[PW] Martian Manhunter

d-lien University of Minnesota d-lien at umn.edu
Wed Jun 17 12:25:27 PDT 2015

The picture of J'onn on that Wikipedia page is a more "modern"
rendition, and as you say doesn't look much like the J'onn of 1955 and
of the 1960s (iin his own strip or in JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA), when
he was a much greener green and generally blockier (for lack of a
better word).

I don't recall if he ever got a DETECTIVE STORIES cover, but he
appears in his original style on JLA covers such as




perhaps his most famous single story:


Does he ring any more of a bell there?

On the "mother throwing out comics" trope, at least you have some one
to blame.  My folks never threw away my comics (though they may have
been tempted), but around 1960 or 1961 a fast-talking guy convinced
fifteen-year-old me to sell him almost all of
virtually-complete-Silver Age  DC comics collection for a tiny
fraction of what, even then, it was worth.  (I had decided I had moved
beyond comics yadda yadda yadda).  And then in early 1962 I randomly
discovered Marvel Comics, and was hooked all over again.  I bought
almost all of them (and occasional duplicates for investment purposes)
up until the early 1980s, along with a few DC titles, and in 1988 sold
them for the financing to buy our house (and a year or two later the
bottom largely dropped out of the market, I believe).  So, no parent
throwing away comics, but me selling them myself -- no one else to
blame.  (The first time foolishly to my later regret; the second time
wisely -- in retrospect -- to only occasional twinges of regret.)

Dennis Lien / d-lien at umn.edu

On Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 1:28 PM, Ivan Van Laningham <ivanlan9 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi All--
> I'm old enough not to be embarassed about this request. ;-)  I buy a few
> comics from Comixology; naturally they send me ads.  Today, I got one for
> the newest incarnation of Martian Manhunter.
> I hadn't seen any ads for it before.  I saw the title and thought, "That
> seems familiar."  I read the summary, saw that his name is "J'onn J'onzz,"
> and thought, "That seems REALLY familiar."
> I checked the Wiki entry, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martian_Manhunter,
> and learned that the first incarnation of the comics debuted in 1955, at
> which time I would have been 8.  And buying comic books heavily.  (When
> regular comics were a dime, and extra giant ones 25 cents.)  When I was
> nine, my mother decided they were corrupting my young brain and threw them
> all away.  Hundreds of them.  No, I'm not bitter--but I digress.
> The trouble is that none of the pictures from the Silver Age comics I have
> seen look the slightest bit familiar.  But I am 100% certain that I
> encountered both names, Martian Manhunter and J'onn J'onzz, in my childhood.
> My question is this:  did these comics have some root in early Science
> Fiction?  By age 8, I was already a voracious reader of the stuff (and
> remained so for the next quarter-century).  The whole Martian Manhunter
> shtick strikes me as straight out of 20s and 30s SF.  But of course, memory
> is notoriously unreliable. ...
> Dennis?  Anyone?  Can you shed some light?
> Metta,
> Ivan
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