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Commander Benson's Discussions

Deck Log Entry # 204 Dead on Arrival

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Willis Feb 28. 13 Replies

Deck Log Entry # 203 Merry Christmas 2017!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric L. Sofer Dec 27, 2017. 7 Replies

Deck Log Entry # 202 Happy Thanksgiving 2017!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Palmer Nov 29, 2017. 18 Replies

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Commander Benson replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Black Panther Questions AKA I Was Wondering #31
"I don't have every issue of Sgt. Fury, so I cannot state if this was ever addressed in story proper, but it's easy enough to establish a plausible justification for Gabe being a Howling Commando. When Captain Sam Sawyer was…"
Commander Benson replied to Captain Comics's discussion Krypton Kwestions!
"Commander Benson has a three-part kryptonite series on this site that is required reading.  Aw, shucks, it was nothin'. Who else visited Krypton? Lar Gand, of course, but it wasn't by time travel. Brainiac was also a pre-explosion…"
Mar 6
ClarkKent_DC replied to Commander Benson's discussion Military Sitcoms
"The Hollywood Reporter looks back on M*A*S*H:  "Memories of 'M*A*S*H': Inside Stories of the Most Famous Episodes (and Castings)""
Feb 28
Richard Willis replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 204 Dead on Arrival
"I haven't read a lot of Phantom Stranger, but I think the best thing about him is his mystery. If you try to clear up the mystery it makes him an ordinary character."
Feb 28
Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 204 Dead on Arrival
"The New 52 has him as some sort of outcast from a council of mages. Mostly shows why a definitive origin was a bad idea. When Action Comics was a weekly the PS series had him as an agent of the Lords of Order, but that was definitely retconned away.…"
Feb 28
Randy Jackson replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 204 Dead on Arrival
"To my knowledge, there's been no definitive origin for the Phantom Strange Post-Crisis either, unless one was created for his most recent series (which I didn't read because the idea behind it sounded not very good and there was no one…"
Feb 27
Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 204 Dead on Arrival
"Actually there was an early 1970s story where Deadman took over Batman's brain-dead brother (that he never knew he had!). It is not thought of well. But no, I think the disembodied approach is more effective. Keeper and Kid Eternity were…"
Feb 27
Philip Portelli replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 204 Dead on Arrival
"The story of Batman & Robin Adventures #15 (F'97) though set in the animated universe did have Robin return to Haley's Circus and encounter a still-living Boston Brand."
Feb 27
Eric L. Sofer replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 204 Dead on Arrival
"ITEM: “…Brand insults the local lawman, Constable Ramsey, for trying to shut down the fortune teller’s act; fires Heldrich, the lion-tamer, for drinking on the job; and catches the barker, Leary, stealing from the box…"
Feb 27
Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 204 Dead on Arrival
"I picked up the "his grave is empty" cover, but my family making the UK-USA move around that time, didn't get anything further. Interesting to learn about all the backstage switching up. I thought Deadman's decision to go out and…"
Feb 20
doc photo replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 204 Dead on Arrival
"Neal Adams tells a story about being approached by National Lampoon to do a super hero parody they had come up with - Dead Man! The Lampoon folks were more than a little surprised to learn that Adams was working for DC on a non-parody character with…"
Feb 20
Luke Blanchard replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 204 Dead on Arrival
"In his Comic Book Artist interview Infantino said he plotted "Deadman" for several issues after Drake left. He also denied having made Kirby use Deadman in Forever People, but I don't know who else could have made him do…"
Feb 20
Jeff of Earth-J replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 204 Dead on Arrival
"My first exposure to Deadman was World's Finest Comics #223 as well. In 1985 I read the seven-issue reprint series, and in 1986 the four-issue limited series which was retrofitted to occur where the reprints left off. This is a timely…"
Feb 19
Randy Jackson replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 204 Dead on Arrival
"Thanks Commander. I didn't know the full details of Deadman's history. In fact, for some reason I'd always thought of Denny O'Neil as the scripter for the series."
Feb 19
Philip Portelli replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 204 Dead on Arrival
"My first exposure to Deadman was in World's Finest Comics #223 (Ju'74), the infamous Batman's Killer Brother fiasco. Luckily my parents knew a good child psychologist and I was able to recover...mostly. However it did…"
Feb 19
Mark Sullivan (Vertiginous Mod) replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 204 Dead on Arrival
"I've enjoyed the few Deadman stories I've read, but didn't know the details of his first appearances. Great history lesson as usual, Commander!"
Feb 19

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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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,


Eric L. Sofer

The Silver Age Fogey


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…


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.


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,


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


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!


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


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. :)


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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