Why? Because it was the will of the people as determined by my poll, and I am the Slave of Duty.
At first I was worried. This isn't like making a map of Metropolis where you throw in one landmark, like the Daily Planet, and call it a day because everyone will recognize it. Did JJ's unnamed city even have any local features for a map to feature?
I shouldn't have worried! Apex City is full of recognizable features, even if the only people who'll recognize any of them are serious Martian Manhunter fans. But, then, that's who the map is for!
Naturally, the principle feature of Apex City, "America's Most Flammable City!", is that something is ALWAYS on fire. So I included many of the buildings we've seen burning in Martian Manhunter stories, like
- the Ajax Apartments, which are...
- near the Mason Mattress Co. ("The Girl-Hero Contest),
- the Jones Supermarket ("The Impossible Manhunt'),
- the Bijou Theater (from "The Crime Conjurer" and "The Dog With a Martian Master"),
- Jones Hardware ("The Impossible Manhunt"),
- the Jones Clothing Store ("The Impossible Manhunt"),
- and the July 4th Fireworks Co. ("The Impossible Messages")
- Police Headquarters (under attack by a cloaked Venusian ship, as in "The Defeat of J'onn J'onnz"),
- Highgate Bridge (a hotspot of Diane Meade activity)
- Union Drawbridge (which J'onn so memorably replaced one time with his butt in "John Jones' Pesky Partner")
- the Apex Art Galleries ("The Crime College")
- the Daily Clarion (where J'onn worked as "The Super Reporter"),
- the Ace Time Company Building with its giant radium covered rooftop alarm clock ("The Menace of Mr. Moth")
- the City Planetarium (from "The Menace of Mr. Moth" and "The Getaway King")
- Rainbow Beach (from "The Sleuth Without a Clue"... I am so sure, Mary!), which sports a dangerous shark (there were sharks every single time J'onn went in the water!), a sexy cephalopod with whom J'onn can enjoy sweet sweet octopus love, and a Hot Dog Stand (which actually appeared in the story, thank you very much);
- a mosaic honoring the city's champion baseball team, the Flamingos ("The Case of the Magic Baseball").
- surely, you didn't think I would omit the Human Squirrel climbing the Apex Loan Company Building (just like in "The Ex-Convicts Club")
- and Apex City's most unique landmark, the Statue of Atlas Painted With Phosphorus (once stolen in "The Menace of Mr. Moth"). If that doesn't qualify as a landmark, I don't know what does.
- Elm Street ("The Martian Show Off", "The J'onn J'onnz Museum", "The Ex-Convicts Club", and "Ordeal By Fire"), Shore Road, Front Street ("The Martian Show Off"), State Street ("The J'onn J'onnz Musuem"), Eastview Drive ("J'onn J'onnz vs. the Vigilantes") are all specifically mentioned in various stories. Highland Street & Union Street are not, but I'm inferring them from the Highland Bridge and the Union Drawbridge.
- Hey, there's the tank from the Criminal Army in "One-Man Army".
- Three fire trucks, because in Apex, that's about how many you need per city block square
- an ice cream truck so J'onn doesn't have to waste his energy creating ice cream cones from the power of the void (as he had to do in "The World's Greatest Magician")
- that crazy future car in front of Jones Hardware probably belongs criminal genius Monty Moran ("The Getaway King"), or to the professor at "The Crime College", or it could be one of "The Impossible Inventions" of wacky inventor Hiram Horner.
- a recently plummeted meteor, because, as previously discussed, meteors are the standard weather in Apex;
- and, commenting on the general aflame-edness of Apex, a pick-up with some flammable barrels in the back, a propane delivery truck, a barbecue gone bad, and a sewer fire.
Behold, the flaming glory of Apex City,
home of the Silver Age Martian Manhunter!
home of the Silver Age Martian Manhunter!
Who says Martian Manhunter lived in a nondescript urban locale? Surely, this map could only be Apex City! Believe it or not, I didn't even begin to exhaust the catalog of Apexian locales. However, one can only reasonably place so many landmarks on one tiny Heroclix map. Places I didn't put on it, but wanted to, include:
- the Apex Warehouse ("The Defeat of J'onn J'onnz"),
- the Apex Movie Studios ("The Mixed Up Martian Powers")
- the Apex Paint Company ("The One-Man Army")
- the Oil Cracking Plant "The Alien Bodyguard'),
- Flamingo Stadium ("The Case of the Magic Baseball")
- the Benton Optical Company ("Escape to the Stars")
- the United Oil Company ("Ordeal By Fire")
- Jones' Fancy Fruits ("The Impossible Manhunt" and "The Mystery of the Martian Marauders")
- the Balloon Factory near the Government Vaults ("The Crime King of Mount Olympus")
- the Mythological Museum ("The Crime King of Mount Olympus")
- Wilmore Flights ("The Impossible Messages"),
- the Glenwood Museum of History ("The Man Who Exposed John Jones"),
- water towers (they're all over the dang place!)
- the "Carnival of Doom",
- the Jewelers Building ("The King of the Underworld")
- the Yardley Toy Company ("The Crime Conjurer")
- the abandoned circus grounds ("Earth Detective for a Day")
- the Sam Jones Museum of Famous American Ships ("The Impossible Manhunt")
- the International Fairgrounds ("The Animal Crime Kingdom")
- the Mansfield-Cowan Company ("The Phantom Bodyguard")
- the Ardmore Natural History Museum ("The Crime Conjurer"),
- Marsville ("The Menace of Marsville"),
- the Jones Waxworks ("The Impossible Manhunt"),
- the Jason Warehouse ("The Hero Maker"),
- West Street ("The Crime King of Mount Olympus")
- the Croyden Art Shop ("The Man Who Exposed John Jones"),
- the Modern Art Museum ("John Jones' Super-Secret")
- Swathmore Jewelry Salon ("The Ex-Convicts Club")
- the Barnes Museum ("John Jones' Female Nemesis")
- the Floating Island ("The Amazing One-Man Crew"),
- the Martian Manhunter Museum (from "The J'onn J'onnz Museum")
- the Clang Bank (in "The Getaway King").
P.S. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO PLAY HEROCLIX
Red flame terrain does 2 clicks damage, and the yellow does 1 click. The rules for it are printed on the map (over on Rainbow Beach), including special rules for the Martian Manhunter himself.
- His defensive powers don't work against flame terrain (duh!);
- yellow flame turns off one of his powers, red flame two of them; as long as he's not in flame terrain,
- he can destroy it with an attack, turning it to regular hindering terrain ("I'll use my Martian lung power!")
Yes, that is hindering terrain atop the Ajax Apartments and flame terrain atop the Fireworks Factory.
Yes, the stairs at the boardwalk are just for decoration.
Yes, the Broken Hydrant special object token can be used to turn flame terrain into water terrain.