Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Podcast- JLMay (1998)

Episode #25



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JLMay-- The JLA: Year One Podcast Crossover Event finally reaches our humble blog full force! Since everyone else partnered up to cover their chapters of the maxi-series, Diabolu Frank opted to call in his super buddies at Rolled Spine Podcasts for a sort of hybrid show! Illegal Machine and Pekita Trotamundos lend their voices to a radio play abridged adaptation of the tenth issue, while their fellow Mister Fixit sticks around afterward to talk for a bit about the Justice League of America!

From here follow JLMay to these fantastic podcasts! Each will cover different issues of JLA: YEAR ONE and each will come out in May! And don’t forget to use the hashtag #JLMay when discussing on social media!
  1. Justice League of America #9 (February, 1962)
    -1. Justice League of America #144 (July, 1977)
  2. Secret Origins Podcast #32 (1988)
  3. JLA: Year One #1 & #2 on Aquaman and Firestorm: The Fire and Water Podcast ep. 163
  4. JLA: Year One #3 & #4 on The Power of Fishnets 6
  5. JLA: Year One #5 & #6 on Waiting for Doom Episode 57
  6. JLA: Year One #7 & #8 on The LanternCast
  7. JLA: Year One #9 on Super Mates 54
  8. Comic Reflections
  9. Views from the Longbox

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Podcast- JLA: Day Minus-One (1977)

Episode #24



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The Manhunter from Mars offers a supplement to JLMay-- The JLA: Year One Podcast Crossover Event! In the second edition of JLA: Day One Diabolu Frank discusses his (and apparently Comics Should Be Good's Brian Cronin's) favorite origin story for the team from Justice League of America #144 (July, 1977)! Another very important tale of the Sleuth from Outer Space, "The Origin of the Justice League - Minus One!" offers a prequel to the better known Silver Age story that firmly grounds the team (but especially J'onn J'onzz) in the paranoid 1950s McCarthy era America! This setting and the influence of the Steve Englehart/Dick Dillon story have permeated the Alien Atlas' modern interpretation, arguably having more impact on how the character is perceived by fans today than any comic that preceded it!

From here follow JLMay to these fantastic podcasts! Each will cover different issues of JLA: YEAR ONE and each will come out in May! And don’t forget to use the hashtag #JLMay when discussing on social media!
  1. Justice League of America #9 (February, 1962)
  2. Secret Origins Podcast #32 (1988)
  3. JLA: Year One #1 & #2 on Aquaman and Firestorm: The Fire and Water Podcast ep. 163
  4. JLA: Year One #3 & #4 on The Power of Fishnets 6
  5. JLA: Year One #5 & #6 on Waiting for Doom Episode 57
  6. JLA: Year One #7 & #8 on The LanternCast
  7. Super Mates
  8. Comic Reflections
  9. Views from the Longbox

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

2016 CBR Poll: Who is Your Current Favorite DC Comics TV Hero?

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There's a new poll up at Comic Book Resources asking which super-heroes based on DC properties (are they technically part of the DCEU?) currently on television are folks' favorite. Martian Manhunter as played by David Harewood on CBS' Supergirl series is just cracking the top 10, a mere seven votes ahead of White Canary as I type this (though it looks like somebody screwed up the coding and had her on twice, so she'd swamp J'Onn with nearly twice as many combined votes.) The Alien Atlas has a more confident lead over not The Atom, young master Bruce Wayne, Rip Hunter, Speedy, Arsenal, Firestorm and Hawkman. I'm happy to see him in the top half of a twenty count list, but he's so modestly behind iZombie and Jim Gordon that hopscotching over them would take the sting out of rating solidly behind an Arrow supporting character (Diggle.) You guys have until Sunday to help out with that (or failing that, at least help Supergirl overcome another Arrow supporting character, Felicity Smoak.)

Secret Origins Podcast: Justice League of America

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As much as I would have liked to continue "JLA: Day One" this week, editing two hours worth of The Marvel Super Heroes Podcast Episode 054-- Captain America: Civil War (2016) ate up most of my free time, and I don't want a self-assigned "supplement" to take up oxygen when two more of the main podcast entries in the "JLMay" crossover even will be out today & tomorrow. Anyway, I've been meaning to mention my guest appearance on this prequel podcast...

