Saturday, October 24, 2009
2009 Martian Manhunter Archives Vol. 2 Create-Your-Own Back Cover by Tom Hartley
When Tom Hartley made up a back cover for his take on a fictional The Martian Manhunter Archives Volume 1, there was a little debate over how to fill the four cover spots typically showcased there. Only as I type this does it occur to me I could have helped by at least checking on the backs of the actual published Aquaman, Black Canary, Robin, or Supergirl volumes, assuming Tom hadn't already. You see, like those other heroes, Martian Manhunter rarely (or in his case, never) appeared on the cover of the book whose issues were being reprinted in a given volume. 1960s British Batman Annual Covers at least made mention (or offered a small image) related to the John Jones Manhunter from Mars feature, but looking from the outside, there's no indication such a thing existed in the U.S. Detective Comics. I don't know if they used interior splash pages in those volumes or allowed the likes of Batwoman and Bat-Mite to usurp the hero a volume is meant to concentrate on.
It's pretty darned cool, and browser willing, do check it out.