Friday, November 23, 2007

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #108

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #108 (On Sale: November 23, 1967) features a cover by Curt Swan and George Klein.

"The Midas of Metropolis" is by Leo Dorfman, Curt Swan and Jack Abel. Jimmy inherits a million dollars from Ron Hilton, a spendthrift playboy, on the condition that he can spend another million within 24 hours. Superman is assigned to bring Jimmy the money whenever he makes purchases which are restricted to items $50,000 or less. Jimmy is also not allowed to buy more than one of any item.

Jimmy begins his day as a spendthrift. He is making good progress, but some of his purchases actually make him a profit which he must also spend in the allotted period. After several close calls, Jimmy is down to his last dime.

The back-up story is "Jimmy Olsen, the Boy Swordsman" reprinted from Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #41 and produced by Otto Binder, Curt Swan and John Forte. Jimmy Olsen accidentally performs feats of great swordsmanship. He is recruited by a man from Valdania, where swordsmanship is highly regarded, to participate in an exhibition.

Jimmy does well at the exhibition and even vanquishes three outlaw swordsmen. The King rewards Jimmy with treasure. Once outside of Valdania, the Prime Minister reveals that it was a hoax. He used Jimmy to rob the treasury.

Edited by Mort Weisinger.

1 comment:

Norman Boyd said...

My absolute favourite Jimmy story. Forget the Giant Turtle Boy, forget Wolf Boy Jimmy, this story - with NO transformation - has a real kick at the end. I even knew what a dime was back then, because I learned everything about the USA in Superman comics!
Thanks Keller