[PW] Martian Manhunter

Ivan Van Laningham ivanlan9 at gmail.com
Wed Jun 17 13:11:47 PDT 2015

Hi All, Dennis--
No, sorry, still no visual bells.  But one thing I neglected to mention was
that when mom threw away my comics, I was forbidden to buy any more.  So I
was left with only memories, and I didn't get back into comics until within
the last ten years--largely through my involvement with manga, anime, Buffy
and Angel etc, and of course the ongoing publication of the Complete Carl
Barks.  That means that I would have seen nothing from 1956 onward.

My wife had an experience similar to yours.  When she was a teenager, she
collected postcards, ornate ones from before the Golden age of PC
publishing.  When she decided she didn't want to collect them anymore, she
took the whole batch--several hundred--to an antique dealer, who said, "How
much do you want?"  Audrey, having been given most of them, had no idea
that they were worth several hundred dollars, said, "Um, $10?"  His eyes
lit up and he handed her a $10 bill fast enough that she realized she'd
been taken.

We didn't buy our house until 1993.  I've always had the sneaking suspicion
that the issues mom threw out would have made a significant dent in the
purchase price.  Your house experience convinces me that I was right.

Sounds like there are no SF antecedants for JJ the Martian Manhunter.  I
must have liked the 55-56 appearances so much I retconned them into SF's
Golden Age. ;-)


On Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 1:25 PM, d-lien University of Minnesota <
d-lien at umn.edu> wrote:

> 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
> http://www.comics.org/issue/15487/cover/4/
> http://www.comics.org/issue/15861/#126404
> http://www.comics.org/issue/15992/#127108
> perhaps his most famous single story:
> http://www.comicvine.com/justice-league-of-america-71-and-so-my-world-ends/4000-10184/
> 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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Ivan Van Laningham
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Army Signal Corps:  Cu Chi, Class of '70
Author:  Teach Yourself Python in 24 Hours

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