Funky Winkerbean

First Appearance:

March 27th, 1972 (in Funky Winkerbean)
January 20th, 2015 (in Dick Tracy)

Known Relatives:

Cindy Summers, Ex-Wife
Holly Budd Winkerbean, Wife
Corey, Step-Son
Wally Winkerbean, Nephew

Created By:

Tom Batiuk

Funky Winkerbean is the owner and manager of Montoni's Pizza, a restaurant in the town of Westview, Ohio. He is a heavyset man with brown hair (which is greying).

Funky Winkerbean met Dick Tracy and Sam Catchem when the two detectives visited Westview to observe the auction of a cache of valuable comic books that had been stolen by the Jumbler (and were later recovered).

Notes Edit

  • Funky Winkerbean is the titular character of a long-running comic strip created by Tom Batiuk. The strip began as a high school comedy, and was later revamped into a serial with heavily dramatic elements. Some of the characters have strong ties to the world of comic book collecting, thus allowing the strips to cross-over.
  • "Funky" is apparently the character's actual name, not a nickname or an alias.
  • Artist Joe Staton has previously provided artwork for the Funky Winkerbean comic strip, having drawn a cover for the fictional comic book "Starbuck Jones" that was featured in the strip.

    Dick Tracy appearing in Funky Winkerbean (1/20/2015).

  • Dick Tracy appeared in several Funky Winkerbean during the week of January 20th, 2015, drawn by that strip's creative team.

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