Comic hero Funnyman exhibit coming to AJM

Comic hero Funnyman exhibit coming to AJM

The American Jewish Museum of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh will display an exhibit of the work of the comic hero Funnyman and his creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, from Jan. 10 to March 28, 2012.
An opening reception for the exhibit will be held, Saturday, Jan. 14, 6 p.m., at the JCC.
The exhibit, titled “Super Silly! Superman Creators’ Funnyman Fights Crime with Shtick,” showcases the comic hero in a class well apart from his better-known partner in crime fighting, Superman, whom Siegel and Shuster also created.
They gave birth to Funnyman in 1948, a good 10 years after Superman. Unlike the Man of Steel, with his flowing cape and tights with the big red “S,” the lesser-known Funnyman wore baggy polka-dot pants and a plaid jacket with a flower lapel.
And Larry Davis, Funnyman’s real life identity, was a comedian by day, unlike the newspaper reporter identity assigned to Clark Kent — Superman’s alter ego.
While the Funnyman comic lasted for just six issues, “Super Silly!” will feature the complete set of original Funnyman storyboards, which have never before been displayed.
A series of art workshops, receptions and a Tu B’Shevat activity are being planned around the exhibit.
Contact Melissa Hiller, director of the American Jewish Museum, at (412) 521-8011 Ext. 105 for more information.