Commander Benson's News Posts (113)

From the Archives: Deck Log Entry # 33 When Sandra Met Magi

If you were a Jimmy Olsen fan during the Silver Age, it was a tough row to hoe.

 

For every story in which Jimmy demonstrated intelligence, resourcefulness, and competence, there were a dozen in which he was depicted as a vainglorious, overconfident doofus.  And that might not have been so bad, if most…

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Added by Commander Benson on October 25, 2012 at 1:00am — 21 Comments

Deck Log Entry # 147 The OTHER Legionnaire Who Killed (Part 3)

For the last couple of entries, we've been talking about Lightning Lad's rôle in the death of interplanetary criminal Zaryan the Conqueror.  This prompted the question from correspondent Commando Cody, "Why didn't the Legion then charge Lightning Lad with violating the club's code against…

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Added by Commander Benson on September 27, 2012 at 12:30am — 50 Comments

Deck Log Entry # 146 The OTHER Legionnaire Who Killed (Part 2)

Previously, Commando Cody suggested that Lightning Lad, of the Legion of Super-Heroes, violated the Legion code against killing.   In Adventure Comics # 304 (Jan., 1963), the Legionnaire destroyed the space-cruiser piloted by the interplanetary criminal Zaryan the Conqueror.  Nothing in that sequence indicated…

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Added by Commander Benson on September 8, 2012 at 1:00pm — 15 Comments

Deck Log Entry # 145 The OTHER Legionnaire Who Killed (Part 1)

Responding to my Deck Log entry on Adventure Comics # 342 (Mar., 1966), in which Star Boy was expelled from the Legion of Super-Heroes for violating the Legion code against killing, correspondent Commando Cody indicted another Legionnaire for also breaking the code.

 

Cody…

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Added by Commander Benson on August 24, 2012 at 11:30am — 14 Comments

Deck Log Entry # 144 The Silver-Age Challenge---DC Edition II . . . Answers!

As promised, time for the answers to my DC Silver-Age quiz of two weeks ago.   Not as many hardy souls posted in response this time around.  Luke…

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Added by Commander Benson on July 21, 2012 at 3:48pm — 15 Comments

From the Archives: Deck Log Entry # 32 A Forgotten Gem: Adventure Comics # 342 (March, 1966)

“The Legionnaire Who Killed”

 

Editor: Mort Weisinger  Writer:  Edmond Hamilton  Art: Curt Swan (pencils); Sheldon Moldoff, George Klein (inks)

 

 

“Talking head” stories, as a rule, don’t go over too well in comics.   One of the strengths of the…

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Added by Commander Benson on July 13, 2012 at 1:00am — 41 Comments

Deck Log Entry # 143 The Silver-Age Challenge---DC Edition II

I couldn’t help it.  That's just the way my mind works.

 

During a recent bit of chatter over on the message boards, I was reminded of a couple of pieces of Silver-Age trivia that I’ve carried around in my brain for a half-century, and it started me thinking about tossing another quiz at you folks. …

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Added by Commander Benson on July 5, 2012 at 12:01pm — 6 Comments

From the Archives: Deck Log Entry # 28 Who, Disguised as Klar Ken T5477 . . . .

Central to the origin of the Legion of Super-Heroes was the premise that the inspiration for the thirtieth-century teen-age super-hero club came from the twentieth-century exploits of Superboy.  Regarded as “the greatest super-hero of all”, the Boy of Steel was inducted into the Legion in Adventure Comics # 247 (Apr.,…

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Added by Commander Benson on July 1, 2012 at 8:30am — 15 Comments

From the Archives: Deck Log Entry # 27 The Skipper Runs Aground

The “spin-off” is a peculiar feature of fiction.  It isn’t birthed from creative inspiration, except indirectly.  The spin-off is designed to commercially exploit a supporting character who turns out to be more popular than expected.  The reasoning goes, if “X” character is so popular, then if we give him his…

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Added by Commander Benson on June 15, 2012 at 12:05pm — 15 Comments

Deck Log Entry # 142 . . . Comes Our Hero Ultraman!

As you’ll remember from where I left off last time, the television division of United Artists now had a product for syndication---Ultraman, which had been a phenomenal hit in Japan.  Thanks to the dialogue direction of Peter Fernandez, the series was ready for airing on American stations.  Now, UA-TV had to…

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Added by Commander Benson on May 25, 2012 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Deck Log Entry # 141 In a Super-Jet He Comes from a Billion Miles Away . . . .

