History Comicbook / JimmyOlsen

5th Mar '17 6:08:32 PM nombretomado
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Jimmy works as a photographer for the Daily Planet, which is an excuse for him to accompany the [[IntrepidReporter intrepid reporters]] Lois and Clark in their adventures without being one himself. However, he has absolutely no problem getting into far more trouble and sent on far more bizarre adventures than he seeks out, and his unique status, which since ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' has almost taken the form of a RunningGag, is the fact that he is possibly the single most powerful WeirdnessMagnet in the entire DC Universe (and in this respect is often compared to Comicbook/TheAvengers' ally Rick Jones from {{Marvel}}).

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Jimmy works as a photographer for the Daily Planet, which is an excuse for him to accompany the [[IntrepidReporter intrepid reporters]] Lois and Clark in their adventures without being one himself. However, he has absolutely no problem getting into far more trouble and sent on far more bizarre adventures than he seeks out, and his unique status, which since ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' has almost taken the form of a RunningGag, is the fact that he is possibly the single most powerful WeirdnessMagnet in the entire DC Universe (and in this respect is often compared to Comicbook/TheAvengers' ally Rick Jones from {{Marvel}}).
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17th Dec '16 6:44:04 AM rafi
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* MistakenForCheating: Jimmy Olsen has been known to be DisguisedInDrag on more than one occasion. After one such example, though, Jimmy got read the riot act by Lucy Lane. Turns out Lucy found in his apartment the purse, perfume and jewelry that were part of the masquerade lying around his apartment, but she thought he was dating someone else behind her back.
8th Dec '16 4:26:44 AM SwiftSeraph
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* [[RodandReelRepurposed Rod-and-Reel Repurposed]]: Jimmy unravels a mystery involving some thieves partially by finding a fishing hook too big to be for any fish in the area. Therefore, he deduced that the crooks were hiding their loot underwater and went fishing for it. (Superman quickly slipped it on the hook to prevent it from taking as long as it might otherwise.)
24th Nov '16 6:57:25 AM HeroGal2347
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* IHaveYourWife: Jimmy was frequently taken hostage to get to Superman, to the degree where he tried to [[DefiedTrope defy]] it once or twice.

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* IHaveYourWife: Jimmy was frequently taken hostage to get to Superman, to the degree where he tried to [[DefiedTrope defy]] it deal with it]] himself once or twice.



* LovesMyAlterEgo: In imaginary story '' Jimmy Olsen Superman's Pal #57'' Linda Danvers -Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}- and Jimmy marry. However Linda is amnesiac and depowered when the wedding happens, and doesn't remember anything about her SecretIdentity. When Linda regains her memories and her powers she decides she needs to tell Jimmy she is Supergirl but in a tactful way. Her "great" plan was revealing Supergirl's existence to him. Then, as Supergirl, she will make him fall in love with her. Then when he is in love with both Linda and Supergirl, she'll reveal she is one and the same. Surprisingly, her nutty idea worked.

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* LovesMyAlterEgo: In imaginary story '' Jimmy Olsen Superman's Pal #57'' Linda Danvers -Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}- and Jimmy marry. However Linda is amnesiac and depowered when the wedding happens, and doesn't remember anything about her SecretIdentity. When Linda regains her memories and her powers she decides she needs to tell Jimmy she is Supergirl but in a tactful way. Her "great" plan was revealing Supergirl's existence to him. Then, as Supergirl, she will make him fall in love with her. Then when he is in love with both Linda and Supergirl, she'll reveal she is one and the same. Surprisingly, her nutty idea worked.The plan gives Jimmy a massive guilt trip, as he is attracted to Supergirl but doesn't want to be unfaithful to Linda. When she reveals the secret, he is extremely relieved to find out he's been involved in a TwoPersonLoveTriangle.
24th Nov '16 2:44:54 AM rafi
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* AbandonedCatchphrase: In the early days of his comic, Jimmy Olsen would think "Super duper!" to himself when something went off well. It didn't last and has long since fallen into obscurity.



%%* {{Adorkable}}: Jimmy's outdated clothing, innocent demeanor, and extreme loyalty to Superman make him this.

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%%* * {{Adorkable}}: Jimmy's outdated clothing, innocent demeanor, and extreme loyalty to Superman make him this.this.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: One [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] story had Jimmy stranded on an alien world where everyone spoke English. The explanation? They had studied the universe's languages and adopted English as the ''most efficient!'' Never mind that English--with its various loanwords, silent letters, and how every rule has an exception--is far from the most efficient language on ''this'' planet.


