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Every week, I will spotlight 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. Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a suggestion for a future installment!
Today we look at a touching (if odd) tribute to John F. Kennedy from 1965’s Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #89!
In the story “The Infamous Four” by Jerry Siegel and Kurt Schaffenberger, Jimmy Olsen is given an unusual assignment (which is what Jimmy Olsen does best, of course)…
So OF COURSE Jimmy gets sent into the future. The year is 2063.
Jimmy ends up in a high school class where the students use animatronics to piece together pieces of history…
It’s a cool idea, but it is kind of hilarious to note that Siegel figured 98 years was enough time for kids to completely forget even the most famous and basic parts of American History.
I love how jerky the teacher is to Jimmy here.
The other students all got their things wrong, too, but they weren’t suspended for LYING! Cripes!
Anyhow, Jimmy then stumbles upon a bunch of bad guys (of course he did, he’s Jimmy Olsen!) and they begin chasing him into a strange scene…
He escapes back to the present but doesn’t get why the crooks were captured. And then there’s the twist…
That’s actually a pretty darn good twist and quite a tribute to President Kennedy. I imagine Mort Weisinger was behind it.
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