Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #112

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #112 (On Sale: May 28, 1968) has a cool cover by Neal Adams. I don't know if it the Superman clock that makes me love this or what.

"The Murderous Magnaman" is by Otto Binder, Pete Costanza and Joe Giella. Jimmy Olsen is kidnapped and taken to the foreign nation of Duxania by Princess Vannia. When they arrive he tries to call Superman with his signal watch, but a rebel assassin with super powers known as Magnaman responds. Magnaman attacks Jimmy, then tries to kill King Ogtar. Jimmy is able to chase the villain away with sonic blast from his watch. Vannia then explains that she brought Jimmy to Duxania to help.

Jimmy learns that Magnaman was once Klarz, a lab assistant who stole a secret formula that gave him his powers. Jimmy tries to discover Magnaman's secret weakness and is tricked into believing that lead will stop him. Magnaman then disguises himself as Superman and plans to rob the royal treasury. However, a gopher that was exposed to the same super-serum as Magnaman approaches him while underground. When the two come together, they both lose their powers, and Magnaman suffocates.

The back-up story is "Jimmy the Red, Thor's Best Pal" by Robert Bernstein, Curt Swan and Stan Kaye and reprinted from Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #55. Jimmy Olsen translates a viking tablet and reads it aloud which transports him back into the past. There, he meets Thor and frees the god from imprisonment at the hands of Loki. Jimmy is rewarded by becoming Thor’s pal.

Loki seeks revenge against Jimmy, but Thor rescues his friend when alerted by a horn Jimmy carries. Finally, Loki binds Thor and moves against the unprotected Jimmy.

Edited by Mort Weisinger.

1 comment:

Larry said...

My son found this same issue in an old house he is renovating. The issue is in very good complete condition. I am wondering how to find out if it has any value. Thank you for posting the information it has been very helpful.