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ComicsTheory is participating in the ‘My Favorite Martian’ Blog Hop (hosted by http://www.thegeektwins.com, http://justadashofgeek.com, http://lkhill.blogspot.com and www.comicbookandmoviereviews.com), and as is customary, I will be spotlighting my personal favorite alien- J’onn J’onzz, the Martian Manhunter!
The Martian Manhunter first burst onto the scene in 1955 as the lovechild of Joseph Samachson and Joe Certa. The very last living martian, J.onn was accidentally transported to Earth by Dr. Erdel. While on Earth he became a renowned super hero, and eventually became a cornerstone of the Justice League. Since the New 52, J’onn has become a bit more aggressive, working in the shadows with Stormwatch until defecting to the Justice League of America.
The key to J’onn’s appeal is something Superman never truly seemed to capitalize on- being the last of his kind, on an alien planet where he is looked up to as a god, J’onn feels a profound sense of isolation. Quiet and meditative, the Manhunter is a true outsider. He can never truly replace what he has lost, which keeps him at a distance from even those closest to him. Almost every person feels truly alone at least once in their life, and for many that feeling never truly disappears, especially in the most contemplative of us. Martian Manhunter may be one of the most powerful and unique heroes in all of print, but despite the surface level differences, he relates to readers on a deep, psychological level. While that may not always lead to direct sales success in a visual-primary medium, it has kept the character relevant and iconic since his inception over a half-century ago. For many, J’onn J’onzz is considered the heart of DC, and there is perhaps no greater legacy he could possibly leave behind.
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