Beyond the Background: Funnyman

Today Beyond the Background looks at a superhero character created by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel.


No, not the one with the blue tights and the big red ‘S’, the one with the polka-dotted clown pants and the big comedy mallet. Today’s Beyond the Background is all about Siegel and Shuster’s other superhero creation…Funnyman.


Look! Up in your grill! Is it a squirting flower? Is it a custard cream pie? Is it a springboard boxing glove? NO! It’s FUNNYMAN!!

Who’s Funnyman? It’s story time:

In 1948, Superman related merchandise was making a fortune for its’ publisher, but Superman’s creators felt under-compensated. Also, there was a lawsuit against their employer, so Siegel and Shuster had to look elsewhere for a paycheck. They approached Magazine Enterprises publisher Vincent Sullivan, who had published their first Superman story, and thus led to the origin of Funnyman.


Funnyman was the alter-ego of TV comedian Larry Davis, with a penchant for ‘acting out’ in public and using comedy props, practical jokes and cornball gags in place of cosmic superpowers. Davis’ manager, agent and sometimes love interest Julie Farrell had arranged for Davis, in the costume he’d later adopt as Funnyman: big floppy comedian’s jacket, big red bow tie, polka-dot pants and big floppy shoes, plus a putty nose instead of a mask or cowl…


“I tawt a taw a putty nose!”

…for a publicity stunt in which Davis would foil a staged crime. Some crossed wires and mixed signals would lead to Davis facing down and thwarting a real criminal, and Davis took a liking to feats of daring-do, thus giving rise to the “Daffy Daredevil”, to Julie’s dismay (she’d rather he stick to stuff that earned a check). Funnyman used comedy as his power weapon, eventually padding out his arsenal with a ton o’ gags, ranging from the efficient to the downright ridiculous, he bolted through the streets on his trusty gadget-laden Trixcycle, he had a flying Jet Jalopy and eventually gained his own HQ called “Funny Manor”, with each room filled with wacky crook-catching traps.


Funnyman was basically like The Joker, only on the good guy’s side and in no way scary.


Funnyman didn’t catch on like Siegel and Shuster’s more famous creation, folding after only 6 comic book issues and a brief newspaper strip stint, but he was the first recorded Jewish American superhero, so there’s that.

So for all the whining I read on YouTube about Harley Quinn’s presence on DC Super Hero Girls:


“Why is Harley Quinn there?” “Harley’s not a hero!” “She can’t be a hero!” “Why is she a hero?” “Harley Quinn’s a bad guy!” Harley Quinn shouldn’t be a superhero at Superhero High!”

I say, shaddap! She can be a hero, and Funnyman is proof of that, Harley’s just reiterating the same shtick that Funnyman employed 69 years ago.


I like Harley Quinn as a heroic prankster who’s not the Joker’s doormat. Deal with it, nerds.

Since Funnyman was created for a competing publication, he’s technically not a DC character, so it seems unlikely that he’ll turn up in the DC Universe one day. (The character did make a sort-of appearance in issue #5 of a Super Friends comic in which a TV “funny man” named Larry Davis–who resembled Funnyman’s true identity–hosted a charity fundraiser staffed by the Trinity of Wonder Woman, Batman and of course, Superman; and the plans to revive Funnyman were considered quite seriously at one stage during the 1990’s when comedian Richard Belzer…

52nd Monte Carlo TV Festival - Portrait Sessions

Yeah, that Richard Belzer.

…was in the planning to portray the Daffy Daredevil for a proposed Funnyman motion picture that never materialized.) I think that’s a shame, cause I actually think Funnyman was kind of cool.


Yes, I think a comedy clown superhero is a cool concept. If you’re not going to have super powers, then you need to have something just as good to compensate. Some of the popular examples are super-genius intelligence (complete with an awesome array of high-tech gadgets), mad martial arts skills or a quiver of trick arrows. It could be because I have a natural attraction to all things zany, cartoonish and comedic, but I think the power of wacky and laughter could make for fun superhero fodder. Nowadays, all of the characters who employ comedy, silliness, jokes and pranks as their arsenal are villains, like The Trickster…


“I’ll beat the shtick out of you, Flash!”

