|Oops; wrong picture; but close enough.|
The similarities between the Martian Manhunter and Gumby -- both of whom debuted in 1955, by the way -- have been noted before, mostly famously in Justice League America #38 :
That was also the issue where Despero killed Steel and then killed Gypsy's parents and propped their bodies up in the living room for her to find.
But no one remembers that part.
If you aren't familiar with Gumby, well, he's a green shapeshifter with red eyes who can phase through objects, whose powers are pretty much limited only by his imagination, and whose adventures manage to be both mundane and surreal. Sound familiar?
Sometimes I've wondered whether Gumby could be a source for MM stories. Gumby's "foes" include:
the Blockheads (G & J),
the Mocking Monkey,
an evil sentient glob of dough,
and Dr. Zveegee,
all of whom really sound like they'd fit right with foes of the Alien Atlas. But it wasn't until today that I realized that both Gumby and MM had pet dachshunds:
|That one's Gumby's.|
|You can tell there are no dogs on Mars. Or SPCA in Apex City.|
But this is the real eye-opener for me:
They both have orange, tag-a-long, semi-pointless, pet-cum-sidekicks.