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

Started Mar 25 0 Replies

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

Tags: infinite, earths, crisis, bronze, of

Silver Sightings: Batman's Silver Age: What Took So Long?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Emerkeith Davyjack Jan 14. 43 Replies

Beyond Commander Benson's examination of Batman's "New Look" period which began in 1964, I was always puzzled that the Caped Crusader was so behind the times as far as his Silver Age "entry"…Continue

Tags: sightings, silver, batman

SUPERMAN VS SUB-MARINER (1939)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Captain Comics Oct 25, 2018. 1 Reply

Place your bets in one corner we have the Action Ace, the Man of Steel, SUPERMAN and in the other, we have the Avenging Son, the Deep Sea Dynamo, the SUB-MARINER!! Who comes up on top in…Continue

Tags: 1939, sub-mariner, superman

Trip to the Past: Going Through My Closet!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Philip Portelli Sep 25, 2018. 6 Replies

Since I'm off this week, I decided to go through my upstairs closet for the first time in at least ten years, if not more. The long boxes contain books between 1996 and 2000, roughly. This was when I…Continue

Tags: closet, past, trip

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Philip Portelli replied to Richard Mantle's discussion Okay Axis Here We Come! The Complete Invaders!
"I remember liking this mini very much as they were finally doing something important with Union Jack and made Sabra interesting at last! I thought that the new Arabian Knight had a lot of potential but he was obviously inspired by the character of…"
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"More Nazis on the beach!"
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Philip Portelli replied to The Baron's discussion HISTORY OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE (SPOILERIFFIC!)
"I don't think that Galactus knows about the minutia of Earth's history. More likely is that he's pulling all those facts from Franklin's subconscious and is reminding him about things he already read about. A quick Google search…"
13 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Richard Mantle's discussion AVENGERS. "And There Came ANOTHER Day..."
"I had forgotten that they had discussed Ms. Marvel in #201 but they were still doubtful about her decision and theirs. It screamed for a sequel/rescue but obviously no one connected to the book wanted her back. Jarvis solo stories and featured roles…"
22 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Would you stop hanging around the guy!!!"
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Philip Portelli replied to Detective 445's discussion Hickman's X-Men Project (Spoilers)
"Yes but it left a spore behind that showed up in Excalibur and the main body was part of the Stranger's collection in Quasar #15."
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Philip Portelli replied to Detective 445's discussion Hickman's X-Men Project (Spoilers)
"And why should we consider Krakoa to be benevolent now? Perhaps he is controlling Professor X and using their combined power to influence the others but he may be speaking through Magneto."
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Philip Portelli replied to Detective 445's discussion Hickman's X-Men Project (Spoilers)
"From the Marvel Monsters Files from 2005: the Krakoa entry was "writtem" by Professor X himself who spoke of the Living Island's ability to telepathically manipulate mutants to feed off their energies and that he…"
Tuesday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Superman's not the best support for Aquaman at any age!"
Tuesday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Way to make a new friend, Kal!!"
Monday
Philip Portelli replied to Richard Mantle's discussion Okay Axis Here We Come! The Complete Invaders!
"It's getting a bit repetitive with Union Jack/Joey Chapman always being involved with the Chichton family drama and vampires as if that's all he could do!"
Sunday
Philip Portelli replied to Richard Mantle's discussion AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. “Once More With…”
"That was one of most iconic comics of the Bronze Age! I know that no one believed that Harry was the Green Goblin in #137 but did they know about his actions from that story? That it was he who blew up his apartment, nearly killing Peter and Mary…"
Sunday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"The beach, surfing, World War II and searching for Ben Grimm!"
Saturday
Philip Portelli replied to Detective 445's discussion Hickman's X-Men Project (Spoilers)
"Could the Green Magneto be a hybrid of Magneto and Marvel Girl/Phoenix?"
Friday
Philip Portelli replied to Richard Mantle's discussion AVENGERS. "And There Came ANOTHER Day..."
"An interesting item is when Marvel had their "True Believers" dollar comics focus on Carol Danvers/Ms. Marvel/Captain Marvel, they did not reprint Avengers #200 but did include Avengers Annual #10 now subtitled "Ms.…"
Aug 16
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Why are all comic book lighthouses a magnet for mystery and menace?"
Aug 16

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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