mad_martian-johnson-frankMAD MARTIAN

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Presumably extraterrestrial; possibly alternate reality

Occupation: Unrevealed

Group Membership: None known

Affiliations: Unrevealed

Enemies: Apparently at least three humans

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None known

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
    presumably Mars

First AppearanceStrange Tales I#88 (September, 1961)

Powers/Abilities: Unrevealed. Presumably its immense size afforded it some degree of superhuman strength and durability.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 25' - 40')
Weight: Unrevealed (assuming human density and 400 lbs. at 6', it would be approximately 14.5 tons at 25' and 59 tons at 40')
Eyes: Dark, likely brown
Hair: Black (in central, "Mohawk" style, possibly extending down back)
Distinguishing features: Brown skin; small, paired horns on forehead; antennae-like projections from "eyebrow" region; flat, ridged nose; broad mouth with or without teeth; pendulous pinnae (external ears); pointed projections from forearms; three fingers (with or without an opposable thumb); two toes.


(Strange Tales I#88 (fb) - BTS) <circa 1960> - Comic book artist Frank Johnson created a number of characters for various comic books (including Amazing Adventures, Journey into Mystery, Strange Tales, and Tales to Astonish, starting with the giant Mad Martian.

Comments: Created by Stan "The Man" Lee, Jack "The King" Kirby, and "Sturdy" Steve Ditko.

    So...allegedly, the Mad Martian was just a fictional character created by Frank Johnson within a story, which would make it "metafiction." In the Marvel Megaverse (at least), however, we know that -- in an infinite Multiverse -- every story, dream, scenario, etc. is mirrored in some reality.
    However, without knowing any more about the character/events involved with the Mad Martian, it is difficult to say whether those events take place in an alternate reality (which may or may not be in the same reality as other "fictional" creations of Frank Johnson, like the Glob and the Lizard-Bird, plus the other characters not as clearly visible in the gallery of covers they show), or perhaps they eventually occurred in Reality-616 at some point, and Frank was having glimpses of the future. Without knowing more, I am reluctant to provide a reality designation.

    Analyzing the story/character, as we have just one panel to go with, it's hard to say too much. Physical features are discussed above. 

Is it from Mars? 

Maybe it was a native of Mars. 

Maybe it was part of an outpost on Mars established by some distant race. 

Maybe it was only assumed to be a Martian, and it was from another planet...or maybe it originated from Earth, and it was a Deviant or some other terrestrial creature?

Did the encounter occur on Mars, Earth, or elsewhere?

Tough to say...the humans are running around without spacesuits, oxygen masks, etc., but the land on which the encounter occurs is barren, and there appear to be three nearby moons or worlds...

Was it malevolent? 

The cover painting makes it look that way, but covers don't always match the story. 

Maybe it was benevolent, but its size and appearance made others assume it to be hostile?...and/or someone shooting it made it lash out?

Why was it the Mad Martian? 

Was it really cuckoo for Coco Puffs? 

Or was it misinterpretation like in the above discussion?

    Maybe someday we'll learn the true story of the "Mad Martian."
    As all three creators are, sadly, deceased, it would take some other writer to just pick up on this one panel from a 1961 comic and run with it.
    It COULD happen...

    This was a lot of work/research for a one panel character...

Profile by Snood.

The Mad Martian
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Strange Tales I#88, story pg. 1, panel 1 (only picture)

Strange Tales I#88 (September, 1961) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Steve Ditko (inks) 

First posted: 12/03/2022
Last updated: 12/03/2022

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