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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Funky Flashman

Funky Flashman is a character created by Jack Kirby that represents Stan Lee.


Funky Flashman

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Funky Flashman
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceMister Miracle Vol. 1 #6 (January–February 1972)
In-story information
Team affiliationsSecret Society of Super Villains
Funky Flashman is a fictional character, an entrepreneur in the DC Universe. Created by Jack Kirby, the character first appeared in the pages of Mister Miracle during the early 1970s.[1] He is popularly considered a satiric caricature of Stan Lee, Kirby's former artistic collaborator at Marvel Comics with whom he had a falling out.[2]


 Fictional character biography

Nothing is known about Funky's past except that he and his sidekick Houseroy were business associates of a Colonel Mockingbird. After Mockingbird's death, Funky and Houseroy lived on monthly allowances (most likely their inheritance from Mockingbird) that were automatically doled out. Noticing that the monthly allowances were getting smaller, Funky decided that he needed a new source of income.
In Funky Flashman's first appearance, he unsuccessfully attempts to cash in on the talents of Mister Miracle. Donning a wig and a beard, he meets with Mr. Miracle to interview for the position of his tour manager. Miracle accepts, despite the fact that Big Barda and Oberon object to Flashman's demeanor and tactics. The next day, Mr. Miracle performs several of his escape acts, much to Flashman's delight. Flashman asks for Miracle's secret, and Miracle reveals the mother box he keeps on his shoulder. From around the corner, the two men see Big Barda and the Female Fury Lashina engaged in a struggle. Miracle jumps in to help Barda but Lashina vanishes with the power of her phasing circuits. The two realize the Female Furies have been tracking their whereabouts through the mother box signal.
During the skirmish, Flashman decides to leave with the mother box in hand. He takes it back to his residence but cannot make heads or tails of it. He discards the box and decides the grift of Mr. Miracle is too risky. Mother box begins to let out an "eeeeee" sounds which summons all the Female Furies of Apokolips. Funky cowardly tosses his assistant at the attackers and jumps out the window. His inherited house explodes behind him, and Funky Flashman walks off to live another day.[3]

 Miracle Mister

Funky is later featured in many issues of Mister Miracle's own series. Tying into events in Justice League International, Funky forces Mister Miracle (AKA Scott Free) into an interstellar promotional campaign for the cleaning product Miracle Mister. This tour ends up involving Manga Khan and the forces of Apokolips, both dangerous threats. Mister Miracle is forced to leave behind a robotic double, so as to go on Funky's trip. The robot is destroyed in Rockefeller Center, leading many to believe Scott Free himself had died.

 Other appearances

Flashman appears for two pages in Swamp Thing #76, "L'adoration De La terre" (September 1988). Also part of Spontaneous Generation Bound Compilation #8, pp. 134 & 135. Also as the leader of the Secret Society of Super-Villains in that series.
He appeared in 2005's Son of Vulcan mini-series as the proprietor of a pawn shop that dealt in superhero and villain artifacts and equipment, and as a criminal go-between and procurer for a White Martian named A'monn A'mokk.
He briefly appears in 2007's Doctor 13 limited series Architecture & Morality. He is seen operating Flashman Pre-Owned Auto, selling various superhero themed vehicles.[4]
He appears in Adventure Comics, where he is apprehended by Red Robin and Superboy while driving through the streets of Paris with a stolen Mother Box.[5]

 Powers and abilities

Funky Flashman has no superhuman powers. However, he is very charismatic, charming and a skilled businessman.


  1. ^ Wallace, Dan (2008), "Flashman, Funky", in Dougall, Alastair, The DC Comics Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, pp. 128, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5, OCLC 213309017
  2. ^ Jensen, K. Thor. "Jack Kirby's Greatest WTF Creations". UGO.com. http://www.ugo.com/the-goods/funky-flashman-1. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  3. ^ Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus, Volume 3, DC Comics, November 2007. ISBN 1-4012-1485-1
  4. ^ Doctor 13: Architecture & Mortality (September 2007)
  5. ^ Adventure Comics #3 (2010)
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This was around the time that a big deal was being made about the Madison Avenue advertisting types, but Funky Flashman can also be seen as a stereotyped con man, which is about the same thing. All of which is usually overlooked as the more obvious resemblance is to Stan Lee himself.
During the same period, Marvel was also using a Kirby character as a villian in CAPTAIN AMERICA, but somehow you never hear about that any more. Possibly because the humorless psuedo - Kirby wasn't really a very clever or entertaining character. Funky Flashman has had a more successful career in comics that would continue on for years after his original one-shot appearence in MISTER MIRACLE in a variety of other titles.

The Saga Began In MISTER MIRACLE #6.


 Funky Flashman by Kirby, from the official guide to the DC Universe.

Could be that Kirby is the guy in whose pocket Funky's putting the snake.
Funky Flashman ( crazyoncomics blogspot ):
Funky Flashman ( DC Wikki ):


  1. Funky Flashman appeared in a comic in which his toupee was torn off his head. This represented the toup Stan Lee started wearing in the 60's, but I don't recall in which comic this scene appeared.

  2. Funky Flashman was shown with a toupee in his first appearance. But I didn't read very many stories with the character.