Saturday, April 19, 2008

1999 Secret Origins featuring JLA tp cover by John Cassaday

I tried to find the release year for this collection of stories from various Secret Files & Origins editions, but it seems to be out of print and under-represented online. I'd assume it was between 1999-2002, as the scan I resized here was once in use at the old "Rock of the JLA" site. For those curious, reprints included the JLA by Morrison and Porter; Batman by Grayson & Johnson; Wonder Woman by Sandsmark & Giordano; Flash by Waid, Augustyn & Martinez; Green Lantern by Marz & Moder; Aquaman by Larsen & Miller; and Superman by Jurgens and Ordway. There's a Mark Millar credit in there too, so hopefully that swell "Day in the Life" story he did with Don Hillsman with J'Onn J'Onzz also made the cut. Then again, what's one more slight against the Manhunter from Mars, right?

Anyhow, to the best of my knowledge, this is the only time fellow Texan Cassaday has drawn the actual Manhunter (though work with Warren Ellis assures analogues will enter, stage left.) Curiously, his take seems to take cues from Tim Sale, who I'm not confident has ever drawn the Alien Atlas. Let's see *one Google image search later-- nope! Moving on, the image is unusually cartoonish and rather sinister, but seeing as Superman looks like he belongs in the cabinet of Dr. Caligari, I'd say J'Onn made out fairly well...

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