New Funnyman collection by Siegel and Shuster in stores!

Released to comic stores through Diamond Distribution last week, with a wide release to bookstores in mid-July 2010, Feral House’s Siegel and Shuster’s Funnyman: The First Jewish Superhero From the Creators of Superman by Mel Gordon and Thomas Andrae looks at the last great collaboration between Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

It’s an interesting book, and I was surprised at just how much of the page count is taken up by articles on the humour traditions that spawned and influenced the character, the information leading up to the publication of the 6-issue comic book series published by Magazine Enterprise in 1948 (followed by a brief newspaper strip series in the fall of that same year) – such as their negotiations with DC as a potential publisher of the series, and how the strained relations eventually led to the lawsuit over Superman in 1947.

This is much more of an historical and contextual analysis than the regular reprint series we see released by the standard comic publishers.

Highly recommended for people who are into comics history – especially those who enjoy publications like Roy Thomas’ Alter Ego magazine.