Mild Mannered Reviews - Classic Pre-Crisis Superman Comics
Jimmy Olsen #146Cover date: February 1972
Writer/Penciller: Jack Kirby
Inker: Mike Royer
Cover Artist: Jack Kirby and Murphy Anderson
Reviewed by: Charlie Niemeyer
After being reverted to a super-neanderthal at the end of last issue, Jimmy escapes from his bonds and begins using the machinery to attack Simyan and Mokkari before Mokkari is able to hit him with a tranquilizer. At about that time, the intruder alarm sounds, which the evil scientists go to investigate. Once they leave, Scrapper and the Scrapper Trooper see Jimmy's condition and resolve to find a way out of the Evil Factory.
Back in Metropolis, Dubbilex is practicing the use of his powers by lifting Terry Dean around the room of the dance club, which has been miraculously cleaned up (must have been Superman at super-speed). The Guardian emerges from the tunnels below stating that there is no one in them, but they seem to extend for miles. Dubbilex mentions that they connect to the Project, as that is how he got to the dance club last issue. Superman, now more worried and curious about war between New Genesis and Apokolips now involving the Project, enters the tunnels to investigate further. He flies down a tunnel until he comes upon a bright light that's glowing brighter and brighter.
At the Evil Factory, Big Words is trying to find a place to land the Whiz Wagon when it is suddenly stop and spun around by Simyan and Mokkari's repello-beam. Stunned unconscious, the Newsboys are not able to prevent the evil scientists from attaching a giant hook to the Whiz Wagon, which drags the vehicle towards the Evil Factory's atomic furnace! Simyan and Mokkari return to their lab to find that Jimmy is no longer there.
In an area of the Evil Factory that can only be described as a monster pen, Scrapper and the Trooper have loaded Jimmy onto a floor-car and are making their way to the exit when Jimmy wakes up and attacks them. They leap clear of the vehicle as Jimmy picks it up to use as a weapon. He swings it at them, but hits the console behind them instead, which shorts out the barrier of the pen. First to step out is a Sabre-tooth tiger which attacks Jimmy but is quickly put down with a KAARONTCH!
Back at the furnace, Flippa Dippa wakes up in time to see the predicament that he and his friends are in. After discovering that the large claw is stronger that the Whiz Wagon, he drops a mini-concussion under the vehicle. The explosion destroys the claw without damaging the Whiz Wagon, allowing Flip to drive out of the furnace. The rest of the Newsboys regain consciousness just in time for them to be met by a large stampede of escaping monsters. They pick up Scrapper and the Trooper while Jimmy leads the rest of the monsters to Simyan and Mokkari, who are attempting to hide behind the titanium doors of another section of the Evil Factory.
Using a metal bar, Jimmy is able to keep the doors open long enough for him to get through them before they close. Mokkari attempts to blast him with a proton blaster, but Jimmy easily evades the blast. Now annoyed, Jimmy attacks and destroys the blaster, then moves on to the other machines in this section, overloading them. However, a ray screen is also activated, which Jimmy leaps through. The Newsboys, who have somehow also gotten past the monsters and titanium doors, follow Jimmy through the ray screen just as the Evil Factory is destroyed by a great explosion.
Outside, Jimmy is unconscious, but alive. Elsewhere, the Newsboys are also unconscious but alive. The Evil Factory is now nothing more than a small crater.
Next issue, Superman goes to Supertown!
Story - 4: This is a very interesting issue. On one hand, it feels like quite a bit happened, and yet, looking at it a second time, this whole story probably took place in a span of maybe 15 minutes. I liked how Simyan and Mokkari's plan with Jimmy ended up backfiring on them. I also like how Jimmy and the Newsboys, mostly just Jimmy, seemingly took out the Evil Factory without any help from Superman whatsoever. We also get an explanation for what happened to Guardian last issue, but it still might have been nice to have mentioned that last issue. On the other hand, I like how we can't tell if Jimmy back to normal or no at the end. Nice little cliffhanger.
Two side notes: First, I can now spell Simyan and Mokkari without having to actually refer back to the issue for the proper spelling, which will only really come in handy when reviewing comics. Second, there is a subscription ad in this issue that allows you to get 12 issues of "your favorite comics" for a whopping $3. Sigh!
