Perhaps I should explain that title.
Scipio was the former co-owner of Big Monkey Comics in Washington D.C. and an outstanding blogger at The Absorbascon. He was clearly well educated, and gave delightfully thorough if sometimes plainly askew "literary analysis" of comic books, particularly those featuring the Martian Manhunter. He also, sadly, often drove me up a wall.
The story of Apex City is probably the best example. Scipio was a fan of HeroClix, and after reading Showcase Presents Martian Manhunter Volume One, wondered aloud as to where the hero's base of operations was. For years, J'onn J'onzz had patrolled an unnamed city, before transferring to a secret mountain headquarters. Scipio put together the frequent appearance of the word "Apex" in DBAs within the city, along with various incidents that would indicate specific regions where they could take place within the United States, and came up with Apex City, Florida.
Now, Scipio had asked me about any possible alternate names to have seen print before announcing his creation of Apex City, but my Silver Age reading to that point was focused on Manhunter's (cheap to acquire) House of Mystery appearances, by which point he had given up the John Jones identity and gone mobile (eventually on an international scale.) However, I added the caveat "Where's my old Silver Age MM guru, "Commander Steel" these days? He was my touchstone when it came to this sort of thing in my DC Message Board days..."
I checked on the notes I'd kept from the late '90s drafted by U.S. Navy Commander Adam "Steel" Benson, and sure enough, he consistently referred to Jones' beat as "Middletown." He elaborated, "You see, the reason I know it was Middletown is because I recall a DC letter column from the late '60's in which a reader asked what city had been the Manhunter's home base. I don't even remember which title carried that particular letter col, but I distinctly remember the editor's answer: Middletown. (That editor's response also placed Middletown in one of the mid-Atlantic states.)" However, neither one of us have ever been able to verify this.
Now, Scipio debuted his Apex City on Friday, March 28, 2008, and I made mention of my discoveries no later than Wednesday, April 2, 2008, when I posted a link to the Apex City HeroClix Map, but Scipio continued to dismiss it as confusion related to the Post-1988 home of John Jones, Middleton, CO. Shortly thereafter, I finally bought Detective Comics#322, which featured the name of town prominently and repeatedly. I informed Scipio of my finding, apologetically, via his blog's comments section. I figured Middletown could just be nicknamed "the Apex City," like my own Houston is known as "the Bayou City," or "H-Town" in rap circles. I also got into a side discussion on the same thread, until I noticed my posts being deleted without comment by Scipio. Whenever I brought up the subject, Scipio refused to discuss it.
It wasn't until Scipio bought Showcase Presents Martian Manhunter Volume Two himself that he addressed the issue...
Well. I guess we'll see. One thing, I'll say; you do NOT go to "Middleton".
I reject the false doctrine of the Middletonites, and I hew to the Apex Creed:
I believe in one city, Apex City, home of the Martian Manhunter, and at all times, whether he's visible or invisible.
And in one J'onn J'onnz, the only-remaining son Mars, created in the Silver Age before all heroes; J'onn of J'onnz, lighted by firelight, very Silver of the Silver Age; written, not edited, being of one substance with the Schwartz, by whom all comics were made.
I've read both Volumes of Martian Manhunter Showcases, and there is only ONE mentioned of the putative "Middleton" as the home of the Martian Manhunter.
...Anyway, it's Arnold Hugo who identifies MM's town as "Middleton", and it's never mentioned again. A hapax legomenon uttered by a notorious lunatic, liar, and loser is nothing to base continuity on! I think Arnold's just raving. Or perhaps Middleton is a suburb or or neighborhood within Apex City.
Regardless... it's still clear we're in Apex City
Once again, I tried to address the matter in tongue-in-cheek fashion, pointing out that the name "Middletown" (not the Post-Crisis "Middleton") had actually been referenced four times in the story, including by the omniscient narrator. I also noted that July 1977's Justice League of America #144 not only referenced Middletown by name, but tied it directly into February 1959's Detective Comics #264, firmly establishing the city's name. Further, the modern era assignment of Middleton, CO was obviously chosen to reflect these Silver and Bronze Age stories. Once again, Scipio ignored me, but at least my post stayed up.
Now, my point here isn't to kick a blogger while he's out of the game. It just drives me nuts that Scipio decided he could overrule multiple canonical sources and, with no authority of his own, knowingly disseminate false information. I've seen the term "Apex City" pop up a number of times on the internet because of this, and I now associate the term with willful ignorance or the deliberate pursuit of a personal agenda without regard for facts. Coupled with his routine spotlighting of only the most embarrassing Martian Manhunter moments, his reveling in the most ridiculous gallery rogues, and recommending an almost entirely new and previously unrelated supporting cast, I have to wonder if Scipio was more interested in J'onn J'onzz as a device rather than a character. Yeah, I now that makes me seem pretty humorless, but did I mention those deleted posts? Who does that over a Fictionopolis?
So, to me, Apex City is sort of like the evil parallel universe version of Middletown. It's the place where every writer to handle the Martian Manhunter ignores everything the writer before them set up. It's the place where Martian Manhunter gets an ongoing series for three years, and never fights a single villain that wasn't either newly created for the series or borrowed from books never previously associated with J'Onn J'Onzz. Apex City is the place where writers just make up powers to fit a situation, or have J'Onn use his powers in an abhorrent fashion with repercussion. Apex City is the place where creators figure they can do any arbitrary thing they want to with the Manhunter from Mars, because fifty years of stories by hundreds of creators aren't worth bothering to consider. Essentially, with my story synopsizes and Vile Menagerie and other attempts to educate the public about where J'Onn J'Onzz has been and what toys lie untouched by successive creators, Apex City is the antithesis of the Idol-Head of Diabolu blog, and that's why I expect I'll always have a knee jerk reaction to it.