Friday, December 7, 2012
Before And After The Fourth World!
This issue of Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen featuring a typically dandy "Swanderson" cover was the last before the dramatic mind-bending arrival of Jack "King" Kirby. It's a typical issue featuring stories by Leo Dorfman and Bob Haney and artwork by Murphy Anderson and Pete Costanza. The story goes that Kirby did not want to displace other creators from their steady assignments, but Jimmy Olsen was getting cancelled anyway so he took the gig.
What followed were fifteen Kirby classics where Jimmy encountered the cloned Newsboy Legion with their Whiz Wagon in tow, legions of Micro-Troopers, motorcycle toughs called "The Outsiders", tech-savvy Hippies called "Hairies", the revived Golden Guardian, alien Universal Monster wannabes, the Loch Ness Monster and much more.
After all that mind-blowing adventure though, the cover above is the first after the departure of the King for other opportunities. The cover is by Bob Oksner and the issue features a story drawn by Oksner and written by John Albano. It seems, given the cover tease, that Jimmy reverts to his old ways pretty swiftly. He seems unchanged fundamentally by his travels through the Wild Area, the Project, and beyond. The series would last fifteen issues after Kirby's departure, before it was folded into The Superman Family comic.