Top 5: Awesome Things About Jack Kirby’s Jimmy Olsen Comics

5. Goody Rickles (Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #139)

Not Don Rickles you hockey puck! A Don Rickles look-a-like who worked for Galaxy Broadcasting. He was annoying enough that Morgan Edge (OG Rupert Murdoch) had devoted time to trying to kill him. Kids loved Don Rickles in the 70s.

 

4. The Habitat (Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #133)

Turns out there is a wilderness area near Metropolis that no one goes to…except disenfranchised motor cycle gangs. They went there, found an underground realm and created the first Ewok village. Superman has little respect for dropouts.

 

3. Tons of Clones (Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #135)

We have good guys making clones. We have bad guys making clones. Jimmy Clones. Superman clones. Newsboy Legion clones. Bad guys letting them wiggle around in their hands. DNAliens and giant green Jimmys that hate Superman. Mini soldier clones. Once the secret of DNA was unlocked everything was up for grabs.

 

2. Superman Dealing with Hippies (Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #144)

"Listen man, I can fly without your sun. My sun is fun mixed with a smile. Your cape is harshing my buzz." Superman gets invited to a dance club and he goes, because he has nothing else to do. At least the ladies like him. Kirby enjoys putting Superman in with counter culture types. That is because he was awesome.

 

1. Transilvane (Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #143)

What would you do if you were fired from your cloning job? Same here! I would build a miniature planet in my basement, then set up movie projectors pointed at the world. The projectors would only show horror movies. That way the cloned  mini-life on my mini-planet will evolve into horror movie creatures. The devil horns are just for show. Metal.

Comments

  1. pppiquer pppiquer says:

    alright then, I shall begin the building of a planet right away, see you guys in 5 years!

  2. Superman is such a square.

  3. Wolfdog Wolfdog says:

    It’s the future now, and I still can’t buy a Kirby designed, tree-hugging, reverse 3-wheeler?

    Time to dig through the longboxes and re-read this awesome run.

  4. I picked up the 1st volume of the Kirby Omibus, it’s insane in all the right ways. And Superman is sort of like John Wayne, mixed with my step dad trying to figure out how to work the dvd player. 

  5. drawing a blank.  who’s the guy with the gold shield in the panel with #2???

  6. Conor Kilpatrick conor (@cskilpatrick) says:

    @justincresswell  Guardian.

  7. Caifan99 Caifan99 says:

    Did Colletta ink most of those issues? It looks like a fun read.

  8. wangman31888 wangman31888 says:

    this art is beautiful, kirby truly was a genius

    was superman’s pal a really big title back in those days? cuz i would never have thought kirby to draw a book like this

  9. Thomas Katers ThomasKaters says:

    @wangman31888  No it was not. Kirby elected to take a lower selling title. These Jimmy Olsen stories were running concurrently with his other Fourth World books. These Jimmy Olsen stories are the first place we see Darkseid.

  10. This is just one of the many many reasons way Jimmy Olsen is awesome!!!

  11. Damn. Look at that last splash page you posted! Now I want to read this for the crazy, ridiculous art and the ridiculous story.

  12. froggulper says:

    I recently read most of this run. It’s BIZARRE! The weird quasi-hippy Beardies and their secret world???? SO STRANGE!

    That said, I enjoyed all of Kirby’s other stuff at the time even more. I mean the proper “Fourth World” stuff that Jimmy Olsen only dipped into. New Gods, Mr. Miracle, Forever People–those are CLASSIC GENIUS MASTERPIECES! I liked Kirby on J.O., but on the other series I think his writing and art was SO much better.