This issue also reprints a golden age adventure of Guardian and the Newsboys from Star Spangled Comics #12, originally published in 1942.
Art - 4: Notice something missing from the art credits above? No, your eyes are not deceiving you. Murphy Anderson is not in this issue (or he is, but he's also inked by Royer so it blends in really well). In any event, the art in this issue is great. Royer's inks are a little looser than Colletta's, but not so much that you really notice a big difference. The only character that looked bad in this issue is Superman, ironically. I don't know if it is Kirby or Royer, but all the extra lines on his face, plus the looser inks allowing more blue to show in his hair, really make Superman look old. I almost expected to see a caption that read "For this issue, the role of Superman will be played by the Superman of Earth-2, Kal-L." Otherwise, great job as usual.
Cover Art - 5: I believe a comic book cover should depict one of two things, either a snapshot of a scene in the book, but maybe from a slightly different angle, or maybe summarize the main points of the story. This cover is a little more of the other. Jimmy never attacked all of the Newsboys, and Superman certainly was not with them at any point in this issue, but we did have Jimmy attacking, the Newsboys trying to escape, and Superman seeming to do nothing that deals with the A-plot. Nice job.
Pre-Crisis Superman Comic Book Reviews
- Action Comics #1 (June 1938)
- Action Comics #2 (July 1938)
- Action Comics #3 (August 1938)
- Action Comics #4 (September 1938)
- Action Comics #5 (October 1938)
- Action Comics #6 (November 1938)
- Action Comics #7 (December 1938)
- Superman Archives: Volume 1 (1939)
- Superman #1 (Summer 1939)
- Action Comics #8 (January 1939)
- Action Comics #9 (February 1939)
- Action Comics #10 (March 1939)
- Superman #13 (November/December 1941) - The Archer
- Superman #19 (November/December 1942) - Case of the Funny Paper Crimes
- Action Comics #60 (May 1943) - Lois Lane - Superwoman
- Superman #30 (September/October 1944) - The Mysterious Mr. Mxyztplk
- Action Comics #80 (January 1945) - Mr. Mxyztplk Returns
- Superman #38 (January/February 1946) - The Battle of the Atoms
- Superman #42 (September/October 1946) - The Death of Clark Kent
- Superman #45 (March/April 1947) - Lois Lane, Superwoman
- Superman #53 (July 1948) - The Origin of Superman
- Action Comics #124 (September 1948) - A Superman of Doom
- Superman #60 (December 1949/January 1950) - The Two Identities of Superman & Superman Fights the Super-Brain
- Superman #76 (May/June 1952) - The Mightiest Team in the World
- Superman #80 (January/February 1953) - Superman's Lost Brother
- Superman 3D (1953) - The Man Who Stole the Sun, Origin of Superman and The Man Who Bossed Superman
- Superman #87 (February 1954) - The Prankster's Greatest Role
- Superman #88 (March 1954) - The Terrible Trio
- Superman #89 (May 1954) - Captain Kent the Terrible, Superman of Skid Row, and One Hour to Doom!
- Superman #91 (August 1954) - The Superman Stamp and Great Caesar's Ghost
- World's Finest #88 (May/June 1957) - Superman and Batman's Greatest Foes
- Superman #115 (August 1957) - The Midget Superman!
- Superboy #65 (May/June 1958) - The Amazing Adventures of Krypto Mouse
- Action Comics #242 (July 1958) - The Super-Duel in Space
- Superman #123 (August 1958) - The Girl of Steel
- Superman #127 (February 1959) - Titano the Super Ape
- Action Comics #252 (May 1959) - The Menace of Metallo and The Supergirl From Krypton
- Superman #129 (May 1959) - The Girl in Superman's Past
- Superman #130 (July 1959) - The Curse of Kryptonite!, The Super-Servant of Crime!, and The Town that Hated Superman!
- Jimmy Olsen #40 (October 1959) - Jimmy Olsen, Supergirl's Pal
- Superman #134 (January 1960) - The Super-Menace of Metropolis
- Jimmy Olsen #42 (January 1960) - The Big Superman Movie!, Perry White, Cub Reporter!, and Jimmy the Genie!
