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PSYCHO (1960): How Does It Hold Up?

Started this discussion. Last reply by doc photo on Saturday. 6 Replies

I recently saw PSYCHO (1960) directed, of course, by Alfred Hitchcock in its entirety for the first time in years. Most people rightfully consider it a classic in both horror and suspense but without…Continue

Tags: up, holds, psycho

Fan of Bronze: "Wait 'Til They Get a Load of Me!"---The Corruption of the JOKER!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Willis Jun 9. 3 Replies

The Joker, the Clown Prince of Crime, the Grinning Ghoul, the Harlequin of Hate has been the Batman's inescapable nemesis since 1940. Despite his infamy, he is one of DC's most recognizable and…Continue

Tags: joker, bronze, fan

Fan of Bronze: Kamandi Without the King

Started this discussion. Last reply by Philip Portelli May 19. 3 Replies

Of all of JACK KIRBY's 70s DC work, the book that lasted the longest was Kamandi the Last Boy On Earth which lasted fifty-nine issues but not with the King at the end. #33 (S'75) was the last issue…Continue

Tags: kirby, gerry, conway, jack, kamandi

25 Years Ago: Low Prices For Key Books!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Willis Apr 7. 1 Reply

Going through some Wizard magazines from 1995, I was amused by some of the prices for the debuts for some big name heroes who have appeared in movies and TV! If only I could give my younger self some…Continue

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Philip Portelli replied to Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man's discussion What Comic Books Have You Read Today?
"I read Dan Jurgens and Bruce Patterson's 1988 Flash Gordon nine issue mini series. It was a modern retelling of Flash's first trip to Mongo. Flash is now a forty-year old, divorced with a kid, bitter ex-basketball player (much like…"
8 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"How many vampires did Marvel have? Enough to give them their own Handbook!"
11 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to The Baron's discussion Manhunter
"The 100 Pagers are highly sought after, especially those in better condition, because those who had them (myself included) read them to pieces!"
11 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion The Wrath of the Spectre Omnibus
"That would be the first appearance of Warworld, not Warlord. It's no surprise with Jim Starlin involved that this would be a stellar example of the Cosmic Spectre, a heavenly guardian far beyond normal comprehension. This would lead into his…"
11 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to The Baron's discussion Manhunter
"I have both the Manhunter Special Edition (1999) and the later Gold Edition. The first time I saw any Manhunter was a beat-up copy of what I later learned was Detective Comics #440 (My'74) that had the Batman story torn…"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"As if Spidey doesn't have enough problems with Man-Wolf and Werewolf By Night!"
Philip Portelli replied to The Baron's discussion Manhunter
"There was the Mark Shaw Manhunter from 1st Issue Special #5 and Justice League of America #140-141 who later became the Privateer then disappeared until after the Crisis when he once more became Manhunter and got his own series. There…"
Philip Portelli replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion The Wrath of the Spectre Omnibus
"This was one chilling scene where it appeared that Gwen Sterling was trying to kill Jim Corrigan but he sent a meat cleaver to chop her to pieces only to learn that "she" was an animated mannequin...after said chopping!"
Philip Portelli replied to The Baron's discussion Movies I Have Seen Lately
"I saw MYSTERY IN THE WAX MUSEUM (1933) for the first time. Done in an early form of Techni-Color, this was a pre-Code film that plays like a typical 1930s thriller. Lionel Atwill (before his scandals) stars as the twisted sculptor that hides…"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Have we had any entries from the Buffy-verse?"
doc photo replied to Philip Portelli's discussion PSYCHO (1960): How Does It Hold Up?
"Psycho is the only movie to cause me to jump out of my seat while watching at home. I was in high school at the time. I was watching alone while the rest of the family was busy elsewhere in the house. It was early evening, lights on, not a spooky…"
Richard Willis replied to Philip Portelli's discussion PSYCHO (1960): How Does It Hold Up?
"The "affair" that Marion Crane (Leigh) is in that provokes all this is certainly movie morality as both are single! This 1960 movie is pre-sexual-revolution. Anyone not married was thought to be having an affair if they slept together.…"
The Baron replied to Philip Portelli's discussion PSYCHO (1960): How Does It Hold Up?
"More seriously, In think we'd find that most movies - even great ones-  don't hold up to minute examination."
The Baron replied to Philip Portelli's discussion PSYCHO (1960): How Does It Hold Up?
Philip Portelli replied to Philip Portelli's discussion PSYCHO (1960): How Does It Hold Up?
"Granted all that...except Norman kept his mother's body in her bedroom and sometimes had her looking out the window. Marion, Arbogast (Martin Balsam-the p.i.) and Sam Loomis (John Gavin-the boyfriend) all see her so it doesn't seem like a…"
The Baron replied to Philip Portelli's discussion PSYCHO (1960): How Does It Hold Up?
"So no one in town every heard Norman speak about his mother in the present tense in ten years? That's an interesting point. However, I have known people to speak of deceased loved ones as though they were still alive. Presumably, he tried to…"

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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 appearance, his…


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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