Monday, June 18, 2018

Manic Monday--Life On Mars!!

He's only been on Earth for a year (in our time), and J'onn J'onzz hasn't given up on contacting home. So he makes one more try with his super-advanced communication device:


And on any planet, mothers are still mothers...

Yes, early in his history, we didn't have the rule that heroes' lives must be filled with tragedy. Sure, J'onn was exiled on Earth. But he wasn't the sole survivor of his species, he didn't lose his wife and children (because he didn't have either!), his parents were alive and was only later retcons that added the tons of angst to J'onn's backstory.

Because being a shape-shifting Martian detective with amazing powers was good enough back in the day, and having a hero who was happy wasn't a bad thing...

From Detective Comics #236 (1956)

1 comment:

George Chambers said...

Awww, I really like J'onn's parents. It's too bad that J'onn became part of the JLA (and the DC universe generally) instead of continuing to exist in happy (but lonely) isolation; but once he met up with Superman and Green Lantern, either of which could have easily helped him return to Mars, the writing was on the wall for him, poor guy.