Classification: Semi-humanoid extraterrestrial race
Location/Base of Operations: Mars
Known Members: Ooog
Affiliations: Dugan, Homer Ghost, Melvin, Zelda
First Appearance: Homer, the Happy Ghost I#14/1 (May, 1957)
Powers/Abilities: The Martians' standard of
technology is far advanced that of Earth regarding interstellar warp
travel, including within planetary atmosphere, with spacecraft that
responds to verbal commands.
Martians have a single wheel that they use for mobility; this may be
biological or part of their suit. They have mastered perfect balance
with this form. Of note are their exaggerated ears, nose, eyes and
mouth (compared to humans), suggesting potentially enhanced senses.
These features are able to be compressed without injury within a
Traits: Martians are naive in their ability to
disguise themselves in alien environments. Apparently without any clear
gender definition (potentially even a single-gender species), their
society appears similar to contemporary American city life with tall
buildings, used vehicle sales, roving police, fast food sellers,
buskers, and assumptions of extraterrestrial life on neighboring
planets. They have a reduced fear instinct and keep giant Donkleburro creatures as pets. Despite their reduced fear instinct, the Martians are
superstitious and are afraid of ghosts.
Eyes: Two (upper torso)
Fingers: Three (including opposable thumb)
Skin color: Various
Average height: 4'
(Homer, the Happy Ghost I#14/1 (fb) - BTS) - Two
Martians, Ooog and a companion, flew in their red X-13 flying saucer
observing life on Earth, counter to popular Martian view that there was
no life on Earth.
(Homer, the Happy Ghost I#14/1) - The Martian pair
chanced upon Zelda, Homer Ghost, Dugan and Melvin arguing about the
existence of flying saucers (the superstitious Martians didn't realize
the latter three were ghosts). The Martians adopted a simple disguise
using masks and, after a simple mix-up over moon spies, Ooog and his
companion took off their masks, but were shocked that the Earthlings
wore no disguise. Homer and his pals readily accepted the Martians and
asked for a ride in their saucer; the Martians happily obliged, letting
the Earthlings choose the destination and ending up in a bustling Mars
metropolis. They were greeted by astonished Martians, disbelieving that
Earth beings existed. Homer and his pals were scared of a passing
Donkleburro pet and a nearby atomic bomb explosion that the Martians
considered were just firecrackers. Ooog's assistant emphasized that
Martians weren't afraid of anything, until Melvin revealed that he and
his friends were ghosts. Aghast, Ooog and his companion shoved Homer
and his friends back into the flying saucer and dropped them back on
Earth, then rushed back to the safety of their own planet.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee & Dan DeCarlo.
A bipedal variation of apparent "Martians" was encountered by Homer in issue #3/11. With a similar head-torso, these Martians also flew a red X-13 flying saucer and were scared of ghosts. However, Homer had apparently forgotten about this earlier Martian meeting. Maybe those were a different but related race. (That said, it was the same writer, same artist, same premise, same beginning and same finish, just a different middle bit. But hey, it's a comedy mag, let's not treat it too seriously.)
It's unfortunate that partway through the story, the
appearance of the Martians changed significantly with the inexplicable
"loss" of their ears (see the Ooog subprofile for images). Maybe these
Martians can compress them quickly, just like some of us humans have
mastered the life skill of wiggling our ears.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Homer's mono-wheeled Martians have no known connections to:
The Donkleburro was a large fearsome-looking beast
that was sometimes kept as a pet by young Martians. The ghosts were
scared of the creature but the Martians just emphasized that Martians
weren't scared of anything... until they realized that Homer and his
pals were ghosts!
--Homer, the Happy Ghost I#14/1
Ooog led a two-Martian expedition to Earth in a red X-13 flying saucer to observe life, running counter to the popularly held Martian view that Earth held no life. The duo chanced upon the witch Zelda and ghosts Dugan, Melvin and Homer Ghost. Quickly making friends, the Martians gave the Earthlings a ride to a bustling Martian city. But upon discovering Homer and his pals were ghosts, the superstitious Ooog and his now-scared assistant shoved the Earthlings into the flying saucer and dropped them back to Earth, before rushing back to the safety of Mars.
Ooog's ears inexplicably disappeared
partway through the story. I put this down to clumsy/rushed art; a
no-prize explanation is that these Martians can compress their ears
--Homer, the Happy Ghost I#14/1
images: (without ads)
Homer, the Happy Ghost I#14/1, p4, pan2 (main image)
p6, pan4 (blue Martian)
p3, pan5 (Martians in disguise)
p6, pan3 (Martian city)
p7, pan1 (Donkleburro)
p4, pan7 (Ooog with ears)
p6, pan1 (Ooog without ears)
Homer, the Happy Ghost I#14/1 (May, 1957) - Stan Lee (writer & editor), Dan DeCarlo (pencils & inks)
First Posted: 03/10/2023
Last updated: 03/10/2023
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