Monday, April 26, 2010
Not-So-Secret Origins of the JLA Week- Martian Manhunter
This week, I'm going to further highlight the original Justice League of America- One member at a time.
Since the JLA debuted already formed in Brave and the Bold #28, I have decided to spotlight them each in the order they (or their Silver Age origins) debuted in the comics.
We start with Martian Manhunter or, as he was originally known, John Jones, Manhunter from Mars. Mr. Jones debuted as a new back-up feature to Batman in Detective Comics #225, November, 1955. As you can see from the story you are about to read, the emphasis of the comic was on the detective angle of the character. John wouldn't be written as a more conventional Superhero for a few years.
Enjoy "The Strange Experiment of Dr. Erdel" . Script by John Samachson, art by Joe Certa.
I don't know a lot about 1955, but I still find it unlikely that you could walk in off the street and become a police detective. I doubt it was like walking into a diner holding up their "Help Wanted" sign.