Stan Lee has long been the public face of Marvel Comics, but avid readers know that Lee is only one half of the Marvel story. Jack “King” Kirby deserves just as much, if not more, credit for the creation of iconic characters like the Fantastic Four, Avengers, and X-Men. Kirby himself was one of the people who held this belief, and he expressed his feelings of betrayal via the creation of Funky Flashman, a supporting character in Mister Miracle and an unofficial DC Comics Stan Lee parody.
Although he doesn't appear much anymore, Funky Flashman is still puttering around the DC Universe — meaning that Kirby’s walking, talking criticism of Lee has outlived Kirby himself, who passed away in 1994.
Funky Flashman Debuted In 1972, And He Was Despicable From The Get-Go
Flashman Was Created By Jack Kirby, Who Left Marvel Comics After Feuding With Stan Lee
Kirby Resented Lee Receiving Sole Credit For Characters They Co-Created
Through Flashman, Kirby Claimed Lee Was Riding On The Coattails Of Marvel’s Original Publisher
The Physical Similarities Between Funky Flashman And Stan Lee Are UndeniablePhoto: Mallrats / Gramercy Pictures
Flashman Had A Sidekick, Houseroy — A Pastiche Of Marvel Editor Roy Thomas