Tuesday, September 25, 2012

2012 “JLA by George Perez” Martian Manhunter Commission

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Via artist's Facebook page
"Another commission piece. I don't get many requests for J'onn J'onzz, the Martian Manhunter, but I've always thought he was a cool-looking character. This marker sketch harkens back to his first appearance way back in the 1950s.."

Aric Shapiro is a comic art collector with the good taste to pursue a series of Justice League of America member spotlight commissions in their full Satellite Era glory by George Pérez. An online acolyte of Pérez, Mitch Ballard, then colored some of the pieces with Shapiro's consent.
"The JLA continues with the backbone of the team and the most underrated of the JLA characters, the Martian Manhunter. Georgge really brough Jonn to life!!"
Pérez's uncolored original can be viewed here. For years, Pérez was "the" guy to draw pretty much anyone perfectly, until he got bitten by the photo-referencing bug. Shapiro's gallery is very Satellite Era leaning, so there's a cognitive dissonance to Pérez's Bronze Age party from the neck down, random lantern jawed businessman in the front where Superman's face should be. Martian Manhunter very much stands apart from the other standard bearers of the era in their period costumes, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Pérez has always done an exceptional J'Onn J'Onzz, but he really goes whole hog on the beetle brow, making the Alien Atlas an intimidating presence while retaining glorious fan minutia like the belt buckle and folded collar. I love this return to the strange experiment of Professor Erdel!

2012 “JLA by George Perez” Commissions

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