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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 Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"The King of Atlantis with the American Flag! (Yes, I know he wasn't at this time but he was recently!)"
2 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Captain Comics's discussion Crisis of Characters at Infinite Publishers!
"The other Howard Chaykin character was THE SCORPION also from Atlas Comics. He did two issues then left and returned to Marvel and redid him as DOMINIC FORTUNE. Steve Englehart crafted an intricate origin for MANTIS in The…"
18 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Flag-waving with the Justice Society of America! Are we doing the flags of countries only? Not just any flag or banner? Either way this one has the Capitol Building with the Flag! And just to be on the safe side!"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"I started the month with the Moon Man now I end it with his successor, Lady Lunar from World's Finest Comics #266 (Ja'81). Despite getting an entry in Who's Who and DC's dearth of quality super-villainesses, she…"
Philip Portelli replied to Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man's discussion What Comic Books Have You Read Today?
"I still hope that one day the E. Nelson Bridwell/Don Newton "SHAZAM!" stories from World's Finest Comics will get collected!"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"A double dose of Supernatural Thrillers!"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"The same Moon from two different angles!"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Since "Werewolves & Vampires" was my suggestion for August, may I add these caveats? We can't use Tomb of Dracula, Werewolf By Night, Fear, Morbius, Blade or Creatures On the Loose with their lead…"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
""The God Of Thunder...defeated under the full Moon? I say thee...NAY!""
Philip Portelli replied to The Baron's discussion The Earth-44 Timeline Appendix Sixteen: Vignettes
"About your protagonist's name, Emiko, and the Pulaski joke:"
The Baron replied to Philip Portelli's discussion MYSTERY IN SUSPENCE (A Crisis of Conjecture)
"I'm sure Captain Grumby will take good care of his little buddy."
Philip Portelli replied to Philip Portelli's discussion MYSTERY IN SUSPENCE (A Crisis of Conjecture)
"The Missing Mate Affair (Part 3) aside: That bit of news was a big deal at HQ. The offspring of super-powered parents has an entire division devoted to it, led by DOCTOR SPOCK. Subject #1: "So there she was, nine months later with a…"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Over the Moon with Starman! (The Will Payton version anyways!)"
Jun 26
Philip Portelli replied to The Baron's discussion The Earth-44 Timeline Appendix Sixteen: Vignettes
"I'm sorry to put this here instead of in my own threads but it's sort of a companion piece to #12. I will delete it if you like! October 17, 1997 Soaring through the void of his adopted solar system, SUPERMAN muses over the…"
Jun 25
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"I still call shenanigans on that! Technically this would be Zatanna's second appearance but there is absolutely nothing in the story that gives one iota of support to her being the Witch!"
Jun 25
Philip Portelli replied to The Baron's discussion RIP Joe Sinnott
"Perhaps Marvel's most important inker!"
Jun 25

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…


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…


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…
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…



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.



Commander B

At 12:45am on June 16, 2012, Commander Benson said…



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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