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Trip to the Past: Going Through My Closet!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Philip Portelli Sep 25. 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

Tags: closet, past, trip

DC's Golden Age's Baby Steps

Started this discussion. Last reply by Captain Comics Jun 29. 39 Replies

We all agree (hopefully) that the Golden Age of Comics began with Action Comics #1 (Ju'38) with Superman on the cover. And we all know that Superman didn't reappear on the cover until #7 (D'38). When…Continue

Tags: steps, baby, age, goden, dc

Veterans in DC Comics?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Luke Blanchard May 26. 13 Replies

How many classic DC characters were actual veterans in their initial runs?Off the top of my head, I got:Commissioner GordonWonder WomanMost of the Justice SocietyAce MorganHal Jordan (ever mentioned…Continue

Tags: comcs, dc, veterans

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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Superman #136 (Ap'60) feature "The Man Who Married Lis Lane!" whose name was X-Plam. He came from the future where he found an ancient copy of the Daily Planet that said he married Lois in the past so he went to the…"
Friday
Philip Portelli replied to Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man's discussion What Comic Books Have You Read Today?
"I read Scarlet #1-2 even though I never read the previous series. I picked up what occurred right asway except for the catalyst of the rebellion. The title character has become a symbol of this movement which puts her into a dangerous…"
Wednesday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Xander."
Wednesday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"It even got a What If "sequel!"
Wednesday
Richard Willis replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TCM Coming Attractions! Chills, Thrills and Spills!
"Emerkeith Davyjack said: Why do name actors do this?  Just because they are well-known doesn't mean they don't need money."
Tuesday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Red X"
Oct 16
Emerkeith Davyjack replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TCM Coming Attractions! Chills, Thrills and Spills!
"...Roddy. Roddy McDowell. And Slim Pickens. I thought I corrected the above."
Oct 16
Emerkeith Davyjack replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TCM Coming Attractions! Chills, Thrills and Spills!
"...Indeed, it is Toddy...and So I. Pickens as another robot, both uncredured, differing character types/accents of course.   Why do name actors do this? Is it some weird Actor's Equity rules thing --- especially 30-50 years ago, may be,…"
Oct 16
Emerkeith Davyjack replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TCM Coming Attractions! Chills, Thrills and Spills!
"...Indeed, in his intro to Black Hole, the long-time Disney-associated Leonard Maltin described BH as being " more like something out of the Fifties ". Is that Toddy MacDowell's voice as the robot?"
Oct 16
Philip Portelli replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TCM Coming Attractions! Chills, Thrills and Spills!
"Despite being made due to the success of Star Wars, I remember The Black Hole being more of a mash-up between Star Trek and Lost In Space as if the Disney execs never saw Star Wars but remember what sci-fi was on TV a…"
Oct 15
Luke Blanchard replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TCM Coming Attractions! Chills, Thrills and Spills!
"The photo looks like a scene from Star Trek. It could be from a lost 1960s movie where Martin played the role of Captain Kirk."
Oct 15
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
Oct 15
Philip Portelli replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TCM Coming Attractions! Chills, Thrills and Spills!
"Tonight 10/15 starting at 8PM EST is another Disney Live Action Marathon! BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS (1971) @ 8PM FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR (1986) @ 10:25 PM THE BLACK HOLE (1979) aka Disney's answer to STAR WARS and the highlight of the night @…"
Oct 15
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Speed Racer with Racer X. I liked the live action movie with Matthew Fox (LOST, Party of Five) as Racer X, though I admit that it was too stylized for American audiences!"
Oct 15
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"X'Hal the Goddess of Starfire's corner of space!"
Oct 14
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Bizarre Adventures #27 (Jl'81): "The Secret Lives of the X-Men!" Interesting mix of stories with great artwork: a Phoenix flashback by John Buscema, Iceman by George Perez and Nightcrawler by, of course, Dave Cockrum!"
Oct 13

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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