The Maniaks with Woody Allen from Showcase #71,
artist Mike Sekowsky
|First appearance||Showcase #68, (May 1967)|
|Created by||E. Nelson Bridwell (writer)|
Mike Sekowsky (artist)
|Type of business||Rock band|
Philip "Flip" Folger
Gilbert "Jangle" Jeffries
Bryon "Pack Rat" Williams
The Maniaks are a fictional rock band published by DC Comics. They first appeared in issue Showcase #68 (May 1967), and were created by E. Nelson Bridwell and Mike Sekowsky.
Fictional team history
The Maniaks were created in the mold of TV's the Monkees—a band that would also get involved in wild adventures, often on the way to their gigs. The band would meet fictionalized versions of famous celebrities, such as "Jeannette Punchinello" (Annette Funicello), "Rock Hutsut" (Rock Hudson), and "Twiggly" (Twiggy). An exception was comedian Woody Allen, who appeared in an unfictionalized form in Showcase #71.
The Maniaks as a band made no further appearances after Showcase #71. Silver Shannon later appeared in The Power Company limited series, where she worked as a personal assistant to Josiah Power.
The Power of Shazam
In The Power of Shazam #48, a one-issue revival that tied into the Blackest Night event, Amon Tomaz makes a brief reference to the Maniaks.
Justice League of America: Vixen: Rebirth
In the 2017 one-shot Justice League of America: Vixen: Rebirth, Mari McCabe is said to be dating Phil Folger of The Maniaks.
- Silver Shannon - lead vocals, manager
- Philip "Flip" Folger - guitars, contortionist
- Gilbert "Jangle" Jeffries - guitars, ventriloquist
- Byron "Pack Rat" Williams - drums
- Showcase #68 in the Big Database of Comic Books
- Showcase #68 at the Grand Comics Database
- DCU Guide: Silver Shannon
- Archive of Shaw, Scott, "Showcase/The Maniaks No. 71", "Oddball Comics" (column) #1157, May 21, 2007
- DC Comics News Time Bubbles: The Maniaks Make Their Groovy Debut, 50 Years Ago This Week
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