Jimmy Olsen, Life Wrecking Idiot (Part 3)

Nick Peron
Comics DC
Comics DC

Previously on Jimmy Olsen, Life Wrecking Idiot…

In my previous two installments, I talked about how much Superman’s pal Jimmy Olsen is a life wrecking idiot. We talked about how he’s really gullible and how he’s literally a toxic person. What more can we say about Jimmy? Well, I’m glad you asked!

Jimmy Olsen is a Stalker

We all know now, by the title of the comic at least, that Jimmy Olsen is Superman’s Pal. All outward appearances, it appears the Jimmy Olsen is accident prone and constantly requires saving. Outwardly it looks like Jimmy’s friendship is one-sided considering that Superman always having to go out of his way because Jimmy is doing something stupid. In fact, it seems to be more trouble than it’s worth. However, I believe that there is something more sinister lurking under this whole relationship. Deep under the cover of “friendship” is a layer of creepiness that I find very unsettling about our pal Jim. Looking up the definition of what a stalker is, it’s hard not to see that he follows some of the pattern behavior. If Jimmy showed this level of obsession to anyone but Superman he’d probably have plenty of restraining orders piled up. Don’t believe me? Well let’s get into this shall we?

Jimmy Olsen - Remix - Jimmy Stalker

Jimmy Olsen wears Superman’s costume more times than Buffalo Bill wears skin.

“The Man of Steel’s Substitute” – From Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #1

In this story, Superman had given a bunch of bum’s a job working for a construction company. When Superman can’t appear to help determine if the steel guiders are faulty the workers threaten to leave their jobs. Jimmy decides to use his vast collection of Superman souvenirs to help save the day by making it look like Superman has made an appearance. The story basically showcases Jimmy’s collection of Superman memorabilia. Let’s do an inventory shall we?

1.) At the beginning, this story Jimmy is fielding Superman’s calls, and determining what are important issues for Superman to address.

Jimmy Olsen #1 - Man of Steel Substitute 01

“Important things like saving me from danger and giving me presents!”

2.) Jimmy has an entire room full of pictures and newspaper clippings of Superman, as well as a life-sized Superman doll.

Jimmy Olsen #1 - Man of Steel Substitute 02

I don’t even want to think about what he does with that at night.

3.) Jim has film and audio recordings and seems rather capable of splicing and putting them together to suit his needs.

Jimmy Olsen #1 - Man of Steel Substitute 03

Okay this, combined with the doll, is starting to get even creepier.

4.) Jim has himself a tailor made Superman costume, that he masquerades around in.

Jimmy Olsen #1 - Man of Steel Substitute 04

I wasn’t kidding about the Buffalo Bill analogy!!

Just when you think that Jimmy takes things too far and that he’s going to get into trouble with Superman he usually pulls a stunt like this after:

Jimmy Olsen #1 - Man of Steel Substitute 05

These two do NOT have a healthy relationship.


“Disappearance of Superman!” – From Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #4

Superman is missing, and Jimmy goes to some very huge lengths to try and find out what happened to his pal, it’s kind of creepy all the effort he goes through to try and find out what happened to his friend. It turns out that Superman was trapped in a mine with a chunk of Kryptonite. Jimmy tracks Superman down and rescues him and Superman then brings the crooks who trapped him in there to justice.

Jimmy Olsen #4 - Disappearing Superman

Even though Jimmy saves the day, you have to wonder what sort of friend prepares various headlines about your demise? Just look at him staring at those headlines longingly. The little creep.

Next Time on Jimmy Olsen, Life Wrecking Idiot…

We’ve got four more examples to go! Each one more telling than the last. In the next article we take a look at what sort of egomaniac Jimmy Olsen truly is!

Nick Peron
Stand-Up Comedian from Ottawa, Canada. Long time contributor at the Marvel Database Wiki. Banned in China.
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