The Idol-Head of Diabolu Podcast
By Diabolu Frank
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A podcast devoted to J'Onn J'Onzz, the Manhunter from Mars, a DC Comics hero created in 1955. The Martian Manhunter was a founding member of the Justice League of America, and has been featured in comics, animation, live action television, toys, and more. An underapreciated Alien Atlas deserves this discussion forum.
||CleanJLA: Scary Monsters featuring Chris Claremont (2003)||This episode, we look at the 2003 six issue mini-seriesJLA: Scary Monstersby Chris Claremont & Josh Hood, with a brief interview segment with the writer following the story synopsis.LibraryAbel CarmodyCarmody’s FollyKishana LewisGallery2012 Martian Ma||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJLMay 2017: Justice & Liberty||JLMay 2017– The Justice (2006) Podcast Crossover Eventreaches chapter three as Diabolu Frank offers a dramatic reading, which carries over into coverage ofJLA: Secret Origins(2002), JLA: Liberty andJustice(2003) and more!From here follow JLMay 2017 to||5/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComics Bulletin & Alex Ross On the Cusp of J’onn J’onzz’s 61st Anniversary||On October 8, 2014, the websiteComics Bulletinpublished a discussion between Bryan Stroud and the famous painter ofMarvelsandKingdom Comein the articleAlex Ross Talks About the Martian Manhunter on the Cusp of J’onn J’onzz’s 60th Anniversary. Near||9/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAdjudicating J'Onn J'Onzz (ComicsVerse v Martian Manhunter)||The websiteComicsverse, “your source for in-depth comics analysis” very very briefly ran a series of podcasts (exactly two to date, the last one in January) under the banner “Best Underrated Characters in Comics.” Mind, this is out of 80 shows i||9/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJohn Ostrander & Mark Verheiden at Comicpalooza 2016||Straight out ofComicpalooza – Texas’ Largest Comic & Pop Culture Eventcomes new interviews with screenwriter/producerMark Verheidendiscussing his work on J’Onn J’Onzz and Zook inSecret OriginsandSuperman/Batman, then writerJohn Ostrandercovering||6/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJLA: Day Zero (1994)||The Manhunter from Mars offers a final supplemental postscript toJLMay– The JLA: Year One Podcast Crossover Event! Think of it as JuneLA, or maybe a JLMepilogue. In the third edition ofJLA: Day One, Diabolu Frank discusses the controversialZero Hourre||6/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJLMay (1998)||JLMay– The JLA: Year One Podcast Crossover Eventfinally reaches our humble blog full force! Since everyone else partnered up to cover their chapters of the maxi-series, Diabolu Frank opted to call in his super buddies atRolled Spine Podcastsfor a sort||5/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJLA: Day Minus-One (1977)||The Manhunter from Mars offers a supplement toJLMay– The JLA: Year One Podcast Crossover Event! In the second edition ofJLA: Day OneDiabolu Frank discusses his (and apparentlyComics Should Be Good‘s Brian Cronin’s) favorite origin story for the te||5/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJLA: Day One (1961)||The Manhunter from Mars offers a supplement toJLMay-- The JLA: Year One Podcast Crossover Event! In the first edition ofJLA: Day One (1961)Diabolu Frank discusses one of the single most important tales of the Sleuth from Outer Space, "The Unmasking of J||5/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean60 Years of Martian Manhunter - 1957||After nearly a year, you'd be forgiven for thinking we were covering our retrospective of John Jones' publication history in real time. Blame our coverage of the current but increasingly finite ongoingMartian Manhuntermaxi-series? 1957 offers a lot of r||3/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMartian Manhunter #6 (2016)||Frank summarizes and critiques the sixth issue of the “DC You”Martian Manhunterseries by Rob Williams and Eddy Barrows, plus we catch up on a backlog of mail.||2/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMartian Manhunter's 60th Anniversary Special Part Two (1993-2016)||00:01:38Prelude: My Name is J'Onn J'Onzz00:06:50Reevaluating the Martian Manhunter with Grant Morrison00:09:54Justice League Task Force with Peter David00:16:41JLA with Grant Morrison, Howard Porter & Kevin Smith00:30:20Martian Manhunter solo series wit||2/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMartian Manhunter #5 & All-Star Section Eight #3 (2015)||Frank summarizes and critiques two comedic comics: the fifth issue of the New 52/DC YouMartian Manhunterseries by Rob Williams and Eddy Barrows, plus the Alien Atlas’ cover-spotlighted appearance in All-Star Section Eight by Garth Ennis & John McCrea!||1/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJohn Jones in Smallville, Part 1||Beginning this episode: an irregular series of shows covering appearances by the Sleuth from Outer Space on the WB/CW’s long-livedSuperboyClark Kent developing into Superman TV showSmallville. This initial installment looks briefly at the show’s for||11/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMartian Manhunter #4 (2015)||Frank summarizes and critiques the fourth issue of the New 52/DC YouMartian Manhunterseries by Rob Williams and Eddy Barrows! Also, a deeper, angrier critique of the series and look at sales, plus a brief look at theSupergirlpilot.||11/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMartian Manhunter #3 (2015)||Frank summarizes and critiques the third issue of the New 52/DC YouMartian Manhunterseries by Rob Williams and Eddy Barrows! Plus, Martian Mail covering the 60th Anniversary Special (Part 1.)