Siegel and Shuster’s Funnyman

The First Jewish Superhero from the Creators of Superman


Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created two superheroes. One is Superman. The other is Funnyman, and this book details his amazing back story.

Inside find reproductions from Funnyman’s rare comic books, Sunday funnies and daily strips.

Revealed by authors Andrae and Gordon:

  • The actual living model for Superman.
  • The creation of Jewish humor and the cultural origins of Funnyman.
  • Why a strange comic superhero emerged at the time of the creation of the state of Israel.

“It’s a bird, it’s a plane … it’s a red-haired, wisecracking super heroic tummler! Thomas Andrae and Mel Gordon have excavated something that’s almost too good to be true—a crime fighting meshuggeneh from the Golden Age of Comic Books, who knew? Lovingly preserved and astutely analyzed, the Funnyman saga is a shpritz, a zetz, the stuff of postmodern novels.”J. Hoberman, co-author, Entertaining America: Jews, Movies and Broadcasting



7.25 x 9.75 | 200 Pages | Full Color Throughout | ISBN: 978-1-932595-78-9