Monday, October 21, 2013

1959 Martian Weapons

Commander Blanx detected a teleportational probe-ray coming from Earth near J'Onn J'Onzz's place of exile over a span of several days. Blanx set up a "trial offering," a space capsule filled with a cache of Martian weapons, to test their journey. The capsule arrived safely on Earth and was recovered from an empty lot by the notorious ex-convict Buggsy Roach and his gang. The hoodlums then used the "super-powerful Martian weapons" to commit crimes in Middletown, U.S.A.

The weapon dubbed by Earthlings as a "Super-Magnet" was of similar size and shape to a tuba, which was used to target and draw out bags of money from an armored car.

Another fantastic weapon fired "paralyzing rays" that halted armed guards for an unspecified period of time.

A "ray gun" rifle emitted a "super-heat wave" capable of melting terrestrial bullets fired in mid-air.

Finally, the Super-Radarscope could detect approaching Martians, even when they were invisible. In fact, J'onn J'onzz confessed vulnerability to all of these weapons from his home world. They are believed to have been destroyed in an explosion, per Detective John Jones' official police report.

First Appearance: Detective Comics #264 (February, 1959)

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