Tuesday, September 2, 2014

2013 “Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con sketch” by Cillian Cubstead

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I hatehatehate all these stupid tumblrs with cheers of f-yeah supermanandwonderwoman or f-yeah batmanandwonderwoman, and the only thing worse is that DC Comics actually gave in to one of those dire impulses. While pulling together material to post, I noted a very modest selection of Wonder Woman/Martian Manhunter shippings, including this piece very reminiscent of recent Jim Lee art subbing Alien Atlas for Man of Steel. I figure hey, it's my blog's birthday, so bring on a week of F-Yeah Wonder Woman & Martian Manhunter! Little ditty, 'bout J'Onn & Diana...

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Manhunter from Mars Annual #7 (1990)



At Comicpalooza 2013, I asked Kevin Maguire if this figure sketch I got off eBay cheap in the late '90s was legit, but he kind of shrugged it off with something like "it looks like my stuff." I thought about asking him to ink it, so that it could for sure be his, but he wasn't interested in doing any figure drawing, and I didn't want to be a nudge. Whether it was him or not, I like the piece, and have been wanting to incorporate it into one of my little fan fiction "covers" for a while now.

I never even spoke to Josef Rubinstein at the con, just because of circumstances, but I definitely regret not having him ink the piece (as he'd embellished Maguire on his late '80s JLI run.) Mostly because the paper has faded so badly, and even my old contrasted Xeroxes of the art didn't take well to scanning. Still, today is the seventh anniversary of the blog, and I wanted to do something a bit spiffier than the deviantArt ports I've been doing since mid-July. I remained pressed for time though, so I decided to use the weathered and raw "Maguire" piece regardless of the low quality of scan/coloring and just do the dang thing already.

Since I was already hacking out the key piece of art, that "whatever" aesthetic extended to the lettering (a rough jpeg of "Finally," obvious bad MS Paint fonts,) poorly laid out old J'Onn J'Onzz logo, no background, etc. I scanned my copy of Justice League Antarctica Annual #4 because it was mostly white and had an "awesome" '80s header graphic (where I could have done something neat with the Martian Manhunter "pie" symbol, as seen on the Hawkworld and Batman Annuals.) No time for quality. Just git 'er done.

So, forgive the crudeness, but it's still kind of cute, got a favorite in there with Professor Arnold Hugo, and it acknowledges the anniversary. The "1997" Annual will post next week, and both feature sneak peek bowdlerized portions of art I had commissioned this year that I haven't offered true spotlight posts for yet.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

2014 “barrage” digital painting fan art by annie hedgehawke

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"gwhsad I've been looking at this for too long. here's to bigger, more ambitious drawings this year

p.s. I love j'onn"

Friday, August 29, 2014

2007 “Break” fan art by triumph-forks

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"J'onn J'onzz taking a break...somewhere (I have no idea where the counter and stool came from...he needs a real background...) with a book. And Ore--Chocos, of course.

Did I mention how much I LOVE the Martian Manhunter? And his trueform?

Martian Manhunter is (c) DC comics, although I don't think they know what to do with him."
I'll be on a bit of a break myself for the next few weeks, and I don't know what kind of internet connection I can look forward to. The auto-posts are scheduled and in fact the content will be better without my presence than it has been the past month or so with me here.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

2010 “Hero of the Day #8” fan art by Zane DeGaine

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I don't know anything about this character. I was told that he really likes Oreos. So do I.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

2009 “Blue Beetle and his Friends” JLI fan art by Jillian YuYuchan

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"A few heroes of the Justice League International: Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, Guy Gardner, Black Canary, Batman and the Martian Manhunter.

My first work with my new tablet. I love it so, but I am very obviously quite horrible as of yet. Someday, someday.

I am kidding about the title, Batman and J'onn would snap Ted's neck so fast the Flash would sue. But for serious guys, JLI is the greatest DC comic I have ever read. How have I gone my entire life not knowing about it? Shame on me. Shame."

Friday, August 22, 2014

2014 “Son Of Mars” fan art by Rick Celis

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I like this piece because if there had been a cheapjack Remco Martian Manhunter action figure back in the '80s, I think this is how it would have been put together. The chest and neck are one solid piece of black plastic, and the pelvis solid blue. Fairly nondescript boots, and everybody had gold bracelets back then. If it was good enough for He-Man, it'll do for Manhunter. New head sculpt, but stock harness and vinyl cape varied by color for cross-accessorizing. Packed three per case and available at the local K-Mart, but still a peg warmer, as is J'Onn's way...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

2014 “Fozzie Jonn Jonzz print” by Joshua Esselbrugge

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"The seventh in a series of my version of the Muppet’s Justice League – Fozzie Bear as the Martian Manhunter, J’onn J’onzz. Fozzie was drawn with pencil on paper, and then inked using a copic marker. I then scan the image onto my computer and use Illustrator to colour between the lines."
There's a whole gallery of the artist's Justice League of Muppets, plus a few Avengers. They're quite cute, but I have trouble thinking of a worse mash-up than Martian Manhunter and Fozzie the Bear. J'Onn's more of a Sam Eagle or Statler, right? Even Beaker would be a better fit.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

“1993 Martian Manhunter fan art by Kirby Kalibak”

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I made a whole list of deviantArt pieces for insta-posting, and saved the art to my hard drive. Included a link, but the gallery seems to have disappeared just inside this week.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Evil Mystic Brushes vs. The Tattooed Man


The Evil Mystic Brushes
Debut: 1965
Nemesis: Martian Manhunter
Other Major Foes: None.
Appearances: One comic story
Powers: Manifestation of imaginary threats made real.

Bio:
Paint brushes released by the idol-head that caused threats painted with them to materialize.

Vile Menagerie Stats
Win: The Giant-Maker (2-0)*
Lose: The Venomee (2-3)*
Draw: The Venomee (2-2)


Vs.

Abel Tarrant
Debut: 1963
Nemesis: Green Lantern Hal Jordan
Other Major Foes: Justice League of America
Appearances: 50+ comics and a cartoon appearance.
Powers: Manifestation of imaginary threats made real.

Bio: Former seaman who came across a chemical compound that allowed him to create any object from thin air that he could touch an illustration of, prompting him to create a permanent gallery on his skin and turn to crime.

Vile Menagerie Stats:
Win: 0
Lose: 0
Draw: 0


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