As I’ve mentioned before, the Silver Age was not limited just to comic books.  Super-heroes made their way to television, as well.  And this time around, we’re going to look at one of the more popular examples, one that travelled over six thousand miles to reach the homes of American viewers.

 

In…

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Added by Commander Benson on May 8, 2012 at 10:40pm — 2 Comments

Deck Log Entry # 140 Delusions of Adequacy: the Seven Lamest Foes of the Silver-Age JLA (Part 3)

Finally, we reach the number-one spot on the list of Golden Turkey villains created by Gardner Fox to threaten the Justice League of America.

 

So far, we’ve taken a look at super-villains who had the brains and the power, but fell woefully short in the strategy department.  Guys like the Lord of Time…

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Added by Commander Benson on April 30, 2012 at 11:30am — 12 Comments

Deck Log Entry # 139 Delusions of Adequacy: the Seven Lamest Foes of the Silver-Age JLA (Part 2)

Continuing the countdown of the most insipid Silver-Age bad guys to tackle the Justice League of America . . . .

 

 

By 1963, the ranks of the JLA had expanded to nine super-heroes.  It’s quite a task, coming up with villains formidable enough to threaten that many heroes at once,…

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Added by Commander Benson on April 11, 2012 at 3:00am — 8 Comments

Deck Log Entry # 138 Delusions of Adequacy: the Seven Lamest Foes of the Silver-Age JLA (Part 1)

Kanjar Ro!  The Demons Three!  Despero!  Starro the Conqueror!  These were only some of the awesome threats to mankind that the Justice League of America vanquished during its illustrious Silver-Age career.  Terrible forces of evil so powerful that it required the mighty champions…

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Added by Commander Benson on March 20, 2012 at 2:00pm — 8 Comments

Deck Log Entry # 137 The Secret of Superman's Heartaches

Anyone who, as I did, read a Lois Lane comic back in the Silver Age, or anyone who might browse through one of those vintage mags now, will come away with one impression.

 

What in the name of Rao’s green Krypton did Superman ever see in her?

 

Lois Lane was petty, conniving,…

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Added by Commander Benson on February 16, 2012 at 12:30am — 17 Comments

Deck Log Entry # 136 A Forgotten Gem: Daredevil # 7 (Apr., 1965)

“In Mortal Combat with . . . Sub-Mariner!”

Editor:  Stan Lee  Writer:  Stan Lee  Art:  Wally Wood

 

 

When fans discuss the classic titles put out by Marvel Comics during the Silver Age, Daredevil seldom comes up.  For one thing, the lead character lacked…

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Added by Commander Benson on January 26, 2012 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

From the Archives: Deck Log Entry # 25 Krypton---a Nice Place to Visit (But There's No Future in Settling Down There)

Here’s a quick quiz to start things off:

 

Which one of the following individuals did not visit the planet Krypton during the Silver Age (which I demark as 1956-68)?

 

A.  Superman

B.  Jimmy Olsen

C.  Supergirl

D.  Professor Amos Dunn

E.   Lex…

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Added by Commander Benson on January 18, 2012 at 2:00am — 6 Comments

From the Archives: Deck Log Entry # 24 Death in the Silver Age: Bucky Barnes, R.I.P.

“You’re right, Cap!  I see the fuse!  It’s gonna blow!

 

These were the last words Bucky Barnes, Captain America’s boy partner, ever spoke in the Silver Age.  One panel later, he was dead, blown to pieces by a booby-trapped drone plane, and a mere three panels after his Silver-Age introduction in…

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Added by Commander Benson on January 6, 2012 at 8:30am — 15 Comments

Deck Log Entry # 135 Merry Christmas 2011!

Christmas Eve, 1944.

 

Peace on Earth and good will towards man never seemed farther away.  The world was still at war, and what would become known as the Battle of the Bulge was in its second week of savage conflict.  It was Germany’s last desperate attempt to take over Europe---a massive offensive…

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Added by Commander Benson on December 24, 2011 at 5:18pm — 2 Comments

Deck Log Entry # 134 Don't Call Him Chief, Either.

Close your eyes---well, no, don’t close your eyes, because then you won’t be able to read this---but imagine that it’s almost exactly forty-six years ago.  It’s mid-January of 1966 and you’re a contestant on NBC’s quiz show, Jeopardy!

 

After you and your fellow players are introduced by…

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Added by Commander Benson on December 6, 2011 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

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