MARTIAN MANHUNTER ARCHIVES VOL. 6
Written by Denny O'Neil, Bob Haney, Steve Englehart, Gerry Conway, Len Wein and Jim Starlin; Art by Dick Dillin, Michael Netzer, Curt Swan, Jim Starlin, George Tuska, Alan Kupperberg and others; Cover by Michael Netzer and Terry Austin
Back by popular demand, MARTIAN MANHUNTER ARCHIVES VOL. 6 continues the exciting evolution of J'onn J'onzz as he leads the last survivors of Mars to a new home world. Utilizing powerfully graphic storytelling, these tales from the Bronze Age combine gripping adventures with thrilling team-ups. This intense hardcover includes the horrifying destruction of the planet Mars, the debut of Manhunter's nemesis Commander Blanx, entanglements with the femme fatale Bel Juz, the ominous return of Despero, the introduction of Mongul, a murder mystery with guest stars galore, and the thrilling arrival of the Alien Atlas to Earth, just ahead of a Martian invasion. Appearances by Superman, Batman, Hawkman, the Justice League of America, and many more! Reprints JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #71, 144, 177, 178 and 228-230; WORLD's FINEST COMICS #212 and 245; ADVENTURE COMICS #449-451; and DC COMICS PRESENTS #27
It's been nearly six months since Tom Hartley began sending me scans of his copies of the Manhunter from Mars Archive Editions from an alternate dimension where the character rates a series of lovingly remastered hardcover reprints. Not content with giving the correct DC Comics cover font and layout a twirl, Tom filled in all the bonus content upon each edition's hypothetical pages. While the plan was originally to stop with the Silver Age material also covered in the el cheapo black & white Showcase Presents trade paperbacks, we couldn't let these novel 1970s tales go unrepresented. Tom even decided to go the extra mile by taking high resolution color scans from the original comics, "bleaching" them, and recoloring from scratch. Here's Tom on that process:
I have to carefully remove the coloring without removing any of the line art, then recolor it, so that it's nice and sharp looking, just like the colored black & white Showcase scans from the other mock-ups. The bigger the image, the easier it will be for me to play with it... All those skinny little lines... damn you, Terry Austin...
I'm not doing bios for this volume, not with nearly three dozen writers, pencillers, inkers and cover artists.
For my part, I figured now would be a good time to return to the first volume and edit-in the bogus "solicitation copy" I tacked onto Tom's covers for the rest of the volumes. This edition's text was lifted from LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES ARCHIVES VOL. 11, plus an Earth symbol for the ISBN to go with the Mars one from last time.