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It kills me when I see old DC Comics '60s-80s memorabilia without the Martian Manhunter present, which is pretty near all of it. J'Onn J'Onzz got a little play thanks to the Super Powers Collection in the 1980s, and some random action in the '60s, but he really didn't get represented until the late '90s. I don't know about you, but nostalgia for Slobodan Milošević, Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On," and Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace just hasn't quite kicked in yet. I do appreciate that art created for 70s/80s style guides has slowly started popping up on "weathered" pseudo-vintage t-shirts, but that's as fabricated as The Blair Witch Project.
Flash forward to the present, and SuperHeroHype has scans from the June 2010 Global License! Magazine featuring an ad soliciting licensors for DC Comics properties. Obviously, between current sales and a 2011 projected summer blockbuster movie, Green Lantern took the fore. More curiously, Superman and Batman played second fiddle. Downright queer is the prominence of Zatanna in the third roll, flanked by... the Manhunter from Mars?!?! What hath JLA, Justice League Unlimited and Smallville wrought? Growing up, Martian Manhunter was on the bottom tier of market recognized super-heroes, below Super Chief, Samurai and Black Vulcan, while just a smidgen above Golden Pharaoh and Cyclotron. Today, he's largely obscuring Wonder Woman!
Name brands Flash and the impressively current Aquaman are also quite visible, but things take a turn for the strange when Blue Devil and random villains start popping up. Still, it's a very attractive image, vaguely recalling numerous artists. J'Onn looks like Mike McKone's most recent style guide turnaround, but for all I know this was all one artist, referencing as needed.
My, the times they have a changed. That said, can we please get Nickelback off the radio already?