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MYSTERY IN SUSPENCE (A Crisis of Conjecture)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Philip Portelli Oct 13. 20 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. 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. 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. 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 Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Secrets of Haunted House #31: in the summer of '79, DC gave three of its supernatural titles actual leads for the first time with Doctor 13 in Ghosts and Johnny Peril in Unexpected but here was a new character: Mister E, a blind…"
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Philip Portelli replied to Detective 445's discussion Marvel Legacy Spoiler Thread
"Master of Kung Fu #126 is a one-shot like Power Pack #63, Not Brand Ecchh and Silver Sable #36."
11 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 202 Happy Thanksgiving 2017!
"A Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving to you and yours as well, Sir! And to everyone here at Captain Comics! I'm thankful for all of this!"
23 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Yeah, the first version of Drax had the same skull motif. Brian Falsworth was supposed to be the first Mighty Destroyer saying that Timely's Keen Marlow didn't exist except as an alias. As Luke says, Brian assumes his father's mantle…"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"That's what Roy Thomas wanted DC to do so she could replace Wonder Woman in the Justice Society Post-Crisis. They didn't so Roy had to use Quality's Miss America."
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Mystic Comics #8 featuring the Mighty Destroyer!"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Mister Mind versus Captain Marvel!"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
Philip Portelli replied to Captain Comics's discussion The many retellings of Ragnarok
"Even more than that. They knew that Ragnarok was coming and that they could not stop it."
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Quality Comics had begun reprinting Spirit stories in Police Comics which led to a series of covers with him and Plastic Man together. But Quality didn't own the Spirit so they created their own version...Midnight!  He wasn't a…"
Philip Portelli replied to Captain Comics's discussion Captain Comics: 20 Fun Facts to Know and Tell about the Justice League
"Aquaman was visually quite different from Superman with whom he was going to share a show. He swam through the ocean like he was flying through the air. Undersea cities was a great locale as opposed the more prosaic cities that the other heroes…"
Philip Portelli replied to Captain Comics's discussion Let the Punisher fit the story: The many (weird) versions of Frank Castle
"There was a great bit in JLA/Avengers where it's heavily implied that Batman demolished the Punisher. Batman does NOT approve of guns or gunmen!"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Mark Merlin was the long-time star of House of Secrets. They added his cat Memacata with whom he could switch minds with but soon after he was completely revamped as Prince Ra-Man, Mind Master!"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"I'll add three covers of the Mad Hatter! I prefer the red-headed version as opposed to the original due to my fondness of David Wayne's performance on the TV show. Besides, Batman didn't stop the Mad Hatter. It was John F.…"
Philip Portelli replied to Randy Jackson's discussion Ranking the Silver Age Legion of Super Heroes
"I think Karate Kid had to have some sort of super-power. He did feats that no martial artist could have duplicate, even during his time in Adventure Comics. First in #360 (and I apologize for the bad image), he smashes the gate of a prison…"
Philip Portelli replied to Randy Jackson's discussion Ranking the Silver Age Legion of Super Heroes
"But were there teams anyone wanted to join? You could add the Legion of Substitute Heroes in that regard. If you were a teenager with super-powers, you wanted to join the Legion."

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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…


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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