Friday, August 12, 2016

Podcast- JLI Podcast – Justice League Annual #1 (1987)

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Our first “Meanwhile” episode, covering items outside of the monthly series! The Irredeemable Shag welcomes guest host Diabolu Frank to discuss Justice League Annual #1 (1987)! This issue Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis and Bill Willingham put Martian Manhunter through the ringer telling a moody and horror-driven tale!

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Martian Manhunter in Justice League Action Sizzle Reel

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Voice casting has not been announced, but the look of the character hews to the short-lived Brightest Day design (sprinkled with gray alien) instead of the José Ladrönn look used on Young Justice, Supergirl, and the pre-Flashpoint quasi-Timmverse JLA DTV movies. Great to see Vixen in there! In tone and aesthetic, this series best recalls Batman: The Brave and The Bold, which I'd be on board for. I might even watch it as it comes out, which I haven't tried since the first season of the Cartoon Network Justice League.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Podcast- John Ostrander & Mark Verheiden at Comicpalooza 2016

Episode #27

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Straight out of Comicpalooza - Texas' Largest Comic & Pop Culture Event comes new interviews with screenwriter/producer Mark Verheiden discussing his work on J'Onn J'Onzz and Zook in Secret Origins and Superman/Batman, then writer John Ostrander covering his three year run on the 1998 Martian Manhunter ongoing series.


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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Podcast- JLA: Day Zero (1994)

Episode #26



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The Manhunter from Mars offers a final supplemental postscript to JLMay-- The JLA: Year One Podcast Crossover Event! Think of it as JuneLA, or maybe a JLMepilogue. In the third edition of JLA: Day One, Diabolu Frank discusses the controversial Zero Hour retcon of Triumph as a founding member of the Justice League, alongside the Post-Crisis Five and Superman, in Justice League America #92 (September, 1994)! Just keep telling yourself it never happened, because it never did, right from the beginning! In fact, that was kind of the whole point! Bookending that topic are excerpts from Chase #6 (July, 1998) and Martian Manhunter #17 (April, 2000) covering the retroactive continuity predecessors to the JLA, the Justice Experience and their mysterious member Bronze Wraith...

From here follow JLMay to these fantastic podcasts! Each will cover different issues of JLA: YEAR ONE and each will come out in May! And don’t forget to use the hashtag #JLMay when discussing on social media!
  1. Justice League of America #9 (February, 1962)
    -1. Justice League of America #144 (July, 1977)
    0. Justice League America #92 (September, 1994)
  2. Secret Origins Podcast #32 (1988)
  3. JLA: Year One #1 & #2 on Aquaman and Firestorm: The Fire and Water Podcast ep. 163
  4. JLA: Year One #3 & #4 on The Power of Fishnets 6
  5. JLA: Year One #5 & #6 on Waiting for Doom Episode 57
  6. JLA: Year One #7 & #8 on The LanternCast
  7. JLA: Year One #9 on Super Mates 54
  8. JLA: Year One #10 on The Idol-Head of Diabolu 25
  9. JLA: Year One #11 on Comic Reflections
    b)onus JLMay background episode!
  10. JLA: Year One #12 on Views from the Longbox Episode 238

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Podcast- JLMay (1998)

Episode #25



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JLMay-- The JLA: Year One Podcast Crossover Event finally reaches our humble blog full force! Since everyone else partnered up to cover their chapters of the maxi-series, Diabolu Frank opted to call in his super buddies at Rolled Spine Podcasts for a sort of hybrid show! Illegal Machine and Pekita Trotamundos lend their voices to a radio play abridged adaptation of the tenth issue, while their fellow Mister Fixit sticks around afterward to talk for a bit about the Justice League of America!

