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Commander Benson's Discussions

R.I.P. Abby Dalton

Started this discussion. Last reply by ClarkKent_DC Jan 10. 3 Replies

Deck Log Entry # 230 Merry Christmas 2020!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fraser Sherman Dec 27, 2020. 7 Replies

Deck Log Entry # 229 Happy Thanksgiving 2020!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Doctor Hmmm? Nov 26, 2020. 7 Replies

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Jeff of Earth-J commented on Commander Benson's blog post Deck Log Entry # 119 From a Fiery Horse to a Rolling Arsenal
"For anyone interested in actually listening to the episodes described above, the following set collecting 16 episodes on eight CDs is available from Radio Spirits (www.RadioSpirits.com).  "This collector's set of Dan Reid adventures…"
Feb 5
Commander Benson replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TEEN TITANS (1976-79)
Feb 5
ClarkKent_DC replied to Commander Benson's discussion R.I.P. Abby Dalton
"i've frequently mentioned I've a devotee of Barney Miller. But I had never seen the original pilot until this Friday, when I happened to come across it on YouTube. (It hasn't aired since 1974.) Then titled The Life and Times of…"
Jan 10
doc photo replied to Commander Benson's discussion R.I.P. Abby Dalton
"A great story and a wonderful tribute to your late friend. I had to smile at your mention of bootleg video tapes. A little over a year ago my wife and I sold our home and moved to a condo as we were about to retire. Downsizing meant getting rid of…"
Jan 10
Jeff of Earth-J replied to Commander Benson's discussion R.I.P. Abby Dalton
"What a touching story. she obviously meant a lot to you. I've never seen Hennesey and didn't previously know  her name, but I just checked IMDB and recognized her immediately from her many nad varied roles. I'm sorry for the loss…"
Jan 10
Commander Benson posted a discussion

R.I.P. Abby Dalton

The other day I discovered that Abby Dalton had passed away in November of last year.  She was the last of the regular cast members of the television series Hennesey to go.  The star, Jackie Cooper, died in 2011.  Roscoe Karns, who portrayed CAPT/RADM Shafer, died in 1970, and Henry Kulky, "Chief Corpsman Max Bronsky", in 1965.  Years ago, I would occasionally mention my friends, the Wards, in my Deck Log entries.  Lonie Ward, back when she was Lonie Blackman, had a semi-regular rôle on the…See More
Jan 10
Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 230 Merry Christmas 2020!
"The duet version with David Bowie (and the video related) is favorite Christmas fare even for people who don't like Christmas carols. Merry Christmas and thanks for another cool tale, Commander. My wife and I have very different tastes, she…"
Dec 27, 2020
Mark Sullivan (Vertiginous Mod) replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 230 Merry Christmas 2020!
"Excellent as always, Commander. You're completely wrong about rock music, though. ;)"
Dec 26, 2020
Mrs. Commander Benson replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 230 Merry Christmas 2020!
"Beautifully written, Darling.  Merry Christmas. And no, I didn't roll my eyes.  I sighed and muttered "Ah geez, not this again.""
Dec 26, 2020
doc photo replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 230 Merry Christmas 2020!
"A great song performed by one of the greatest singers of all time. There was something oh so comforting in the way Bing delivered his songs - especially the Christmas numbers. Merry Christmas to all!"
Dec 25, 2020
Philip Portelli replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 230 Merry Christmas 2020!
"Another Holiday Classic, Commander! May we all have a Merry Christmas and Peace this year!"
Dec 25, 2020
Travis Herrick (Modular Mod) replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 230 Merry Christmas 2020!
"That was great as always, Commander. A very Merry Christmas, to all of the Legionnaires, your family, and friends!"
Dec 25, 2020
Jeff of Earth-J replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 230 Merry Christmas 2020!
"You kept me guessing right up until the reveal. MERRY CHRISTMAS!"
Dec 25, 2020
Commander Benson posted a discussion

Deck Log Entry # 230 Merry Christmas 2020!

In our nearly three decades together, one area in which the Good Mrs. Benson and I still disagree is the subject of music.  I sensibly maintain that little good music has come out since, oh, 1965, and the further one gets from that year, the occurrence of anything worth listening to dwindles.  The GMB, however, is sufficiently younger than me to insist that rock music, as…See More
Dec 25, 2020
Commander Benson replied to Hoy Murphy's discussion Merry Christmas!
"Bonus season's greetings . . .  . . . or, as I call it---The Luckiest Cat in the World!"
Dec 17, 2020
Commander Benson replied to Hoy Murphy's discussion Merry Christmas!
". . . Or any other year! Merry Christmas, fellow Legionnaires!"
Dec 16, 2020

Commander Benson's News Posts

Deck Log Entry # 106 The Witch of Metropolis

Posted on November 12, 2017 at 7:44am 21 Comments

I’m not a big Lois Lane fan. I never was. Try for the life of me, I could never see what attracted Superman to her. Oh, sure, every once in a while would come a story in which she was a true and helpful friend to the Man of Steel. But far more often than not, she was a genuine pain.



She snooped. She pried. She violated others’ privacy. And I’m not talking about in her professional rôle as a reporter. These things she did to dig into the personal secrets of…

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Deck Log Entry # 160 A Forgotten Gem: Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos # 7 (May, 1964) (Part One)

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 3:30am 37 Comments

“The Court-Martial of Sergeant Fury”

 

Editor and writer:  Stan Lee  Art:  Jack Kirby (pencils), George Roussos (inks)

 

 

It was January, 1963, and Marvel Comics was a title short.

