644 – Pack a Tux for Your Jimmy

Jimmy Olsen’s comic book has always been a place for comic relief. In Jimmy Olsen #21 (April 1957), he mistakenly thinks Lois Lane is in love with him and ends up proposing to her not to break her heart. He continues the mix-up into his dreams where he imagines the wedding takes place, Superman is […]

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604 – Jimmy as Superboy

In Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #8 (August 1955), Jimmy poses as Superboy alongside Superman to fake out a criminal who is threatening Superman’s secret identity. It seems like the character of Jimmy Olsen has really taken off by mid-1995 – giving readers that sense of escapism of being Superman-adjacent.

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602 – Krypton City

In Adventure Comics #216 (July 1955), Superboy discovers that a city from Krypton fell and crashed into a jungle on Earth years ago. Greedy explorers discover it while searching for diamonds along with a cache of kryptonite. Superboy has only one ally, a professor of archaeology, who helps Superboy by pretending he is Superman. Lucky […]

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577 – Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen

Another fixture of the Silver Age debuts in July 1954: Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen. This comic book appeared largely due to his popularity in the “Adventures of Superman” television series. It features Jimmy Olsen getting into trouble with lots of appearances of Superman (only two panels of a brown-haired Lois Lane in this first issue […]

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555 – Jimmy Olsen Returns

While he was a regular from the Adventures of Superman hit Radio and TV shows, Jimmy Olsen finally makes his first appearance as a regular supporting cast member in Superman #86 (November 1953). We haven’t really seen him for the last nine years in the comic books though. In this story, he gets made editor-for-a-day […]

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250 – Supporting Feature

Alfred the Butler becomes the first non-sidekick supporting character to get his own stories in Batman #22 (February 1944). Mostly focusing on Alfred’s bumbling attempts to be a successful detective, Alfred’s stories came long before Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen got their supporting stories in Superman comics.

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247 – Jimmy Gets A Last Name

Up until now, Jimmy Olsen has had very few appearances in the comic books. Mostly as an unnamed office boy, sometimes with blonde hair and sometimes with red. The one named appearance as “Jimmy” was back in Superman #13 (August 1941), but as far as I can tell, it wasn’t until World’s Finest Comics #13 […]

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163 – First Jimmy Olsen?

Continuing my streak of hard-hitting investigative comic book journalism, is the elevator boy in Action Comics #38 (May 1941) the first true appearance of Jimmy Olsen? We have red hair, bowtie and green coat! At this point in history, Jimmy Olsen existed as a character in the Superman radio show for about a year and […]

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