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MYSTERY IN SUSPENCE (A Crisis of Conjecture)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Philip Portelli Feb 4. 25 Replies

I am going to attempt to connect certain events from the worlds of various comics, movies, TV shows and pop culture into a hopefully logical narrative much like my Gorilla City thread. Each entry may…Continue

Tags: silver, sightings, conjecture, crisis, suspense

"VIXEN" on the CW TONIGHT!! (8/30)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Philip Portelli Aug 30, 2017. 3 Replies

Tonight the CW is showing the…Continue

Tags: animated, conway, cw, vixen

THE FALCON: Marvel's Bait & Switch?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) Aug 5, 2017. 27 Replies

This month's Previews has The Falcon #1 solicited for October in Marvel's post-Secret Empire books. I am saddened but not surprised. I knew that Sam Wilson's run as "THE" Captain America was limited,…Continue

Tags: replacements, switch, bait, falcon

Anyone Got a Time Machine I Can Borrow?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ronald Morgan Jun 25, 2017. 5 Replies

Yesterday when I was pulling the cash register drawer from the pharmacy that I work, I found that someone had paid with a roll of dimes, which they opened. To my amazement, the dimes were very old,…Continue

Tags: age, golden, machine, time

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Philip Portelli replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 204 Dead on Arrival
"My first exposure to Deadman was in World's Finest Comics #223 (Ju'74), the infamous Batman's Killer Brother fiasco. Luckily my parents knew a good child psychologist and I was able to recover...mostly. However it did…"
4 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Two Gun Kid #77 (S'65) had the Masked Rider of the Marvel Plains face...the Panther, an azure-costumed gunman who predated the Black Panther by a year! Some call him a prototype but that's a stretch beyond the name and…"
4 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Agent Peggy Carter plus a pic of the lovely Hayley Atwell as Miss Carter for a cold afternoon! "
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
""Impudent One, face the fury of my pendant, headband and bellbottoms!! Wait a sec...are Saturn Girl's boobs pneumatic? Where was I? Oh yes, fear my freaking funk!!""
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Pulsar Stargrave had all the potential of being a major Legion villain with strong goals and motivations but too many plot twists about who (or what) he really was reduced his menace until he had to battle the Legion of SUBSTITUTE Heroes! Around the…"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Believe it or not, Phantom Girl has the longest continuous run as a Legionnaire, never leaving the group since she joined. She doesn't appear prominently on many covers, even in stories where she's featured prominently.…"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"I had known about Marvel's teen girl star Patsy Walker growing up but never saw any of her books. Still haven't. I missed her appearances in Amazing Adventures but saw her become Hellcat in The Avengers then become one…"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"So strong was the popularity of Planet of the Apes that Marvel put out the magazine a year after the last movie, Battle For the Planet of the Apes (1973). It had twenty-nine issues from August 1974 to February…"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"More "Power" to you!"
Feb 12
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
""The Plunder Ploy of the Fatal Five!""
Feb 12
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Professor Power: the X-Men villain who never appeared in X-Men!"
Feb 10
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"To the X-Men, it wasn't a hoax (except for Marvel Girl!)."
Feb 9
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"I only got two issues of the 70s X-Men when they were reprints, the one with Spider-Man (#83) and this one: #90 (O'74) with the "death" of Professor X. At the time, I knew that Xavier was alive and well in current…"
Feb 9
Philip Portelli replied to Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man's discussion What Comic Books Have You Read Today?
"I read the first two issues of the new Marvel Two-In-One series starring the Thing and the Human Torch and they were really good. Ben and Johnny play off each other well as can be expected. Here we see two Marvel legends at a crossroads,…"
Feb 8
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"A French comic of Popeye with Poopdeck Pappy. Though Pappy was featured a lot in the comic strip, comic books and cartoons, he wasn't often on the cover of the books in America."
Feb 8

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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