Note: All-Ages All-Stars is a new regular feature here at Project: Rooftop. Take your favorite superheroes from their usual settings and reimagine them in an all-ages, kid-friendly format, and what do you get? A cuddly Man-Bat? A snuggly-wuggly Punisher? Or how about this excellent take on The Martian Manhunter by the eminently talented Jon McNally! Check it out! If you’d like to submit an All-Ages All-Stars redesign, check our Guidelines for submissions info. – Jon Morris
Jon had this to say about his take on the Martian Manhunter:
I first saw the Martian Manhunter on the pages of Justice League of America 229-230 (which I picked up on a walk to 7-11 with my grandma). In the story, a Martian armada invaded our planet and J’onn J’onzz betrayed his race to defend the Earth. Space operatics ensued—the JLA satellite was destroyed, and the Manhunter duked it out with a Martian champion. Since then, I’ve read lots of stories featuring the Martian Manhunter, but that one remains one of my favorites.
The image above is my attempt to depict a Martian Manhunter who’s ready for the kind of rollicking space action I just described, as well as some serious police work.
Oh, I gave him a shape-changing Martian dog, too. Why?
Wonder Woman has her sisterhood on Themiscyra. The Flash has his fellow speedsters. Superman and Batman have their respective families. By contrast, poor J’onn J’onzz hasn’t much in the way of connections, aside from bands of bloodthirsty White Martians that appear every now and then. By gum, if Superman and Batman can have pets, then Martian Manhunter can have a dog!
Deep in the recesses of the abandoned Martian fortress Z’onn Z’orr, J’onn discovers a frost chamber holding a tolakk—one of the telepathic, shape-changing hounds of Mars! As you might imagine, the two are ecstatic to find one other. J’onn and his new pal return to Apex City and embark on a career of case cracking and criminal cuffing!
Tremble, evildoers! The Martian Manhunter and his faithful companion, Red Rover, are hot on your trail!