May present a choking hazard

May present a choking hazard

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Michael Netzer Atom and The Martian Manhunter sketch

This beautiful, gorgeous beast was born out of Martian madness, which is currently delved into a post below in my own nonsensical ramblings.

To date I've never had a Ryan Choi sketch done. Generally when I'm talking to someone, "Ray Palmer" will involuntarily blurt out. It's particularly ineffective when speaking to someone with no knowledge of comics, and not named Ray Palmer.

And that's where Mike Netzer, with myself just showing a little support, gave birth to this!

I seriously considered just putting the thing up and leaving it at that. Doesn't really even need to be talked about. It's just awesome.

As Frank Lee Delano and I have talked about, The Atom and J'Onn J'Onzz haven't really hung out together. They haven't even really talked to each other, despite being in the same friggin league.
There's one point in POTA where J'Onn tries to talk Ray into re-joining the league, but it's possible that's not even Ray. And J'Onn may have been on something.

So to see something like this, is really nice. Perhaps it's a glimpse into a very near future where Ryan Choi and the Manhunter team-up to bust somebody up!
Of course, where does that put Ray? I don't even want to think about it. I'm no better than Jean...

ANYWAY! I could see this as a great pillow case. Perhaps one wall, just this. Or maybe just a nice frame, as it hears the call of the Atom shrine...

Gorgeous, fantastic drawing Michael. Thanks so much!


rob! said...


Anonymous said...

Man, that brow could put an eye out! Ha, cool sketch though, and it seems to me that Ray and J'Onn would be natural partners, right? I mean, Ray's a scientist, and J'Onn has often been shown to have a scientific sort of outlook.

Diabolu Frank said...

It really depends. Pre-Crisis and under Morrison, J'Onn just had scientific leanings, though in his earliest story it was listed as his actual job. That was played down pretty much as soon as he assumed the John Jones role, though, and seemingly forgotten throughout the 60's & 70's. Under DeMatteis and most everyone until Morrison, and even Millar after, the mystic spiritualist angle was much stronger (excepting Priest, I suppose.)

Anyway, I think I've said all I had to say about the piece elsewhere. It's friggin' beautiful, and I'd be very envious if I hadn't swiped my own copy. Ahh... digital media... covet satisfaction guaranteed...