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Philip Portelli's Discussions

Black Panther Questions AKA I Was Wondering #31

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Willis Mar 17. 35 Replies

With the Black Panther movie doing so well, I thought that I would reread his Epic Collection "Panther's Rage!". I had forgotten that it also included his first appearance in Fantastic Four #52-53…Continue

Tags: wondering, panther, black

MYSTERY IN SUSPENCE (A Crisis of Conjecture)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Philip Portelli Feb 4. 25 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

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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Night Nurse #4 (My'73): "Secret of Seacliff House!" and I bet it's a gothic, soap opera kind!"
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"The Shade before he got....complicated!"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow!"
Philip Portelli replied to The Baron's discussion RIP Bruno Sammartino
"A tough man whose accomplishments will never be matched. Even when Hulk Hogan was champion, the WWF still relied on Bruno's star power!"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Sasquatch gave Marvel a new heavy hitter in their books!"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"I'll see your Steel and raise you (the) Six Million Dollars (Man)!"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"I would buy a Solomon Grundy collection in a heartbeat! It would probably take three or four volumes!"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"There is a brief flashback of WFC #103 in SSSV #8. The Wizard kept the Sorcerer's Treasures from SSSV #11-15 then JLA #166-168. When he reappeared in JLA #219-220, he went back to his original outfit…"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"World's Finest Comics #103 (Au'59) featured "The Secrets of the Sorcerer's Treasure!" where Superman, Batman and Robin must stop two speculators from using the four ancient objects of power: a box that…"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Continuing with the Great Detective: "Sherlock Stalks the Joker!""
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
""The Super-Stalag of Space!" from Adventure Comics #344 (My'66) appears to be inspired by Stalag 17 (1953) but the timing suggests that it was The Great Escape (1963)."
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Son of Satan #1 (D'75). A book that couldn't be made now by Marvel. Actually I'm shocked that it was made then!"
Philip Portelli replied to Randy Jackson's discussion Someone explain this to me
"Most ancient weapons were used for hunting (spears, bow & arrows and such) but a sword was not. It was designed to kill one's opponent. I never believed that someone could use a sword in a super-hero fight and not kill. maim or injure…"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"The Legion as a concept was a Bronze Age success story. From being a back-up in Action Comics, it was revitalized by Dave Cockrum in Superboy, sharing the title with #197, then having the name officially changed to Superboy And the…"
Apr 13
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"The Legion was always one of DC's best-sellers in the late 70s and 80s which was why they pushed Superboy out of what was once his own book, getting this mini and becoming a Baxter book like The New Titans."
Apr 13
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Secrets of the Legion of Super-Heroes was a three-issue mini-series cover-dated January to March 1981. And if any team needed a mini just to do its roll call, it's the Legion! Still I always felt that it seemed kind of rushed and its big…"
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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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