…Or Darkwing Duck villain Quackerjack of the Fearsome Five.


“Excuse me, I’m out of my mind at the moment.”

Why can’t we have a hero with the power of Zany?

-And yes, I’m counting zany as a super power. Speaking of Quackerjack, in the Darkwing Duck episode “Jail Bird”, Negaduck uses the mystical Eye of Quackzoquatl to steal the powers of his fellow Fearsome Five teammates so “somebody will finally have these powers who’s got the brains to use ’em!” Once stripped of their powers (and diminished to pocket size), Quackerjack is taking it worse than the others; he’s utterly broken.

Quackerjack: You ruined me!!!!

Negaduck: What are you cryin’ about?! You didn’t have any powers to begin with!

Quackerjack: You… WACKINESS!!!

Negaduck: I did not! (Then immediately afterwards bursts into insane guffawing.)


“So, yeah, Funny is a super power now! Deal with it, ya noids!”

More DC Super Hero Girls Stuff

OK, so as you know, I’m a fan of the web series DC Super Hero Girls.DCSHG Screenshot

I’ve been watching the new episodes on YouTube, and every time, in the comments section, there will inevitably be the same questions being asked by viewers, many of which have left me a tad confused or confounded. Don’t ask me why I was reading the comments section on YouTube. There’s no logical reason for anyone to be doing that. In any event, if you don’t mind, there are a few things concerning this shows’ fanbase that I’d like to get off of my chest.

Yosemite Sam

“Ya better stand back, ’cause Ah’m about ta unload!”

Ghoulia Yelps

“Where is the Joker? Joker is why Harley is Harley! You can’t have Harley Quinn without her puddin’. Why not have Joker be at the school causing trouble for Super Hero High?”

Office Space - No

That wouldn’t work for a couple of reasons; First, DC Super Hero Girls takes place in an alternate universe, so Harley Quinn doesn’t need to be driven insane by the Joker here. She’s already crazy! Second, the entire point of DCSHG is girl empowerment. That girls can do or be whatever they want to be or do and they don’t need no man! Therefore, you can’t have the Joker suddenly show up and turn Harley into his doormat because that would be the opposite of girl empowerment! If you’re trying to teach young girls to be smart, independent and capable, then putting one of them in an abusive relationship with a psychotic clown isn’t going to do that.

With all due respect, please spare me the “Sweet Valley High” shipper nonsense. The Joker’s relationship with Harley can be summed up in two sentences:

  1. Harley loves the Joker.
  2. Joker doesn’t give a crap about Harley.

He only uses her as a tool when she suits his own purposes. Joker only cares about himself and the punch line. Period. Furthermore, as cool a villain as the Joker is, we don’t need him here chewing up the scenery. This is supposed to be the girls’ show, the shows’ focus should be kept on them.

Speaking of…

Ghoulia Yelps

“Why are Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy heroes in this? They’re bad guys!”


Once more; Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy were indeed villains originally, but they’re also fan favorite characters, so both of them became good (or at least neutral) in response to their popularity, like with many heel wrestlers. It happened with The Undertaker, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock and John Cena, and now it’s happening here. Come on, guys, were in the middle of season two, you should be up to speed by now.

“I do wonder where Superman is. Wonder Woman is actually older than Superman, and yet he is a graduate and Supergirl is here….. oh well, they had to make it DC superhero GIRLS because reasons.”

Once more, the reason why this series is DC Super Hero GIRLS is because there are already plenty of super hero shows and toys geared towards boys. The whole point of DCSHG is to get GIRLS interested in super heroes. As for any discrepancies between this and the comics, I have two words: one is ‘alternate’ and the other is ‘universe’.


“The reason Young Justice was canceled was because so many girls were watching it. If people want girls into superheroes, don’t cancel the superhero shows girls like.”

