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PLANET OF THE APES Marathon Tuesday 11/10 on Cinemax

Started this discussion. Last reply by doc photo Nov 10, 2020. 1 Reply

This Tuesday, 11/10/20, from 9:27 AM to 5:40 PM, Cinemax (MAX) will be…Continue

Tags: cinemax, apes, planet

TEEN TITANS (1976-79)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Elyea Feb 13. 204 Replies

After being cancelled in 1972, the Teen Titans made a couple of appearances in Brave & Bold as its members went their separate ways. However during the 52 and 100 Pagers, several of their stories…Continue

Tags: titans, teen, bronze, fan

PSYCHO (1960): How Does It Hold Up?

Started this discussion. Last reply by doc photo Oct 24, 2020. 6 Replies

I recently saw PSYCHO (1960) directed, of course, by Alfred Hitchcock in its entirety for the first time in years. Most people rightfully consider it a classic in both horror and suspense but without…Continue

Tags: up, holds, psycho

Fan of Bronze: "Wait 'Til They Get a Load of Me!"---The Corruption of the JOKER!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Willis Jun 9, 2020. 3 Replies

The Joker, the Clown Prince of Crime, the Grinning Ghoul, the Harlequin of Hate has been the Batman's inescapable nemesis since 1940. Despite his infamy, he is one of DC's most recognizable and…Continue

Tags: joker, bronze, fan

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Philip Portelli replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion Ka-Zar the Savage - Omnibus
"Just a quick note because I don't think that it's included in the omnibus but I bought Ka-Zar the Savage #1 (Ap'81) when it came out because I was working then and could buy more books. I don't recall any promotions for…"
19 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Babs ain't taking no cr@p anymore!"
23 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Actually it was late-night show host Johnny Carson Nevada who was kidnapped and Steve Lombard was the guest host who Superman left hanging! I'm betting that when I first read this story, I had no idea who Johnny Carson was!"
23 hours ago
Doctor Hmmm? replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TCM Coming Attractions! Chills, Thrills and Spills!
"There are all kinds of reasons to watch it. I'm absolutely going to watch it again. Just know what you're getting into and gird your loins."
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Richard Willis replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TCM Coming Attractions! Chills, Thrills and Spills!
"I've started recording the Batman serial. I think I've seen clips before but never watched it. Since the antagonists are Japanese saboteurs in a 1943 feature, I kinda know what to expect. After I watch an episode or two I'll decide if…"
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"The main problem with always boasting that you're "faster than a speeding bullet" is that eventually you're going to have to prove it!"
yesterday
Doctor Hmmm? replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TCM Coming Attractions! Chills, Thrills and Spills!
"I actually own a copy of this one, but I haven't watched it in years.  Watching the first chapter this afternoon, I was unpleasantly reminded that it is very much a thing of its time (WWII).  In particular, there's a line by the…"
Saturday
Philip Portelli replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TCM Coming Attractions! Chills, Thrills and Spills!
"And they do skip weeks when running a serial so it takes longer than you would think."
Friday
Richard Willis replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TCM Coming Attractions! Chills, Thrills and Spills!
"Anyone who hasn't seen (or wants to see it again) the original Manchurian Candidate (1962) should know that TCM is running it tomorrow (5/15) at 2:45 PM Eastern Time."
Friday
Richard Willis replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TCM Coming Attractions! Chills, Thrills and Spills!
"I almost posted this, then saw you had. It airs at 9:30 AM Eastern Time.  Where I live it will be at 6:30 AM. Thank goodness for my DVR. I recently learned the hard way that sometimes TCM starts programs late, which causes the recording to cut…"
Friday
Philip Portelli replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TCM Coming Attractions! Chills, Thrills and Spills!
"Starting this Saturday morning (5/15), TCM will be running the 1943 Batman movie serial again. See the amazing set design of the Bat-Cave, the state of the arts special effects and amazing costume design!"
Friday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"The Gun the Dropped Through TIME!"
Friday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"I guess it counts if they can turn into big guns! btw, I consider Transformers #5 to be one of the iconic covers of the 80s!"
Thursday
Philip Portelli replied to Captain Comics's discussion If you've got questions about 'Jupiter's Legacy,' we've got answers
"I have the four Jupiter's Legacy/Circle series and The Magic Order. Perhaps I should read them more carefully. I thought that they were in the same vein as Mark Waid's Irredeemable and Incorruptible books."
Thursday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Hawkman across the years as hunted and hunter!  Did they ever create a bird-hunter villain for the Winged Wonder?"
Wednesday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Was it originally a crest that became a crown or did it change during the Silver Age?"
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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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