[PW] Martian Manhunter

Jill Weber jilldweber at gmail.com
Thu Jun 18 00:30:58 PDT 2015

I remember J'onn J'onzz AKA John Jones from my younger days. As I recall,
he was green. I seem to recall him having four arms, but I could be mixing
him up with the bad guy Martians from the John Carter series. As far as I
can recall, J'onn was created for comic books and wasn't connected to pulp

And why would anybody be embarrassed about reading comic books?


On Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 8:28 PM, Ivan Van Laningham <ivanlan9 at gmail.com>

> 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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