SuperFriends Comic Book Character
Martian Manhunter
Martian Manhunter 3 (Limited Collector's Edition)
Real name: J'onn J'onzz
AKA: John Jones
Species: Green Martian
Homeworld: Mars
Universe: Earth-1A
Hair: none
Eyes: red
Base: JLA Watchtower
Affiliations: Justice League
Voiced/Played:  ???[1]

Justice League of America Team Member

J'onn J'onzz is a green-skinned extraterrestrial humanoid from the planet Mars, who worked as a detective in Apex City under the persona of "John Jones". He is a charter member of the Justice League of America.

Background Information

In the parallel universe, known as Earth-One, the year is 1955 and Dr. Erdel is working on a communication device, with the hope of making contact with extraterrestrial life. Upon its first use, he realizes that he had inadvertently created a teleportation beam. Amazingly, this device pulls J'onn J'onzz to Earth in his martian form. The shock of the encounter kills Dr. Erdel and leaves J'onn with no method of returning home.[2]

While on Earth, J'onn J'onzz decides use his powers to fit in, adopting a human-like appearance and calling himself "John Jones". He joins the police force, and becomes a detective in Apex City. In this role he is secretly able to use his alien powers to help the inhabitants of his new planet. All the while, he hopes that Martian technology will advance to a stage that will enable his rescue.

In late 1956, J'onn J'onzz is able to briefly make contact with his home planet Mars and his parents.[3]

J'onn eventually reveals his existence to the world, by openly fighting crime in a green-skinned form.[4]

By 1964 (late 1968 in the Earth-1A universe), he wanted to become a 'full-time' member of the newly formed Justice League. In order to do this, he knew that he had to free himself up from his secret persona, detective John Jones. So he allows his secret persona to be killed in action by the Idol Head of Diabolu, an artifact which generates supernatural monsters.[5] For the next few years he will be in battle against the Idol Head.[6] Shortly after its defeat he takes the persona of Marco Xavier in order to infiltrate the international crime cartel known as VULTURE.[7]

Manhunter and Snapper

The Manhunter and Snapper Carr as wax figures in the Hall of Justice.

SuperFriends Comic Book Contiunuity

Sometime prior to 1976, "J'onn J'onzz, Manhunter from Mars, left (Earth) when Mars became desolate and his people went to search for a new world."[8]

Powers and Abilities

Martian Manhunter

Manhunter from
Battle At The Earth's Core.

Martian Manhunter 4 (Limited Collector's Edition)
Martian Manhunter 5 (Limited Collector's Edition)

More Coming Soon!


  • Psychic Pyrophobia: An unusual and unexplained fear of fire.


Earth-One Appearance:

  • Justice League of America, Vol. 1 #61 (March 1968)[13]

Earth-1A Appearance:

Justice League Team Members

Members of the Justice League of America

Aquaman (founding JLA member) • Flash (founding JLA member) • Green Lantern (founding JLA member)
Martian Manhunter (founding JLA member) • Wonder Woman (founding JLA member)

Comic Book JLA Team Members:
Black CanaryElongated ManRed TornadoZatanna Zatara
Phantom Stranger (part-time Leaguer) • Sargon, The Sorcerer (honorary Leaguer)

Other Known Justice Leaguers:
The HuntressBlack OrchidCaptain MarvelSupergirlGreen FuryPlastic ManAtomGreen Arrow

SuperFriends Founding Members:
SupermanBatmanWonder WomanAquaman
HawkmanSamuraiGreen LanternFlashBlack Vulcan

Other Known SuperFriends Members:
HawkgirlApache ChiefEl DoradoRima

Junior SuperFriends:
Marvin WhiteWendy Harris

GleekWonder Dog


  • J'onn J'onzz first appears in Detective Comics, Vol. 1 #225 (November, 1955).[14]
  • He was created by writer Joseph Samachson and artist Joe Certa.

Appearances in Other Media

The Martian Manhunter Smallville John Jones John Jones is a super-powered alien from the planet Mars, who is working as a homicide detective for the Metropolis Police Department. Before that, he worked as an intergalatic bounty hunter known as Martian Manhunter for Jor-El of Krypton, trapping and imprisoning criminals from the 28 known galaxies. When Jor-El died, John Jones had promised to watch over his son Kal-El in order to make sure that he fulfilled his destiny; apparently, he has been watching Clark from a distance since Jonathan and Martha found him.

