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When Spider-Man Become Marvel's #1 Hero?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff of Earth-J Sep 2. 9 Replies

Spider-Man is Marvel's #1 Super-Hero. There is no doubt about that, despite the popularity of the Hulk, Wolverine and other heroes featured in today's films. But when did it actually happen?Marvel…Continue

Tags: popularity, spider-man

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 Feb 13. 204 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

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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Probably my favorite Spidey/Daredevil story, especially in Marvel Team-Up. One of my earliest DD appearances as well!"
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"By a strange coincidence, I've been rereading those early 70s Adventure Comics and Captain Fear appeared on-and-off for about two years though he never wore the Simonson outfit. He did, however, reappear in the early 80s as a feature…"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Nightmaster's appearance in Showcase #100, though listed, is a bit debatable. He's supposed to be on Page 8 but which figure is him. I have no idea! The guy with the googles on the bottom is Jason from "Jason's…"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"In a strange yet bizarre coincidence, when I found this one, it was my favorite Legion story from their Late Adventure period though at the time, I had no idea it was their last issue!"
Philip Portelli replied to Luis Olavo de Moura Dantas's discussion Some free flowing thoughts about Superman's origins, how it changes along time, and why
"One important source of Superman's origin was the 1942 novel Adventures of Superman by George Lowther which focused on Krypton in more detail for the first time. He changed "Jor-L & Lora" to "Jor-El &…"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"The first issue of Captain America I had was #176 (Au'74). I never saw the Falcon NOT being able to fly and I never saw the Secret Empire issues. Such a dramatic cover with Thor and Iron Man, to boot!"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"When I started reading comics, as I have said before, I got a lot more Marvel Triple Action than I did The Avengers, that I sometimes still think of Cap's Kooky Quartet as "my" Avengers! (and yes, I still yearn for a…"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Despite not getting any of Marvel's Martial Arts books beyond an issue or two secondhand, I really enjoyed Master of Kung Fu Annual #1where Shang-Chi meets Iron Fist. Looking back, it's certainly not representative of his…"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"While not necessarily a "favorite", this one certainly was memorable !  Young me was a bit...disturbed at the prospect of becoming an active participant in a comic as opposed to being a passive reader!"
Sep 14
Philip Portelli replied to Randy Jackson's discussion Robert Kanigher and the role of a fiction writer
"I think that everyone is confusing Robert Kanigher with Bob Haney as far as Brave & Bold is concerned. I've stated numerous times that Haney's Batman is a protean hero. He literally fits any role that Haney needs him to…"
Sep 13
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"DC Super Stars #10 featured the delightfully bizarre Super-Heroes Vs Super-Villains Baseball Game! The premise is straight out of Super Friends, is against the motivations of the baddies especially the Joker and has an ending that is never…"
Sep 13
Philip Portelli replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion Superman's Pal, Alan Moore
"Our good Captain Comics once wrote about Wonder Woman killing Maxwell Lord to free Superman from his control because while under the influence of her magic lasso, he told her that his death was the only way to do so. And she did it because she truly…"
Sep 13
ClarkKent_DC replied to Philip Portelli's discussion Regrets not buying?
"It took forever, but I found a copy! "
Sep 13
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Despite the cover not matching the story, I really thought that the Creeper was going to join the Justice League!"
Sep 12
Philip Portelli replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion Superman's Pal, Michael Fleisher
"Two of my more vivid childhood memories were my aunt taking me (and me alone as I have three brothers) to see SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE and cajoling my mother to buy me The Great Superman Book aka Michael Fleisher's Encyclopedia of…"
Sep 12
Philip Portelli replied to Richard Willis's discussion What is the Earliest Multiverse Story?
"In Superman #19 (D'42), Clark and Lois sees a Fleischer "Superman" cartoon and Clark does his usual tricks to prevent Lois from seeing the cartoon Clark change into the Man of Steel. Now this was a cute way to promote the…"
Sep 11

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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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