Vaughan & Chiang's "Paper Girls" Builds a Familiar Yet Disconcerting World
Every day this August I’ll be spotlighting strange but ultimately endearing comic stories, one a day (basically, we’re talking lots and lots of Silver Age comic books). Here is the archive of past installments of this feature.
Today we look at a strange issue of Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen from 1956 (#14, to be precise), where some backwoods folks believe that Jimmy Olsen is Superman!
The story (written by Otto Binder and drawn by Curt Swan and Ray Burnley – wow, Ray Burnley inking Curt Swan!!) opens with Clark Kent flying in the Daily Planet’s “flying newsroom.” Clark notices that his sleeve was damaged, showing his Superman costume underneath. He takes his Superman costume off at super speed and hides it in the helicopter. However, before he has the chance to go back and get it, Jimmy has taken the chopper out on assignment (I love the idea that Jimmy Olsen is allowed to just fly an expensive helicopter wherever). It crashes and Jimmy’s signal watch is broken. He goes to look for supplies and discovers…
I love that lightning just randomly hits Jimmy. It isn’t even during a storm.
You have to love the boulder hitting at just the right time and in such a way that NO ONE SEES A GIANT BOULDER ROLLING DOWN THE HILL! Hilarious.
I like that even Jimmy is commenting on the weird coincidences.
Jimmy is then promised the hand of a local girl in marriage, but he is challenged by a rival…
I especially dig how Superman is all, “Jimmy, ask me no questions about why my costume was in the helicopter!” And Jimmy has no problem with accepting that. I mean, I know Superman just saved his life and all, but dude is still a reporter and that is one weird situation.
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