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25 Years Ago: Low Prices For Key Books!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Willis on Tuesday. 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

Tags: prices, ago, years, 25

New Warriors/Children of the Atom: Will They Work?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Luis Olavo de Moura Dantas Mar 31. 15 Replies

Apparently Marvel has a bit of a problem with its two new titles, New Warriors and Children of the Atom where all the buzz appears to be mostly negative. This always amuses me because if you don't…Continue

Tags: 2020, atom, children, warriors, new

Silver Sightings: The Three Wives of Superman!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Luke Blanchard Mar 18. 5 Replies

Though I didn't know it at the time, Superman Family #164 (My'74) was its first issue as, due to a paper shortage and falling sales, DC combined Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen, Superman's Girlfriend Lois…Continue

Tags: superman, wives, sightings, silver

Batman/Catwoman/Huntress Questions AKA I Was Wondering #32

Started this discussion. Last reply by Luis Olavo de Moura Dantas Feb 23. 9 Replies

With the recent news about a big change in the status quo of the rather bumpy relationship between Batman and Catwoman, I thought about their eighty year history and, well, wondered about a few…Continue

Tags: wondering, huntress, catwoman, batman

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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Here's the Daughter of Fred Flinstone who luckily takes after her mother!"
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Philip Portelli replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 223 Passing the Bat-Torch---Part Two
"In the Bronze Age Super-Sons stories in World's Finest, the mothers of Clark, Jr. and Bruce Jr. (geez, their dads haveno imaginations for names!) were neither fully shown nor named."
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Philip Portelli replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 223 Passing the Bat-Torch---Part Two
"Two years after Superman #166 came World's Finest Comics #154 (D'65) with two completely new versions of the son of Superman and Bruce Wayne, Jr. despite that here Kathy Kane was still his mother! Here Lois is the Wife of…"
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Philip Portelli replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 223 Passing the Bat-Torch---Part Two
"Superman #166 (Ja'66) is my favorite Silver Age "Son (or Sons) of Superman" story. You really feel for Kal-El II who inherited NONE of his father's super-powers while his twin brother, Jor-El II (actually III) got them ALL!…"
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Good boy, Shep!"
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Geez, I thought Tarxan and Tantor were friends!"
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Philip Portelli replied to PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod's discussion Anything, Everything, or Nothing At All
"Good for you, Tracy!  Everyone be careful! The scammers and spammers are out in full force!"
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Richard Willis replied to Philip Portelli's discussion 25 Years Ago: Low Prices For Key Books!
"https://www.usinflationcalculator.com/ tells me that $250 in 1995 equals $424 today."
Tuesday
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25 Years Ago: Low Prices For Key Books!

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 advice! Howard the Duck (Adventure Into Fear #19) $15Power Girl (All Star Comics #58) $1.50Punisher (Amazing Spider-Man #129) $250Venom (Amazing Spider-Man #300) $75Mera (Aquaman #11) $64Vision (Avengers #57) $60Mantis (Avengers #112) $16Rogue (Avengers Annual #10) $22Tim Drake (Batman…See More
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"I stand corrected!"
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Sun Runners was a mid-80s sci-fi book published by First Comics and then Eclipse (were those the days!) which features an elephant-like alien race!"
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Philip Portelli replied to Captain Comics's discussion COVID-19 and comics
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Congo Bill was a longtime back-up in Action Comics, had his own movie serial and a seven issue run of a solo title. Then he became Congorilla!  "
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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 appearance, his…

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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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