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I've been studying all weekend, and will be continuing into the holiday. However, I took a break to dip into one of my bookmarked "to review" webpages related to the Martian Manhunter that have sat for years without appraisal. What I thought would be a half hour's diversion has extended to closer to three times that, is yet unfinished, and I'd rather not "waste" it on a day with fewer than average comments.
Instead, I tried to think of a piece of art to represent Labor Day, and the above piece came to mind. I am among the majority who greatly disliked Mark Badger's work on the 1988 Martian Manhunter mini-series, and in fact partially blame him for stalling J'Onn's progress as a solo character at the last point he could capitalize on his potential before the heat of the 1997 JLA relaunch. However, Badger's lasting influence on the character is undeniable. Had he done up the mini-series like this vastly more aesthetically pleasing period watercolor painting, I might be praising him instead of grudgingly acknowledging. His structural lines and details are actually far more slight and abstract than in the comic, but the colors are far more evocative of the emotional depths of DeMatteis' script that the ugly, flat coloring with which Badger afflicted the pages that saw print. The look is very hip of its time, but I like it a lot, and it's about time I got around to giving it a day on this blog.