By Sean Hill
J’onn where ARE you…I could really use some telepathic downloading right now.
“More lessons—okey dokey?”
from “J’onn J’onzz vs. John Jones” in Detective Comics #314 (April 1963), script by Jack Miller (?), pencils and inks by Joe Certa
Name: J’onn J’onzz | Alias: Martian Manhunter | Status: Open
Centuries ago on the planet Ma’aleca’andra, the Green Martians known as M’yrnn and Sha’sheen gave birth to twin sons. The bearing of twins was uncommon among the Martian culture, and as such, the first of the twins was named J’onn J’onzz, whose name means “Light to the Light.” J’onn’s brother however, was born a mutant, bereft of a Martian’s innate ability to communicate telepathically. He was named Ma’alefa’ak, whose named means “Darkness in the Heart.”
As an adult, J’onn became a Manhunter (police officer) and married a Martian woman named M’yri’ah. The two established a modest home for themselves beneath the windswept Martian plains and gave birth to a daughter named K’hym.
Years passed, and J’onn’s brother Ma’alefa’ak grew to despise everything about Martian culture. In an ambitious endeavor to commit full-scale genocide against his own people, he engineered a contagious virus known as H’ronmeer’s Curse. The virus reacted to telepathic energy, and carried from one Martian to the next whenever they elected to use their psionic powers. The plague responded to a Martian’s innate fear of fire, causing them psychosomatic stress so intense, that their bodies and minds would literally burst into flame. J’onn desperately tried to keep his wife and daughter from using their mental gifts, but they were unable and so, contracted the plague. K’hym was the first to experience the symptoms, and M’yri’ah followed soon after. J’onn was anguished as he watched his family burning to death before his very eyes. The trauma of the event shattered his psyche, and nearly drove him mad.
God I love her.