From here follow JLMay to these fantastic podcasts! Each will cover different issues of JLA: YEAR ONE and each will come out in May! And don’t forget to use the hashtag #JLMay when discussing on social media!
  1. Justice League of America #9 (February, 1962)
    -1. Justice League of America #144 (July, 1977)
    0. Justice League America #92 (September, 1994)
  2. Secret Origins Podcast #32 (1988)
  3. JLA: Year One #1 & #2 on Aquaman and Firestorm: The Fire and Water Podcast ep. 163
  4. JLA: Year One #3 & #4 on The Power of Fishnets 6
  5. JLA: Year One #5 & #6 on Waiting for Doom Episode 57
  6. JLA: Year One #7 & #8 on The LanternCast
  7. JLA: Year One #9 on Super Mates 54
  8. JLA: Year One #10 on The Idol-Head of Diabolu 25
  9. JLA: Year One #11 on Comic Reflections
    b)onus JLMay background episode!
  10. JLA: Year One #12 on Views from the Longbox Episode 238

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Podcast- JLA: Day Minus-One (1977)

Episode #24



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The Manhunter from Mars offers a supplement to JLMay-- The JLA: Year One Podcast Crossover Event! In the second edition of JLA: Day One Diabolu Frank discusses his (and apparently Comics Should Be Good's Brian Cronin's) favorite origin story for the team from Justice League of America #144 (July, 1977)! Another very important tale of the Sleuth from Outer Space, "The Origin of the Justice League - Minus One!" offers a prequel to the better known Silver Age story that firmly grounds the team (but especially J'onn J'onzz) in the paranoid 1950s McCarthy era America! This setting and the influence of the Steve Englehart/Dick Dillon story have permeated the Alien Atlas' modern interpretation, arguably having more impact on how the character is perceived by fans today than any comic that preceded it!

From here follow JLMay to these fantastic podcasts! Each will cover different issues of JLA: YEAR ONE and each will come out in May! And don’t forget to use the hashtag #JLMay when discussing on social media!
  1. Justice League of America #9 (February, 1962)
    -1. Justice League of America #144 (July, 1977)
    0. Justice League America #92 (September, 1994)
  2. Secret Origins Podcast #32 (1988)
  3. JLA: Year One #1 & #2 on Aquaman and Firestorm: The Fire and Water Podcast ep. 163
  4. JLA: Year One #3 & #4 on The Power of Fishnets 6
  5. JLA: Year One #5 & #6 on Waiting for Doom Episode 57
  6. JLA: Year One #7 & #8 on The LanternCast
  7. JLA: Year One #9 on Super Mates 54
  8. JLA: Year One #10 on The Idol-Head of Diabolu 25
  9. JLA: Year One #11 on Comic Reflections
    b)onus JLMay background episode!
  10. JLA: Year One #12 on Views from the Longbox Episode 238

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

2016 CBR Poll: Who is Your Current Favorite DC Comics TV Hero?

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There's a new poll up at Comic Book Resources asking which super-heroes based on DC properties (are they technically part of the DCEU?) currently on television are folks' favorite. Martian Manhunter as played by David Harewood on CBS' Supergirl series is just cracking the top 10, a mere seven votes ahead of White Canary as I type this (though it looks like somebody screwed up the coding and had her on twice, so she'd swamp J'Onn with nearly twice as many combined votes.) The Alien Atlas has a more confident lead over not The Atom, young master Bruce Wayne, Rip Hunter, Speedy, Arsenal, Firestorm and Hawkman. I'm happy to see him in the top half of a twenty count list, but he's so modestly behind iZombie and Jim Gordon that hopscotching over them would take the sting out of rating solidly behind an Arrow supporting character (Diggle.) You guys have until Sunday to help out with that (or failing that, at least help Supergirl overcome another Arrow supporting character, Felicity Smoak.)

Secret Origins Podcast: Justice League of America

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As much as I would have liked to continue "JLA: Day One" this week, editing two hours worth of The Marvel Super Heroes Podcast Episode 054-- Captain America: Civil War (2016) ate up most of my free time, and I don't want a self-assigned "supplement" to take up oxygen when two more of the main podcast entries in the "JLMay" crossover even will be out today & tomorrow. Anyway, I've been meaning to mention my guest appearance on this prequel podcast...

