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Misery in Spades replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 227 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition II . . . Answers!
"I found a site that includes many of the Adventure Comics letter columns--it's called Days of Adventure, run by a guy named Booksteve, who reproduced the covers of apparently the entire run of A.C. and included some notes about each issue; its…"
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Randomnole replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 227 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition II . . . Answers!
"One of the unique pleasures of reading a Silver Age comic is reading the letter column or other text pages.  It's a shame that the Archive Editions don't reprint them along with the stories, especially since the Commander goes hunting…"
Friday
Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 227 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition II . . . Answers!
"Thank you. That fits with my personal feelings about the late 1960s Flash. As much as I like Frank Robbins' Batman work, he could not get the hang of Flash at all."
Jul 19
Commander Benson replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 227 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition II . . . Answers!
"Thanks, guys, all of you, for the gracious comments about my quizzes.  They didn't start as an annual event, but just something to throw in once in a while, when I was dry for an article idea.  Then, they became so popular and…"
Jul 18
Richard Willis replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 227 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition II . . . Answers!
"Eric L. Sofer said: Regarding Night Girl - as I recall from her origin, her father gave her a potion that granted her super strength (which turned out to only work in darkness.) That was it. But in other appearances, she appeared to become a…"
Jul 16
Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 227 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition II . . . Answers!
"How did I miss that about Night Girl?"
Jul 16
Peter Wrexham replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 227 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition II . . . Answers!
"As everyone else has said, thank you very much for the quiz, Commander.  The Legion, particularly the Silver-Age version, has always been a favourite of mine, so it was an enormous pleasure to have the excuse to dig out my old copies of…"
Jul 15
Richard Willis replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 227 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition II . . . Answers!
Jul 15
Eric L. Sofer replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 227 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition II . . . Answers!
"Regarding Night Girl - as I recall from her origin, her father gave her a potion that granted her super strength (which turned out to only work in darkness.) That was it. But in other appearances, she appeared to become a pseudo-Kryptonian; flight,…"
Jul 15
Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 227 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition II . . . Answers!
"I might have remembered the letter unconsciously. I was definitely influenced by Luornu infiltrating the presidential palace in "The Legion Chain Gang." She seemed such a logical fit for the Espionage Squad I couldn't imagine she…"
Jul 15
Commander Benson replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 227 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition II . . . Answers!
"And that counts!  Good head work, MiS.  I thought I'd remembered a list of permanent Espionage Squadders that included Duo Damsel, but I wasn't sure if that came from a fan site or an official source, such as you found. I went…"
Jul 14
Misery in Spades replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 227 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition II . . . Answers!
"I found a slightly different answer to question number 2 (about who belonged to the Legion Espionage Squad). The Commander listed Invisible Kid, Shrinking Violet, Phantom Girl, and Saturn Girl; in Adventure 363's letter…"
Jul 14
Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 227 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition II . . . Answers!
"That makes perfect sense. Glad I didn't spend any more time scouring the rest of '68 for the clue I was convinced lay in those last issues. My personal Silver Age for JLA runs through Gardner Fox's departure — I'm very fond…"
Jul 14
Commander Benson replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 227 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition II . . . Answers!
"As to the matter of whether Superboy becoming Superman qualifies as a proper response to question # 6, I did consider that, but felt including it as an answer came too close to making it a trick question.  The changes of name in the cases of…"
Jul 14
Philip Portelli replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 227 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition II . . . Answers!
"I never read the "Clark Kent, He-Man!" story from Adventure Comics #305 as it was never reprinted. But there were so many of these "Legionnaire Appears at the End of the Story to Save the Day!" tales that they could fill…"
Jul 14
Commander Benson replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 227 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition II . . . Answers!
"I cut off the Legion quiz at Adventure Comics # 372 (Sep., 1968) because when artist Curt Swan departed, it no longer felt like the real Legion to me.  Even though I mark the end of the Silver Age as December, 1968, that whole year…"
Jul 14

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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

x<]:o){

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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