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Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion From the Archives: Deck Log Entry # 31 A Real Pal
"I reread the first couple of Pete Ross stories recently. Good stuff. I didn't realize he'd faded so much later in the Silver Age. He does appear as the villain in the imaginary Superman story where Lex becomes Clark's foster brother."
May 8
Richard Willis replied to Commander Benson's discussion From the Archives: Deck Log Entry # 31 A Real Pal
"I don't think I bought Superboy #90, his first appearance. I probably bought one with a later appearance, possibly #96, and saw one of many panels showing how Pete found out Clark's secret. I know I never saw the other two best friends.…"
May 1
Commander Benson posted a discussion

From the Archives: Deck Log Entry # 31 A Real Pal

Philip José Farmer once wrote, “It’s lonely to be a superman; it’s far more lonely to be a superboy.” He was speaking of Clark “Doc” Savage, Junior, but that sentiment would have also applied to another Clark---Clark Kent.  Superman, of course, had the friendship of the Batman and his comaraderie with his fellow Justice League members, and as Superboy, he could always zip…See More
Apr 30
Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 232 A Forgotten Gem: Superman # 172 (October, 1964)---Part Two
"Lena Thorul is another example of how Mort was building a connected universe well before Stan Lee made it cool. She debuts in a story in Lois Lane and could easily have been forgotten after that, but instead she shows up in Supergirl's series…"
Mar 25
Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 232 A Forgotten Gem: Superman # 172 (October, 1964)---Part Two
"So with you on that. I'm rereading V4 of the Showcase and wishing it ran longer."
Mar 25
doc photo replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 232 A Forgotten Gem: Superman # 172 (October, 1964)---Part Two
"Reading this detailed synopsis makes me wish that DC had published another volume or two of Showcase Presents Superman. The reprint series ended with volume four which took us up to the beginning of 1964 - Superman #166 and Action # 309. There were…"
Mar 24
Philip Portelli replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 232 A Forgotten Gem: Superman # 172 (October, 1964)---Part Two
"The plot point of replacing Superman was revisited a few years later during the Virus X saga, particularly with the cover of Action Comics #366 (Au'68) again with more Kandorian applicants! Superman, despite the results with Ar-Val,…"
Mar 23
Randy Jackson replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 232 A Forgotten Gem: Superman # 172 (October, 1964)---Part Two
"Thanks Commander. I'm surprised that the sharp readers of the time didn't catch those issues, but I suppose the quality of the story made them fairly easy to ignore. "
Mar 23
Commander Benson replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 232 A Forgotten Gem: Superman # 172 (October, 1964)---Part Two
"Thank you for the kind words, sir.  As to your questions, yes, the Superman robots were well established by '64.  My guess is, it was an oversight by Weisinger and Hamilton; otherwise, there would have been some mention in the story…"
Mar 23
Philip Portelli replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 232 A Forgotten Gem: Superman # 172 (October, 1964)---Part Two
"Sadly, Ar-Val was just as cured by Superman as Mon-El was! For all we know, he's still a statue in the Fortress (though probably not part of the tour)!"
Mar 23
Randy Jackson replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 232 A Forgotten Gem: Superman # 172 (October, 1964)---Part Two
"Great recap as always, Commander. Were the Superman robots nit a thing at this point? It seems as if they would have been perfect for attacking the green comet. Also, what happened to Brainiac's force field? I remember that in Suoerman's…"
Mar 23
Commander Benson posted a discussion

Deck Log Entry # 232 A Forgotten Gem: Superman # 172 (October, 1964)---Part Two

Previously, in "The New Superman": After a deadly green comet robs Superman of his powers, his hand-picked successor, Ar-Val of Kandor, takes over as the New Superman.  When Lex Luthor and Brainiac team up to enact a scheme of villainy, Ar-Val refuses to accept the gravity of the situation.  With the lives of Lois Lane and Lana Lang at stake, the original Caped Kryptonian…See More
Mar 23
Commander Benson replied to ClarkKent_DC's discussion R.I.P. Yaphet Kotto, 1939-2021, of "Alien," "Homicide: Life on the Street"
"I'm going to date myself here.  The first thing I remember seeing Yaphet Kotto in was a movie-of-the-week (or MOW; remember those?) titled Night Chase, airing on 20 November 1970.  Mr. Kotto was the second lead.  The lead…"
Mar 18
Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 231 A Forgotten Gem: Superman # 172 (October, 1964)---Part One
"Speaking of "Superman and Lois" I was much amused by someone in an online discussion saying how ridiculous they found the idea of a Kryptonian being able to father children on a human woman. I mean, technically it's true, but…"
Mar 3
Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 231 A Forgotten Gem: Superman # 172 (October, 1964)---Part One
""And the acclamation for his replacement drives home the fact that, from now on, he's nothing more than a mild-mannered reporter." Except there's no reason to stay that way if he thinks he's depowered forever. He can go…"
Mar 3
Gregory Glaz replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 231 A Forgotten Gem: Superman # 172 (October, 1964)---Part One
"Great Job Commander Benson, Even though I have this issue I am looking forward to part 2 and the comments that it will generate,, Thanks again, Greg Glaz"
Mar 2

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

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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