Ryan Daly reviews the post-Crisis origin of the Justice League of America from Secret Origins #32, with a lot of help from Rob Kelly, Diabolu Frank, Chris Franklin, Chad Bokelman, and Keith G! Baker.
Secret Origins Podcast Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/secretoriginspodcast
Secret Origins Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/httpsecretoriginspodcastlibsyncom/secret-origins-podcast?refid=stpr
Let us know what you think! Leave a comment or send an email to: RDalyPodcast@gmail.com.
This podcast is a proud member of the FIRE AND WATER PODCAST NETWORK.
Subscribe via iTunes as part of the FIRE AND WATER PODCAST: http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-fire-and-water-podcast/id463855630
“Premonition” (Theme for Secret Origins Podcast) written and performed by Neil Daly.
Additional music: “Theme from The A-Team” by Daniel Caine Orchestra; “Come Together” by The Beatles; “Heroes” by David Bowie.
Thanks for listening!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Podcast- JLA: Day One (1961)

Episode #23



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The Manhunter from Mars offers a supplement to JLMay-- The JLA: Year One Podcast Crossover Event! In the first edition of JLA: Day One (1961) Diabolu Frank discusses one of the single most important tales of the Sleuth from Outer Space, "The Unmasking of J'Onn J'Onzz," the solo story that made it possible for the Alien Atlas to join the JLA! We also look at the first version of the team's origin from Justice League of America #9 (February, 1962) with extensive critical commentary on the early years of the team and key revisions such as 1988's Secret Origins #32!

From here follow JLMay to these fantastic podcasts! Each will cover different issues of JLA: YEAR ONE and each will come out in May! And don’t forget to use the hashtag #JLMay when discussing on social media!
  1. Aquaman and Firestorm: The Fire and Water Podcast ep. 163 (JLA: Year One #1 & #2)
  2. The Power of Fishnets
  3. Waiting for Doom
  4. LanternCast
  5. Super Mates
  6. Comic Reflections
  7. Views from the Longbox

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Secret Origins Podcast: Martian Manhunter & Friends



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Secret Origin #35: Booster Gold, Martian Manhunter, and Maxwell Lord


I'm proud to have taken part in this episode of Ryan "Count Drunkula" Daly's Secret Origins Podcast, and I frankly think I did a better service to J'Onn J'Onzz there than on any episodes of our home grown show devoted to the character. You can read a more detailed recap of Secret Origins #35 (1988) or check out the show's sample pages gallery.
The (epic? sure!) finale of the Justice League International trilogy kicks off with Ryan Daly and Andy Kapellusch reviewing the story of Booster Gold from Secret Origins #35. Then, Diabolu Frank schools Ryan on the history and legend of the Martian Manhunter. And finally, Doug Zawisza returns to help Ryan cover the origin of Maxwell Lord.
Plus, details on a new listener incentive contest. You can win a signed copy of a Secret Origins comic for FREE! Listen to the episode to find out how!
Secret Origins Podcast Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/secretoriginspodcast
Secret Origins Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/httpsecretoriginspodcastlibsyncom/secret-origins-podcast?refid=stpr
Let us know what you think! Leave a comment or send an email to: RDalyPodcast@gmail.com.

This podcast is a proud member of the FIRE AND WATER PODCAST NETWORK.

Subscribe via iTunes as part of the FIRE AND WATER PODCAST: http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-fire-and-water-podcast/id463855630
“Premonition” (Theme for Secret Origins Podcast) written and performed by Neil Daly.
Additional music: “Alien” by Bush; “Oh Yeah” by Yello; “Moneytalks” by AC/DC.
Thanks for listening!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

2016 Change.org Martian Manhunter Justice League movie petition



Our buddy Rafa Rivas of Ralph Dibny, the World-Famous Elongated Man has started a petition asking Warner Brothers to include Martian Manhunter in their upcoming Justice League movies, and asked me to help promote the effort. I'd actually see Ralph & Sue as a better fit for Zack Snyder's creative vision, which aligns more with Identity Crisis than anything in a Showcase Presents... I haven't seen Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice yet nor will I anytime in the near future. I'm perfectly happy watching J'Onn J'Onzz on CBS's Supergirl instead, but please sign on if you want the Alien Atlas to get the big screen treatment the rest of his JLA friends will soon experience...

