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Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen (1954) - TPB Kirby vol. 02
"Jimmy Olsen: Adventures by Jack Kirby"
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Cover Date: December 2004
Cover Price: US $ 19.95

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Format: Color; Trade Paperback; 192 pages

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Introduction by Mark Evanier

If volume one, chronicling roughly the 1970-71 "season" of Jimmy Olsen, was an exercise in trying to establish a serious, "relevant" tone for the DCU, volume 2 seems to go in the opposite direction. Here we see what Kirby did with Superman after his version was essentially rejected by DC. Olsen becomes a kind of conduit for the more outrageous excesses of Kirby's mind, who by this point may have begun to feel the premature end to his "Fourth World" saga coming. The stories here, Kirby's last in his run at Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen, are high-concept science fantasy, in which Olsen and Superman frequently go outside the bounds of plausibility, ultimately lose the Fourth World thread, but are never dull.

They are, in this way, an early pre-cursor to some of the "Freak of the Week" stories seen on the TV show, Smallville. Olsen, indeed, fulfills a role in this volume very similar to that of Smallville's Chloe Sullivan, with that same knack for discovering every strange, supernatural thing that might be happening.

[Anderson's work, here, was in redrawing the heads on title characters.]

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