|Martian Manhunter, The|
|Alter Ego: J'Onn J'Onzz,
Occupation: Adventurer, Private Investigator
|Group Affiliation: Justice League of
Base of Operations: Brooklyn, New York
Appearance: DETECTIVE COMICS #225
|Weight: 250 lbs.|
Many years ago there was a vicious plague that killed off an entire race of beings that inhabited the planet mars. only
a single Martian survived the ravages of the sickness
This last Martian was pulled out of time
and space and transported to Earth as part of an experiment conducted by Dr. Saul Erdel of Middleton, Colorado. once the creature
arrived in his laboratory, Erdel nursed the Martian back to health and offered to send him back home; but the Martian, half
insane due to the lingering effects of exposure to the plague, destroyed Erdel's teleportation machine before the doctor could
calm him down.
After subduing the alien, Erdel decided the only way that he could cure the Martian
of the psychic trauma inflicted upon him by the plague was to alter the alien's memories and replace them with a more comfortable
past. A fan of old science fiction novels, Erdel crafted an elaborate melodramatic tale concerning an epic struggle for control
over Mars and a mysterious Blue Flame, and then planted the entire fiction into the Martian's head as historical fact, obliterating
all traces of the plague and the death of the Martian race. Erdel even gave the Martian a name: J'Onn J'Onzz.
After he recovered, J'Onn J'Onzz adapted to his new Earthbound existence and began secretly operating as a superhero under
the name Martian Manhunter. For a while, the Martian Manhunter even used his disguise powers to take on a secret "human" identity,
that of John Jones, police detective. When the Appellaxians invaded the Earth shortly thereafter, the Martian Manhunter was
on hand to help stave off and co-found the JUSTICE LEAGUE of AMERICA.
|| The Martian Manhunter remained with the JUSTICE
LEAGUE even after the League was reorganized by AQUAMAN. J'Onzz himself then disbanded the JUSTICE LEAGUE during DARKSEID's
campaign to rob the earth of it "legends," after watching PROFESSOR IVO murder the fledgling Leaguers one-by-one.
Shortly thereafter, the Martian Manhunter became a founding member of the League's next incarnation, JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL,
a group which he oversees as leader.
J'Onn recently learned his true origins when he discovered
Dr. Erdel, whom he had believed was dead, was actually still alive. He is now busy trying to reconcile his Martian origins
with his new life on Earth.
J'Onn is a quiet, competent hero who has proven himself a more than
capable leader. Over the years, his personality has gradually shifted ad developed. In his earliest adventures with the League,
J'Onn was an exotic alien visitor, unfamiliar with Earth's laws and customs. As he became more accustomed to his surroundings
and grew closer to his fellow JUSTICE LEAGUERS, J'Onn became the group stoic and straightman. Now, with his wisdom and experience,
J'Onn has grown into a sort of father figure for the younger, undisciplined heroes that make up JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL.
Ever since he began hanging around with the JLI, the Manhunter has started to indulge his sharp
wit, allowing himself the luxury of an occasional subtle joke and revealing a whole new facet of his personality. his fellow
members sometimes find it difficult to tell when he is joking and when he is being serious.
All Martians possess several powers, including superior strength and reflexes. They can also alter their shapes and impersonate
others and turn invisible for short periods of time. None of their other powers function when using their invisibility. J'Onn
has restricted telepathic abilities, usually limited to mind-reading, although telekinesis allows him to fly.
There remain a number of Martian senses that have not been fully explored, such as his Martian vision.
J'Onn is a superior tactician and leader as well as an excellent hand-to-hand combatant.
one known weakness is fire, which will sap his strength and eventually kill him.