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PLANET OF THE APES Marathon Tuesday 11/10 on Cinemax

Started this discussion. Last reply by doc photo Nov 10. 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 Philip Portelli 46 minutes ago. 82 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. 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. 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 Philip Portelli's discussion TEEN TITANS (1976-79)
"Robin was "Mister Butt" even back then!"
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The Baron replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TEEN TITANS (1976-79)
"Where's Bat-Girl's right hand?"
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Dave Elyea replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TEEN TITANS (1976-79)
"That's a very valid point that hadn't occurred to me.  Still, in order to have recognized Bat-Girl, he'd have to have been a big ol' super-hero fanboy!"
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Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
""Captain, this is highly illogical! Somehow the Enterprise has been grabbed in space by a giant making vroom-vroom noises!""
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Philip Portelli replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TEEN TITANS (1976-79)
"That's because Charley Parker only cared about Hawkman!  Come to think about it, we never heard Charley talk about Hawkgirl!"
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Dave Elyea replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TEEN TITANS (1976-79)
"I think that Bat-Girl's prominence here was mostly because he had intentions to use her more in Batman Family, altho ultimately, nothing really came of that.  If not for that connection, I'd have expected Aquagirl to have taken her…"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
""Sorry, Alpha, we can't use you. Yes, we know that you turned Magneto into a baby. Thank you so much for that! That led to soooo many stories! But you weren't created by Claremont, Byrne, Jim Lee or Bendis so we know how that…"
Philip Portelli replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TEEN TITANS (1976-79)
"Don Heck's work looked rushed and scratchy to me. I liked it a lot better during his run on Justice League of America. Mister ESPer was certainly the most impressive looking villain this version of the Titans fought, certainly much…"
Martin Gray replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TEEN TITANS (1976-79)
"Great recap. That was such a busy issue, so much Marvel-style hero in-fighting, which I suppose supports the idea that DC wanted an X-Men-style book. I thought Don Heck and Bob Smith (Heck’s third inker in as many issues) did a pretty decent…"
Philip Portelli replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TEEN TITANS (1976-79)
Philip Portelli replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TEEN TITANS (1976-79)
"Thank you all for the kind words!! #52 (D'77) starts where we left off with both teams facing each other as Lilith proclaims that she is the cause for all these disasters. Speedy immediately accuses the Titans' "resident…"
Martin Gray replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TEEN TITANS (1976-79)
"What a fun thread, thanks Philip. I was probably just the right age for these comics as I enjoyed these issues with an uncritical eye - I didn’t even notice back then that Gar Logan’s movie director was Julius Schwartz. On the one hand,…"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Inferiority complex? What inferiority complex?"
Luis Olavo de Moura Dantas replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TEEN TITANS (1976-79)
"The Titans West storyline was, far as I know, the first apperance of the idea of a superhero franchise ever.It was also a clear display of appreciation for DC's continuity and the variety of characters that it brings.  Given that the…"
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Another Giant Superman or Supermen?"
Richard Willis replied to Philip Portelli's discussion TEEN TITANS (1976-79)
"I haven't read these comics, but am enjoying the thread. Mal's horn sounds like an original idea (gasp!) that should have worked better. The editors, writers and artists playing musical chairs probably was why it didn't work."

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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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