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MYSTERY IN SUSPENCE (A Crisis of Conjecture)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Philip Portelli Oct 13, 2017. 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, 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 Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"In 1975, Marvel alone put out Marvel Treasury of Oz #1: The Marvelous Land of Oz with the intent to continue the series with the later books combined with the likenesses from the 1939 movie but sadly this was the only issue. Note the…"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"One of the books I regret not the most:"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"I'll follow that yellow brick road!"
Philip Portelli replied to John Dunbar's discussion Thoughts on possible future re-reading threads
"Well, I wrote about FANTASTIC FOUR #6 here! Fantastic Four Fantastic Four #1-102, FF Annual #1-6 I could have sworn we had a discussion thread of the early Fantastic Four, but I haven't been able to find it."
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Batman #222 (Ju'70): The Dynamic Dup must solve the mystery of the legendary rock band, the Oliver Twists and refuse to let it be! (btw, this issue came out in April 1970, the same month Paul McCartney announced that he was…"
Philip Portelli replied to Captain Comics's discussion The Captain Re-Reads 'Avengers'
"Growing up on Marvel Triple Action, I always saw Power Man as a major Avengers villain, especially with his connection to Zemo. His strength was enough to convince the public that he could easily replace all four Avengers! But this was the…"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Prize Comics had not one Black Owl but two! The first stuck around until 1943 when he joined the army but passed the identity to the father of Yank & Doodle who got shot and retired in 1947."
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Ollie Osnick first appeared in Spectacular Spider-Man #72 (N'82) as a kid genius who worshipped Doctor Octopus until Spidey set him straight. Of course, that led to Ollie becoming the Spectacular Spider-Kid…"
Jan 15
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"The last issue of Showcase, #104 (S'78) featured OSS (Office of Strategic Services): Spies At War! Whew! It took me years to find one! Also, CLOWNS!!!!"
Jan 14
Philip Portelli replied to Randy Jackson's discussion Villains that stayed reformed
"Godzilla was definitely the "bad guy" when he fought Toho's King Kong and Mothra, turning face when he battled King Ghidorah. Eventually he was practically a super-hero by the 70s."
Jan 14
Philip Portelli replied to Randy Jackson's discussion Villains that stayed reformed
"Yep, committed treason and stuff because of the Black Widow who also reformed. The list can add: Scarlet Witch Quicksilver (though both have strayed from time to time) Nighthawk Dev-Em Changeling from the X-Men Steve the Tramp (Dick Tracy) B.O.…"
Jan 14
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"This was from 1949 so you're probably right. Later issues had photo covers."
Jan 13
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Going from one extreme to another: Ozzie Nelson to Ozzy Osbourne! Still, both in the music biz and both famous for their families!"
Jan 13
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
""Are You Ready for,,,,,The Outsiders?" Frankly, no. When I tracked 1st Issue Special #10, I was shocked on how awful it was. Not "So-Bad-It's-Good" Bad but truly terribly bad! It made The Green Team and the…"
Jan 12
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"World's Finest Comics #141 (My'64): the Olsen/Robin team debuts! Geez, guys, they're right behind you!  Also, it seems like Robin/Nightwing forgot Jimmy's number for the entire Bronze Age!"
Jan 11
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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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