Siegel and Shuster's Funnyman: The First Jewish Superhero, from the Creators of Superman

EditorThomas Andrae, Mel GordonBy (artist)Jerry Siegel

July 11, 2010|
Siegel and Shuster's Funnyman: The First Jewish Superhero, from the Creators of Superman by Thomas Andrae
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Here is a kaleidoscopic analysis of Jewish humor as seen throughFunnyman, a  little-known super-heroic invention by the creators ofSuperman. Included are complete comic-book stories and daily and Sunday newspaper panels from Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster’s creative fiasco.

Siegel and Shuster, two Jewish teenagers from Cleveland, sold the rights to their amazing and astonishingly lucrative comic book superhero to Detective Comics for $130 in 1938. Not only did they lose the ownership of the Superman character, they also agreed to write and illustrate it for ten years at ten dollars per page. Their contract with the DC publishers was soon heralded as the most foolish agreement in the history of American popular culture.

After toiling on workman’s wages for a decade, 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 was the true American way and would lead to ultimate victory. But when the naïve duo launched their new comic character Funnyman in 1947, it failed miserably. All the turmoil and personal disasters in Siegel and Shuster’s postwar life percolated into the comic strip.

This book tells the back story of the unsuccessful strip and Siegel and Shuster’s ambition to have their funny Jewish superhero trump Superman.

Mel Gordon is the author ofVoluptuous Panic: The Erotic World of Weimar Berlin.

Thomas Andrae is the author ofBatman and Me.

The co-creator of "Superman" and "Funnyman," who died at the age of 81 in 1996. The Canadian-born artist was a co-creator of Superman and Funnyman.
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Title:Siegel and Shuster's Funnyman: The First Jewish Superhero, from the Creators of Superman
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:240 pages, 10.5 X 7.5 X 0.49 in
Shipping dimensions:240 pages, 10.5 X 7.5 X 0.49 in
Published:July 11, 2010
Publisher:Feral House
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781932595789

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