No, that’s the reason why Tower Prep was canceled. Young Justice was canceled because the shows’ ratings were low and kids weren’t buying the YJ toys, to the point where Mattel (the company that produced the YJ toy line) withdrew it’s support for the show, and when that happens, the shows’ gotta go. Anyway, DC Super Hero Girls is clearly targeting a younger audience than Young Justice, so it’s not like the former was meant to replace the latter. Using DC Super Hero Girls as a platform to whine and complain about Young Justice getting canceled is petty and ridiculous since the 2 shows have virtually nothing in common with one another other than both of them being based on the DC universe.  If you want Young Justice to come back, then try to do something about it instead of just bitching about it in the comments section for DCSHG. If you don’t like DCSHG, then what are you doing here? Nobody likes a Buzz Killington. Honestly, I like DCSHG more than YJ. It’s more fun, the plots are simpler, there are fewer characters and plots to keep track of and there aren’t any lame time skips are teen soap opera drama BS.


“Why do they look like Barbie dolls?”

Because the characters are designed to promote a line of dolls. Duh! Girls like to dress up dolls in pretty clothes, therefore it’s a no-brainer that DC would want the characters to resemble fashion dolls. This is basically Monster High, only with capes instead of ghouls. And like MH, the DC Super Hero Girls doll line is produced by Mattel, the makers of Barbie, so similarities to Barbie are inevitable.


“Wonder Women should be a techer!”

OK, First, “Wonder WomEn”?? I didn’t realize there was more than one. Second, yeah, that would sell a million dolls. I can totally see girls flocking to toy stores clamoring for that cool teacher character! BTW Sporto, there’s an ‘a’ in ‘teacher’. Maybe you should enroll back in school and find yourself one.


“If Wonder Woman is the main character here, then Superman and Batman should be her guy buddies and the show should focus on the Trinity!”

Dude, seriously?

As much as I like the DC Trinity, there’s a very important reason why that wouldn’t happen, and that is because SuperMAN and BatMAN aren’t girls! why would DC Super Hero GIRLS focus on the Trinity when two thirds of the Trinity are male? What’s the last word in this shows’ title? There ya go.


“I do not like how Wonder Woman is a bubbly teenager here. They should’ve gone with Wonder Girl. I see Wonder Woman as a fellow warrior fighting alongside Superman, but now that she’s a teenybopper in this series, she can’t.”

We’ve covered the Wonder Girl thing already: yeah, they could’ve went with Wonder Girl, but Diana would sell more dolls. And sure, as a fellow superhero enthusiast I do see your point, but on the other hand, I don’t see why any of that even matters when Superman isn’t an on-screen character in this. It’s a web series based on a line of fashion dolls aimed at young girls. It’s not like you’re ever going to see Supes fighting alongside of Wondy here, so what difference does that make? It’s best to just think of DCSHG taking place in its’ own separate reality with its’ own set of rules and not overthink it.


“This show needs to get dark! Where is Batman? Darkseid needs to show up and destroy the school so that the cast can spend the rest of the season fighting him and trying desperately to rebuild and being depressed and moody about it! That would be awesome!’

Madea Shut Up

Way to completely miss the point the flippin’ show, dumb nuts! It’s for kids! It’s designed to sell dolls to young girls! It’s not supposed to be a dark, violent angst fest! You have the direct to video movies for that! We already covered this back on One To Grow Up On; instead of demanding that this kids’ cartoon “grow up”, maybe you should grow up and watch something that’s actually made for you!

I get so sick of the whole “characters who don’t cry or suffer = bland” complaint. Emotion and poignancy can do a lot of good, but piling on cheap tragedies one after the other is an empty way of compensating for proper character development. I find it’s common in teen media to mistake angst for depth. It’s like if you’re depressed all the time, you must have deep thoughts about the world. It’s what we call Emo disease.


“When Paul Dini said he wanted to make a Wonder Woman animated series, this isn’t what he had in mind!”