 

Publisher Martin Goodman had ordered the cancellation of The Incredible Hulk after its sixth issue. …

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From the Archives: Deck Log Entry # 40 "But I Always Thought . . . ." the Justice League of America

Posted on July 9, 2013 at 10:30am 50 Comments

Once again, gang, I’m going to blow away some of the commonly held misconceptions about the fictional details of the Silver Age heroes.  As I mentioned the last time I did this, an abundance of continuity errors made in the 1970’s became factoids when writers and fans who came in late accepted the mistakes as legitimate information.  When 1985's Crisis on Infinite…

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Deck Log Entry # 159 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition . . . Answers!

Posted on June 17, 2013 at 1:03pm 29 Comments

I have to say, I loved the response to this particular quiz!  The responses were everything I hope for when I gin up one of these brain-teasers:  a reasonable amount of participation, a bit of brilliance from everyone who posted, some correct answers which I hadn’t thought of, and one question which nobody got right. 

 

(O.K., that last one is my ego speaking…

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Deck Log Entry # 158 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition

Posted on May 31, 2013 at 9:30am 57 Comments

I try to accommodate my readers.  Sometimes, it’s a snap, especially when the reader himself provides the inspiration, such as when Commando Cody raised the question of why Lightning Lad wasn’t held to task for killing Zaryan the Conqueror.

 

Other times, the sailing's not so smooth.  Figserello has been waiting for me to do a piece on Animal Man.  The hold-up…

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Comment Wall (9 comments)

At 8:30am on August 12, 2010, Mr. Silver Age said…
Thanks, Commander! Since my own playground was down for so long, I figured I'd spend a little time over here, and I decided I might as well sign up while I was at it.
At 3:12pm on May 17, 2011, Eric L. Sofer said…

Commander, I have always respected your style and manner, and have enjoyed disagreeing with you on any (infrequent) points of contention we have had - so you can certainly believe that I have immensely appreciated your Deck Logs.  If you are posting them elsewhere, I will continue to enjoy them.

 

But it's just time for me to be gone from the Captain Comics board.  I receive no replies or conversation from Cap anymore, and my unceremonious dumping as an administrator left a bad taste in my mouth... and the subsequent situation has done nothing to make me feel any better.

 

If I do not get the opportunity to communicate with you again, let me assure you that you have my greatest respect and admiration, and I wish you and yours the very best.

 

I remain,

  Sincerely,

Eric L. Sofer

The Silver Age Fogey

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At 10:24am on October 21, 2011, Sandi Charton said…

Hi - not sure if I'm posting this comment for Commander Benson in the write location, but - yes - if you could scan some pages, that would be phenomenal!!!  I am very grateful for the tenaciousness and loyalty of this group....

 

Fond regards, Sandi Charton

 

At 9:48pm on May 30, 2012, Philip Portelli said…

Commander,

Over at the "Alan Scott is DC's Gay Hero", there is some discussion on whether Pinky Pinkerton of the Howling Commandos was always meant to be gay, not merely picked by fans as was Element Lad. It seems like there is the assumption that Stan Lee did this deliberately. I am in disagreement of this. If you can, could you please comment on this? Your knowledge is appreciated. Also I mentioned that, in the Silver Age, most of the Justice Society were not established as being married.

These are minor points, to be sure but if you want to add anything, it would be most welcomed.

Respectfully,

Philip Portelli

At 8:45am on May 31, 2012, Philip Portelli said…

Thank you, Commander. I was thinking about Percy's "origin" story as proof but you're right about what people want to believe. If Marvel puts out a story that states Percy was gay, fine. My point was Stan's intent at the time.

Again informative and timely,

Much thanks,

Philip

At 9:06am on June 16, 2012, Philip Portelli said…

Commander,

Actually we should all be thanking you for the research, enjoyment and knowledge you provide!

"Happy I read your stuff", I've gone through your archives! The way you combine Silver Age comics with the events of the time plus your background creates a real learning experience!

Should you ever print your columns in book form, you have one guarantee sale!

Again with much thanks and respect!

Philip 

At 9:19am on June 29, 2012, Doctor Hmmm? said…

Commander:

Just bopping around the Board this morning, I ran across a comment you made to Philip Portelli earlier this month:

Sometimes I wonder if anybody ever reads my stuff, so it's always nice when I get a comment or a "like".

Made me feel a teensy bit guilty (not that you intended that).  I don't read every word on every thread, but I always read what you have to say in any thread I'm in, and I'm more likely to peek in on a new thread if I see you've posted there.  And I always read the Deck Log.

Your comments and articles are consistently well researched, well written, interesting and (when thats your goal) entertaining.  Since most of my available Board time is at the office (SHHH, don't tell anybody!) I don't often post unless I have something to say -- which, most of the time, means I have something silly to say -- but I am reading and enjoying.

Oh ... and "color" doesn't have a "u" in it. :)

Darin

At 5:42pm on May 23, 2013, Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said…

Commander, I'm not sure what's going on; I've approved your Archive Deck Log Entry #37 twice now, and it hasn't shown up on the front page either time. I'm going to discuss it with the other mods; I might be doing something wrong. But I'm not sure how, exactly, I can screw up hitting "Approve."

But if you don't see it, and put it up again, I'm going to let one of the other mods approve it, and see if I can learn what, if anything, I'm missing here. Sorry for the delay!

P.S. I'm going to send this on to you as an individual message, too, so you don't miss it, but I've got to "friend" you first.

At 11:05am on May 24, 2013, Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said…

Ah, that makes sense. I've seen some unfinished blog entries from Figs that said in caps at the top, "JUST A DRAFT, MODS, DO NOT APPROVE" or something to that effect. It's an inelegant system, but as far as I can tell. it's the best anyone's come up with so far. 

Regardless, I'm glad it wasn't causing frustration or extra work on your end. 

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