The Idol-Head of Diabolu Podcast #5

Making Sense of the Martian Manhunter


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This episode, Frank responds to an article on Comics Alliance by Chris Sims where the columnist devotes more time to thinking about the pros and cons of the Manhunter from Mars than most folks would ever spare. Sims felt the Alien Atlas compared unfavorably and unavoidably to Superman and Batman in the Justice League, and that he works best filling their vacuum in instances where the World’s Finest duo are unavailable. Frank mostly agrees, but explains that there are a lot more venues available for that service within the DC Universe than might have been previously considered, including adopting orphaned concepts from prior periods of those heroes’ library. Remember kids, just because you only know a character from team books doesn’t mean that’s all there is to know…

We enjoy dialogue on the red planet, so here are our non-telepathic contact options:

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One thought on “The Idol-Head of Diabolu Podcast #5

  1. Great ‘cast once again. I especially appreciated your insights on Superman and would heartily endorse your vision for J’Onn. And while I hate to be that guy, one thing you didn’t touch on (and I imagine neither did Chris, I just haven’t had time to read his article yet) is the character’s look. He LOOKS like a character that should be in a team book. Quirky and interesting, but not iconic in the same way as other DC headliners. And I don’t think there’s anything you can do with the costume to fix that, it’s just that the public will never see a little (well, big) green man, especially one with inhuman features (if he were the Handsome Jolly Green Giant, maybe) as relatable as the rest of the Justice League’s solo stars. Maybe I’m wrong about that. I don’t know. But somehow I think J’Onn’s look has always kept him from being a crossover hit with readers. Nice contrast to the other heroes, but that’s as far as his superficial appeal goes. I’ll add a big “?” to all that, and let you respond.

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