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I'm Still Alive for Reals!

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Warren Sep 30. 17 Replies

As you guys may (or may not) have noticed, I have been absent from this site for awhile. That's because I suffered a heart attack on Aug. 29 but didn't go the hospital until the 31th. I thought that…Continue

Tags: reals, alive

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

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Philip Portelli replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion Classic X-Men
"IMHO, this was when Wolverine became WOLVERINE! Before it could be argued that he was not as interesting as Nightcrawler or Phoenix but now he started to become the focal point of the book as seen by #139."
3 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Captain Comics's discussion The Book!
"All that info about the bullet holes seem to pertain to the third Crimson Avenger from JSA. If they're saying the original CA's emblem is not a sunburst but a bullet-hole, it's definitely a modern retcon. Remember that was the…"
Philip Portelli replied to Luke Blanchard's discussion Silver and Bronze Quiz! FOES OF THE JLA, part three
"Flash nominating Adam was a problem as no one was supposed to know about his adventures on Rann so Mystery In Space #75 (My'62) was produced to explain it. The story was essentially a flashback that took place between Justice…"
Philip Portelli replied to Luke Blanchard's discussion Silver and Bronze Quiz! FOES OF THE JLA, part three
"The Phantom Stranger might not have said that he accepted membership, his actions always seemed like he was okay with the idea. Plus, the in the JLA's viewpoint, the Mystic Busybody had an official status on the team! No word if he ever got a…"
Philip Portelli replied to Luke Blanchard's discussion Silver and Bronze Quiz! FOES OF THE JLA, part two
"You know we don't speak of that, Luke! *sigh*"
Philip Portelli replied to Luke Blanchard's discussion Silver and Bronze Quiz! FOES OF THE JLA, part three
"That's true despite Adam Strange guest-starring in Justice League of America more than any other hero except several JSAers. In Limited Collectors' Edition #C-41 (Ja'76), the SUPER FRIENDS tabloid, young Wendy…"
Philip Portelli replied to Luke Blanchard's discussion Silver and Bronze Quiz! FOES OF THE JLA, part three
"Actually the real villain of JLA #153 was the computerized Maxitron. Ultraa didn't become an annoying pest until he went to Earth-One!"
Dec 4
Philip Portelli replied to John Dunbar's discussion Marvel and DC Golden, Silver, and Bronze Age collections
"Hey, I do have the Essential Human Torch volume for the historical value combined with the first appearances of many longtime Marvel villains!"
Dec 4
Philip Portelli replied to John Dunbar's discussion Marvel and DC Golden, Silver, and Bronze Age collections
"I loved the Original Human Torch stories a lot more than the Johnny Storm ones from Strange Tales. Plus the OHT was featured in The Invaders at the same time. But wouldn't a Torch vs Torch rematch been cool? They gave us another…"
Dec 4
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"This series is from 1982 or 1983 but it didn't last long and before that the quality of the book severely dropped! The "camp" Shield was actually the can't-keep-a-job son of the original Shield who was brought back in this…"
Nov 26
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Despite being surrounded by heroes who can fly, run and leap, the Black Hood still rides his motorcycle!"
Nov 26
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Hope this one wasn't up before!"
Nov 25
Philip Portelli replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion Where Do You Draw the Line?
"And if not The Killing Joke, then definitely A Death in the Family! Once you kill (a) Robin, where do you go with the Joker that makes any sense?"
Nov 25
Philip Portelli replied to Richard Mantle's discussion AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. “Once More With…”
"Here's Ross Andru's Wolverine! You can see he just oozes "Future Superstar and Sex Symbol" here! I'm fond of Andru's work but he missed it with Wolverine! Nightcrawler, as befits his featured role, comes off as more the…"
Nov 25
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"This Batgirl on her Bat-cycle is still in my folder so hopefully it hasn't be used before."
Nov 23
Philip Portelli replied to The Baron's discussion Marvel Comics #1000: What did you think of it? (SPOILERS)
"Well, Keen Marlowe definitely existed in the Golden Age so those stories are still valid. Whether he was "real" in the Invaders' continuity is a matter of conjecture. He may have been a separate entity or an alias of Brian Falsworth…"
Nov 22

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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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