Two things about that: 1) Paul Dini’s not involved in this, and 2) this isn’t a Wonder Woman animated series. Yeah, Wonder Woman’s the lead character, but it’s not her show per se, any more than My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is a Twilight Sparkle animated series. Check the title: the show isn’t called Wonder Woman, it’s called DC Super Hero Girls. Wondy’s the anchor, but the show isn’t a direct depiction of her universe, her co-stars, her rogues’ gallery and her adventures. It’s a mash-up of multiple DC franchises with Wonder Woman acting as the show’s anchor/audience avatar. It’s basically DC’s Super Hero Squad, with Wonder Woman in Iron Man’s role, or DC’s Monster High with Wondy as Frankie Stein.

Hyper Fangirl

“Super Boy can cure Miss Martian of her fear of shyness!” #BringBackYoungJustice!”


“DUDE! In that episode where Batgirl was learnin’ to fly the Batjet, they totally shoulda got Batman to teach her! That woulda ruled!!”


Robin Cosplay

“Or I could teach her!”

Johnny Bravo

“Whoa, Mama! Since Starfire’s in this, anybody know if Blackfire appeared in any episodes of this show? (I could easily watch the eps or check for myself, but my hands are too sweaty!) Blackfire is HOT!!”

Seriously, what part of “Alternate Universe” do you guys not understand? DC Super Hero Girls is not, repeat, not, connected to any other DC show, past or present! Regarding point #1: A) It’s SUPERBOY, not Super Boy, 2 words, not 1, B) There’s no such thing as “fear of shyness”; one either is shy or they aren’t, and C) Kill that noise! This isn’t Young Justice and it’s not going to magically transform into Young Justice. This isn’t the same take on Miss Martian and there’s not going to be any of that shipper nonsense here. YJ is done. Deal with it. Just let DCSHG be DCSHG already.

Regarding point #2: This isn’t Batman: The Animated Series or The Batman, and I wish folks would stop trying to make it that. Yeah, that would really demonstrate the idea of Girl Empowerment: when things get tough, call in some guy to bail you out! And to the other guy, just no, dude. Don’t do that. No role play accounts. That’s just sad.

Regarding point #3: This isn’t frelling Teen Titans! (Though I’d be OK with Robin and Raven turning up somewhere, perhaps as Easter Eggs.) There’s no reason to expect Blackfire to turn up in this, especially since Starfire isn’t even a main character in this. Anyway, Blackfire’s not that great a character. Way to think with your Johnson.

I’m about to give an unpopular opinion here: I neither need nor want for Superman or Batman to ever appear on DC Super Hero Girls. Don’t get me wrong. They’re both great characters, but having them turn up as flesh and blood characters on DCSHG would be a mistake that would work against what this series is setting out to accomplish. If the Dark Knight and Big Blue could just be supporting characters who showed up from time to time like the other boy characters, that would be one thing, but the fact of the matter is that they’re just too big and iconic for that. Supes and Bats don’t do supporting roles. The moment that either Superman or Batman would show up, the shows’ focus would suddenly shift and it would now be all about them. This is particularly true in the case of Batman. All DC has been giving us lately is stuff about or relating to Batman. That’s one thing I like about this show; we get to focus on some DC characters who AREN’T  Batman for a change.

For those who want to see Superman and/or Batman, there’s DC Super Friends. there’s Batman Unlimited, and eventually, there will be Justice League Action when that series debuts on Cartoon Network. Therefore, there’s no need for Supes or Bats to show up on DC Super Hero Girls. Accept the series for what it is or don’t deal with it at all. If you want DCSHG to be something other than what it is, there’s always fan fiction. Get to writing!

Confessions of a Superman Fan

Guys, I have to say that seeing the “blockbuster” film Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice a couple of weeks ago, as well as the lukewarm reception  the aforementioned film has received from both viewers and critics has left me feeling a tad blue.


