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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 yesterday. 145 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

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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"To Lee: Since "Movies" was my suggestion, any confusion is my fault. Any movie adaptation is good, any cover that features a movie/making a movie/movie theatre is good. Movie parody covers are fine. Celebrities by themselves are not unless…"
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"The 21st century did not see any shortage of doppelgangers!"
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Another double-Adam Strange cover from 2008!"
Dave Elyea replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TEEN TITANS (1976-79)
"It didn't help that Dick was working as Barbara's intern at the time!"
Dave Elyea replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TEEN TITANS (1976-79)
"On the subject of "unsolved mysteries", this panel from Teen Titans #49 has been bugging me for ages: It seems to be deliberately drawing attention to the red-head in the green top, who a long-time Titans Fan would naturally assume is…"
Richard Willis replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TEEN TITANS (1976-79)
"I know it was somewhat annoying that the Barbara Gordon Batgirl, who was introduced as an adult, was sometimes pared with a then-teen Dick Grayson Robin as a potential romantic partner. She was also sent to Congress, which has a minimum age of 25,…"
Dave Elyea replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TEEN TITANS (1976-79)
"This is where the original batch of Titans is kind of Ground Zero for the aging problem (which is one reason that Dan Didio hated them, and so many bad things have been done to so many of them): once they decided to write Robin out of the Batman…"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Another pair of Supermen and Loises!"
Luke Blanchard replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TEEN TITANS (1976-79)
"Rozakis's view of Duela's age was - my paraphrase - one doesn't have to be consistent about comparative ages. There's a bit in Batman Family where Duela says her father resented her birth because he wanted twins. That indicates…"
Luke Blanchard replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TEEN TITANS (1976-79)
"It is? "Corbeau" is "raven" in French."
Philip Portelli replied to ClarkKent_DC's discussion The New Season (2020)
"I DVR-ed Mr. Mayor and Call Me Kat for my mother since she likes Ted Danson and Mayim Bialik but she did not care for either! She did like Miss Scarlet & the Duke and I'm going to see if she likes the…"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"And it was Barry Gray that gave the Flash his first name though I know nothing about him!"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Steve Allen did meet Clark in Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane #45 (N'63)!  Thank to Commander Benson who included this in one of his awesome quizzes! "
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"If we're counting robots, then..."
Luis Olavo de Moura Dantas replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TEEN TITANS (1976-79)
"In the "Gotham" series some of Batman's future foes are noticeably older than Bruce Wayne, or so I am told. Penguin and the Riddler, specifically.Considering that Two-Face was a DA with a solid reputation before ever becoming a…"
Dave Elyea replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TEEN TITANS (1976-79)
"It would have been fun if the Card Queen mystery had gotten more time & space to play out, maybe with a red herring or two thrown in to distract from how obviously it had to be Duela--maybe Amy Fortune, possible daughter of Amos Fortune, could…"

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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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