Posts tagged Martian Manhunter
It’s been a busy few days with a lot to report about recent web activity relating to this site. But before we get into that, a little good news for the family with the birth of my daughter’s first baby boy on Tuesday morning. Congratulations to Moshe and Oshrat Hefetz for making us twice the grandparents. Things will be a little busy on all fronts for the next couple of weeks as the young couple will be staying by us and adding to an already rigorous home environment. We wouldn’t have it any other way, actually.
Onto the web-neighborhood news:
- Chuck Wells is the long time blogger/proprietor of Comic Book Catacombs. In a recent post, he described his general misfortune with buying original art and how fate smiled upon him by his winning the Kobra drawing produced for the Jack Kirby Collector during the Inkwell Awards Benefit Auction at the recent Heroes Convention in Charlotte, NC. As a result, Chuck has posted a gracious biographical profile at his blog, mostly derived from my Wikipedia biography, with a few new, nice, personal and subtle nuances. Cheers, Mr. Wells.
- Jim Shelley is one of the participants in Flashback Universe, a delightful blog bridging the Golden and Digital Ages. In a recent post, Today Mars, Tomorrow the Universe! he collects the Martian Manhunter series I drew in 1976 and bridges it to the Campaign to Save J’onn J’onzz from January 2008: “The art in this run was primarily by Mike Netzer (as Mike Nasser) (remember that guy? He often got tagged as a Neal Adams clone, but he was really too good for such a lazy tag as that.) Netzer must have really gotten attached to the Martian Manhunter, because years later, when there were rumors that MM would be killed as the kickoff event of Final Crisis, Netzer posted a very sincere plea to DC to spare the Green Gumshoe.” Much gratitude for the kind sentiment, Mr. Shelley.
- Philippe Theophanidis maintains an “iconographic and text archive related to communication, technology and art“, Aphelis. Not at all related to comics, though the passing of Jeffrey Catherine Jones has apparently fallen under his radar. In a thoughtful presentation of one of the artist’s paintings, Phillipe links to a few obits/tributes, including our own contribution: “Fellow artist Michael Netzer generously shares his memories and thoughts on his website. It certainly is one of the most warm and interesting tributes available online for the moment: “Woman In The Man. The Many Gifts of Jeffrey Catherine Jones”, May 20, 2011.” Thank you for sharing a thought-provoking image and presentation, Mr. Theophanidis.
- Armageddon Diplomacy has received a little coverage, starting with web pioneer and good friend Rik Offenberger at First Comics News. Next up was Rick Veitch and Steve Conley‘s ground breaking Comicon.com: The Pulse, which has been covering a good part of the activity here recently. Many thanks good sirs.
- The most controversial reportage on Armageddon Diplomacy comes from none other than the comics news and rumor wizard, journalist Rich Johnston, who carried an item about it at Bleeding Cool. Very few writers can use a term like “Cheeky Fucker” as endearingly as Rich does. Cheers, Mr. Johnston. The item became one of the more viewed stories on the site for that day. The fallout of reader reactions on the article’s forum discussion was expected, but it’s not easy to keep up with it considering the Grand-Central-Station-atmosphere in the house right now. The growing 5 page discussion there is shaping up nicely and it’s a good read for more insight into the 2 page piece, and the effect it has. I think there might be a surprise coming up on this story, so stay tuned.
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:
c/o Florida Hospital Oceanside,
264 S. Atlantic Ave.
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:
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.
To inquire about art commissions, go here.
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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.