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Philip Portelli's Discussions

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
"New theme: Prostitutes on the cover????"
12 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Batman and Hawkman battled the Joker and Chac in Central America and Superman fought the Living Statue in Italy, highlighting the global efforts of the Justice League "of America"."
12 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"The Justice Society in Paris which was a plus since most of them went on vacation for twelve years after!"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Marvel Two-In-One #30-34 had Bashful Benjy in a series of adventures in London! It was Spider-Woman's second major appearance, had a rare Invisible Girl sighting (LOL) and a tousle with Modred the Mystic at Stonehenge!  (Alicia did…"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Batman was a world traveler in Brave & Bold! He and Wonder Woman took part in an auto race in Europe (#87), met his Bat-Squad in London (#92) and encountered a House of Mystery on an Irish isle (#93)."
Philip Portelli replied to The Baron's discussion Movies I Have Seen Lately
"I watched It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) for the first time in years as it was a favorite of my father's. Unfortunately I don't think that it aged very well, being too long and having most of the characters be…"
Philip Portelli replied to The Baron's discussion Movies I Have Seen Lately
"Re: MAN MADE MONSTER Yes it was a minor work and in some ways an early version of his much later, campier Indestructible Man but it was also his "test" at Universal if he could be an effective movie monster. Obviously he passed!"
Philip Portelli replied to Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man's discussion That Legion of Super-Heroes Thread
"I just had an idea: before LAUREL KENT was revealed Post-Crisis to be a Manhunter Robot despite being shot and examined, she was Superman's descendant and I once hypothesized that perhaps her father might have been a teammate of the Barry…"
Jul 27
Philip Portelli replied to Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man's discussion What Comic Books Have You Read Today?
"Captain, that would be the Marvel Mystery Comics 70th Anniversary Special. Written by Tom DeFalco, it involved the Ferret teaming up with the Sub-Mariner, the Human Torch & Toro, the Angel and Electro from The Twelve. Set in Spring…"
Jul 27
Philip Portelli replied to The Baron's discussion Movies I Have Seen Lately
"KONGA (1961) is a British King Kong but terribly done. A chimpanzee is turned into a gorilla with a suit that's out of a costume shop. There are some effective headshots and some nifty carnivorous plants though. Michael Gough plays the mad…"
Jul 26
Philip Portelli replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TCM Coming Attractions! Chills, Thrills and Spills!
"Late Saturday/Early Sunday, TCM is showing the iconic 1968 Planet of the Apes then the little-seen Konga which had its own Charlton comic drawn by Steve Ditko!  Alas, no sign of A*P*E*!"
Jul 25
Philip Portelli replied to The Baron's discussion Movies I Have Seen Lately
"I have MST3K: The Movie on VHS but sadly not DVD. "
Jul 25
Philip Portelli replied to The Baron's discussion Movies I Have Seen Lately
"I have seen Island of Lost Souls and Murders In the Rue Morgue on TCM. Island was definitely interesting as I have a Famous Monsters of Filmland that compared it to the 70s remake with some great photos. Murder is another Lugosi…"
Jul 25
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"It's Appealing Time!"
Jul 24
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Josie & the Pussycats getting patriotic and groovy during the Bicentennial! "
Jul 23
Philip Portelli replied to Luke Blanchard's discussion Tips on using the board
"I am and I couldn't reply for a moment."
Jul 23

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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