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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


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

Tags: closet, past, trip

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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"They must have closed the beaches that day!"
Aug 30
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Of course, there was a beach in Ancient Gaul! Always enjoyed the Asterix books!"
Aug 29
Philip Portelli replied to Detective 445's discussion Hickman's X-Men Project (Spoilers)
"Husk is Cannonball's sister with the charming ability to rip her skin off and have a different one with powers underneath."
Aug 28
Philip Portelli replied to Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod)'s discussion DC Announces New Legion Book
"This is one of the revised pages from Superman #14. It's not that clear and I've seen better shots but they redesigned Lightning Lad's face and skin color. Not sure if they did that to anyone else."
Aug 28
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"One of the several Iron Man vs Sub-Mariner books of the Bronze Age!"
Aug 28
Philip Portelli replied to Detective 445's discussion Hickman's X-Men Project (Spoilers)
"A silly question at this point but shouldn't Corsair, y'know, look older? "
Aug 27
Philip Portelli replied to Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man's discussion What Comic Books Have You Read Today?
"I dug up The Marvels Project  by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting from 2009-10. It once retells the beginnings of the Human Torch, the Sub-Mariner and Captain America, only this time through the eyes of Thomas Halloway, the Golden Age…"
Aug 27
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Another island you might want to pass on during your vacation!"
Aug 27
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"If he's carrying her like that, they must be near the shore!"
Aug 26
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Oh, there he is!"
Aug 26
Philip Portelli replied to Richard Mantle's discussion AVENGERS. "And There Came ANOTHER Day..."
"This is, IMHO, the weakest of the Bronze Age Ultron vs Avengers battles and suffers from being an adaptation of a short story and not a novel. They have to jettison in-continuity characters who weren't in the prose version as Jim Shooter…"
Aug 25
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"I realized that I never even checked for the Sub-Mariner so here's two! Plus Namor and the Hulk battle on the beach! High above the beach but on the beach nonetheless!"
Aug 25
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Where's Godzilla when you need him?"
Aug 25
Philip Portelli replied to The Baron's discussion HISTORY OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE (SPOILERIFFIC!)
"Sin-Cong does get a write-up in Marvel Atlas #1 from 2007. It's a rather unremarkable place noted for the time the Avengers battled Major Hoy's Commissar, the prominence of the Swordsman's family when the area was under…"
Aug 24
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"This one took place along the New England coast with a definite "Dark Shadows" vibe!"
Aug 24
Philip Portelli replied to Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man's discussion What Comic Books Have You Read Today?
"Not the best period for Marvel Two-In-One with a bizarre three-parter involving the Mad Thinker, a two-parter that featured Idi Amin and the least of the Thing/Hulk battles with a great punchline!"
Aug 23

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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…


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…
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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