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Philip Portelli's Discussions

"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

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

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Philip Portelli replied to Captain Comics's discussion Another dead X-Man returns
"Well they HAVE to bring Professor X back before Cyclops to absolve Scott of the Professor's murder!"
1 hour ago
Philip Portelli replied to Commander Benson's discussion From the Archives: Deck Log Entry # 61 Saturday Morning Silver Age: Part Five---the Super-Hero Universe of Hanna-Barbera
"I love the Herculoids! It's my favorite 1960s cartoon show. What kid wouldn't want super-powered pets that would protect them from anything?? Thinking about it (and this is just my personal opinion), I can see some aspects of the…"
2 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Marvel Team Up #100! Spider-Man & the Fantastic Four! Claremont & Miller! Black Panther & Storm back-up by Claremont & Bryne!  Oh and the first appearance of Karma, soon to be part of the New Mutants!"
2 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"A rare Joe Kubert JLA cover featuring, naturally, Hawkman and Hawkgirl!"
2 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Captain Comics's discussion Another dead X-Man returns
"Well, if Professor X does come back, he'll be missing his brain!"
17 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Superman #197: Eighty-Page Goodness with an All-Clark Kent issue! Actually, I would argue that the best "Clark" stories weren't on the covers!"
21 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"One of my favorite Silver Age Justice League of America featuring not one but two Kanjar Ros!"
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Philip Portelli replied to The Baron's discussion The Timeline of "Possible" Characters - Part One
"How do you feel about the following: 1933-1935: the events of To Kill a Mockingbird  1943: The Guns of Navarone  1944: The Dirty Dozen  1945: The Great Escape"
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"The debut of Kanjar Ro in Justice League of America #3 (Ma'61). He made only six major appearances from 1961 to 1978 and this was the only one that didn't involve Adam Strange! And the sequel in Mystery In…"
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Except that's not a mask! It's his real face! Yikes!"
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Hard time to take that guy seriously!  Even though he was the baddie of JLA #110, one of my favorites!"
Saturday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"The Key from Justice League of America #150, the last Steve Englehart issue."
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"King Superman Versus Clark Kent, Metallo! By Gawd, I love the Silver Age!"
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"When Krypto pushed Wonder Woman and Blackhawk off the cover!"
Thursday
Philip Portelli replied to The Baron's discussion The Timeline of "Possible" Characters - Part One
"1961: In California, four would-be space explorers are stopped from illegally launching an experimental rocket. After brief prison sentences, they try to prove to the world that monsters and aliens exist through a series of documentaries where they…"
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Krypto even had his own cartoon series which also featured Streaky the Supercat and Ace the Bat-Hound! Some artists drew Krypto very cartoony while others like Curt Swan drew him like a real dog!"
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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…

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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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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…
Facebook?
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…

Phillip,

 

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.

 

R,

Commander B

At 12:45am on June 16, 2012, Commander Benson said…

Phillip,

 

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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