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Black Panther Questions AKA I Was Wondering #31

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Willis on Saturday. 35 Replies

With the Black Panther movie doing so well, I thought that I would reread his Epic Collection "Panther's Rage!". I had forgotten that it also included his first appearance in Fantastic Four #52-53…Continue

Tags: wondering, panther, black

MYSTERY IN SUSPENCE (A Crisis of Conjecture)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Philip Portelli Feb 4. 25 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, 2017. 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, 2017. 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

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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Let's go with "Evil" Querl Dox AKA Brainiac 5!"
5 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"To Richard: Rex was an army do like his brother, Pooch! Don't mess with Rex!"
5 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Chris Freiberg's discussion The World's Strangest Heroes... The Doom Patrol!
"I first encountered the Doom Patrol in a reprint in Batman #238 and in Super-Team Family #8-10. They were quirky and very non-DC.  I had a strange fascination with Negative Man, even "creating" my own version as a…"
5 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Kirk G's discussion Silver, Bronze, Iron, Modern Ages: Start & End Dates
"Of course, we could divide the Silver Age into Early-, Mid- and Late- stages so that, say, the Flash began Early-Silver Age, the Black Panther Mid-Silver Age and Deadman Late-Silver Age.  What could go wrong? "
6 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"I first saw Rex the Wonder Dog in the Tarzan 100 Pagers and enjoyed those stories very much. He had his own comic for 46 issues between 1952 and 1959, making him DC's most successful Atom Age hero. In fact, he nearly was part of…"
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Philip Portelli replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion Lucy Lane
"I got most of the Lois Lane 52-Pagers as back issues for low prices...and I got them for Rose & the Thorn!"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"From what I gather, Ellery Queen started as a very intellectual detective like Philo Vance then became more of a Sam Spade type, He was both the protagonist of his own stories and the "editor" of his magazine."
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Ellery Queen, a long-running detective series in various media but I know little about him!"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Rose and the Thorn was a new, heroic take on a Golden Age Flash villain and probably the main reason bought Superman's Girlfriend, Lois Lane in the early 70s. After her series ended, DC did little with one of their most dangerous…"
Richard Willis replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Black Panther Questions AKA I Was Wondering #31
"Goodman not releasing a comic in1968 featuring a title black character was an unfortunate reflection of the times. Similar to TV at the time, comics depended upon a product that would be well received nationwide. Local distributors in many parts of…"
Commander Benson replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Black Panther Questions AKA I Was Wondering #31
"I don't have every issue of Sgt. Fury, so I cannot state if this was ever addressed in story proper, but it's easy enough to establish a plausible justification for Gabe being a Howling Commando. When Captain Sam Sawyer was…"
Fred W. Hill replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Black Panther Questions AKA I Was Wondering #31
"It occurred to me a bit after my previous post that I had forgotten about the new Muslim/Arab Ms. Marvel as well as the new Hispanic Ultimate Spider-Man as examples of diversity of recent vintage at Marvel, as well as the Hispanic White Tiger of the…"
Fred W. Hill replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Black Panther Questions AKA I Was Wondering #31
"As to the Avengers membership in the early to mid-70s, it helps to recall that it was largely based on what characters the writer wanted to use with little editorial mandate.  When Roy Thomas took over from Stan Lee in the mid-60s, Lee…"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Case in point: they certainly drew her sexier than Sif! The last one is by Sal Buscema but definitely influenced by Simonson!"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"While searching for these covers, I came to the conclusion that Kirby, Buscema and Simonson really liked drawing Karnilla the Norn Queen!"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Questprobe: I nearly forgot about these! Connected to a computer game, I believe!"

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…


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…


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…
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…



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.



Commander B

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



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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