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I'm Still Alive for Reals!

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Warren Sep 30. 17 Replies

As you guys may (or may not) have noticed, I have been absent from this site for awhile. That's because I suffered a heart attack on Aug. 29 but didn't go the hospital until the 31th. I thought that…Continue

Tags: reals, alive

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

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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Sorry about that! Here's two Wildcat covers that haven't been used (I hope!):"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Superman would fight in World War II but usually just on the covers of his books!"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Another Batman Family with the first Robin! (btw, how fast is Batgirl running??)"
Philip Portelli replied to Richard Mantle's discussion AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. “Once More With…”
"I feel that they just wanted to get rid of the Spider-Mobile for good. It was a silly attempt to give Spidey more merchandise to sell but Peter was no millionaire playboy! Where did he park it? How come no one saw him park it? How could he afford to…"
Philip Portelli replied to Richard Mantle's discussion AVENGERS. "And There Came ANOTHER Day..."
"I'm sure that the people of Buenos Aires were glad that the Beast came to save them from a blizzard by doing flips and being witty! (Or NOT calling in Storm and the other X-Men to help!)"
Philip Portelli replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion MMW Ka-Zar
"This was supposed to be a Marvel Team Up with Spidey and the Angel which would have been neat. IIRC, it was late or delayed then expanded on to include the X-Men and Ka-Zar."
Philip Portelli replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion Classic X-Men
"I had forgotten that Jean was affected by Mastermind this early. Though it wasn't until Dazzler's debut."
Philip Portelli replied to Richard Mantle's discussion Okay Axis Here We Come! The Complete Invaders!
"Yes but only the slabbed books stayed mint!"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Zartan & the Dreadnoks!"
Philip Portelli replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion Where Do You Draw the Line?
"My first Batman was a year earlier with #247! But I grew up in the 100 Page Era so I had no problem with past stories. With Batman, it's easier to separate his versions through his various Robins: Batman I (Golden Age/Earth-Two)…"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Golden Age "Good Girl" Miss Masque with some cheerleading by the Black Terror!"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Now Live AND in (Four) Color!"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Red Wolf was a weird series. Based on a modern-day hero first seen in Avengers #80, the initial issues were set in the Wild West then it was thrusted back to the present where its protagonist was supposedly a different guy than the…"
Philip Portelli replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion Classic X-Men
"The Classic X-Men cover might have been a response to the previous year's Incredible Hulk #340 (F'88) where the Wolverine/Hulk rivalry was renewed in spades!"
Philip Portelli replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion Where Do You Draw the Line?
"In order not to drive myself crazy, I separate Superman into these versions: Superman I (Golden Age/Earth-Two) Superman II (Silver/Bronze Age/Earth-One) aka "my" Superman or the "real" one! Superman III (Post-Crisis) he did grow…"

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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…


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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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