Hello everyone, and welcome to another Super Powers Highlight! Fresh out of the post office box today is one of my newest arrivals…and a pretty damn cool thing to boot! This is the master color key for the Martian Manhunter mini-comic. I was fortunate to add a couple of these to my collection this past week (the other being Red Tornado), but I selected this one to showcase here in my blog because it arrived with an extra added bonus…an alternate cover that differs from the final version included with the figure.
Each page contains color code information for the printer, and as far as what is known each copy is one of a kind. The colors on each page seem to be applied with a watercolor-type marker. The seller only had examples from Wave 2 of the Kenner figure line, but he did tell me that at one point he had Wave 1 characters as well. Upon inquiry I was told they were sold years ago at a convention. If anyone knows the whereabouts of the Brainiac…well, you know where to reach me. Without further ado…here are the images!
This is just a picture of the regular mini-comic cover for reference in pointing out the differences in the alternate version below it.
This is the alternate cover with color key information. The art seems a bit more "Kirby-ish" to me, especially in the faces of Wonder Woman, Firestorm and Desaad. There’s also more detail in the background with the additional gun pointed at MM as well as the dohickey that J’onn is lifting above his head.
The actual released cover, oddly enough with no colored in areas but containing the corresponding color codes.
The rest of the books’ pages, all 2-per-page and on 8-1/2 x 11-inch sheets of paper.
Sorry for the lack of my usual textual ramblings, but I’m going to be away for a few days and wanted to get this one up for y’all to view before I left early tomorrow morning. I hope everyone enjoyed it, and until next time…take care!