Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #133

Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #133

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“(National Periodicals) is the place to be, in order to watch the medium lock into our turbulent times and fish for the future. For in that future, comics should be bigger than ever and the forerunner to newer and more stimulating trends.”Writer/artist/editor Jack Kirby, on his move to DC
(From an introductory biography in this issue)

Review

Title: “Jimmy Olsen Superman’s Pal Brings Back the Newsboy Legion!”
Synopsis: A dangerous assignment sends Jimmy Olsen in search of the Mountain of Judgement as Kirby’s “Fourth World” epic begins.

Writer: Jack Kirby
Penciler: Kirby
Inker: Vince Colletta

“Kirby is here!” exclaims the cover. And, with that, the Bronze Age of comics begins. It’s hard to imagine how this comic would have been received by readers in 1970, or if they were aware of the historical shift they were witnessing. But, to modern readers, Jimmy Olsen #133 is one odd comic. As with much of his ’70s output, writer/artist Jack Kirby wrestles here with the social upheaval of the 1960s. Mix in some Golden Age characters (the annoying Newsboy Legion), a few “King”-sized concepts and Kirby’s painfully clunky dialogue, and this issue has an almost surreal quality.

Grade: B

Cool factor: Kirby at DC … the “Fourth World” begins … as does the Bronze Age!
Not-so-cool factor: The Newsboy Legion — especially “frogman” Flipper Dipper — is painfully uncool. But DC’s decision to have the heads of Kirby’s Superman and Jimmy Olsen renderings redrawn by other artists is uncooler, still (see Mark Evanier’s POVonline for the details).

Second opinion: Recommended by The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition).

Notable: “Fourth World” begins. … First appearance of Morgan Edge. … Includes a one-page text biography titled “Jack Kirby — Continued.” … Kirby completed an alternate cover for his issue (read about it at Rip Jagger’s Dojo).

Character Quotable
“I’ve a hunch I’ve wandered into a dropout society! Anything can happen here!”Superman, super square
Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #133

SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #133
Published and © by DC, October 1970
Cover by Jack Kirby and Vince Colletta (and probably Al Plastino)

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Editor’s note: This review first appeared on Comics Bronze Age, Sept. 3, 2012.

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