- Jimmy Olsen #44 (April 1960) - The Wolf-Man of Metropolis
- Adventure Comics #271 (April 1960) - How Luthor Met Superboy
- Jimmy Olsen #46 (July 1960) - Jimmy Olsen, Orphan
- Superman #141 (November 1960) - Superman's Return To Krypton
- Superboy #85 (December 1960) - The Impossible Mission
- Jimmy Olsen #51 (March 1961) - The Girl with Green Hair
- Jimmy Olsen #52 (April 1961) - Jimmy Olsen, Wolf-Man
- Superboy #89 (June 1961) - Superboy's Big Brother!
- Action Comics #279 (August 1961) - The Super-Rivals
- Superman #147 (August 1961) - The Legion of Super Villains
- Superman #149 (November 1961) - The Death of Superman!
- Jimmy Olsen #57 (December 1961) - Jimmy Olsen Marries Supergirl
- Superman #155 (August 1962) - Superman Under the Green Sun and The Downfall of Superman
- Justice League of America #13 (August 1962) - Riddle of the Robot Justice League
- World's Finest #129 (November 1962) - Joker-Luthor, Incorporated
- Superman #158 (January 1963) - Superman in Kandor
- Superman #160 (April 1963) - The Mortal Superman
- Superman #161 (May 1963) - The Last Days of Ma and Pa Kent
- Superman #162 (July 1963) - The Amazing Story of Superman-Red and Superman-Blue
- Superman #163 (August 1963) - Wonder-Man, the New Hero of Metropolis and The Goofy Superman
- Justice League of America #21 & #22 (August/September 1963) - Crisis on Earth-One! and Crisis on Earth-Two!
- Superman #164 (October 1963) - The Showdown Between Luthor and Superman
- Superman #165 (November 1963) - The Sweetheart Superman Forgot
- Superman #166 (January 1964) - The Fantastic Story of Superman's Sons
- Superman #167 (February 1964) - The Team of Luthor and Brainiac
- Superman #168 (April 1964) - Luthor - Super Hero and Lex Luthor, Daily Planet Editor
- Superman #169 (May 1964) - The Man Who Stole Superman's Secret Life
- Action Comics #314 (July 1964) - The Day Superman Became The Flash
- Justice League of America #29 & #30 (August/September 1964) - Crisis on Earth-Three! and The Most Dangerous Earth of All!
- Superman #173 (November 1964) - The Triumph of Luthor and Brainiac
- Action Comics #318 (November 1964) - The Death of Luthor
- Action Comics #319 (December 1964) - The Condemned Superman
- Superman #175 (February 1965) - Clark Kent's Brother
- Superman #181 (November 1965) - The Superman of 2965
- The Legion of Super-Heroes - Archives Volume 4 (1965)
- Superman #184 (February 1966) - The Demon Under the Red Sun
- Action Comics #338 (June 1966) - Muto - Monarch of Menace
- Action Comics #339 (July 1966) - Muto versus The Man of Tomorrow
- Superman #189 (August 1966) - Krypton Lives Again
- Action Comics #346 (February 1967) - The Man Who Sold Insurance to Superman and The Case of the Superman Imposter
- Superman #194 (February 1967) - The Death of Lois Lane
- Superman #196 (May 1967) - The Star of Steel
- Superman #199 (January 1967) - Superman's Race With The Flash
- Superman #200 (October 1967) - Super-Brother Against Super-Brother
- The Flash #175 (December 1967) - Race to the End of the Universe
- Justice League of America #63 (June 1968) - Time Signs a Death Warrant for the Justice League
- Superman #211 (November 1968) - The Name of the Game is Superman!
- Superman #215 (April 1969) - Lois LaneŠ DeadŠ Yet Alive
- Superman #224 (February 1970) - Beware the Super-Genius Baby
- Action Comics #393 (October 1970) - Superman Meets Super-Houdini! and The Day Superboy Became Superman!
- Jimmy Olsen #133 (October 1970) - The Newsboy Legion
- Action Comics #394 (November 1970) - Midas of Metropolis and Requiem for a Hot Rod!
- World's Finest #198 (November 1970) - Race to Save the Universe!
- Action Comics #395 (December 1970) - The Secrets of Superman's Fortress and The Credit Card of Catastrophe
- Jimmy Olsen #134 (December 1970) - The Mountain of Judgement!
- World's Finest #199 (December 1970) - A Race to Save Time!
- Superman #233 (January 1971) - Superman Breaks Loose!
