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SIEGEL AND SHUSTER'S FUNNYMAN

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SIEGEL AND SHUSTER'S FUNNYMAN

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Closeout Price! Highly Recommended. Art by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Edited by Thomas Andrae and Mel Gordon. The little-known super-heroic invention by the creators of Superman, their first project after leaving DC Comics. Included are complete stories and runs of the rare dailies and Sundays (in full color). Siegel and Shuster struggled to come up with a new superhero, one that would right their wrongs and prove that justice, fair-play, and zany craftsmanship were the true American way. But Funnyman failed miserably, even though it's a lot of fun to read today. And the art is very good, too. It's a must-have collection for any comic fan.

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The little-known super-heroic invention by the creators of Superman, their first project after leaving DC Comics. Included are complete stories and runs of the rare dailies and Sundays (in full color). Siegel and Shuster struggled to come up with a new superhero, one that would right their wrongs and prove that justice, fair-play, and zany craftsmanship were the true American way. But Funnyman failed miserably, even though it's a lot of fun to read today. And the art is very good, too. It's a must-have collection for any comic fan.

It's interesting how Shuster's love of the female form, which came out quite shockingly in the 1950s (see Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman's Co-Creator), is here in full evidence. Funnyman has not only a lovely gal friend that looks like a voluptuous Lois Lane, but there are lovely bad girls (and a manipulating movie star in the comic strip story) galore.

Siegel and Shuster, two teens from Cleveland, sold the rights to Superman to DC for $130 in 1938. They wrote and illustrated it for ten more years. When they tried to regain their creation, they lost the court battle and were fired by DC. This was rectified decades later, but that's not the story here.

This puts the story into the perspective of the greater world of Jewish humor of the early 20th century, but it also presents wonderful stories and artwork rarely seen before. The first 80 pages thoroughly covers this neglected topic, with wonderful reproductions of Superman's comic pages, early Jewish movie posters and stills from films, and the inside story on the origins of Funnyman, published by one of the earliest DC editors, who went off to form the innovative company ME, Magazine Enterprises. Their most famous character? Ghost Rider!

I'd dismissed this series myself early on, but on closer examination I've come to quite enjoy it. And I proceeded to collect all the original issues. Although not a super-super-hero, Funnyman dons his costume (he's actually an attorney) and fights crime and even aliens and robots, much like Batman was doing, just with more humor.

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Item Code SNDS
Publisher Feral House
Publish Date 2010
ISBN 9781932595789
Binding Soft Cover
Dimensions 7x10
# Pages 184pg
Color Full Color
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