Friday, May 22, 2015

2005 Comic-Con International: San Diego Souvenir Book art by Earl Martin

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Another "Fiftieth Friday" piece I like a lot, because it recalls early Kirbyesque Barry Smith, and because he's one of the only contributors with an active online gallery!

Friday, May 15, 2015

2005 Comic-Con International: San Diego Souvenir Book art by Ken Wright

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Is it summer yet, because it's feeling hot up in here? I dig this unique, quasi-cubist aggressive angle! I'm almost out of "Fiftieth Friday" material, and had to do some rescheduling to avoid gluts of shots of the Martian Manhunter floating in space. Wright helped break that up! Fi-fif-fifteen!

Friday, May 8, 2015

2005 Comic-Con International: San Diego Souvenir Book art by Gresham Vanderwolff

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It's funny to me that Mike Grell has to my knowledge rarely if ever drawn J'onn J'onzz, and most of Vanderwolff's art strongly shows his influence... but not this particular piece. Oh well, it still looks good, and I've got a nice big scan of the 50th birthday tribute. The artist has a smaller version in his deviantART gallery, but the SDCC book cropped the original, so check out the full image there.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Podcast: The Top 10 Most Important Martian Manhunter Villains

Episode #10



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As part of the sixth seasonal Super Blog Team-Up's theme of top ten lists, Frank offers an audio synopsis of the series of essays The Ten Most Important Martian Manhunter Adversaries from 2010, which has held up pretty well these past four years since nothing much ever happens to the Alien Atlas, even during a line wide reboot. The "new kid" on this particular block debuted in 1998, and how many foes of the New 52 Manhunter can you name, anyway?

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Friday, May 1, 2015

2005 Comic-Con International: San Diego Souvenir Book art by Tom Kelly

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I spent a fair amount of time on the artist's deviantART page, going through years worth of pieces hoping to find a color version of this SDCC con book anniversary entry. I knew it looked suspiciously similar to this, which is forgivable, but I got a bit miffed when all I found in the gallery was this. Digital art has its uses, eh?

Monday, April 27, 2015

Podcast: Threessentials

Episode #9



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In a second(!) episode for April (clearly failing weekly offerings, that's a step up from monthly!) we catch up with correspondence given short shrift since the last mail heavy episode, #6: Strawmanhunter from Mars. Besides reading all the long form comments since mid-March, Frank elaborates at length. For instance, he reads a letter about applying the "Three Point Model," three short definitive statements about a character, to the Alien Atlas. Discussion includes the less than stellar Martian invasions of Earth, John Jones' sociopolitical leanings, and more randomness that hopefully augments folks' understanding of the character.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

2005 Comic-Con International: San Diego Souvenir Book art by Amanda Yaryan



One of the fun things about this "Fifty Fridays*" project is the archaeological aspect. Ten years ago, mostly amateur artists contributed some Martian Manhunter pieces to a convention book, and then they moved on with their lives. Some are in entertainment industries, others are still promoting projects, a few have portfolios available, and most have escaped my cursory detection efforts. Too many have the same names as politicians, which makes for dull image searches. Two Amanda Yaryans turned up on Google, one a photographer whose flair for dramatic make-up could betray a youthful interest in a shapeshifting alien, but that's mere conjecture. It could just as easily be the mom referencing Bill Engvall on Twitter, or another lady entirely.

*To be clear, there are actually only 20-some-odd Fridays worth of material celebrating the 50th anniversary.

Monday, April 20, 2015

2005 Comic-Con International: San Diego Souvenir Book art by Valter Guevarra

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Another full page con book entry that was probably in color, based on the other paintings I was able to find online. You'll have to search them out for yourself though, because about half of what's out there are explicit female nudes.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Podcast: 60 Years of Martian Manhunter - 1956

Episode #8



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After a hiatus of four episodes and three months, we finally return to our year-by-year overview of the Sleuth from Outer Space's early adventures, 1956 being his first full year of publication with a dozen cases to cover. Co-creator and initial writer Joe Samachson is replaced first by Dick Wood before the arrival of the longest consistent scripter of the strip, Jack Miller. Joe Certa carries on with his own lengthy run on art, here mostly on Detective John Jones as a plainclothes policeman with extraordinary powers who only occasionally runs across challenges of a truly supernormal nature.

1956 Cover Dated Story Synopses


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Friday, April 10, 2015

2005 Comic-Con International: San Diego Souvenir Book art by Dennis Harrell



The disarmed suit-wearing heel lying next to a desk in an otherwise nondescript room fairly screams Middletown crimebusting, so even without an overt nod, this one feels like an anniversary piece. I wish I could have displayed it bigger, but all those tones as printed looked crap when enlarged. Too bad this was only a quarter page in size.

Friday, April 3, 2015

2005 Comic-Con International: San Diego Souvenir Book art by Joan Miles



Yet another "Fiftieth Friday" piece sabotaged by black and white reproduction at a mere quarter page in the SDCC convention book. I'm not offering an enlarged version because I think it would unfairly alter the artist's work. It was sweet of her to acknowledge the creators of the Sleuth from Outer Space, and she was the only one to offer them such a courtesy among the artists featured.

Friday, March 27, 2015

2005 Comic-Con International: San Diego Souvenir Book art by Uriel Reyes Botello

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Despite being a full page entry, this piece is hurt very much by the absence of color. As best as I can tell, John Jones is in the midst of transforming into J'Onn J'Onzz. The dark blob near the logo appears to be a hat flying off, the toupee is Jones' hair fading, and his badge is dangling from the right hand. I hoped to find this online somewhere, but after searching for a while under several name variations, the only Uriel Reyes I could find does semi/nude glamor photography.

Monday, March 23, 2015

2005 Comic-Con International: San Diego Souvenir Book art by Kristopher Lohman

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This is a nice piece with some delicate detailing and a pensive mood that I feel was ill-served by receiving only a quarter page reproduction in the convention book. I was able to blow it up for a better look. I believe this is the same artist as seen on the Ink 361 and the Dangercomics blog.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Podcast: The New 52 Martian Manhunter

Episode #7



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In light of DC Comics' official discontinuation of the "New 52" brand just as they finally announce the now-not-New 52 Martian Manhunter series we've been waiting for since 2011, Frank looks at the history of the Alien Atlas within the context of the current publishing continuity.



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Monday, March 16, 2015