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All August I spotlighted strange but ultimately endearing comic stories (basically, we’re talking lots and lots of Silver Age comic books). Here is the archive of all the installments of this feature.
The feature comes to a close with Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #30, where Superman adopts Jimmy Olsen and then treats him terribly, including burning a gift Jimmy gave him right in front of Jimmy. What gives, Superman?
Honestly, the story by Otto Binder (with art by Curt Swan and Ray Burnley) does not make much sense, but it is still awesome!
Right off the bat, the comic has issues, as in “since when has Superman considered Jimmy like a son?”
But shut up! You’re getting in the way of the awesomeness with your complaints about the illogic of the story!
So now Superman adopts Jimmy…
Does it matter how strong you are when you’re swinging a twig? I love how Superman actually rented a house for this idea. How exactly is this supposed to work for Clark Kent? Still, I love Jimmy’s exuberance. Not enough guys shout “Wheee!” when they are happy.
The story takes a turn, though, when Superman takes Jimmy to his fortress of solitude…
Superman begins to treat Jimmy like crap.
But Jimmy is determined to make this work!!!
Dayum. By the way, Jimmy’s face on that last panel looks like it belongs in a book about child abuse. Swan did a little TOO good of a job with the facial features there.
Anyhow, since we all know Superman is not actually, you know, INSANE, we learn what his motivations were (while not insane, his motivations are idiotic)…
You just have to love the fact that Superman doesn’t even give a problem a second thought before his mind goes right to, “I know! I’ll do an elaborate ruse!” He’s gone the ruse route for so long he doesn’t know how to solve problems any other way, not even giving it a few more seconds’ thought to determine if the problem actually exists in the first place!
What a classic issue.
And a fine ending to I Love Ya But You’re Strange…for now!
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