“Hello, darkness, my old friend…”

You see, we here at Twinsanity are Superman fans. We have been for years now, and speaking as a Superman fan, I have to say, it’s really hard these days to be one. There hasn’t been a decent take on Superman in the media since Superman: The Animated Series and if one counts it, Smallville. And Big Blue’s latest venture on the big screen has just been one flop after another. Granted, neither Man of Steel nor Batman V Superman bombed at the box office, but the reception for these films has not been stellar. Many fans (myself included) feel that our hero Supes is just being continually dumped on through both of these movies. And while Batman is enjoying the success of the Arkham Asylum video games, Superman’s most noteworthy game Superman 64 is is infamously known for being one of THE WORST video games of all time. In this current society of “Dark, moody and angsty = AWESOME!!” and most kids preferring the darkness of Batman, it’s especially trying on those of us fans who prefer the light.

One can only imagine what must be going through Supes’ head right now…

The thing of it is, Superman used to be The Man, and he can be that again, but a couple of things need to happen first. For one, writers and directors need to stop getting these two guys mixed up with each other.


Superman is NOT Batman! The 2 heroes AREN’T the same! They’re at opposite sides of the DC Heroes’ spectrum. Batman is dark, brooding and gritty. Superman is not!  Superman represents hope, light, idealism. Supes is the hero that other super heroes aspire to be like. And while we’re on the subject, Superman’s city Metropolis does NOT look like this:


This is Gotham City. Gotham is the seedy, crime infested hell hole. Metropolis, by contrast, is a beautiful city.


You see this? Notice the bright colors, the blue sky and how everything here isn’t shades of gray?

My point: Don’t write Superman the way that you would Batman because they AREN’T  the same. Superman averts Armegeddon while Batman deals with the crazies. I’m not denying the awesome-ness of Batman, Wolverine and their ilk, but not every super hero needs to be Batman or Wolverine. Much like how you can’t have a top without a bottom or a front without a back, dark super heroes can’t exist without the light ones. A world in which every single super hero is dark and angst ridden is not a world that I’d want to live in. I can’t put it any better than JustSomeRandomGuy voiced through Spider Man on his YouTube channel:

“The light super heroes compliment the dark super heroes and vice-versa. If every super hero were dark, that would be boring because they’d all be exactly the same.”

There is a ray of hope, though. Reportedly, after the lukewarm reception of BVS,  DC plans to be more “hands on” with the future DCEU films, and there’s even talk of bringing in the likes of Bruce Timm as a consultant for the Justice League movies. It’s too late for Warner Brothers to give Zack Snyder the boot as director (as much as I’d like for that to happen), but word is that while Snyder will still be directing Justice League Part 1, there may be a different director for JL Part 2.

You see, Superman used to be The Man, and he can be again, but Big Blue needs to directed by someone who understands the character and who respects the character’s mythos and just plain gets Superman. I’d like to see another good Superman movie in my lifetime, so it’s time to step your game up, WB.

Wouldn’t you like for things to be like this again?



Cartoon Country: Superhero City – A Visitor’s Guide

Inspired by Jason (Goldstar)’s recent Cartoon Country on The Super Hero Squad Show, I’ve decided to pay homage to one of my personal favorite aspects of SHS, its’ setting of Superhero City.

First, let’s get the boring expository stuff out of the way:

  1. Although this article was indeed inspired by the Superhero City on Super Hero Squad, the setting depicted in this article is not the same Superhero City from that show, but rather a different Superhero City which I made up, though the name’s the same. I really like the name Superhero City and I couldn’t think of a better one, so I’m not changing it. Our site, our rules.
  2. As a superhero/sci-fi geek, I enjoy things from both Marvel and DC, so my Superhero City will incorporate characters, references and allusions to both companies. Think of it as an alternate universe where both DC and Marvel characters coexist but legal and copyright restrictions don’t. Now that we’ve established that…
Let the tour begin!

Let the tour begin!


Welcome to Superhero City, an active and thriving metropolis in the West Zone region. It’s big. It’s beautiful. It’s pristine. It’s technologically advanced….

And it's crawling with superheroes! That's why they call it Superhero City, that's how it go its' name.

And it’s crawling with superheroes! That’s why they call it Superhero City, that’s how it got its’ name.

At the center of city in the town square is a giant statue honoring 3 of Superhero City’s most honored and decorated citizens.