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* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Jimmy Olsen's transformation into Turtle-Man is perhaps the most ridiculous example.
24th Nov '16 12:24:32 AM Tron80
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* LovesMyAlterEgo: In imaginary story '' Jimmy Olsen Superman's Pal #57'' Linda Danvers -Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}- and Jimmy marry. However Linda is amnesiac and depowered when the wedding happens, and doesn't remember anything about her SecretIdentity. When Linda regains her memories and her powers she decides she needs to tell Jimmy she is Supergirl but in a tactful way. Her "great" plan was revealing Supergirl's existence to him. Then, as Supergirl, she will make him fall in love with her. Then when he is in love with both Linda and Supergirl, she'll reveal she is one and the same. Surprisingly, her nutty idea worked.
9th Nov '16 8:59:50 AM nombretomado
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Jimmy's series lasted into the [[TheSeventies 1970s]], when, as with Lois, DC tried to make him a more modern, believable character. He got a new set of clothes (loooong after Archie had stopped using his own similar set) and had adventures that didn't involve Superman or zany plots. He even picked up the nickname "Mister Action" (despite not starring in DC's Action Comics). Ironically, the weirdness came back with a vengeance when, of all people, JackKirby came along to write and draw the series. Kirby, fresh off MarvelComics, decided to take this series as there was no assigned staff at the time, so he wouldn't cost anyone his job. With the clean slate, Kirby used the series to launch his ComicBook/NewGods saga (which means that, yes, {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} debuted in ''this'' title!) Kirby also used the series to bring back his own, older creations, the Newsboy Legion (both as adult scientists AND as their teenage clones) and the superhero The Guardian. On top of that, he also invented the DNA Project (known now as Cadmus) that would later have an impact on characters such as ComicBook/{{Superboy}} with their cloning techniques. Oh, and in case you think he forgot about Jimmy, he added one more transformation to the character's collection: "Homo Tremendus", i.e. Jimmy as a berserking caveman!

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Jimmy's series lasted into the [[TheSeventies 1970s]], when, as with Lois, DC tried to make him a more modern, believable character. He got a new set of clothes (loooong after Archie had stopped using his own similar set) and had adventures that didn't involve Superman or zany plots. He even picked up the nickname "Mister Action" (despite not starring in DC's Action Comics). Ironically, the weirdness came back with a vengeance when, of all people, JackKirby Creator/JackKirby came along to write and draw the series. Kirby, fresh off MarvelComics, Creator/MarvelComics, decided to take this series as there was no assigned staff at the time, so he wouldn't cost anyone his job. With the clean slate, Kirby used the series to launch his ComicBook/NewGods saga (which means that, yes, {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} debuted in ''this'' title!) Kirby also used the series to bring back his own, older creations, the Newsboy Legion (both as adult scientists AND as their teenage clones) and the superhero The Guardian. On top of that, he also invented the DNA Project (known now as Cadmus) that would later have an impact on characters such as ComicBook/{{Superboy}} with their cloning techniques. Oh, and in case you think he forgot about Jimmy, he added one more transformation to the character's collection: "Homo Tremendus", i.e. Jimmy as a berserking caveman!
3rd Oct '16 8:26:25 AM DustSnitch
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The continued interest in the character just goes to show Jimmy is likely to remain a part of the Superman Mythos forever. [[spoiler:Except in the Film/DCExtendedUniverse, where he appears in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' just long enough to [[WeHardlyKnewYe get killed off]].]]

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The continued interest in the character just goes to show Jimmy is likely to remain a part of the Superman Mythos forever. [[spoiler:Except in the Film/DCExtendedUniverse, where he appears in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' just long enough to [[WeHardlyKnewYe get killed off]].]]
18th Sep '16 12:49:45 PM nombretomado
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An anonymous character who looked like Jimmy turned up as early as ''"Action Comics''" #6 (November, 1938). But the first actual comic book appearance for Mr. Olsen was ''"Superman''" #13 (November-December, 1941). Presumably, he was also created as an AudienceSurrogate for the show's fans, who were mostly young boys. Jimmy also has some resemblance to {{Archie}} (who was also very popular at the time) in that both were impulsive but well-meaning red-haired, freckled teenagers. They even dressed alike, including wearing bowties!

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An anonymous character who looked like Jimmy turned up as early as ''"Action Comics''" #6 (November, 1938). But the first actual comic book appearance for Mr. Olsen was ''"Superman''" #13 (November-December, 1941). Presumably, he was also created as an AudienceSurrogate for the show's fans, who were mostly young boys. Jimmy also has some resemblance to {{Archie}} Franchise/{{Archie|Comics}} (who was also very popular at the time) in that both were impulsive but well-meaning red-haired, freckled teenagers. They even dressed alike, including wearing bowties!
31st Jul '16 12:06:00 PM nombretomado
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(Actually, it was UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age of comic|books}}s, and many of [[DCComics DC's]] stories back then were sold on the basis of bizarre or unexpected turns of events- though Jimmy's were certainly the most varied of all.)

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(Actually, it was UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age of comic|books}}s, and many of [[DCComics [[Creator/DCComics DC's]] stories back then were sold on the basis of bizarre or unexpected turns of events- though Jimmy's were certainly the most varied of all.)
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