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Batman/Catwoman/Huntress Questions AKA I Was Wondering #32

Started this discussion. Last reply by Luis Olavo de Moura Dantas on Sunday. 9 Replies

With the recent news about a big change in the status quo of the rather bumpy relationship between Batman and Catwoman, I thought about their eighty year history and, well, wondered about a few…Continue

Tags: wondering, huntress, catwoman, batman

TIMELY COMICS IN 2009?? (Marvel's 70th Anniversary Series & Other Things)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Philip Portelli Jan 21. 4 Replies

So finally I'm going to post about the series of Timely Comics one-shots from 2009 to celebrate Marvel's 70th Anniversary through their Golden Age. I hope to note the retcons, contradictions and…Continue

Tags: anniversary, 70th, marvel, timely

Classic "MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATRE 3000" Returns!!!

Started Jan 6 0 Replies

While looking at the TCM movies for late night/early morning gems, I was shocked to see Mystery Science 3000 listed on the IFC channel over it in the menu for 1 AM.  At first I thought that it was…Continue

Tags: MST3K, 3000, theatre, science, mystery

I'm Still Alive for Reals!

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Warren Sep 30, 2019. 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

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Philip Portelli replied to Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod)'s discussion Dan Didio no longer at DC
"My personal feeling is that the other shoe dropping was his approval of Catwoman's "condition" and the ramifications of giving Batman another "unexpected surprise"."
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"This is from 1955. Is there an earlier "Superman Marries Lois" cover?"
Monday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"A Weird Western Wedding!"
Monday
Luis Olavo de Moura Dantas replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Batman/Catwoman/Huntress Questions AKA I Was Wondering #32
"Another useful story here is "America vs the Justice Society".  Published in late 1984 and early 1985, this Roy Thomas story involves the JSA wondering a lot about what was on Batman's mind in the last few months of his…"
Sunday
Philip Portelli replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 222 Passing the Bat-Torch---Part One
"The idea of Dick Grayson becoming the next Batman is not used in most imaginary Bat-stories outside of these. Usually he simply stays as Robin in a more adult outfit. This is true on Earth-Two where he should have been Batman II. But Robin II…"
Sunday
Luis Olavo de Moura Dantas replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Batman/Catwoman/Huntress Questions AKA I Was Wondering #32
"Actually, it was Batman Family #17.  Quite an informative issue in hindsight. Helena says outright that her father forbade her from following on his steps - which strongly implies that he expected her to consider the idea, which IMO suggests…"
Sunday
Luis Olavo de Moura Dantas replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Batman/Catwoman/Huntress Questions AKA I Was Wondering #32
"We know from a couple of issues of the Bat Family book that Helena Wayne felt the need for more training early in her career, and sought Earth-1 Batman for that purpose.  He declined, but put her in contact with Batwoman, who by her turn…"
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Luke Blanchard replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Batman/Catwoman/Huntress Questions AKA I Was Wondering #32
"Re whether Bruce Wayne knew Helena was the Huntress: he didn't have that much of a chance to learn. In DC Super Stars #17 she captures the crook responsible for Catwoman's death and leaves him outside police HQ, but her costumed identity…"
Saturday
Luke Blanchard replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Batman/Catwoman/Huntress Questions AKA I Was Wondering #32
"In the Huntress's original origin, from DC Super Stars #17, Bruce Wayne (of Earth Two) only married Selina after she'd served her term in jail."
Saturday
Randy Jackson replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Batman/Catwoman/Huntress Questions AKA I Was Wondering #32
"IIRC, in "The Cat's" first appearance, Batman interfered with Robin's attempt to capture the Cat, and then proceeded to discourse about her attractiveness. It's pretty obvious that Robin knows what's up and seems to…"
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Mr. Silver Age replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Batman/Catwoman/Huntress Questions AKA I Was Wondering #32
"Most of what you're asking is post-Crisis, which is about as ephemeral and temporary as any canon can be. At one time or another, probably every question can be answered both yes and no. In general, I think Catwoman's…"
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The Baron replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Batman/Catwoman/Huntress Questions AKA I Was Wondering #32
"I strongly suspect that you have given all this stuff more thought than the people who wrote it did."
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Philip Portelli replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Batman/Catwoman/Huntress Questions AKA I Was Wondering #32
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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 appearance, his…

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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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