(March 1948)

Magazine Enterprises, 1948 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Magazine Enterprises of Canada Ltd.
Editing
Vin Sullivan

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Funnyman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Creig Flessel ?; Marvin Stein ?
Inks
Creig Flessel ?; Marvin Stein ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Funnyman [Larry Davis]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Flessel is said to have drawn one cover; some however say this particular cover is Stein.

The Giant in the Doll House (Table of Contents: 1)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Ray Krank [as Ray Gardner]; Gardner Fox [as Ray Gardner]
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

inside covers

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

Funnyman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (layouts) (signed); John Sikela (finished pencils)
Inks
Shuster shop
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Eee-eee! The Crime Car!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Funnyman [Larry Davis]; June Farrell; Happy; Sardonic Lazar (villain, inventor of the Crime-Car, introduction); Lazar's gang (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis
A crazed inventor creates a powerful car capable of breaking into banks and other establishments for the purpose of looting them. Funnyman counters with his unkmobile he calls the Jet-Jalopy, and the pair engage in an all-out auto battle royale.

Indexer Notes

Joe Shuster was previously credited with co-penciling this story.

According to the author of Super Weird Heroes (2016), Dick Ayers told him that Shuster would come into the studio to critique the artwork, then do a quick head sketch or an expression for the Shuster Shop artists to follow. Thus Shuster's credit is restored.

The Super Weird Heroes reprint by IDW (2016) reprints only Page 1 of this story and then (accidentally) Pages 2-5 of the Kute Knockout story in this issue.

A Fool's Duel (Table of Contents: 3)

Funnyman / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (layouts) (signed); John Sikela (finished pencils)
Inks
John Sikela ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Funnyman [Larry Davis]; Dolores (Cheval's lover, introduction); Dolores' escort (introduction); Monsieur Charles Cheval (villain, France's greatest duelist, introduction)
Synopsis
Larry overhears a young woman pleading with her lover to flee the area, but he (Charles Cheval) threatens any rival of his with death if they try to make a move on Dolores as he leaves. Funnyman decides to teach the man proper American etiquette when it comes to women, and the two end up in a duel. Armed only with a wooden sword, Funnyman is no match for Cheval, who stabs the Daffy Daredevil in the heart, which is really a bag of red ink. When Dolores and her escort see this, she knocks Cheval to the ground, Funnyman slices Cheval's belt (causing his pants to fall down), and Cheval slinks off.
Keywords
Ventral Park

Indexer Notes

Prior credits to Joe Shuster for penciling and John Sikela for inking.

According to the author of Super Weird Heroes (2016), Dick Ayers told him that Shuster would come into the studio to critique the artwork, then do a quick head sketch or an expression for the Shuster Shop artists to follow. Thus Shuster's credit is restored.

Slippery Slim (Table of Contents: 4)

Funnyman / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (layouts) (signed); John Sikela (finished pencils)
Inks
John Sikela ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Funnyman [Larry Davis]; June Farrell; Sergeant Harrigan; Slippery Slim (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
June and Larry attend a "crook nabbing" lecture at City Hall by Sgt. Harrigan when it is announced that the "World's Slyest Jailbreaker", Slippery Sam, has escaped again. Funnyman and Sam duke it out, with Funnyman being knocked out by Sam, who then switches outfits with the hero and walks out of City Hall unmolested. It's only when June kisses "Funnyman" and his nose falls off that she realizes it's not the hero at all, and Funnyman eventually takes care of the fleeing felon.
Keywords
Empire City

Indexer Notes

According to the author of Super Weird Heroes (2016), Dick Ayers told him that Shuster would come into the studio to critique the artwork, then do a quick head sketch or an expression for the Shuster Shop artists to follow. Thus Shuster's credit is added.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5)

Funnyman / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (layouts) (signed); Dick Ayers (finished pencils)
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Some people look down on practical jokers...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Funnyman [Larry Davis]

Indexer Notes

According to the author of Super Weird Heroes (2016), Dick Ayers told him that Shuster would come into the studio to critique the artwork, then do a quick head sketch or an expression for the Shuster Shop artists to follow. Thus Shuster's credit is added.

The Kute Knockout! (Table of Contents: 6)

Funnyman / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (signed)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (layouts) (signed); John Sikela (finished pencils)
Inks
Shuster shop
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Funnyman [Larry Davis]; June Farrell; Doc Gimmick (villain, introduction); Torgo (villain, introduction); the Kute Knockout (villain, a female robot, introduction)
Synopsis
A crazed doctor invents a robot girl to serve as a feminine lure for potential victims, luring these victims to dark street corners, dropping a hanky to the ground, and when the victim reaches down to get it, the robot bops the victim over the head with a mallet and cleans out their pockets.
Reprints
Keywords
Star (a newspaper)

Indexer Notes

Pencils previously credited to Marvin Stein.

According to the author of Super Weird Heroes (2016), Dick Ayers told him that Shuster would come into the studio to critique the artwork, then do a quick head sketch or an expression for the Shuster Shop artists to follow. Thus Shuster's credit is added.

The reprint accidentally reprints Page 1 of the Crime-Car story in this issue as Page 1 of this story.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Funnyman
  2. 1. The Giant in the Doll House
  3. 2. ["Eee-eee! The Crime Car!"]
    Funnyman
  4. 3. A Fool's Duel
    Funnyman
  5. 4. Slippery Slim
    Funnyman
  6. 5. ["Some people look down on practical jokers..."]
    Funnyman
  7. 6. The Kute Knockout!
    Funnyman
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