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Siegel & Shuster's Funnyman in Australia

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Funnyman is a largely forgotten strip created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the creators of Superman.  Originally intended to be the next big thing in comic books and designed to pick up the mantle from Superman and show DC Comics what they’d missed, the strip itself lasted just over a year before it folded.  The strip also spawned a line of comics, but, sadly, that didn’t last long either and Funnyman never became the highly sought after hit that Siegel and Shuster desired.  Lightning struck once for the duo, and in their attempts to recreate the blast, they fell somewhat short.

The sadness is that the strip wasn’t that bad, certainly not as bad as people might imagine.  However the concept – Danny Kaye dressed as a clown fighting crime with comedy – was always going to be a hard sell and it’s possible ton theorise that the duo were just a little bit too burnt out from their trials and tribulations with DC Comics over Superman.  The comic was published by one other than Vin Sulliva…

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