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Podcast: 60 Years of Martian Manhunter - 1957

Episode #22



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After nearly a year, you'd be forgiven for thinking we were covering our retrospective of John Jones' publication history in real time. Blame our coverage of the current but increasingly finite ongoing Martian Manhunter maxi-series? 1957 offers a lot of repeats with slight variations on John Jones stories, but also the debuts of pretty probationary policewoman Diane Meade and TOR, Robot Criminal from Mars! Also, we look at the Sleuth from Outer Space's international publication history, which started quite early in Mexico and Australia, the latter proving the Martian Detective his first ever cover appearance (a phenomena well known to Aquaman, who turned up on lots of foreign editions in original illustrations before fronting a book in his native country.) Also, ads for our friend podcasts, Pulp 2 Pixel's Secret Sagas of the Multiverse and Count Drunkula's The Power of Fishnets. Please stick around to rank the Detective Comics stories from 1955-1957...

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Monday, March 14, 2016

2013 Vulkor, the Capsule Master Space City Con Commission by Josh C Lyman

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As I held back art commissions for the Martian Manhunter's sixtieth anniversary celebration and became increasingly less productive working on this blog, pieces like this one by Josh C Lyman have collected dust for 2½ years when they should have gotten the exposure while blogging was still a thing that was helpful to anybody. He'd previously produced a Chibi-ish Thythen for me as well, at a very agreeable price (that again, probably isn't applicable a quarter decade on, but nice of him at the time.) This is a cool piece in the artist's more realistic style, and has quietly served as Vulkor's sidbar icon for some time. I've included my totally basic coloring job below. You can read up on The Capsule Master if you're so inclined, and here are some more resources related to the artist...

Josh C Lyman

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

2014 Bel Juz Comicpalooza Commission by Paul Gulacy & Walden Wong

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...Or technically, 2015 Bel Juz Space City Comic Con Commission inked by Walden Wong after the pencils were laid down the previous year at a different convention. For the record, Paul Gulacy is one of my top five all time favorite comic book artists, and one of the rare few that can still get me to buy a book I otherwise wouldn't solely because I want to see them draw it. I do really, really miss the zip tones though, which Gulacy was more a master of than that Shang-Chi kid with the kung-fu. If I recall correctly, I attended my first comic convention in 1994, and one of the dealers was telling me he was trying to get Gulacy to come down the following year to promote a T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents revival that never happened (aside from dumping the already produced material into the last issue of Omni Comix.) Twenty years is a long wait to meet an idol, so it was nice to final close that particular life loop.

Gulacy ended up doing two pieces for me, a smaller one as part of a jam with another of my all-timers (two at one show!) and this one with my favorite Alien Atlas femme fatale, Bel Juz. Unfortunately, this one was only pencils, and I could not get the thing to reproduce when I tried to scan it (as you can see above.) I considered getting it inked, but I'd already spent a lot more money than I should have on my hobby in 2014, so it had to wait until the following year.

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Several choice inkers came to Houston in 2015, but when I've talked to embellishers in the past, they either were doing exclusively their own original art, lacked the time for a full piece, or were cost prohibitive. X-Men, Deadpool & JLA inker Walden Wong was the first instance where everything lined up just right to get a redux done, and I think he did an excellent job of retaining the Gulacy while instilling his own personality into the piece, plus it must have been a real pain to do all those crossed spirals in the shadows! Wong often inks Carlo Barbieri, who had done Martian Manhunter for the J'Onzz Family jam, and offered to erase the Gulacy nipples I specifically asked not to be inked, but I waved him off to keep them for posterity. Um, anterity? Look, I didn't order the nipples, but if Paul Gulacy wanted nipples in his pencils, I'll keep them so long as I don't have to wave them around on the internet.

