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Comic Book / Funnyman

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So basically, Funnyman's modus operandi consisted of annoying his enemies until they laid down on the floor and died.

Meet the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit of Golden Age comics.

Funnyman is the star of a self-titled comics series created in 1948 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, famous as the fathers of that other guy. The character was little more than an attempt to make lightning strike twice after DC Comics had bought out their iconic creation for the measly sum of $130 — needless to say, it didn't work, and Funnyman has passed into obscurity.

Funnyman himself is Larry Davis, a comedian talked into performing a superhero-themed publicity stunt by his manager, June Farrell. As it happens, Larry accidentally foils a real robbery — and finds that fighting crime is his true calling. He goes on to perform genuine heroic deeds with the help of June and Sergeant Harrington, an officer who didn't view Funnyman in the highest regard. Alas, readers were not amused, and Funnyman hung up his novelty rubber nose after just six issues. They tried again with a Funnyman newspaper comic in October 1948...not only did Funnyman fail to find an audience there, but in July 1949 he was dropped from his own strip in favor of a new character named Reggie Van Twerp, a rich idiot whose butler continually had to save him from trouble. Funnyman ended in the fall of 1949, never having achieved a fraction of Superman's popularity.


Then again, as the second son of Superman's creators, the guy had some really big shoes to fill.

...Geddit? Big Shoes? Because he wears big clown shoes!

Has nothing to do with the similarly named 1994 film.

Funnyman procides examples of:

  • The Adjectival Superhero: Larry must surely have the most egregious example: the Intrepid Imbecile!
  • Celebrity Masquerade: Larry is a famous comedian in his own right.
  • Clark Kenting: As Funnyman, Larry hid his identity behind a novelty rubber nose.
  • Criminal Doppelgänger: Recurring villain Slippery Slim, although only his first appearance involved any lookalike antics.
  • Follow the Leader: In-universe; inspired by Funnyman, two other comedy-themed superheroes named Laffman and Comicman occasionally pop up and attempt to steal the original's thunder. Their meddling and desire to one-up Funnyman make his job a bit tougher.
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  • In a Single Bound: The superpower of one-shot villain Leapin' Lena, the daughter of a pair of acclaimed jumping acrobats.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Larry's mannerisms were based on those of comedian Danny Kaye.
  • One-Word Title: His name's "Funnyman", not "Funny Man".
  • Protagonist Title: The comic was named after his superhero name.