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Philip Portelli's Discussions

Fan of Bronze: You Learn Something NEW Everyday!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Philip Portelli Dec 27, 2021. 3 Replies

I'm starting this thread for the little things that I've discovered while re-reading my old books. This will probably be trivia of the most trivial nature but it is what it is! Today I picked out TWO…Continue

Tags: new, something, learn, bronze, fan

When Spider-Man Become Marvel's #1 Hero?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff of Earth-J Sep 2, 2021. 9 Replies

Spider-Man is Marvel's #1 Super-Hero. There is no doubt about that, despite the popularity of the Hulk, Wolverine and other heroes featured in today's films. But when did it actually happen?Marvel…Continue

Tags: popularity, spider-man

PLANET OF THE APES Marathon Tuesday 11/10 on Cinemax

Started this discussion. Last reply by doc photo Nov 10, 2020. 1 Reply

This Tuesday, 11/10/20, from 9:27 AM to 5:40 PM, Cinemax (MAX) will be…Continue

Tags: cinemax, apes, planet

TEEN TITANS (1976-79)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Elyea Feb 13, 2021. 204 Replies

After being cancelled in 1972, the Teen Titans made a couple of appearances in Brave & Bold as its members went their separate ways. However during the 52 and 100 Pagers, several of their stories…Continue

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Philip Portelli replied to Captain Comics's discussion DC collections: What Golden Age comics they have (and haven't) reprinted
"Johnny Quick lasted until 1954 as did Vigilante. Zatara to 1950, Shining Knight to 1951. They would need to finish Boy Commandos and Newsboy Legion!  Wouldn't mind seeing Robotman collected as he lasted until 1953."
6 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"How about Batman villains teaming up? The amazing thing about THE JOKER and THE PENGUIN combining forces was that it didn't feature on the cover of Batman #25 (O'44)!"
13 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"What I liked most about the pairing of BLACK TOM CASSIDY and the JUGGERNAUT was that, unlike most villain partnerships, they were actually friends! "
15 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"The Star-Spangled Kid & Stripesy flipped the standard Golden Age pairings as the Kid was the leader and the brains with an adult partner. Though I don't think that Stripesy was that much older than the Kid. Plus, in my head canon Stripesy…"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Can't believe this one hasn't popped up yet!"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Those two took place on Earth-Two. B&B #84 wasn't written like that as Batman had his current costume with the yellow circle but was later retconned in #162 as Earth-Two. The others were definitely Earth-One or Earth-B or Earth…"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Bob Haney must have loved getting his creative hands on SGT. ROCK again as he used him at a rapid-fire pace with these four: #96, 108, 117 and 124! Plus the poor guy had been a sergeant for over thirty years!"
Philip Portelli replied to ClarkKent_DC's discussion Joss Whedon disproves that any publicity is good publicity
"I seem to recall him saying that while in charge of Buffy, for the first time attractive young women were seeking his attention and approval and he didn't know how to handle it. Basically, saying they came on to him for their careers! "
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Morbius the Living Vampire team-up with the Man-Wolf! Dracula fought the Werewolf by Night! Then the Werewolf battled Morbius!  As far as I know, Dracula never encountered Morbius nor did the Werewolf ever sniff Man-Wolf in the Bronze Age at…"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Y'know for a mindless muck-monster, Man-Thing certainly got around!  I can easily post another 10-12 team-ups with other Marvel Heroes with the Slimy Sentinel!"
Philip Portelli replied to The Baron's discussion Movies I Have Seen Lately
"I just saw The Monuments Men (2014) and thought it was above average. Of course, much of the cast were too old for the parts (John Goodman, Bill Murray) and they tried to add humor to a serious issue: the recovery of stolen and looted art…"
Jan 18
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Actually the prior issue, #305, did have a team-up between the Flash and Doctor Fate though he wasn't on the cover. But the Golden Age Flash was!  However #293 did have a team-up between the lead feature and the back-up at the time,…"
Jan 18
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Here's the Bronze Age Nightwing (Van-Zee) and Flamebird (Ak-Var) on a busy Superman Family cover!"
Jan 17
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Superman and Jimmy Olsen's roles as Nightwing and Flamebird, the Dynamic Duo of Kandor, were enjoyable yet seldom cover featured."
Jan 17
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Another "Diabolical Duo" with the Cobra and Mister Hyde! First they fought Thor then Daredevil!  I thought that they fought Captain America and they did but with other partners: the Cobra with the original Serpent Squad and Mister…"
Jan 16
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Marvel's first "Calamitous Couple"! "
Jan 15

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 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…


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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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