Trinty Statue

It is surrounded by the 3 Pillars of Epic Majestic Greatness.

The Steel Pillar, representing the forces of Strength and Power in Superhero City...

The Steel Pillar, representing the forces of Strength and Power in Superhero City…

The Plastic Pillar, representing the forces of Science and Reason in Superhero City...

The Plastic Pillar, representing the forces of Science and Reason in Superhero City…

And the Wooden Pillar, representing the forces of Nature and Spirituality.

And the Wooden Pillar, representing the forces of Nature and Spirituality in Superhero City.

All surrounded by beautiful dancing fountains.

Who came up with this amazing tribute? It sure as heck wasn’t the city’s mayor, former Luchador El Emenopeio.

He got the job 'cause nobody else wanted it, and he runs unopposed every year.

He got the job ’cause nobody else wanted it, and he runs unopposed every year.

Where do all of the city’s enhanced, irradiated, mutated and just plain incredible citizens come from?

Some arrived here from outer space…

“Hello, Meagan!”

“Welcome to Earth! Bonjour, Bienvenidos, and Klatu, Barada, Nikto!”

…Others emigrated here from our sister city, Magix….


A magical floating city in its’ own right, housed atop a large, puffy pink cloud (really!), which hangs and hovers above Superhero City, connected to its’ beach and bay side by the Ever Rainbow, which is always visible even at night and never goes away (hence the name). SHC denizens can only visit Magix when invited by a citizen of Magix, who are the only ones who can make the Rainbow solid, and even then they need to wear a visitors’ badge.

Asgard Night

Magix is part of Superhero City the same way that Alaska and Hawaii are part of the United States. Few non-enchanted individuals have actually seen Magix from the inside, but it is said to be very picturesque and very, very sparkly. Its’ populace is rather private, but they’re OK with being considered part of Superhero City provided the city residents keep themselves pretty much to themselves.


Magix is home to fairies, wizards, witches, elves, dwarfs, pirates, jesters, royals and monsters. If you want to get yourself a wand or a unicorn or a Pegasus or a Firebird off the black market, this is where you’d want to go.

Here's a rare shot of Magix's countryside, and here's.....

Here’s a rare shot of Magix’s countryside, and here’s…..

“Sorry sweetie, but that’s as far as you go. No cameras beyond this point, by order of the Queen. You’re free to file a formal complaint, as long as you’re OK with getting a lightning bolt up the ass!”

Moving on….

Still more come from the Mad Science capital of the US, Megacorp.


For decades, this company has done a ton of noodling with science and nature and experimenting on living beings, creating numerous cyborgs, human/alien crossbreeds, evolved dinosaurs, beings of living flame, genetically altered clones and atomic supermen, populating the city with many metahumans.

“Oh, what do you expect from us? We’re MAD!”

These days, however, after receiving their 1000th federal injunction (happy anniversary!), Megacorp has since cleaned up their act (as far as we know), and now mainly manufactures a popular brand of soft drink called Pop-Off Proto-Cola.

Proto-Cola. Available in Red, Yellow, Blue, Orange and new White! Proto-Cola. It's deliciously addictive! And perfectly harmless. We swear.

Pop-Off Proto-Cola. Available in Red, Yellow, Blue, Orange and new White! Proto-Cola. It’s deliciously addictive! And perfectly harmless. We swear.

Now, you may be wondering: with so many superhumans residing among them, what have the city’s non-super powered citizens done to cope?

They've become...Gasp!...OK with it!

They’ve become…Gasp!…OK with it!

Yes, believe it or not, an entire sub-culture of Supers living among normal humans has eliminated the need for secret identities and the rest of the populace has simply learned to coexist. In Superhero City, it doesn’t matter if you can fire beams from your eyes, or lift a tank over your head or fly like a comet across the sky…

“Try all of the above!”

It does’t matter if you’re metallic or mystical or interplanetary; in this town, you’re free to be whoever (or whatever) you choose.

