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Richard Willis replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 232 A Forgotten Gem: Superman # 172 (October, 1964)---Part Two
"When Stan Lee and company began the Silver Age the Marvel heroes were initially free-standing characters. "New York is in danger and only Ant-Man can save the day."  Going by the on-sale info from Mike's Amazing World, in…"
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Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 232 A Forgotten Gem: Superman # 172 (October, 1964)---Part Two
"I don't know — Mort Weisinger and Julie Schwartz both had interconnected universes before Marvel did it (it's really remarkable how often Weisinger works his creation Aquaman into Superman stories) so it's just as possible they…"
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The Baron replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 232 A Forgotten Gem: Superman # 172 (October, 1964)---Part Two
"I'm not knowledgeable about this period in comics history, so I may be way off base here,  but I had the impression that Stan Lee had the idea for a "Marvel Universe" fairly early on.  Could it be that DC's continuities…"
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John Manges replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 232 A Forgotten Gem: Superman # 172 (October, 1964)---Part Two
"Great Curt Swan art as always.  When the story is good, its a double bonus."
Monday
Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 234 The Silver-Age Challenge---DC Edition IIII . . . Answers!
"Thank you! And you do an amazing job, every time."
Sep 3
Commander Benson replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 234 The Silver-Age Challenge---DC Edition IIII . . . Answers!
"Oh, yes, I have a copy of Fleisher's The Superman Encyclopedia right here in my desk drawer.  In fact, I consulted it to confirm that there weren't any conflicting Silver-Age entries on the Daily Planet's majority…"
Sep 3
Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 234 The Silver-Age Challenge---DC Edition IIII . . . Answers!
"Wow. I feel extremely chuffed. I'm also happy to realize I'd never have gotten the Bat-question right — saves me kicking myself. For future reference, "The Superman Encyclopedia" by Michael Fleisher is really exhaustive on…"
Aug 29
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Deck Log Entry # 234 The Silver-Age Challenge---DC Edition IIII . . . Answers!

Three . . . two . . . one . . . time's up! Every time I put one of these quizzes together, I try to determine which question will cause you guys the most trouble.  Believe it or not, most of the time, I'm wrong.  The one I think will be the stumper you fellows nail right away, and everybody stumbles over a question I thought wouldn't be that tough.  This time, though, my…See More
Aug 29
Commander Benson replied to The Baron's discussion "Gingold" - Hard or Soft "G"?
"To me, your argument validates a different expression; to wit, "The exception proves the existence of another rule."  Similar, but not the same as the original expression.  In the topic at hand, that would be one rule of…"
Aug 20
Commander Benson replied to The Baron's discussion "Gingold" - Hard or Soft "G"?
"The pronunciation of an individual name comes from its best source.  In real-life cases, that would be the person who bears the name---he certainly decides how his own name is pronounced.  In prose fiction, that's not always the…"
Aug 20
Commander Benson replied to The Baron's discussion "Gingold" - Hard or Soft "G"?
"While infrequent, it's not unusual for an English word to use the "long o" (ō) pronunciation, as in Jones, in spellings where the "short o" (ŏ) pronunciation, as in Johns, is more typical.  For example, go…"
Aug 20
Fraser Sherman replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 233 The Silver-Age Challenge---DC Edition IIII
"Ingenious — I don't know if you're right, but it's better than I've done."
Aug 20
Commander Benson replied to The Baron's discussion "Gingold" - Hard or Soft "G"?
"I can attest to that---by telling a tale on myself. From the beginning of the 1950's until the end of the '70's, there was an actor, Cesare Danova.  Tall, handsome, suave, continental, with that all-important charisma with the…"
Aug 19
Prince Hal replied to Commander Benson's discussion Deck Log Entry # 233 The Silver-Age Challenge---DC Edition IIII
"Regarding Question 6... How about Batman 109 and Detective 225, with the stories,"Follow the Batman" and "If I were the Batman." Not sure if the dialogue referred to him as "The Batman," but the titles certainly…"
Aug 19
Commander Benson replied to The Baron's discussion "Gingold" - Hard or Soft "G"?
"Interesting, not only in the differing ways we pronounce certain words from comics, but in the fact that I think there's a tendency to presume everyone else says it the same way one himself does.  For example, it never occurred to me that…"
Aug 18
Commander Benson replied to The Baron's discussion RIP Jane Withers - Golden Age Child Star, Josephine the Plumber
"Along with Dick "Mr. Whipple" WIlson and Virginia "Mrs. Olsen" Christine and Jan "Madge the Manicurist" Miner. Sigh.  My youth is dying all around me."
Aug 9

Commander Benson's News Posts

Deck Log Entry # 106 The Witch of Metropolis

Posted on November 12, 2017 at 7:44am 21 Comments

I’m not a big Lois Lane fan. I never was. Try for the life of me, I could never see what attracted Superman to her. Oh, sure, every once in a while would come a story in which she was a true and helpful friend to the Man of Steel. But far more often than not, she was a genuine pain.



She snooped. She pried. She violated others’ privacy. And I’m not talking about in her professional rôle as a reporter. These things she did to dig into the personal secrets of…

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Deck Log Entry # 160 A Forgotten Gem: Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos # 7 (May, 1964) (Part One)

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 3:30am 37 Comments

“The Court-Martial of Sergeant Fury”

 

Editor and writer:  Stan Lee  Art:  Jack Kirby (pencils), George Roussos (inks)

 

 

It was January, 1963, and Marvel Comics was a title short.

