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Philip Portelli's Discussions

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

Silver Sightings: The Three Wives of Superman!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Luke Blanchard Mar 18. 5 Replies

Though I didn't know it at the time, Superman Family #164 (My'74) was its first issue as, due to a paper shortage and falling sales, DC combined Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen, Superman's Girlfriend Lois…Continue

Tags: superman, wives, sightings, silver

Batman/Catwoman/Huntress Questions AKA I Was Wondering #32

Started this discussion. Last reply by Luis Olavo de Moura Dantas Feb 23. 9 Replies

With the recent news about a big change in the status quo of the rather bumpy relationship between Batman and Catwoman, I thought about their eighty year history and, well, wondered about a few…Continue

Tags: wondering, huntress, catwoman, batman

TIMELY COMICS IN 2009?? (Marvel's 70th Anniversary Series & Other Things)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Philip Portelli Jan 21. 4 Replies

So finally I'm going to post about the series of Timely Comics one-shots from 2009 to celebrate Marvel's 70th Anniversary through their Golden Age. I hope to note the retcons, contradictions and…Continue

Tags: anniversary, 70th, marvel, timely

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Philip Portelli replied to Captain Comics's discussion COVID-19 and comics
"Midtown Comics is now offering a 40% sale off back issues on-line."
20 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"A more natural Man-Elephant!"
20 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Congo Bill was a longtime back-up in Action Comics, had his own movie serial and a seven issue run of a solo title. Then he became Congorilla!  "
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Another "Evil" Circus Elephant!"
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Philip Portelli replied to Emerkeith Davyjack's discussion How's " that " situation going now?
"Went grocery shopping today. Store said that it is not honoring its sale flyer after last week saying it will not issue rainchecks or do returns. And they're not taking coupons either. And they raised prices a lot despite getting trucks…"
Saturday
Philip Portelli replied to Emerkeith Davyjack's discussion How's " that " situation going now?
"By the time all this is over..."
Friday
Philip Portelli replied to Emerkeith Davyjack's discussion How's " that " situation going now?
"Thought about it but it would remind too much of my hospital stay last September when I couldn't shave! Anyway, it appears that the mail service is slowing down so either there is less mail to deliver or less people to deliver it."
Friday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Strange that there was no core Circus of Crime performer that trained elephants! That would have more useful than a python!"
Friday
Philip Portelli replied to Captain Comics's discussion COVID-19 and comics
"Apparently there's now the chance that Diamond may shut down permanently.  Also both DC and Marvel aren't going digital for new releases. In NYC, Midtown Comics is having on-line sales for 20-25% off plus a 99 cents blowout as well."
Thursday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"That magic day when the circus came to town..."
Thursday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Might as well get it out of the way! "UNK, Tantor, UNK!""
Wednesday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"What the heck! One more and since we'll probably be seeing a lot of Tarzan in April..."
Mar 31
Luis Olavo de Moura Dantas replied to Philip Portelli's discussion New Warriors/Children of the Atom: Will They Work?
"I suddenly find myself remembering Danny Chase of the Wolfman/Perez New Teen Titans.  The reception was not great, but there was hardly any great controversy on whether he should be accepted."
Mar 31
JD DeLuzio replied to Philip Portelli's discussion New Warriors/Children of the Atom: Will They Work?
"To add to the video, this blog by Scott Slemmons is representative of what I have been hearing."
Mar 31
Randy Jackson replied to Philip Portelli's discussion New Warriors/Children of the Atom: Will They Work?
"I get what you're saying. If seems like DC busted up Apollo and The Midnighter as soon as they were integrated into the DCU proper. "
Mar 31
Philip Portelli replied to Philip Portelli's discussion New Warriors/Children of the Atom: Will They Work?
"That's true, Randy but they have the option of having a relationship. Usually, gay men in comics (and TV and movies) don't. There is the one gay character and that's that! Remember the new Alan Scott? He was gay, a big deal was made…"
Mar 31

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…

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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…

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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…
Facebook?
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…

Phillip,

 

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.

 

R,

Commander B

At 12:45am on June 16, 2012, Commander Benson said…

Phillip,

 

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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