Posts tagged Frank Lee Delano
The special affinity I’ve cultivated with The Idol-Head of Diabolu Martian Manhunter blog appears to have become reciprocal, to the degree that I’ve become perhaps the creator most related to, or identified with, this wonderful ongoing chronicle of the life and times of J’onn J’onzz. And it seems to become more so when the rotating banner and design of the site lands on the one I was inspired to produce for it couple of years ago, as is the case now.
As I’ve become so busy drawing actual comic books again, rather than just talking about them, and have far less time to post than I’d like to, I haven’t been able to respond to a series of posts there relating to my work. But this is a good time to point to a couple of items that carry an added biographical value. Presently at the top of the site is Frank-Lee Delano’s short biographical profile of myself that sums up my comics career and some extra-curricular activities quite nicely, Creators of Mars: Michael Nasser/Netzer. Some time ago he also ran a summation and links to the Whizzard fanzine interview I gave back the days before leaving the U.S. for Israel. 1980 Whizzard Fanzine Cover Art by Michael Nasser and Terry Austin. This interview was not the most cohesive I’ve given and it came at a volatile time when I was wrestling with some rather big ideas and attempting to articulate them for the first time, while running against the wind of the workplace I conducted the interview from, which was Continuity Studios of 1980. So, it is interesting, in hindsight, that Whizzard decided to run it at all, and even gave it a rather complimentary introduction. I’ve been wondering when someone in comics will notice this interview or comment on it because it does stand out in its ambition, at least, if not in the actual clarity with which it’s expressed. A couple of additional posts, here and here, feature some convention sketches I’ve done with the Martian over the years.
I know that all this isn’t enough to make Idol-Head a favorite Martian Manhunter blog. It only adds a touch of appreciation to all of the other marvelous content there. Frank-Lee Delano doesn’t miss a beat and is dedicated to this site as if it was was a primary bread and butter enterprise. So do visit and have an updated look of what’s new with the resurrected Martian. The darkest days appear to be behind the DC Universe of late, and old favorites are shining in brightest day again, as is the Idol-Head of Diabolu. Seems like a good sign for aficionados of illuminated environs.
Dick Giordano has been hospitalized with acute chronic Lukemia. Daniel Best reposted a compilation of colleagues’ thoughts from Dick’s Hall of fame page at the Inkwell Awards. Cards and letters can be sent to:
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Tom Hartley’s nice introduction to the mock-up 2010 Martian Manhunter DC Archives at Idol-Head of Diabolu includes an excerpt telling why I revived J’onn J’onzz big brow after it disappeared for several decades. Frank Lee Delano relates the entire story in a follow-up post.
Some rough layouts for commissions in the works:
Nice suggested addition to DC Comics Archive Volumes at Idol-Head of Diabolu. Frank Lee Delano’s accomplice in chronicling the life/death/resurrection and times of J’onn J’onzz, Tom Hartley, has produced another mock-up cover of a Martian Manhunter Archive Edition.
The proposed volume includes my 3-issue back-up miniseries in Adventure Comics from 1976, and uses one of the splash page figures of Martian Manhunter for the cover. Tom is a fine designer and this is another example of his graceful aesthetic sense coming to grips with the abundance of materials he has to work with. It just seems so right, as if we can expect the volume to be out in the next batch of DC solicitations.
Frank and Tom continue doing profound justice to this fan-favorite character. If I were a DC publisher, I’d be on the lookout for this type of insight and talent. One can only come away humbled by the creativity and professionalism ebbing from comics fandom on the web these days.
J’onn J’onzz the Manhunter from Mars is a character I’m identified with from a short 3-issue miniseries in Adventure comics, 1976-77. Two years ago, fandom rallied around a campaign to persuade DC Comics not to kill him in Final Crisis. The best place to read about my involvement with the character is at Frank Lee Delano’s Idol-Head of Diabolu blog.
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Happy New Year!
A New Year greeting I produced for JMB Factor, international patent consulting firm.
Mighty nice words from Frank Lee Delano
Mike Nasser is probably the second most important artist to draw J’onn J’onzz after his co-creator, Joe Certa. It was Nasser who restored the beetle-brow from the character’s earliest appearances, revived his belt symbol, designed his 1970s logo and offered a dynamic new art style that exposed the character’s potential for greatness to then-modern readers. Sadly, Nasser’s run was much too brief, and saw him illustrate only a couple of new villains, N’or Cott and R’es Eda. In recent years though Nasser, now known as Michael Netzer, has done real solid by Martian Manhunter fandom. He drew the beloved Idol-Head of Diabolu banner in 2007, then followed that up with a campaign to save Martian Manhunter from Final Crisis with his Take Me… but don’t kill J’Onn campaign in 2008. This was supported by pin-ups pairing Manhunter with the Atom (Ryan Choi), Aquaman and the Atom (Ray Palmer).
Happy New Year Frank, and all the gang whom we’ll hope to connect with soon!
Frank Lee Delano, keeper of The Idol-Head of Diabolu blog, chronicling the affairs of J’onn J’onzz the Martian Manhunter, has been running a month long article and image fest on the villain Despero. Frank was a big inspiration last year when we ran the campaign to save J’onn J’onzz from the death-grip of DC editorial plans. He’s also run a hefty amount of reviews of my Manhunter series from 1976, along with other mentions.
So, a moment before the end of the year, while still in December, here’s a quick Despero sketch for the Idol-Head, and a Happy New Year shoutout to Frank, and all the friends in his healthy and happy circle of bloggers.