|First appearance||Mister Miracle Vol. 1 #6 (January–February 1972)|
|Created by||Jack Kirby (writer - artist)|
|Team affiliations||Secret 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. 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.
Fictional character biography
Nothing is known about Funky's past except that he and his sidekick Houseroy (popularly considered to be a caricature of Roy Thomas) 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.
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.
Funky Flashman was later seen as a member of Darkseid's Secret Society of Super Villains.
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.
Powers and abilities
Funky Flashman has no superhuman powers. However, he is very charismatic, charming and a skilled businessman.[volume & issue needed]
- Wallace, Dan (2008), "Flashman, Funky", in Dougall, Alastair, The DC Comics Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, p. 128, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5, OCLC 213309017
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- Tales to Astonish: Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, and the American Comic Book Revolution by Ronin Ro; published by Bloomsbury Publishing, 2008 (via Google Books)
- Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus, Volume 3, DC Comics, November 2007. ISBN 1-4012-1485-1
- Doctor 13: Architecture & Mortality (September 2007)
- Adventure Comics #3 (2010)