||10/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMartian Manhunter's 60th Anniversary Special Part One (1955-1993)||New York Times Program Synopsis:A special which pays tribute to The Manhunter from Mars, the least popular co-founder of the Justice League of America and one of the greatest hanger-on associates to pop culture heroes of all time. The special interweave||9/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSleuth from Outer Space Semicentennial||This week we discuss the only major acknowledgement of Martian Manhunter's 50th anniversary to see print, the 2005 SDCC convention program book, including a reading of the Mark Lucas article "Fear and Loathing on Mars: The Long and Strange Trip of J'onn||9/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMartian Manhunter #2 (2015)||At the start of a month long concentration of podcasts & posts related to the celebration of the debut of the Manhunter from Mars in September of 1955, Frank summarizes and critiques the second issue of the New 52/DC YouMartian Manhunterseries by Rob Wi||8/31/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2015 DC You Martian Manhunter #1||Following a month long hiatus of any activity on the blog, Frank tries to make amends with a half-hour podcast on the debut issue of the New 52/DC YouMartian Manhunterseries by Rob Williams and Eddy Barrows!||8/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJustice League: Mortal (2007)||A brief discussion of the unproduced JLA movie from the late aughts and a planned documentary chronicling its ill-fated course.We enjoy dialogue on the red planet, so here are our non-telepathic contact options:Tweet hostDiabolu Frankdirectly, or probe@||6/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Top 10 Most Important Martian Manhunter Villains||As part of the sixth seasonalSuper Blog Team-Up‘s theme of top ten lists, Frank offers an audio synopsis of the series of essaysThe Ten Most Important Martian Manhunter Adversariesfrom 2010, which has held up pretty well these past four years since no||5/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThreessentials||In a second(!) episode for April (clearly failing weekly offerings, that’s a step up from monthly!) we catch up with correspondence given short shrift since the last mail heavy episode,#6: Strawmanhunter from Mars. Besides reading all the long form co||4/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean60 Years of Martian Manhunter - 1956||After a hiatus of four episodes and three months, we finally return to our year-by-year overview of the Sleuth from Outer Space's early adventures, 1956 being his first full year of publication with a dozen cases to cover. Co-creator and initial writer||4/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe New 52 Martian Manhunter||In light of DC Comics' official discontinuation of the "New 52" brand just as they finally announce the now-not-New 52 Martian Manhunter series we've been waiting for since 2011, Frank looks at the history of the Alien Atlas within the context of the cu||3/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStrawmanhunter from Mars||This episode, we look at the solicitation copy for the 2015Martian Manhunter(mini-?) series, as well as a fan rumor about Vile Menagerie favorite appearing on the upcoming CBSSupergirlTV show (we know better than to even hope without confirmation.) Then||3/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMaking Sense of the Martian Manhunter||Following up on an article published at Comics Alliance last week, Diabolu Frank looks at select areas of Manhunter from Mars history and weighs J'Onn J'Onzz's pros and cons as a DC hero. Sims felt the Alien Atlas compared unfavorably and unavoidably to||2/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMartian Manhunter Multiversity||Keeping up with the J'Onzzes of parallel universes.||1/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean60 Years of Martian Manhunter - 1955||Detailed look at the first two "John Jones, Manhunter from Mars" stories.||1/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Debut of Despero (1960)||A look at the first two comic book appearances of the JLA villain Despero, as well as analysis of his personality, role, supporting cast, and value to the burgeoning DC Entertainment filmic universe. More here:http://idol-head.blogspot.com/2014/12/podca||12/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean60 Years of Martian Manhunter - 1953||A look at the prototype for J'onn J'onzz, one Roh Kar, first Lawman of Mars. More information here:http://idol-head.blogspot.com/2014/12/podcast-60-years-of-martian-manhunter_13.html||12/12/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
THE Martian Manhunter Podcast
Frank knows more about the Martian Manhunter than I realized there was to know. Looking for a love letter to a comic book character? Look no futher. Looking for insightful analysis of a comic book character? Look no further. The Martian Manhunter has an interesting place in DC Comic history and Frank applies a knowledgable and critical eye to that past. Very happy that this show exists.
A Fun Show Full of Insight and History
J’Onn J’Onzz, DC Comics’ Manhunter from Mars, may go down as an also-ran in a field of more popular superheroes, but you’d never guess he’s anything other than A-list from the amount of detail and passion Diabolu Frank pours into each episode of the Idol-Head Podcast.
I’m a big fan of the Martian Manhunter and I’ve been following Frank’s blog for years. I was thrilled to learn he took his encyclopedic knowledge to the RSS-sphere to advocate for J’Onn on this podcast. Every episode is informative and entertaining—a great show for fans of the Martian Manhunter or those looking to become so.
Your one-stop Martian shop!
This is such an easy podcast to like. Even if you only have a passing interest in the character, Frank grabs and hold your interest for the duration of the podcast. Each episode is short and leaves you wanting more. It's the perfect length for a singular-focused podcast like this. Listening to Frank talk about Martian Manhunter is like listening to your favorite nerdy friend talk about their favorite things. Plus… Frank is a walking library of DC Comics information. This podcast is fun, short, intimate, and funny. Give it a try.