Ryan Daly reviews the post-Crisis origin of the Justice League of America from Secret Origins #32, with a lot of help from Rob Kelly, Diabolu Frank, Chris Franklin, Chad Bokelman, and Keith G! Baker.
Secret Origins Podcast Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/secretoriginspodcast
Secret Origins Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/httpsecretoriginspodcastlibsyncom/secret-origins-podcast?refid=stpr
Let us know what you think! Leave a comment or send an email to: RDalyPodcast@gmail.com.
This podcast is a proud member of the FIRE AND WATER PODCAST NETWORK.
Subscribe via iTunes as part of the FIRE AND WATER PODCAST: http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-fire-and-water-podcast/id463855630
“Premonition” (Theme for Secret Origins Podcast) written and performed by Neil Daly.
Additional music: “Theme from The A-Team” by Daniel Caine Orchestra; “Come Together” by The Beatles; “Heroes” by David Bowie.
Thanks for listening!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Podcast- JLA: Day One (1961)

Episode #23



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The Manhunter from Mars offers a supplement to JLMay-- The JLA: Year One Podcast Crossover Event! In the first edition of JLA: Day One (1961) Diabolu Frank discusses one of the single most important tales of the Sleuth from Outer Space, "The Unmasking of J'Onn J'Onzz," the solo story that made it possible for the Alien Atlas to join the JLA! We also look at the first version of the team's origin from Justice League of America #9 (February, 1962) with extensive critical commentary on the early years of the team and key revisions such as 1988's Secret Origins #32!

From here follow JLMay to these fantastic podcasts! Each will cover different issues of JLA: YEAR ONE and each will come out in May! And don’t forget to use the hashtag #JLMay when discussing on social media!
  1. Justice League of America #9 (February, 1962)
    -1. Justice League of America #144 (July, 1977)
    0. Justice League America #92 (September, 1994)
  2. Secret Origins Podcast #32 (1988)
  3. JLA: Year One #1 & #2 on Aquaman and Firestorm: The Fire and Water Podcast ep. 163
  4. JLA: Year One #3 & #4 on The Power of Fishnets 6
  5. JLA: Year One #5 & #6 on Waiting for Doom Episode 57
  6. JLA: Year One #7 & #8 on The LanternCast
  7. JLA: Year One #9 on Super Mates 54
  8. JLA: Year One #10 on The Idol-Head of Diabolu 25
  9. JLA: Year One #11 on Comic Reflections
    b)onus JLMay background episode!
  10. JLA: Year One #12 on Views from the Longbox Episode 238

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Secret Origins Podcast: Martian Manhunter & Friends



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Secret Origin #35: Booster Gold, Martian Manhunter, and Maxwell Lord


I'm proud to have taken part in this episode of Ryan "Count Drunkula" Daly's Secret Origins Podcast, and I frankly think I did a better service to J'Onn J'Onzz there than on any episodes of our home grown show devoted to the character. You can read a more detailed recap of Secret Origins #35 (1988) or check out the show's sample pages gallery.
The (epic? sure!) finale of the Justice League International trilogy kicks off with Ryan Daly and Andy Kapellusch reviewing the story of Booster Gold from Secret Origins #35. Then, Diabolu Frank schools Ryan on the history and legend of the Martian Manhunter. And finally, Doug Zawisza returns to help Ryan cover the origin of Maxwell Lord.
Plus, details on a new listener incentive contest. You can win a signed copy of a Secret Origins comic for FREE! Listen to the episode to find out how!
Secret Origins Podcast Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/secretoriginspodcast
Secret Origins Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/httpsecretoriginspodcastlibsyncom/secret-origins-podcast?refid=stpr
Let us know what you think! Leave a comment or send an email to: RDalyPodcast@gmail.com.

This podcast is a proud member of the FIRE AND WATER PODCAST NETWORK.

Subscribe via iTunes as part of the FIRE AND WATER PODCAST: http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-fire-and-water-podcast/id463855630
“Premonition” (Theme for Secret Origins Podcast) written and performed by Neil Daly.
Additional music: “Alien” by Bush; “Oh Yeah” by Yello; “Moneytalks” by AC/DC.
Thanks for listening!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

2016 Change.org Martian Manhunter Justice League movie petition



Our buddy Rafa Rivas of Ralph Dibny, the World-Famous Elongated Man has started a petition asking Warner Brothers to include Martian Manhunter in their upcoming Justice League movies, and asked me to help promote the effort. I'd actually see Ralph & Sue as a better fit for Zack Snyder's creative vision, which aligns more with Identity Crisis than anything in a Showcase Presents... I haven't seen Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice yet nor will I anytime in the near future. I'm perfectly happy watching J'Onn J'Onzz on CBS's Supergirl instead, but please sign on if you want the Alien Atlas to get the big screen treatment the rest of his JLA friends will soon experience...