Paul Gulacy Walden Wong

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Secret Origins #28 (July, 1988)

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For many years I've had a copy of Nightshade's origin set aside, waiting for me to catch up with covering the point in Justice League International where the team fought the Suicide Squad for this blog. This project did not outlive my intentions however, and if I ever cover that period, it'll probably be in podcast form. But how could I let the opportunity to post a scan of Rob Liefeld drawing the Martian Manhunter go by, even if it is more of a proto-Liefeld and I got a more classic take through a Malefic commission last year? Oh, and if you're interested in hearing this specific story discussed audibly, why not check out its spotlight episode of The Secret Origins Podcast

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Podcast: Martian Manhunter #6 (2016)

Episode #21



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Frank summarizes and critiques the sixth issue of the "DC You" Martian Manhunter series by Rob Williams and Eddy Barrows, plus we catch up on a backlog of mail.





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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Podcast: Martian Manhunter's 60th Anniversary Special Part Two (1993-2016)

Episode #20

Martian Manhunter's 60th Anniversary Special:
A Celebration of the Alien Atlas, Concluded


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New York Times Program Synopsis:
A special which pays tribute to The Manhunter from Mars, the least popular co-founder of the Justice League of America and one of the greatest hanger-on associates to pop culture heroes of all time. The special interweaves memorable moments from J'onn J'onzz's television series, cartoons and comics highlighting his super powers, secret identity, acts of heroism, and personal life. Also included are comically inept text-to-audio vignettes featuring unrecorded guest stars discussing the best super-hero ever of Middletown, U.S.A.
  • 00:01:38 Prelude: My Name is J'Onn J'Onzz
  • 00:06:50 Reevaluating the Martian Manhunter with Grant Morrison
  • 00:09:54 Justice League Task Force with Peter David
  • 00:16:41 JLA with Grant Morrison, Howard Porter & Kevin Smith
  • 00:30:20 Martian Manhunter solo series with John Ostrander
  • 00:36:28 Elseworlds with Howard Chaykin, Darwyn Cooke & Mark Waid
  • 00:47:47 Martian Marvel Media with Carlo Barberi, J. M. DeMatteis, Carl Lumbly, Phil Morris, Bruce Timm & Stan Berkowitz
  • 01:02:35 Bold New Directions with A. J. Lieberman, Paul Cornell, & Matt Kindt
  • 01:14:39 Commercial Interruption featuring rolled spine podcast & The Fire and Water Podcast Network
  • 01:18:13 The Friends & Enemies of Martian Manhunter featuring Peter David, Phil Morris, Jim Starlin, David Harewood, Geoff Johns & Mike Carlin
  • 01:55:17 Stay Tuned following messages from LanternCast, The Quarter Bin Podcast, Warlord Worlds, Pulp 2 Pixel Podcasts, Comic Reflections, King-Size Comics Giant-Size Fun
  • 02:01:10 60th Birthday Party with Rob Williams, Geoff Johns & Mike Carlin
  • 02:14:27 Supergirl with David Harewood, Chyler Leigh, Melissa Benoist, Kevin Smith & Andrew Kreisberg
  • 02:30:50 Blue Planet for a Green Man from a Red World with Mike McKone, Peter David, J. M. DeMatteis, Howard Porter, David Harewood, Andrew Kreisberg, & Lance Reddick
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

2015 J'Onzz Family Portrait Artist Jam featuring H'ronmeer by Adrian Nelson

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While the Manhunter from Mars is often treated as a derivative and minor character in the pantheon of notable comic book heroes, one aspect of his backstory is fairly unique amidst the legions of super-heroes who are orphaned or have no family to speak of. While I had a number of art jams going to showcase for the 60th anniversary of the Sleuth from Outer Space featuring fellow heroes, villains, and supporting players, the most obvious way to honor J'Onn J'Onzz was to devote the most effort and resources to a family picture. In the earliest stories about the character, his whole and living parents were introduced, with a younger (relatively) teenage brother showing up a few years after. All three turned up occasionally throughout the Silver Age in a peaceful domestic setting. Until 1969, Mars was a vibrant, healthy environment, in sharp relief to the usual trauma and loss surrounding other long underwear types. Even after the destruction of Mars, J'onn J'onzz spent nearly two decades shepherding the survivors and foregoing the adventurer's life. Just a few years after returning to the Justice League, a new retroactive history was given to the Martian that made him a widower and father to a deceased daughter. This new status quo came to define J'Onn for the rest of his career, and more than virtually any other character excepting Mr. Fantastic, J'Onn J'Onzz is the consummate "family man" of comics... even in the absence of blood relatives, through his memories and human surrogates for those he's lost.

