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Philip Portelli's Discussions

MYSTERY IN SUSPENCE (A Crisis of Conjecture)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Philip Portelli Oct 13. 20 Replies

I am going to attempt to connect certain events from the worlds of various comics, movies, TV shows and pop culture into a hopefully logical narrative much like my Gorilla City thread. Each entry may…Continue

Tags: silver, sightings, conjecture, crisis, suspense

"VIXEN" on the CW TONIGHT!! (8/30)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Philip Portelli Aug 30. 3 Replies

Tonight the CW is showing the…Continue

Tags: animated, conway, cw, vixen

THE FALCON: Marvel's Bait & Switch?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) Aug 5. 27 Replies

This month's Previews has The Falcon #1 solicited for October in Marvel's post-Secret Empire books. I am saddened but not surprised. I knew that Sam Wilson's run as "THE" Captain America was limited,…Continue

Tags: replacements, switch, bait, falcon

Anyone Got a Time Machine I Can Borrow?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ronald Morgan Jun 25. 5 Replies

Yesterday when I was pulling the cash register drawer from the pharmacy that I work, I found that someone had paid with a roll of dimes, which they opened. To my amazement, the dimes were very old,…Continue

Tags: age, golden, machine, time

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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Neon the Unknown was a short-lived Quality series with a shorter time as the cover star of Hit Comics. He was briefly revived by Roy Thomas as one of the Proto-Freedom Fighters and got killed off. Which was too bad as he was the most visually…"
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Philip Portelli replied to Captain Comics's discussion First image of Hawk and Dove for 'Titans' revealed
"A bit armor-y for my tastes but I guess that's the trend now."
yesterday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"When I first got Adventure Comics #401 (Ja'71) secondhand, I was surprised by Supergirl's new costume which was not the one she had in Superman Family. I later found out that this was a gimmick of her run…"
yesterday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"The Star Spangled Kid and Stripesy were lucky that they weren't replaced in Leading Comics by either the Guardian or Robotman or both!"
yesterday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"The first six issues of Star Spangled Comics featured the Star Spangled Kid and Stripesy who were pushed heavily as they were created by Jerry Siegel. The Pajama-ed Patriots even had their own villains including #4's the Needle!…"
Friday
Philip Portelli replied to Captain Comics's discussion Marvel to launch 'Infinity Countdown'
"Heroes with the Infinity Gems were already done in Warlock and the Infinity Watch which had Gamora and Drax (in his "Stupid Hulk" phase) as members."
Thursday
Philip Portelli replied to Randy Jackson's discussion Ranking the Silver Age Legion of Super Heroes
"That the Legion got locked twice in the Silver Age (once "legally") shows that they need a Lawyer Lad on the team!"
Thursday
Philip Portelli replied to Randy Jackson's discussion Ranking the Silver Age Legion of Super Heroes
"Blockade Boy was in Adventure Comics #344-345's Super-Stalag of Space, not #359-360's Legion Chain Gang. Two totally different things! Ha!"
Thursday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Dang it! I was going to do Nomad today! And with two of those covers! Anyhoo, here's DC's western hero from the Golden Age, Nighthawk who was reprinted once in the 70s, I think. He was killed off in the Crisis for no apparent…"
Thursday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Two of Batman's mid-80s foes, Nocturna who wanted to seduce both the Dark Knight with her charms and the first version of Jason Todd with motherhood! And her partner/jilted ex, the Thief of Night driven mad to become…"
Wednesday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Two members of Infinity, Inc: 1) Northwind who was the Golden Age Hawkman and Hawkgirl's godson. He was naïve yet wise beyond his years with a special destiny. 2) Nuklon who was the sorta adopted "nephew" of the Golden…"
Wednesday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Nebula when she was more important than any future Guardian of the Galaxy!"
Dec 11
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Shanna the She-Devil versus Nekra, another villainess who had some weird boyfriends!"
Dec 10
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"The Metal Men say "Nuts!" to BOLTS!"
Dec 9
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Here's a better view in every way!"
Dec 8
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"IIRC, they didn't. Comic book science is my guess."
Dec 8

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…

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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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