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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

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

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Philip Portelli replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 226 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition II
"They always fudged with that rule when it served the story!"
17 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to The Baron's discussion A Sudden Realization of the Obvious
"In the Batman'66/Wonder Woman'77 crossover, they also had Batman (the Adam West version, for Pete's sake) kill the Joker (the Cesar Romero, mustached version) after the now-insane Clown Prince invaded Wayne Manor and caused…"
17 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"One of the most classic Flag covers!"
22 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Captain Comics's discussion Need some help on Captain Triumph
"Captain Triumph was added onto the last issue of Who's Who #26 (Ap'87) along side characters like Angel & the Ape, Guy Gardner and Neutron. While they list Michael Gallant's occupation as "pilot", Lance's is…"
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Philip Portelli replied to Captain Comics's discussion Need some help on Captain Triumph
"I can save you the trouble of looking through All Star Squadron and Young All Stars because Captain Triumph isn't in any issue of either series. He was on the cover of AStSq #1 but that's it! According to Jeff…"
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Philip Portelli replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion Bill Everett / Sub-Mariner
"That bit about Namor as Neptune's nephew could be an ad for SUBBIE the Sea-Going Lad, a Sub-Mariner clone from Timely itself. He appeared in Kid Komics #1-2 in 1943 and looked like a young Namor in a sailor suit. He was raised by…"
Saturday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"I really want this one!"
Saturday
Philip Portelli replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 226 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition II
"It was noted that it was Superman, not Superboy, who received the Elastic Lad statuette. I never thought about Mon-El returning to 20th century Daxam on his own. It's possible, of course, that he did but may have felt that was tempting fate as…"
Saturday
Philip Portelli replied to The Baron's discussion A Sudden Realization of the Obvious
"Johnny's body is adapted to handle high temperatures and is immune to heat and fire. He can't be burned, boiled, broiled or barbecued!  The first Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe explained it as Johnny turning into…"
Friday
Philip Portelli replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 226 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition II
"Technically Superman shouldn't know about Mon-El's 30th century cure and Legion membership as Mon is still in the Phantom Zone throughout Superman's lifespan. Despite, y'know, having a Mon-El statuette among the Legion ones…"
Friday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
" Captain America with the Flag!"
Friday
Philip Portelli replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 226 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition II
"Some thoughts: 1) While the Kents knew Mon-El, of course, they should have been shocked when they saw him again in Adventure #369. They could not know that he was a Legionnaire as Superboy could not have told them as he forgets about…"
Thursday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"The "Superman as Tyrant" trope has been seen before and is understandable, since he's unstoppable. But "Superman as Hitler" is just freaky!"
Thursday
Philip Portelli replied to The Baron's discussion The Earth-44R Timeline: An Experiment
"I love The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man. In fact, I've read both books and have "The Thin Man" box set of all six films. Figured that Cody would be on your radar (get it?) from MST3K."
Wednesday
Philip Portelli replied to The Baron's discussion The Earth-44R Timeline: An Experiment
"Sorry to sound like a broken record but what about: Sub-Mariner Johnny Thunder Mighty Joe Young Sam Spade Nick and Nora Charles Kid Eternity Commando Cody Captain Comet Also Starman's device was originally called the gravity rod. The cosmic…"
Wednesday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"You know what the Legion has that most super-hero groups don't (besides flight rings, time bubbles and a pet division)? Their own Flag!"
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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…

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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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