Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen

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Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen is an American comic book series published by DC Comics from October 1954 until March 1974, spanning a total of 163 issues. Featuring the adventures of Superman supporting character Jimmy Olsen, it contains stories often of humorous nature.

Background and history

The 1952 television series Adventures of Superman co-starred actor Jack Larson, who appeared regularly as Jimmy Olsen. Largely because of the popularity of Larson and his portrayal of the character, National Comics Publications (DC Comics) decided to create a regular title featuring Jimmy as the leading character.Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman (2006)

Many of the issues include Jimmy undergoing a transformation of some form. Some of these include:
  • Speed Demon in #15 (1956)
  • Elastic Lad in #37 (1959)
  • Wolf-Man in #44 (1960)
  • Giant Turtle Boy in #53 (1961)
  • A human porcupine, in #65 (1962)
  • Hippie in #118 (1969)

When Jack Kirby began working at DC in 1970, he insisted on this title since it was the lowest selling in the publishing line and without assigned talent at the time so he wouldn't cost someone their job.Evanier, Mark. "Afterword." Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus: Volume 1, New York: DC Comics, 2007. During his run, Kirby introduced many memorable characters, notably the Fourth World's New Gods, Darkseid, Project Cadmus and Transilvane. He also reintroduced the Newsboy Legion and the Guardian.

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