- Jimmy Olsen #135 (January 1971) - The Evil Factory!
- Superman #234 (February 1971) - How to Tame a Wild Volcano
- Jimmy Olsen #136 (February 1971) - The Saga of the D.N.Aliens
- Superman #235 (March 1971) - The Sinister Scream of the Devil's Harp
- Superman #236 (April 1971) - Planet of the Angels and The Doomsayer
- Jimmy Olsen #137 (April 1971) - The Four-Armed Terror!
- Superman #237 (May 1971) - The Enemy of Earth
- Superman #238 (June 1971) - Menace at 1000 Degrees
- Jimmy Olsen #138 (June 1971) - The Big Boom!!
- Superman #240 (July 1971) - To Save a Superman
- Jimmy Olsen #139 (July 1971) - The Guardian Fights Again!!!
- Superman #241 (August 1971) - The Shape of Fear
- Superman #242 (September 1971) - The Ultimate Battle
- Jimmy Olsen #141 (September 1971) - Will the Real Don Rickles Panic?!?
- Jimmy Olsen #142 (October 1971) - The Man from Transilvane!
- Jimmy Olsen #143 (November 1971) - Genocide Spray
- Jimmy Olsen #144 (December 1971) - A Big Thing in a Deep Scottish Lake!
- Superman #247 (January 1972) - Must There Be A Superman
- Jimmy Olsen #145 (January 1972) - Brigadoom!
- Jimmy Olsen #146 (February 1972) - Homo-Disastrous!
- Jimmy Olsen #147 (March 1972) - A Superman in Super-Town!
- Jimmy Olsen #148 (April 1972) - Monarch of All He Subdues!
- Superman #292 (October 1975) - The Luthor Nobody Knows!
- Action Comics #458 (April 1976) - Make Me a Super-Hero! and Masquerade of the Nutty Kid!
- Superman vs. Muhammad Ali (Spring 1978)
- Action Comics #484 (June 1978) - Superman Takes a Wife!
- Superman #328 (October 1978) - Attack of the Kryptonoid
- Action Comics #489 (November 1978) - Krypton Dies Again and Where There's a Will... There's a Fray
- Superman #329 (November 1978) - I Have Met The Enemy... And He Is Me! and The Secret of the Talking Car
- Superman #330 (December 1978) - The Master Mesmerizer of Metropolis!
- Action Comics #490 (December 1978) - No Tomorrow For Superman
- Action Comics #491 (January 1979) - A Matter of Light and Death
- Superman #331 (January 1979) - Lockup at 20,000 Feet
- Action Comics #492 (February 1979) - Superman's Secret Afterlife
- Superman #332 (February 1979) - The Eternity Cage
- Action Comics #493 (March 1979) - The Metropolis UFO Connection
- Action Comics #494 (April 1979) - The Secret of the Super S
- Action Comics #495 (May 1979) - Attack of the Ultimate Warrior
- DC Comics Presents #14 (October 1979) - Judge, Jury... and No Justice!
- The Superman Story (1979) - The Life Story of Superman
- DC Comics Presents #57 (May 1983) - Days of Future Past
- DC Comics Presents #67 (March 1984) - 'Twas the Fright Before Christmas
- DC Comics Presents Annual #3 (1984) - With One Magic Word
- Superman: The Secret Years #1 (February 1985) - Dreams and Schemes and Feeling Proud!
- Superman: The Secret Years #2 (March 1985) - Reach Out and Touch
- Superman: The Secret Years #3 (April 1985) - Terminus
- DC Comics Presents #80 (April 1985) - A World Full of Supermen!
- Superman: The Secret Years #4 (May 1985) - Beyond Terminus
- DC Comics Presents #85 (September 1985) - The Jungle Line
- Superman Annual #11 (1985) - For The Man Who Has Everything
- World's Finest #323 (January 1986) - Afraid of the Dark
- DC Comics Presents #97 (September 1986) - Phantom Zone: The Final Chapter
- Superman #423 & Action Comics #583 (September 1986) - Whatever Happened To The Man of Tomorrow?
- Showcase Presents: Superman Family - Volume 1 (October 2005)
- Superman/Batman: Saga of the Super Sons (December 2007)
- Not Brand ECHH #7 (April 1967) - The Origin of Stuporman
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