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Fan of Bronze: CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS--Walking Through, Looking Sad

Started Mar 25 0 Replies

I think you ought to know that I'm feeling very depressed.In 1985, DC put…Continue

Tags: infinite, earths, crisis, bronze, of

Silver Sightings: Batman's Silver Age: What Took So Long?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Emerkeith Davyjack Jan 14. 43 Replies

Beyond Commander Benson's examination of Batman's "New Look" period which began in 1964, I was always puzzled that the Caped Crusader was so behind the times as far as his Silver Age "entry"…Continue

Tags: sightings, silver, batman


Started this discussion. Last reply by Captain Comics Oct 25, 2018. 1 Reply

Place your bets in one corner we have the Action Ace, the Man of Steel, SUPERMAN and in the other, we have the Avenging Son, the Deep Sea Dynamo, the SUB-MARINER!! Who comes up on top in…Continue

Tags: 1939, sub-mariner, superman

Trip to the Past: Going Through My Closet!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Philip Portelli Sep 25, 2018. 6 Replies

Since I'm off this week, I decided to go through my upstairs closet for the first time in at least ten years, if not more. The long boxes contain books between 1996 and 2000, roughly. This was when I…Continue

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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Striking while the iron was hot but was cooling down. By this point, the Undertaker turned face for the first time while Earthquake began teaming with Typhoon (formerly Tugboat) as the Natural Disasters. However both Hulk Hogan and Ultimate…"
10 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod)'s discussion DC Announces New Legion Book
"My biggest fear, at this point, is that Bendis is bringing back the Legion to bolster his larger Superman story arcs and after he leaves the Legion for his own projects, their importance will plummet."
22 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Another short-lived early 70s series that I regrettably ignored:"
Philip Portelli replied to Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man's discussion What Comic Books Have You Read Today?
"Atari Force was one of DC's best during the 80s!"
Philip Portelli replied to Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod)'s discussion DC Announces New Legion Book
"Also, most of us find teenagers annoying! I thought the "Superman & the Legion"/"Legion of Three Worlds" where the Legion starts as teens but grew into adults with marriages and families was a good fit. But they got rid of…"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Even more impressive that Green Lantern's punch is that Green Arrow gets knocked over the top rope and his hat stays on!"
Philip Portelli replied to Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod)'s discussion DC Announces New Legion Book
"I'm being cautiously optimistic, secure with the knowledge that my Legion is safe in my Archives and hardcovers!"
Philip Portelli replied to Captain Comics's discussion The Book!
"George Taylor appeared on Earth-One in World's Finest Comics in the late 70s as editor of The Daily Star in Star City when Oliver (Green Arrow) Queen was a columnist."
Jun 12
Philip Portelli replied to Randy Jackson's discussion Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. thread
"Have The Snap happen at the end of the one episode then start the next one with, "Wow! Glad that's over with!""
Jun 12
Philip Portelli replied to Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod)'s discussion Heroes in Crisis (spoiler thread)
"Not feeling very optimistic about this. I normally would get a Wally mini, and they really should give him his own name by now as "Wally Flash", the "Spare Flash" or "Grown-Up Kid Flash Flash" are not exactly dynamic,…"
Jun 12
Philip Portelli replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion Star Trek: The Next Generation
"And where Troi takes her cosplaying very seriously!"
Jun 11
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Well, Homer was a boxer for a time!"
Jun 11
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"You hardly ever see Bugs Bunny on the losing side of any situation!"
Jun 10
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Here's Olive Oyl in a boxing ring from the 70s!"
Jun 9
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Never bet against Popeye!"
Jun 9
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"In the Adventure Comics Digest retelling of the origin of the Challengers of the Unknown, Rocky Davis is a champion boxer. Sometimes he still is but originally he was an Olympic wrestler."
Jun 8

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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…


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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