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Funnyman: The First Jewish Superhero

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Here is a kaleidoscopic analysis of Jewish humor as seen through Funnyman, a little-known super-heroic invention by the creators of Superman. 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 astonis ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Feral House (first published 2010)
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Scott
Aug 15, 2014 Scott rated it really liked it
The Thomas Andrae sections needed better proofreading and fact checking. Not only are there errors that a spell check should have caught, but he also says that Stan Lee's real name is "Stan Leibowitz"--any comics fan knows that his real name is Stanley Martin Lieber. The cover credits the book to Andrae and Gordon, which Goodreads ought to do as well.

This is not even close to a complete collection of Funnyman--it's a book about the publication history of Funnyman with sample pages and stories.
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Tanja Laden
Oct 18, 2010 Tanja Laden rated it it was amazing
After the success of their first creation, Superman, writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster tried to recreate the magic with Funnyman, the “first Jewish superhero.”

The failed endeavor is chronicled in a new book from Feral House, a collection of essays and images that also examines Superman’s roots in the Jewish storytelling tradition. The volume includes color reproductions of the 1948 Funnyman comic-book series, which openly referenced Jewish humor and coincided with the establishment of t
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Josh Bayer
Aug 14, 2010 Josh Bayer is currently reading it
The essays about the thick black morasse that jewish humor emerged from is brutal and fascinating and will make you feel smart.
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Jerome "Jerry" Siegel, who also used pseudonyms including Joe Carter, Jerry Ess, and Herbert S. Fine, was the American co-creator of Superman (along with Joe Shuster), the first of the great comic book superheroes and one of the most recognizable icons of the 20th century.
He and Shuster were inducted into the comic book industry's Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Jack Kirby Hall
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