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Are Joe Samachson and Joe Certa As Nearly Well Known As They Should Be?
posted May 29, 2008
I'll be perfectly honest: I wouldn't have recognized those names if they were mentioned to me this morning
. Anyway, they created the Manhunter from Mars
, later known as the Martian Manhunter, captain of the DC Universe character second team for almost 50 years. It's a big day for our favorite invisible, telepathic, Superman-power having, fire-sissy Mr. Jones, and it made me wonder who the hell was responsible for him and why I didn't know that already.
From what I gathered through the links, chances are the above isn't Samachson
, who apparently left pretty early on in the character's long run in Detective Comics
. I don't really know that, but Manhunter from Mars vs. Manhunter from Mars doesn't sound like something you do in the first few issues. Certa
stayed with the character for a decade or more. Samachson also gets credit for creating Tomahawk
. Anyway: a couple of joes, and if you're a superhero fan, you should probably know their names. I know I should have.