one and Roy…"
Feb 10
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"The Demon #1: Perhaps Jack Kirby's most successful Bronze Age DC character in terms of actually co-existing with the rest of the DCU."
Feb 6
Philip Portelli replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion “Captain Hydra” – A Theory
"My pet theory is that they took the "What If Captain America was an Agent of HYDRA?" version and spliced it with the current MU. Except for Cap's personal history, everything else is intact including his super-hero deeds as a sleeper…"
Feb 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…

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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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