Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #111

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #111 (On Sale: April 9, 1968) has a pretty cool cover by Neal Adams. I just live his take on Elastic Lad.

"Jimmy Olsen, Boy Wonder" is by Cary Bates and Pete Costanza. Jimmy Olsen petitions to join the Mystery Analysts of Gotham City. When he is rejected, he storms out of the room before the reason for the decision can be revealed. Jimmy then enlists the help of Robin to fool Batman. Robin schools Jimmy on his life and helps disguise him as the Boy Wonder.

When Batman returns from a Justice League mission, Jimmy meets him in the Bat-Cave pretending to be Robin. Batman acts like he is fooled, but Jimmy makes a small mistake that clues in Batman to his real identity.

Batman then conspires with the Mystery Analysts to trick Jimmy. Members of the group disguise themselves as the Scorpion Gang and capture Batman. However, Jimmy is able to discover who they really are. This story was reprinted in Superman Family #171 and Showcase Presents:Robin the Boy Wonder Vol. 1 TPB.

Next is our cover story, "Elastic Lad's Wrestling Match," which is a reprint from Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #54 and is by Robert Bernstein, Curt Swan and John Forte but has four new pages inserted in the middle of the story, which are by E. Nelson Bridwell, Curt Swan and George Klein. Jimmy Olsen goes to a wrestling match and discovers that the promoter has fixed the fights. Accepting a standing challenge, Jimmy enters the ring after drinking his Elastic Lad serum. With his stretching powers, Jimmy defeats each of the promoter’s wrestlers. His final opponent is the Ugly Superman who drinks the Elastic Serum. Jimmy struggles against his stretching opponent in order to last ten minutes and earn five thousand dollars for charity. Jimmy tricks the Ugly Superman into colliding with the real Superman who is flying by.

Edited by Murray Boltinoff.

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