Tuesday, December 11, 2012
How Does Jimmy Olsen Rate this??
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #88- October 1965:
Oh, I could have taken the easy road and reviewed the cover story from this issue "The Krypton Crawl", but your mild-mannered reporter doesn't do things the easy way!
No, I felt all of you deserved a glimpse at the middle story of this gem: "The Riddle of the Olsen Statue".
I know what you're thinking, but the mysterious part is not how Jimmy has a fan club.
Look, I know Jimmy and Superman are pals, but Superman has nothing better to do than drag Jimmy's "fan club" to the tropics in a glider??
Not only does Jimmy have a fan club of younger boys, but these kids apparently all got their parents' permission to spend a week unattended on a tropical island.
So the U.S. Navy puts a destroyer at the disposal of a cub reporter? And instead of sending sailors to retrieve these endangered, young Americans, they let Jimmy put on a ludicrous looking wetsuit, hop into a bathyscaph (which he can't get to shore and abandons to the waves- how was this a rescue??) and swim ashore.
Along the way, Jimmy is attacked by a giant clam and his lower legs are injured (where's Aquaman when you need him?).
Jimmy's big rescue consists of crawling around on the island while weird stuff keeps happening. Piles of fruit appear in the night, Mysterious lights and ultimately, a statue appears:
Yes, Jimmy, that's the first rule of leadership; never admit when you don't know!
Luckily, for all of us, Superman finally returns from his trip.
Superman takes Jimmy far below the island to a kingdom of giant insects made super-intelligent and very large due to radiation. But don't worry, Science, you won't get to study them:
Yep, that's right. these insects were not only sentient, they had developed a religion. But don't fret, Superman swatted them just like the dying planet Krypton! Nothing says Silver Age like casual genocide!