Regardless of where you come from, what you look like, what you do or what you're composed of, in Superhero City everyone can let their super-freak flag fly!

Regardless of where you come from, what you look like, what you do or what you’re composed of, in Superhero City everyone can let their super-freak flag fly!

No powers? No problem!

With Mad Science being such an everyday part of life here, it's not uncommon for some folks to be scary smart, possessing massive brain powers in place of super powers, and that's cool too. Superhero City embraces geniuses and budding Mad Scientists, techno-geeks and engineers. Somebody's gotta be able to program our DVRs and smartwatches, after all.

With Mad Science and high-tech being such everyday parts of life here, it’s not uncommon for some folks to be scary smart, possessing massive brain powers in place of super powers, and that’s cool too. Superhero City embraces geniuses and budding Mad Scientists, techno-geeks and engineers. Somebody’s gotta be able to program our DVRs and smartwatches, after all.


“Your brain is so BIG!”

To your left, in the upper skyline, you’ll see Makuhero Tower.

Hero Factory Tower Sunrise

…Which is home to gazillionaire scientist Prof. Xena Makuhero and her gifted children Icy, Mondo, Lazer, Angel and Psimon, collectively known as The X-Perts, a family of wealthy, famous, super-powered do-gooders and all around nice people.

Despite living in a high-tech tower, having cool matching monogrammed uniforms, awesome powers and mad skills, and getting invites to all of the Superhero Socials, the Makuheroes are NOT superheroes, but rather are adventurers, researchers, scientists, adventurers and exploerers. Don't feel bad, it's a common mistake, everyone makes it.

Despite living in a high-tech tower, having cool matching monogrammed uniforms, awesome powers and mad skills, and getting invites to all of the Superhero Socials, the Makuheroes are NOT superheroes, but rather are adventurers, researchers, scientists, adventurers and explorers. Don’t feel bad, it’s a common mistake, everyone makes it.

BTW, check out their S.S.S.S.T. (Sweet, Sweet, Super Sonic Transport).

BTW, check out their S.S.S.S.T. (Sweet, Sweet, Super Sonic Transport).

To your right, you’ll spot the Z-Dome.


Channel_z_ Z _2009

Folks here instantly recognize this logo as the symbol for Superhero City’s animal sanctuary/wildlife preserve, conveniently located in Banzai Gardens Park, known as Zooropa.

Republic City Park



Zooropa is a haven for the Mutanimals, a sub-species of intelligent talking animals who were originally genetically altered by Megacorp back in the 1960’s (everybody was experimenting with stuff back then) and have since been crossbreeding and growing slowly in numbers as a recognizable portion of the populace.

They're cute, and cartoon writers are fascinated with them.

They’re cute, and cartoon writers are fascinated with them.

While there are still a few curmudgeons who aren’t OK with the idea of Mutaninals living among them…

“Mutanimals! Flobbity-Flee! Back in my day, critters kept their yaps shut and were kept on leashes! That’s the way it was and we LIKED it!”

..Many more have come to accept them just as any other breed of citizen.

In fact, some lucky ones occasionally get adopted by humans to become sidekick pets. They get fame, glory, respect, a cool jet pack and all the kibble they can eat!

In fact, some lucky ones occasionally get adopted by humans to become sidekick pets. They get fame, glory, respect, a cool jet pack and all the kibble they can eat!

Life would be positively copacetic in Superhero City if it weren’t for one thing:



These rogues, thugs, punks, freaks, monsters, antagonists and gangsters have all been deported to neighboring Villainville, a bleak, dark, smoking, polluted, toxic slum of dirt and filth–ewww! Villainville is blocked away from Superhero City by a huge wall erected by the Mayor (one of the few genuinely useful things he’s ever signed into action), but once in a while one of these creeps gets ballsy and tries to leap over the wall to go into the city to cause mayhem, but of course they’re usually quickly disposed of and either tossed back over the wall or into the clink, whichever’s more convenient.

“You’d have to be crazy to try and commit a crime in a city full of superheroes, but thankfully we’re crazy, too!”