Mild Mannered Reviews - Classic Pre-Crisis Superman Comics
Jimmy Olsen #51Cover date: March 1961
"The Girl with Green Hair"
Writer: Otto Binder
Penciller: Curt Swan
Inker: John Forte
Editor: Mort Weisinger
Reviewed by: Osgood Peabody
Nowadays, go to any dance club or college campus, and you're bound to run into one. But back in 1961, if you saw a girl with green hair, it could only mean one thing - she must be from another planet!
Our story begins with Jimmy meeting his gal Lucy Lane at the airport for a date, but he is upset to see her arm-in-arm with the famous singer Ricky Avalon. Ricky tells Olsen to get lost, and zooms off with Lucy in his sports car, as he quips, "What's that thing you drive, Olsen, a coffee grinder?" Jimmy fumes, "Jeepers, Lucy is some girl friend! Whenever she meets a glamour-boy, she stands me up! This time it's that conceited crooner!" Later on, Jimmy's luck gets even worse as he blows a tire, and while attempting to flag down someone for help, Ricky & Lucy pass by, subjecting him to further taunts from the suave singer. Suddenly, Ricky must jam on his brakes as a rather large flying saucer is landing on the street. Jimmy, Ricky, and Lucy are further stunned as out pops a beautiful green-haired woman who flies effortlessly down to greet them. Dressed in a stylish purple and yellow costume, this alien superwoman calls herself Ka-Ra (hmmm sounds familiar) and says she's found just the handsome person she needs to guide her on a tour of earth for the week. Immediately, Rick steps forward to offer his services, but no! The emerald enchantress is speaking of our pal Jimmy, "I mean this boy with the handsome red hair! He makes my heart beat wildly!"
Astounded, Jimmy is apologetic to Ka-Ra as he can't take her around at the moment with a flat tire. Not one to be trifled with, the alien bombshell immediately takes hold of Jimmy's car, yanks out the faulty inner tube and seals up the hole with heat vision. Ka-Ra explains that all inhabitants of her planet are gifted with super-powers, and further demonstrates by hurling her spaceship into orbit so as not to block traffic (very considerate, as she was in fact double-parked!). As she steps into Jimmy's jalopy, Lucy Lane changes her tune, stammering, "Wait, Jimmy! Don't go with her! Maybe she's uh a spy or something!" To which Jimmy wittily responds, "I'll take my chances, Lucy! You're in worse trouble! You have to spend a whole evening listening to Ricky Avalon brag about himself!"
Jimmy treats Ka-Ra to a burger (what a guy!), and as the green-haired gal is drawing a fair amount of attention, Jimmy suggests doing an article on Ka-Ra, but she discourages him, saying, "Wait a few days I want to have privacy and spend cozy evenings with you!" Lucy sees Jimmy & Ka-Ra again later in the evening, and is now seething with jealousy as the mystery woman promises to see Jimmy every evening during her one week tour of Earth. But after her date, Ka-Ra secretly parks her spaceship near the Midvale orphanage, and (surprise!) she removes her disguise (burning off the green dye in her hair with a blow-torch no less(!!)) to reveal to the reader that she is, in fact, Supergirl. Apparently, she has observed by telescopic vision the poor treatment Lucy had been giving Jimmy, and she hatched a plan to make Lucy jealous by romancing Mr. Olsen as the alien superwoman. As she now spies Lucy complaining to her sister Lois from afar, she is delighted to see that the scheme appears to be working.
The next day, as Lucy is getting off an airplane in her stewardess job, Jimmy arrives - but to her disappointment not to see her, but to interview Professor Potter, who's arriving as well. Naturally, Potter's invention, a mechanical dragon, promptly runs amok, and as Jimmy and Lucy are backed into a corner, Jimmy activates his trusty signal watch. But to Lucy's further dismay, it's not the Man of Steel but Ka-Ra who arrives to save the object of her affection. Jimmy explains that his pal is out of town, and Ka-Ra told him he could signal her any time. After disposing of the menace, Supergirl really lays it on thick, kissing Jimmy's hand saying, "On my world, when a girl likes a boy, she will do anything he commands! Name your wishes master!" [Now that's my kind of planet!] Jimmy asks her to fly him to the Daily Planet to write up the runaway robot story, leaving behind the flustered Lucy once again. That night, Potter stops at Jimmy's apartment to present a gift for him to present Ka-Ra for helping him out - a robot duplicate of Ka-Ra (rather an odd gift - but perhaps it's better not to dwell on this point ;)). Jimmy thanks him and stores it away in his closet.
The next evening, Lucy goes to Jimmy with a homemade dinner to try and win him back, but finds once again the green-haired gal has beaten her to the punch. Ka-Ra's spaceship is parked in front of Jimmy's apartment, and Lucy peeks in to find her serving him Venusian dragon-tail roast! Even more exasperating to Lucy, Ka-Ra then proposes marriage to the young reporter! Lucy stammers, "But nice girls don't do that, you you shameless hussy!" But Ka-Ra points out that it's customary on her planet for girls to propose marriage. Lucy has now reached the breaking point - she practically begs Jimmy to reject her, and promises to be faithful to him. At first, Jimmy is rather cool to Lucy's overture, but after being informed by his alien paramour that his offspring will all have green hair and super-powers, turns her down much to Lucy's relief. Supergirl/Ka-Ra now feigns a tearful farewell, explaining that the warp leading back to her world is closing, and she can never return.
After her departure, Supergirl looks back to see Lucy showering Jimmy with kisses while promising a romantic dinner at her place, and is delighted to see her stratagem pay off. But, unfortunately for Jimmy, as he stops back in his apartment to grab his hat, Lucy spots Prof. Potter's Ka-Ra robot, and is enraged to think that Jimmy and the professor were in cahoots to come up with the robot hoax (complete with matching spaceship) to make her jealous. She promptly slams Jimmy over the head with one of the robot's arms, and storms away, vowing to return to Rick.
Later on, Jimmy is nursing a headache, and much to her chagrin, Supergirl observes via telescopic vision that her plan failed after all, thinking, "Goodness! My attempt to play Cupid got Jimmy nowhere!" As the closing caption reads, "Poor Jimmy! What will Supergirl do to help him now? See a future issue!"
Story - 3: Probably the least satisfying of these Jimmy/Kara tales, as just when you think Lucy will get her deserved comeuppance, Jimmy is humiliated once again! Supergirl had also played unsuccessfully at matchmaker before with Superman & Lois a couple of times, so that was also getting old by now.
Art - 4: As usual, another top-notch effort by Swan & Forte. Their depiction of the mechanical dragon is especially comical.
Cover Art - 4: Jimmy is being literally swept off his feet by an emerald-haired damsel in a strange costume, who is flying off with our freckled reporter, as Superman and Lucy Lane look on. Lucy, rather distraught at this, says, "Jimmy, forget that green-haired witch! I realize now how much I've always liked you!" While Jimmy responds, "Sorry, Miss Lucy Lane, but you've had your chance! And don't insult my Super girl friend! She may soon become Mrs. Jimmy Olsen!"
Perhaps by now readers were demanding to have Supergirl herself be a true rival for Jimmy's affections - would Mort try that next? Tune in to our next installment of Jimmy & Kara as we get the second of our "strange interludes" with the return of the Wolf-Man!
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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