Friday, September 16, 2011
Idle-Head of Diabolu, Vol. IV: Martian Detectionary
No later than the second year of this blog, I started work on an "encyclopedia" page for all the major subjects covered here. It was so long ago, I was still using auto-HTML "strong"s to boldface and each entry redirected instead of popping up. These are things I hate. I mocked up art that was so hideous, even by my forgiving standards, that I think I actually eradicated all traces from existence. I tried to find the dang thing on two different computers, but nothing doing. Anyway, I'm finally at a point where I have the time and reference to try again and put together something that, while still clearly imperfect, is so vastly superior to my first try that it traveled back in time and eradicated all trace of the original from my computer. So that's what happened!
Below are newly drafted entries that will go into the reformatted master page, which I'll unveil sooner or later. As a whole, it'll be pretty overwhelming in scale, so I figured even a Vile Menagerie heavy taste would be easier on the textual stomach...
The Arkymandryte was an early enemy of Mongul.
Bak'sar, Tybalt: see "Tybalt Bak'sar"
B'rett is a yellow-skinned Martian convict who escaped captivity to Earth before being recaptured by Martian Manhunter. He was responsible for altering J'Onn J'Onzz's powers and revealing his existence on Earth.
Blanx, Commander: see "Commander Blanx"
Cay'an is a Natural Martian who holds J'Onn J'Onzz responsible for H'ronmeer's Plague due to his unwillingness to kill his brother Ma'alefa'ak before his initiating the genocide. She developed an intricate plan for revenge involving brainwashed White Martians and the Department of Homeland Security that ultimately failed.
Certa, Joe: see "Joe Certa"
Commander Blanx was the Pale Martian leader who saw to J'Onn J'Onzz's exile from Martian society for thirteen years, as well as an assassination attempt on Earth. During this time, Blanx sold the planet Mars to aliens under the condition that he would exterminate all other life on the planet. Blanx rendered Mars uninhabitable, the only survivors fleeing on a spaceship to find a new world. Blanx was apparently killed by the Martian Manhunter for his crimes.
Cott, N'or: see "N'or Cott"
The Crystal Key was entrusted in J'onn J'onzz by the Largas to prevent it from making the Warworld operational.
The Cube-Trap was a devious device employed by Mongul throughout the Bronze Age.
Despero's jetboat was used on the planet Sirkus.
Despero's Super-Ship was used to slaughter an ersatz Justice League on the planet Sirkus.
Diabolu was an ancient Babylonia wizard who so loathed mankind that he created an Idol-Head full of monstrous evils to be unleashed at his pleasure. Diabolu died, but centuries later his Idol-Head was activated, wrecking havoc at monthly intervals.
Doctor Samedi is a villainous voodoun active in Central America who ran afoul of the Martian Manhunter and the heroine Fire.
Doomsday is an alien creature who through experimentation became an extremely proficient berserk killing machine. He has a special enmity toward Kryptonians, drawing him repeatedly into conflict with Superman and his friend J'Onn J'Onzz.
The Mars-Earth Comet passes each planet once a year over a two hour period.
Eda, Re's: see "Re's Eda"
Faceless: see "Mister V"
The Falcon, A.K.A. "The Human Falcon," is an elaborate thief with a fixation on birds who was captured after a heist in Middletown by J'Onn J'Onzz.
Ferdinand, Rio: see "Rio Ferdinand"
Haven: The Broken City is a prison colony which political dissidents managed to convert into a spacecraft that crash landed near Coast City, California. The survivors within sought asylum, and interacted with many Earth heroes before the city's flight capabilities were restored and they departed.
The Headman: see "The Headmaster"
The Headmaster is a mad scientist who implanted his brain into a cyborg body. Believing Earth to be doomed, Headmaster began harvesting other human minds to outlive the planet in his spaceship, which was destroyed by J'Onn J'Onzz.
Jasonar is the Kalanorian scientist who fled to Earth with his daughter Saranna to enlist the aid of the Justice League of America in overthrowing Despero.
Joe Certa was the co-creator of the Manhunter from Mars and the artist on the strip from 1955-1968.
The Largas were a peaceful race who discovered the abandoned Warworld and entrusted its key to J'onn J'onzz for the safety of the universe.
Mr. Moth is a bug-themed thief who was netted by the Manhunter from Mars.
Mister V, A.K.A. "Faceless," was the mastermind behind the international crime organization Vulture. J'onn J'onzz assumed the new identity of Marco Xavier to bring down the operation. The masked manipulator's identity was repeatedly "revealed" as one proxy after another until he was presumably uncovered and killed in an explosion.
Moth, Mister: see "Mr. Moth"
N'or Cott was the Commander of the Martian Army on Mars II who became embroiled in a plot to frame J'onn J'onzz for murder and treason. He revealed his part in the scheme before dying from exposure to the poisonous atmosphere of Baltaz.
Professor Ivo is a scientist obsessed with immortality whose mind and body have been twisted by its pursuit.
Re's Eda is the former best friend of J'onn J'onzz, whom he betrayed as part of a scheme to take over leadership of his people on Mars II. As part of Re's Eda's warmongering, he nearly lead his army into a city with a lethal atmosphere before being stopped and exposed by a team of super-heroes.
Rio Ferdinand performed black ops for the Department of Homeland Security until being sold out by her supervisor, Keane. Turnabout being fair play, she turned over incriminating evidence on Keane, including his involvement in torturous experiments on captured Martians uncovered by J'Onn J'Onzz.
The Robo-Chargers were weapons of the Thythen powered by the minds of Martian slaves.
Samedi, Dr.: see "Doctor Samedi"
Saranna is the daughter of Jasonar who fled with him to Earth to seek aid against the tyrant who had conquered their world, Kalanor.
The Scepter of State is a sacred staff bestowed upon the leader of Mars II.
The Spacefort was the colony created from salvaged technology to house the survivors on Mars II.
Telok'Telar is a White Martian who was captured by Cay'an, brainwashed into believing that he was a green-skinned Natural Martian, and sold to a government research lab. His normal form eventually reasserted itself, but not his mind, and he was institutionalized by J'Onn J'Onzz.
TOR was a nigh indestructible robot built on Mars who was accidentally programmed for crime. TOR was eventually tricked into boarding a rocket ship bound for a planet whose atmosphere could destroy TOR. The robot briefly managed to project its mind into an Earthling host body, but eroded to nothing before he could kill the Manhunter from Mars.
Tybalt Bak'sar is a genocidal alien outfitted by the Weaponers of Qward who swore to kill his enemies J'Onn J'Onzz and Green Lantern Abin Sur.
V, Mr.: see "Mister V"
Warworld was in the Bronze Age a mobile Death Star which J'onn J'onzz fought to keep out of the hands of Mongul, no thanks to Superman.
The Warzoon were the warrior race who created Warworld, only to be killed by it one by one.
Züm was a White Martian who pretended to be a humanoid with super-speed while attempting to conquer Earth with the Hyperclan.