This page is part of the SuperFriends timeline, or a chronology of events that took place in the SuperFriends Universe -- Earth-1A (fan name) / Earth-Thirty-Two (official designation) of the DC Multiverse.
In late 1967 (in the Earth-1A universe) Professor Erdel (world-famous scientist) is working on a communication device, with the hope of making contact with extraterrestrial life in his lab. Upon its first use, he realizes that he had inadvertently created a teleportation beam. Amazingly, this device pulls J'onn J'onzz to Earth in his Martian form. As Professor Erdel scrambled to reprogram his deivce to transport his surprised guest back to his point of origin, the professor died. Apparently from a heart attack. Now, our Martian guest is quite unable to return to his home. To blend in with humanity, J'onn J'onzz, the Manhunter (type of interstellar law enforcer) from Mars, used his shapeshifting power to assume the identity of a persona he called John Jones, and became a Middleton (a city in the state of Colorado) police detective. All the while, he hopes that Martian technology will advance to a stage that will enable his rescue. In the weeks that followed, the Manhunter (in his human persona), observed the citizens of Middleton, finding them to be prone to paranoia concerning aliens.
- ↑ As seen in the Superfriends season five episode Elevator to Nowhere (1980).
- ↑ This is conjecture based on real life.
- ↑ As seen in the Super Powers story Battle At The Earth's Core (1986).
- ↑ This date differs from the Earth-One date which was 1955. This is revealed in Detective Comics, #225 (November, 1955), which can be found at the DC Database.
- ↑ This was not the only time an attempt at communication turned into teleportation in DC comics — that's also how Adam Strange got to the planet Rann.
- ↑ As revealed in Detective Comics, #225 (November, 1955). The Martian’s origin is retold in Justice League of America, #144 (July, 1977).
- ↑ It was determined years later, by an investigation by the Thanagarian heroes known as Hawkman and Hawkgirl, that Erdel was actually killed by an invisible alien "wyrdbeast" from Alpha Centauri transported to Earth by Erdel's device. This murder, was revealed in Detective Comics, #500 (March, 1981).
- ↑ As revealed in Detective Comics, #225 (November, 1955) and Detective Comics, #322 (December 1963).