Younger brother T'omm was introduced in 1961, and was the character who initiated the jam in pencil form. An initially unnamed spouse eventually dubbed M'yri'ah came out of the 1988 Martian Manhunter mini-series, and was the first inked & colored figure in the piece. Our hero J'Onn was third and closest to the center, tasking the artist to heavily incorporate him into the previous two drawings (note the hand on his wife's shoulder & cape flowing behind bro.) Daughter K'hym shared publication history with her mother, is the only character in the jam who was fully colored, and the artist successfully integrates her into what had appeared to be a closed loop between the initial trio. This was the core of the family to me, so there was greater flexibility with the rest of the piece.

J'Onn's parents debuted in 1956, but had to wait until 2001 to get names in one of the last issues of the only pre-New 52 Martian Manhunter ongoing series. I wanted a large, strong figure to anchor the far right side of the piece, which the artist of father M'yrnn excellently provided. Unfortunately, I couldn't fit the entire 11" x 17" image space onto a Xerox, so I had to cut two copies together, and the far side of that figure took a quality hit in the scan above. I cleaned it up as best as I could. To my knowledge, J'Onn's grandmother wasn't referenced before 1986, and not since, so her artist did a great job mingling a minor character into the increasingly busy and cramped piece. With mother Sha'sheen, I preferred the Silver Age model of the character to the modern version that was basically just J'Onn in drag. I like that the parents are facing each other while appearing to be looking over their family. Finally, part of what made me so happy about how M'yri'ah was rendered is that she appeared to be looking at the upper left portion of the page, where her assailant Ma'alefa'ak was added, stealing her full attention away from her husband and this monster's twin brother (though a familal resemblance isn't a given among shapeshifters with polar opposite moral alignments.)

The J'Onzzes Besides blood relatives, I also wanted to add a religious aspect to the family portrait through the most famous Martian deity and the one with the greatest impact, H'ronmeer. This deity became associated by name with the plague that retroactively wiped out the Martian race from 1988 until relatively recently, though generally being treated as benevolent overall. I thought this being might show up around Malefic or J'Onn's grandmother, since they had closest ties. I also thought a painter might contrast well against the firmer lines of the other figures, but that angle didn't pan out. Instead, I went with Adrian Nelson, who I knew I could rely on to deliver quality work after his previous efforts on Bloodwynd, Malefic, and a third piece I haven't posted yet. He added graytones to fill in background areas and specifically to flesh out Sha'sheen so that she'd feel more of a piece with the rest of the figures. More importantly, his ominous and intricately crosshatched H'ronmeer(s) not only tie the entire jam together, but also allude to the duality of perception about the character (creative & destructive fire from the heart of the Red Planet.) Nelson did a fantastic job making this work feel complete!

The only member of the family I intentionally left out was J'ahrl J'onzz, an ancient ancestor who was never rendered in a definitive way who only played into one issue of one minor year 2000 story arc. The Justice League cartoon added a second child of J'Onn & M'yri'ah in the early 2000s, who was only just confirmed as another daughter named "Tanya" (spelling per closed captioning) this year on a recent episode of Supergirl, and for the first time his children's names were pronounced as "Kim" and "Tahn-yah." Unfortunately, in an exceptionally tone deaf move a few months prior in the comics, J'Onn J'Onzz's entire family and Martian life was retconned away as he was presented as a created weapon employed by White Martians with false memories. I find that angle hateful, but am confident it will ultimately be ignored, since J'Onn's family has already appeared in two cartoon series, two direct to video original animated movies, and now have been repeatedly referenced in a live action network television show (and rendered in CGI!)


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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Podcast: Martian Manhunter #5 & All-Star Section Eight #3 (2015)

Episode #19



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Frank summarizes and critiques two comedic comics: the fifth issue of the New 52/DC You Martian Manhunter series by Rob Williams and Eddy Barrows, plus the Alien Atlas' cover-spotlighted appearance in All-Star Section Eight by Garth Ennis & John McCrea!





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