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TIMELY COMICS IN 2009?? (Marvel's 70th Anniversary Series & Other Things)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Philip Portelli Jan 21. 4 Replies

So finally I'm going to post about the series of Timely Comics one-shots from 2009 to celebrate Marvel's 70th Anniversary through their Golden Age. I hope to note the retcons, contradictions and…Continue

Tags: anniversary, 70th, marvel, timely

Classic "MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATRE 3000" Returns!!!

Started Jan 6 0 Replies

While looking at the TCM movies for late night/early morning gems, I was shocked to see Mystery Science 3000 listed on the IFC channel over it in the menu for 1 AM.  At first I thought that it was…Continue

Tags: MST3K, 3000, theatre, science, mystery

I'm Still Alive for Reals!

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Warren Sep 30, 2019. 17 Replies

As you guys may (or may not) have noticed, I have been absent from this site for awhile. That's because I suffered a heart attack on Aug. 29 but didn't go the hospital until the 31th. I thought that…Continue

Tags: reals, alive

Fan of Bronze: CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS--Walking Through, Looking Sad

Started Mar 25, 2019 0 Replies

I think you ought to know that I'm feeling very depressed.In 1985, DC put…Continue

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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
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Philip Portelli replied to Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man's discussion What Comic Books Have You Read Today?
"Denny O'Neil has often said that he wasn't comfortable writing Superman."
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Philip Portelli replied to Richard Mantle's discussion AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. “Once More With…”
"All villains have delusions of grandeur! Notice how Stegron was drawn like a sinister reptile man while the Lizard is almost cute! I know that the Lizard MEGO figure came out in 1975. Maybe that prompted Marvel to try a more "heroic"…"
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Philip Portelli replied to Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod)'s discussion The Bendis/Sook Legion
"Of course, it's always been odd that Dillinger gets such a bad rap even in the future. I've read a few books about him and he wasn't as outright evil as, say, Al Capone or Bonnie & Clyde. I guess "Baby Bin Laden" or…"
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Philip Portelli replied to Richard Mantle's discussion AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. “Once More With…”
"One of the most memorable final panels of all time! If this didn't make you want the next issue, nothing will!"
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"One of the many regrets I have about my collection is that while I have all the super-hero 100 Pagers, I'm missing most of the mystery and war ones."
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Another tarot cover with Lady Daemon!"
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Philip Portelli replied to The Baron's discussion RIP Terry Jones
"He was multi-talented. Besides his Python masterpieces, I fondly remember his work on the History Channel: Terry Jones' Medieval Lives and Terry Jones' The Barbarians. "
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Does destiny lie in the cards or in the stars?"
Jan 22
Philip Portelli replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TIMELY COMICS IN 2009?? (Marvel's 70th Anniversary Series & Other Things)
"HUMAN TORCH COMICS #1: 70th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL (Jl'09)  by Scott Snyder and Scott Wegener Set nine months after the Original Human Torch was activated, the Man of Fire rescues a young African-American woman in the…"
Jan 21
Luke Blanchard replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Silver Sightings: Batman's Silver Age: What Took So Long?
"In the early Silver Age Lee particularly liked working with Ditko. He even gave Ditko a solo Twilight Zone-style title, Amazing Adult Fantasy.   When "Dr Strange" was about to start Lee wrote to Jerry Bails that the feature was…"
Jan 21
Commander Benson replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Silver Sightings: Batman's Silver Age: What Took So Long?
"I started as a Bobbie Jo booster when she was played by Pat Woodell.  When Miss Woodell left the show after the second season, my hormones shifted toward Billie Jo, who was played in the third season by Gunilla Hutton.  (She remains my…"
Jan 20
Gene Phillips replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Silver Sightings: Batman's Silver Age: What Took So Long?
"Speaking of scandals in Hooterville, let's not overlook the fact that blonde-haired Kate manages to sire three daughters, all three with different hair colors (assuming none of them use coloration). I was for Billie Jo all the way, though I…"
Jan 20
Commander Benson replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Silver Sightings: Batman's Silver Age: What Took So Long?
"I don't know that Uncle Joe was especially prominent in a Hooterville show with three young women who start the show naked (albeit behind a fence).  (Actually, the girls were behind the rim of a water tower.) But  as I…"
Jan 20
Mr. Silver Age replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Silver Sightings: Batman's Silver Age: What Took So Long?
"I don't know that Uncle Joe was especially prominent in a Hooterville show with three young women who start the show naked (albeit behind a fence). But  as I remember (and it's been a few years), he tended to comment on the…"
Jan 20
Dave Palmer replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Silver Sightings: Batman's Silver Age: What Took So Long?
"This is the only scene from Petticoat Junction that I remember.  https://www.facebook.com/2001113813260683/videos/uncle-joe-recites-the-gettysburg-address/381490096009227/ It is Uncle Joe reciting the Gettysburg Address at the Lincoln…"
Jan 20

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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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