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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

SUPERMAN VS SUB-MARINER (1939)

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
"Yes it was very unusual for DC at the time."
17 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Star Trek's Orions and the Gorn! Fun Fact: though the Gorn were clearly green on the TV show, the Mego action figure was colored brown, despite using the Lizard head mold and was dressed as a Klingon!"
19 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man's discussion What Comic Books Have You Read Today?
"My earliest memories of Daredevil was #116 versus the Owl and teaming with the Black Widow who I always think of as "Matt's girl" (sorry, Elektra!) and Marvel Team Up #25 versus the Unholy Three/Trio/Ani-Men. I missed the…"
Tuesday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Orion vs Slig of the Deep Six!"
Tuesday
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Though the Super Adaptoid's neutral form is white, his battle forms are always green!"
Monday
Philip Portelli replied to Alan M.'s discussion On the Chopping Block
"I recently dropped: BOOKS OF MAGIC (Would rather DC put out a Harry Potter book!) SUPERGIRL CATWOMAN (a Bat-less Cat is not that interesting) JUSTICE LEAGUE ODYSSEY (too many JL books!) SHURI (should be with her brother, not apart) UNSTOPPABLE WASP…"
Apr 18
Philip Portelli replied to Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man's discussion What Comic Books Have You Read Today?
"Marvel released a whole bunch of Ms. Marvel stories in their $1 True Believers line recently and while they did not choose Avengers #200 (big shock there!), they did include Avengers Annual #10 retitled "Captain Marvel…"
Apr 18
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"The Golden Age Vision! And I remember being shocked that there was a Golden Age Vision!"
Apr 18
Philip Portelli replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 216 A Forgotten Gem: Justice League of America # 27 (May, 1964)---Part Two
"Yes, this was a nice homage to the late 50s but the only character in the panel that Julius Schwartz "controlled" was....Rex the Wonder Dog!"
Apr 17
Philip Portelli replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 216 A Forgotten Gem: Justice League of America # 27 (May, 1964)---Part Two
"The funny thing about recognizing characters on the cover is that, and someone please correct me if I'm wrong, Brave & Bold #28 was the first time Aquaman and Martian Manhunter were shown on a cover. A full-on Fox/Schwartz JLA…"
Apr 17
Philip Portelli replied to Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man's discussion What Comic Books Have You Read Today?
"Thunderbolt is still in the Crisis On Infinite Earths collection, even though they portray him as another speedster like the Flash. I've read a lot of the earlier MAD parodies way before the 80s in various paperbacks from the…"
Apr 16
Philip Portelli replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 216 A Forgotten Gem: Justice League of America # 27 (May, 1964)---Part Two
"By that point, there were the "A" players (Superman, Batman, Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman) and the "B" players (Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Green Arrow, Atom). Fox would usually use 3-4 "A"s with 1-2…"
Apr 16
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"One of my favorite 70s Marvel villains: the Basilisk!  First he battled Spidey and Mister Fantastic (and Captain Marvel), then Spidey and the Thing. I thought he would take on Spidey and the Human Torch next but, alas, he was gone until the…"
Apr 16
Philip Portelli replied to Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man's discussion What Comic Books Have You Read Today?
"My very first comic, Justice League of America #103 (D'72), had Superman confronted by an enchanted Rutlander dressed as Captain Marvel! Supes' thoughts were very meta! After that, my next exposure to the Big Red Cheese was either…"
Apr 16
Philip Portelli replied to Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man's discussion What Comic Books Have You Read Today?
"Blue Beetle (Ted Cord) is in Heroes In Crisis. How he came back to life, I don't know! Captain Atom was a New 52 book, I think. With Doomsday Clock still going on, I doubt that DC will use the Charlton heroes any time soon."
Apr 16
Philip Portelli replied to Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man's discussion What Comic Books Have You Read Today?
"While DC had the character when it purchased the Charlton heroes, the rights reverted back to creator Pete Morisi and his estate who licensed Thunderbolt to Dynamite in the 2000s."
Apr 15

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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…

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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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