To celebrate Superman’s Silver Anniversary – it HAS been 25 years, after all – Jimmy and Superman’s other pals conspire to create Silver Kryptonite in Superman ‘s Pal Jimmy Olsen
vol.1 No.70. It turns out to be a hoax, just a silver shell, and an opportunity to shower Superman with some silver likenesses of his many friends. That’s nice. It’s nice to have a nice story every now and again, even if Superman spent most of it terrified and confused.
Superman and his pal Jimmy find themselves trapped in Kandor, and so adopt the disguises of Nightwing and Flamebird in order to stop some Kryptonian crooks, depite the Man of Steel bring robbed of his wonderful powers in Kandor’s artificial environment. This is not only part of 1963′s general theme of Superman fending for himself without his superhuman abilities, but the introduction of a persistent component of the franchise. If nothing else, the second stage of Dick Grayson’s superheroic career was – before retconning abolished these old Silver Age stories – directly informed by these alternate identities…
Superman and Jimmy playing Batman and Robin means, of course, that they must also have their own Ace the Bathound, thus the somewhat goony-looking “Nighthound.” Seems to me there’s a potential series in Nighthound and Swifty teaming up …
(Superman vol.1 No.158 and Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen vol.1 No.69)
The less-famous of Jimmy’s cross-dressing adventures happens in Superman ‘s Pal Jimmy Olsen
vol.1 No.67, in which the plucky cub reporter tries to teach his former boss a lesson about his indispensability in the disguise of the much-adored-around-the-office Leslie Lowe. The lunkhead forgets to remove his Superman watch, though, so he doesn’t account for himself too well.
At least, this time around, they dispense with the forced masculinity enough for Jimmy to realize that he enjoys a bit of pampering.
Written by JACK KIRBY • Art by JACK KIRBY, VINCE COLLETTA, MIKE ROYER and D. BRUCE BERRY • Cover by JACK KIRBY and MIKE ROYER These are the legendary tales written and illustrated by Jack “King” Kirby that introduced the warring worlds of Apokolips and New Genesis, their rulers, Darkseid and Highfather, and countless heroes and villains including Orion, Lightray, Kalibak, Granny Goodness and more. Witness the return of the Newsboy Legion and the struggle of the New Gods and the Forever People to stop Darkseid’s quest for the deadly Anti-Life Equation! This new omnibus edition includes SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #133-139 and 141-148, NEW GODS #1-11, FOREVER PEOPLE #1-11, DC GRAPHIC NOVEL #4: THE HUNGER DOGS and a story from NEW GODS #6 (1984). On sale DECEMBER 6 • 1,536 pg, FC, $150.00 US
This complicated adventure in Superman ‘s Pal Jimmy Olsen
vol.1 No.69* involves an affectionate viking robot girl, controlled by Jimmy Olsen’s fan club and designed to drive Lucy Lane wild with jealousy. Instead, she finds the control panel and flips the why-do-they-even-have-this“Treat Jimmy Coldly” button. They’re also clearly inventing sex robots in the Silver Age Superman universe. Wild times.