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  • Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #5 contains the story "The Boy Olympics". Finding out that the Planet's rival paper, the Sentinel, is on the verge of closing, Jimmy organizes the titular event to keep the Sentinel newsboys from becoming unemployed, even when Superman reminds him that it will mean his own job if he's caught. Perry White gets his own CMOH when we discover that he was also trying to help the Sentinel and was the Anonymous Benefactor who provided money for the Olympics advertising.
    Perry White: Healthy competition is the lifeblood of America, and brotherhood is its heart.
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  • In Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #17, Jimmy believes he is dying of radiation poisoning. When Superman, who has figured out the same thing, becomes upset over being unable to save him, Jimmy instantly forgets about his impending death in an effort to comfort him.note 
  • A similar incident occurs after the end of the Conduit saga. Restrained in a deathtrap designed to be unbeatable, watching his life tick away on a timer overhead, Jimmy delivers a rousing plea to his super powered pal not to blame himself for failing to save him. Luckily, he had an epiphany which allowed Superman to save him — just barely.
    Jimmy Olsen: Superman? It — it's okay, pal. You've saved my life so many times...I wouldn't have had the years I had if not for you! But even a hero can lose, sometimes. It — it's not your fault.
  • In All-Star Superman, Jimmy's protectiveness of Superman during "The Superman/Olsen War", especially one moment after their fight. As he cradles the beaten, unconscious hero, two men approach.
    Jimmy: Don't let anyone see him like this! You hear me?
  • One story from the 80s features Jimmy musing on his best friend's role as inspiration to him and everyone to be better while taking out a group of clown-masked, motorcycling bad guys.
  • The story "A Friend In Need" is pretty adorable from beginning to end.
    • After yet another heroic rescue, Superman is felled by a Kryptonite cloud which finally caught up after the explosion of the planet. The hero is so weak he can barely move. Even after being carried a distance with the help of a forklift and a mattress, he can't stand up on his own.
      Superman: I should be able to walk now.
      Jimmy: Are you sure?
      Superman: Ahk!...N-no.
      Jimmy: 'S okay. Lean on me.
    • Leaning heavily on Jimmy's shoulder the entire way, Superman makes his way down into a lead-heavy cavern outside town, hoping to avoid the Kryptonite. His friend helps him lie down.
      Superman: You have to go...get help.
      Jimmy: Superman, I don't want to leave you like this.
      Superman: Jim, listen to me...the Green Lanterns, the Martian Manhunter...they might be able to help me. I'll be fine here for the moment. Please...go!
      He was right. There was nothing more I could do for him.
      Jimmy: All right, Superman, you're the boss. You hang tough. I won't be gone long. I'll get help. If I have to, I'll bring back the whole Justice League!
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  • In Superman: The Wedding Album, Jimmy becomes upset when Clark doesn't want him to be the photographer at his wedding, thinking Clark is angry with him. Later on, Jimmy pulls Clark aside and tries one last time to convince him to let him be the photographer. Clark then reveals that the reason he didn't want him as his photographer was because he can't do that and be the best man. Upon hearing that, Jimmy practically lights up.


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