Hoping to earn back some of the millions of dollars they lost when they sold the rights to Superman for just $130, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster poured their energies and bitterness into creating a new character that they hoped would take the world by storm. Unfortunately, Funnyman, the comedian-turnedcrimefighter introduced in 1948, failed to nab the hearts of readers. After just six comic book issues and a handful of Sunday and daily strips, the hero modeled after actor Danny Kaye faded into oblivion. Thankfully, editors Andrae and Gordon have rectified the situation with the publication of Funnyman. Readers can now turn to one source to see color reproductions of Funnyman comic books, dailies, and Sunday strips, as well as a comprehensive look at the characteristics and history of Jewish humor. Along the way, fans are given a close-up look at the personal lives of Siegel and Shuster, and faithful readers are entrusted with the secret identity of the Jewish strongman who inspired the creation of Superman. A must-have book for the true comic book enthusiast, Funnyman is bound to teach, inspire, and entertain for years to come.
Wendy Wasman is the librarian & archivist at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in Cleveland, Ohio.