He is also apparently the last surviving member of an alien civilization that once existed on Mars.

John Jones made the ultimate sacrifice in the fall of 2008 saving Kal-El's life again by flying him into the sun and giving up his own powers to restore Kal-El's and now works as a homicide detective for the Metropolis Police Department due to his powers being taken away by fire radiation.

John's powers were recently returned to him by Doctor Fate who transported him to Mars, sacrificing his own life in the process at the hand of the villainous Icicle.

This version of the Martian Manhunter is based on the Smallville TV series (2001-??) as seen on the CW.
- Go to the Smallville Wiki for more on the John Jones
6) J’onn J’onzz, aka The Martian Manhunter4 Martian Manhunter Before the invasion of Mars by the Imperium, J'onn lived a normal life with his wife, My'ria'h, and his two children. After that invasion, J'onn took part in the war, and was a member of the strike team that launched his people's final, desperate offensive. J'onn succeeded in releasing the nerve gas that placed the invaders in suspended animation. As the last surviving member of the strike team, and of the entire Martian race, J'onn then sealed the invaders' underground headquarters to keep them paralyzed, and stood guard over it for 500 years.

J'onn J'onzz' natural Martian form

While J'onn was in a hibernation cycle, astronauts from Earth, including J. Allen Carter, accidentally revived the invaders. He managed to escape Mars and came to Earth to warn humanity of the Imperium. Once on Earth, he was captured by Imperium forces posing as members of the U.S. military.

After the Imperium began their invasion of Earth, J'onn reached out telepathically to several heroes on Earth: Superman, John Stewart, Hawkgirl, Wonder Woman and Flash.

Superman and Batman, having already encountered the Invaders, freed J'onn, and were joined by the other heroes he had contacted. Banding together, the newly-formed team managed to destroy the Imperium. Mindful of future threats, Superman proposed the formation of the Justice League. J'onn was initially hesitant, but Superman assured him that he didn't have to be alone anymore.

This version of Martian Manhunter is based on the Justice League animated series produced for the Cartoon Network from 2001-2004.
- For more on Martian Manhunter see article at 'DCAU'
Justice League New Frontier - Martian Manhunter Martian Manhunter Martian Manhunter appears in the animated adaptation of a Darwyn Cooke graphic novel entitled Justice League: The New Frontier. He is voiced by Miguel Ferrer. The film (set from 1953-1960) begins the end of the Korean War, with United States Air Force pilot Hal Jordan.

Justice League: The New Frontier is a direct-to-video animated film adaptation of the DC Comics limited series DC: The New Frontier. The film was written by Justice League writer Stan Berkowitz, with Darwyn Cooke, the writer and artist of The New Frontier, serving as story and visual consultant. The video has received a rating of PG-13 for violent content/images and was released on February 26, 2008.


  1. Someone provided his voice in the Super Powers cartoons, but I don't yet know who.
  2. As revealed in Detective Comics, Vol. 1 #225 (November, 1955), which can be found at the DC Database.
  3. As revealed in Detective Comics, Vol. 1 #236 (October 1956), which can be found at the DC Database.
  4. As revealed in Detective Comics, Vol. 1 #273 (November, 1959), which can be found at the DC Database.
  5. As revealed in Detective Comics, Vol. 1 #326 (April 1964), which can be found at the DC Database.
  6. As revealed in House of Mystery, Vol. 1 #143 (June 1964) to #158 (April 1966), which can be found at the DC Database.
  7. As revealed in House of Mystery, Vol. 1 #160 (July 1966) to #173 (May–June 1968), which can be found at the DC Database.
  8. As quoted by Superman in the SuperFriends Comic Book (1976-1981) issue: Limited Collectors' Edition #C-41 (December 1975 / January 1976).
  9. As revealed in Detective Comics, Vol. 1 #226 (December, 1955), which can be found at the DC Database.
  10. As revealed in Detective Comics, Vol. 1 #227 (January, 1956), and #228 (February, 1956) which can be found at the DC Database.
  11. As revealed in Detective Comics, Vol. 1 #227 (January, 1956), and #228 (February, 1956) which can be found at the DC Database.
  12. As revealed in Detective Comics, Vol. 1 #231 (May, 1956), which can be found at the DC Database.
  13. Go to the DC Database for more on Justice League of America, Vol. 1 #61 (March 1968).
  14. Go to the DC Database for more on Detective Comics, Vol. 1 #225 (November, 1955).

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