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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

If WONDER WOMAN was set in World War I in the comics...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Captain Comics Jun 24. 54 Replies

The success of the WONDER WOMAN movie may make DC revise the character yet again to have her debut not in World War II but in World War I. Stranger things have happened,But what if they did? It would…Continue

Tags: war, one, world, allies, woman

GOJIRA on TCM Thursday!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Willis Mar 28. 15 Replies

Just a heads up that on Thursday March 23, TCM is showing Gojira at 8PM EST. I'm assuming that this is the original Japanese cut (subtitled hopefully) as there was no mention of Raymond Burr in the…Continue

Tags: tcm, godzilla, gojira

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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
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Philip Portelli replied to Luke Blanchard's discussion They Came From the Back Pages
"Green Lantern lost his book, became the back-up of The Flash then got his own book again!"
Philip Portelli replied to Luke Blanchard's discussion They Came From the Back Pages
"And Howard the Duck was the back-up of Giant-Size Man-Thing."
Philip Portelli replied to Luke Blanchard's discussion They Came From the Back Pages
"The Ted Cord Blue Beetle started as Captain Atom's back-up then got his own book."
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"House of Mystery finds new life in the 80s as it features a continuing series for the first time in years with Andrew Bennett starring in "I...Vampire!""
Philip Portelli replied to Captain Comics's discussion 'Freedom Fighters: The Ray' Season 1
"That was more intriguing than all the comic book Freedom Fighters series combined!"
Philip Portelli replied to Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod)'s discussion Trends in DC's Digital Reprints on Comixology
"Vartox appeared a lot more than Captain Strong or Valdemar did. And later Superman got his first really dangerous female foe, the twisted serial killer Faora Hu-Ul when she escaped the Phantom Zone, though she was inspired by Ursa from the movies!"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Probably a response to the then-recent "Captain Nice" and "Mister Terrific" TV shows (both short-lived), Superman faced Captain Incredible!"
Philip Portelli replied to Richard Mantle's discussion AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. “Once More With…”
"It would have been nice if they included a French super-hero! Mary Jane has been fighting her feelings for Peter for a long time, wondering if he would move on after Gwen's death or if he could move on after Gwen's death. Either way, her…"
Philip Portelli replied to Richard Mantle's discussion AVENGERS. "And There Came ANOTHER Day..."
"Hawkeye received so many "solo" covers in The Avengers that I'm still shocked that he never got his own Marvel Premiere/Spotlight run! "
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Ikaris was the star of Jack Kirby's third "Gods" series, The Eternals but he wasn't as compelling as Thor or Orion. He was almost a generic hero with little to distinguish him from the rest of the cast."
Philip Portelli replied to Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod)'s discussion Trends in DC's Digital Reprints on Comixology
"As a kid, I thought Whirlicane  was a major villain!  The gimmick about Jon Ross being told Superman's secret identity was that neither of them knew that Pete knew. This would be a plot point of DC Comics Presents #13-14."
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"An irate Human Torch and Iron Man battle Infinitus!"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"A nearly iconic Inhumans cover by Rich Buckler and Joe Sinnott!"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"And then John Byrne tries to get rid of the Inhumans completely by sending them to the moon, Alice! Or even he couldn't figure out what mountain range Attilan actually was on!"
Jul 18
Richard Willis replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TCM Coming Attractions! Chills, Thrills and Spills!
"If you haven't seen Stephen King's Cat's Eye, I really recommend the segment "Quitters, Inc.""
Jul 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…


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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