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Podcast: 60 Years of Martian Manhunter - 1957

Episode #22



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After nearly a year, you'd be forgiven for thinking we were covering our retrospective of John Jones' publication history in real time. Blame our coverage of the current but increasingly finite ongoing Martian Manhunter maxi-series? 1957 offers a lot of repeats with slight variations on John Jones stories, but also the debuts of pretty probationary policewoman Diane Meade and TOR, Robot Criminal from Mars! Also, we look at the Sleuth from Outer Space's international publication history, which started quite early in Mexico and Australia, the latter proving the Martian Detective his first ever cover appearance (a phenomena well known to Aquaman, who turned up on lots of foreign editions in original illustrations before fronting a book in his native country.) Also, ads for our friend podcasts, Pulp 2 Pixel's Secret Sagas of the Multiverse and Count Drunkula's The Power of Fishnets. Please stick around to rank the Detective Comics stories from 1955-1957...

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Monday, March 14, 2016

2013 Vulkor, the Capsule Master Space City Con Commission by Josh C Lyman

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As I held back art commissions for the Martian Manhunter's sixtieth anniversary celebration and became increasingly less productive working on this blog, pieces like this one by Josh C Lyman have collected dust for 2½ years when they should have gotten the exposure while blogging was still a thing that was helpful to anybody. He'd previously produced a Chibi-ish Thythen for me as well, at a very agreeable price (that again, probably isn't applicable a quarter decade on, but nice of him at the time.) This is a cool piece in the artist's more realistic style, and has quietly served as Vulkor's sidbar icon for some time. I've included my totally basic coloring job below. You can read up on The Capsule Master if you're so inclined, and here are some more resources related to the artist...

Josh C Lyman

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

2014 Bel Juz Comicpalooza Commission by Paul Gulacy & Walden Wong

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...Or technically, 2015 Bel Juz Space City Comic Con Commission inked by Walden Wong after the pencils were laid down the previous year at a different convention. For the record, Paul Gulacy is one of my top five all time favorite comic book artists, and one of the rare few that can still get me to buy a book I otherwise wouldn't solely because I want to see them draw it. I do really, really miss the zip tones though, which Gulacy was more a master of than that Shang-Chi kid with the kung-fu. If I recall correctly, I attended my first comic convention in 1994, and one of the dealers was telling me he was trying to get Gulacy to come down the following year to promote a T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents revival that never happened (aside from dumping the already produced material into the last issue of Omni Comix.) Twenty years is a long wait to meet an idol, so it was nice to final close that particular life loop.

Gulacy ended up doing two pieces for me, a smaller one as part of a jam with another of my all-timers (two at one show!) and this one with my favorite Alien Atlas femme fatale, Bel Juz. Unfortunately, this one was only pencils, and I could not get the thing to reproduce when I tried to scan it (as you can see above.) I considered getting it inked, but I'd already spent a lot more money than I should have on my hobby in 2014, so it had to wait until the following year.

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Several choice inkers came to Houston in 2015, but when I've talked to embellishers in the past, they either were doing exclusively their own original art, lacked the time for a full piece, or were cost prohibitive. X-Men, Deadpool & JLA inker Walden Wong was the first instance where everything lined up just right to get a redux done, and I think he did an excellent job of retaining the Gulacy while instilling his own personality into the piece, plus it must have been a real pain to do all those crossed spirals in the shadows! Wong often inks Carlo Barbieri, who had done Martian Manhunter for the J'Onzz Family jam, and offered to erase the Gulacy nipples I specifically asked not to be inked, but I waved him off to keep them for posterity. Um, anterity? Look, I didn't order the nipples, but if Paul Gulacy wanted nipples in his pencils, I'll keep them so long as I don't have to wave them around on the internet.

Paul Gulacy Walden Wong

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Secret Origins #28 (July, 1988)

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For many years I've had a copy of Nightshade's origin set aside, waiting for me to catch up with covering the point in Justice League International where the team fought the Suicide Squad for this blog. This project did not outlive my intentions however, and if I ever cover that period, it'll probably be in podcast form. But how could I let the opportunity to post a scan of Rob Liefeld drawing the Martian Manhunter go by, even if it is more of a proto-Liefeld and I got a more classic take through a Malefic commission last year? Oh, and if you're interested in hearing this specific story discussed audibly, why not check out its spotlight episode of The Secret Origins Podcast