 

Publisher Martin Goodman had ordered the cancellation of The Incredible Hulk after its sixth issue. …

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From the Archives: Deck Log Entry # 40 "But I Always Thought . . . ." the Justice League of America

Posted on July 9, 2013 at 10:30am 50 Comments

Once again, gang, I’m going to blow away some of the commonly held misconceptions about the fictional details of the Silver Age heroes.  As I mentioned the last time I did this, an abundance of continuity errors made in the 1970’s became factoids when writers and fans who came in late accepted the mistakes as legitimate information.  When 1985's Crisis on Infinite…

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Deck Log Entry # 159 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition . . . Answers!

Posted on June 17, 2013 at 1:03pm 29 Comments

I have to say, I loved the response to this particular quiz!  The responses were everything I hope for when I gin up one of these brain-teasers:  a reasonable amount of participation, a bit of brilliance from everyone who posted, some correct answers which I hadn’t thought of, and one question which nobody got right. 

 

(O.K., that last one is my ego speaking…

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Deck Log Entry # 158 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition

Posted on May 31, 2013 at 9:30am 57 Comments

I try to accommodate my readers.  Sometimes, it’s a snap, especially when the reader himself provides the inspiration, such as when Commando Cody raised the question of why Lightning Lad wasn’t held to task for killing Zaryan the Conqueror.

 

Other times, the sailing's not so smooth.  Figserello has been waiting for me to do a piece on Animal Man.  The hold-up…

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Comment Wall (9 comments)

At 8:30am on August 12, 2010, Mr. Silver Age said…
Thanks, Commander! Since my own playground was down for so long, I figured I'd spend a little time over here, and I decided I might as well sign up while I was at it.
At 3:12pm on May 17, 2011, Eric L. Sofer said…

Commander, I have always respected your style and manner, and have enjoyed disagreeing with you on any (infrequent) points of contention we have had - so you can certainly believe that I have immensely appreciated your Deck Logs.  If you are posting them elsewhere, I will continue to enjoy them.

 

But it's just time for me to be gone from the Captain Comics board.  I receive no replies or conversation from Cap anymore, and my unceremonious dumping as an administrator left a bad taste in my mouth... and the subsequent situation has done nothing to make me feel any better.

 

If I do not get the opportunity to communicate with you again, let me assure you that you have my greatest respect and admiration, and I wish you and yours the very best.

 

I remain,

  Sincerely,

Eric L. Sofer

The Silver Age Fogey

x<]:o){

At 10:24am on October 21, 2011, Sandi Charton said…

Hi - not sure if I'm posting this comment for Commander Benson in the write location, but - yes - if you could scan some pages, that would be phenomenal!!!  I am very grateful for the tenaciousness and loyalty of this group....

 

Fond regards, Sandi Charton

 

At 9:48pm on May 30, 2012, Philip Portelli said…

Commander,

Over at the "Alan Scott is DC's Gay Hero", there is some discussion on whether Pinky Pinkerton of the Howling Commandos was always meant to be gay, not merely picked by fans as was Element Lad. It seems like there is the assumption that Stan Lee did this deliberately. I am in disagreement of this. If you can, could you please comment on this? Your knowledge is appreciated. Also I mentioned that, in the Silver Age, most of the Justice Society were not established as being married.

These are minor points, to be sure but if you want to add anything, it would be most welcomed.

Respectfully,

Philip Portelli

At 8:45am on May 31, 2012, Philip Portelli said…

Thank you, Commander. I was thinking about Percy's "origin" story as proof but you're right about what people want to believe. If Marvel puts out a story that states Percy was gay, fine. My point was Stan's intent at the time.

Again informative and timely,

Much thanks,

Philip

At 9:06am on June 16, 2012, Philip Portelli said…

Commander,

Actually we should all be thanking you for the research, enjoyment and knowledge you provide!

"Happy I read your stuff", I've gone through your archives! The way you combine Silver Age comics with the events of the time plus your background creates a real learning experience!

Should you ever print your columns in book form, you have one guarantee sale!

Again with much thanks and respect!

Philip 

At 9:19am on June 29, 2012, Doctor Hmmm? said…

Commander:

Just bopping around the Board this morning, I ran across a comment you made to Philip Portelli earlier this month:

Sometimes I wonder if anybody ever reads my stuff, so it's always nice when I get a comment or a "like".

Made me feel a teensy bit guilty (not that you intended that).  I don't read every word on every thread, but I always read what you have to say in any thread I'm in, and I'm more likely to peek in on a new thread if I see you've posted there.  And I always read the Deck Log.

Your comments and articles are consistently well researched, well written, interesting and (when thats your goal) entertaining.  Since most of my available Board time is at the office (SHHH, don't tell anybody!) I don't often post unless I have something to say -- which, most of the time, means I have something silly to say -- but I am reading and enjoying.

Oh ... and "color" doesn't have a "u" in it. :)

Darin

At 5:42pm on May 23, 2013, Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said…

Commander, I'm not sure what's going on; I've approved your Archive Deck Log Entry #37 twice now, and it hasn't shown up on the front page either time. I'm going to discuss it with the other mods; I might be doing something wrong. But I'm not sure how, exactly, I can screw up hitting "Approve."

But if you don't see it, and put it up again, I'm going to let one of the other mods approve it, and see if I can learn what, if anything, I'm missing here. Sorry for the delay!

P.S. I'm going to send this on to you as an individual message, too, so you don't miss it, but I've got to "friend" you first.

At 11:05am on May 24, 2013, Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said…

Ah, that makes sense. I've seen some unfinished blog entries from Figs that said in caps at the top, "JUST A DRAFT, MODS, DO NOT APPROVE" or something to that effect. It's an inelegant system, but as far as I can tell. it's the best anyone's come up with so far. 

Regardless, I'm glad it wasn't causing frustration or extra work on your end. 

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