""The Invisible Life of Jimmy Olsen"": This story is reprinted from Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #40.
80-Page Giant #13 is an issue of the series 80-Page Giant (Volume 1) with a cover date of August, 1965.
- 1 Appearing in "The Invisible Life of Jimmy Olsen"
- 2 Synopsis for "The Invisible Life of Jimmy Olsen"
- 3 Appearing in "Perry White, Cub Reporter"
- 4 Synopsis for "Perry White, Cub Reporter"
- 5 Appearing in "Jimmy Olsen, Speed Demon"
- 6 Synopsis for "Jimmy Olsen, Speed Demon"
- 7 Appearing in "The Radioactive Boy"
- 8 Synopsis for "The Radioactive Boy"
- 9 Appearing in "Jimmy the Genie"
- 10 Synopsis for "Jimmy the Genie"
- 11 Appearing in "Superman's Enemy"
- 12 Synopsis for "Superman's Enemy"
- 13 Appearing in "Jimmy Olsen's Kookie Scoops"
- 14 Synopsis for "Jimmy Olsen's Kookie Scoops"
- 15 Appearing in "Superman's Super-Rival"
- 16 Synopsis for "Superman's Super-Rival"
- 17 Notes
- 18 Trivia
- 19 See Also
- 20 Recommended Reading
- 21 Links and References
Appearing in "The Invisible Life of Jimmy Olsen"
- "Quiz King" Corben
Synopsis for "The Invisible Life of Jimmy Olsen"
This story is reprinted from Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #40.
It's Jimmy Olsen's birthday and while he and his closest pals celebrate at the Daily Planet, Clark Kent slips away to change into Superman. The Man of Steel enters the room with a strange meteor, which Superman says will give Jimmy super-powers for a single day when Superman beams is x-ray vision through it. However, something unexpected happens when Superman attempts this: Instead of getting an array of super-powers, Jimmy is made to be invisible. Superman realizes his error and tells Jimmy that he will remain invisible for the rest of his life, and cursing himself, crushes the meteor to bits. Jimmy takes it on stride, deciding that perhaps being invisible for the rest of his life could have it's advantages and could be fun.
After getting some exclusive photographs of Superman in action, Jimmy is left near the Magicians Club. Knowing that it is convention week magicians from all over will be in a secret conference Jimmy exploits his invisibility and slips past security to observe the event. However, when Jimmy writes up the story and hands it over to Perry White, they are shocked to find that the paper has turned invisible as well. When Jimmy turns over the photos he took of Superman he finds that they are invisible as well, and that everything Jimmy touches eventually turns invisible.
Jimmy appears on the game show Jigsaw Jack-Pot and when he wins the grand prize he is less than impressed to discover that it's a 18th century style mirror. Jimmy finds his invisibility is nothing but a hassle when he goes out on a date with Lucy and she becomes so embarrassed that nobody can see Jimmy and that his touch could turn her clothing invisible and tells him that she never wants to see him again. Returning to his home, Jimmy tries to have a simple meal and even his fridge and the food inside are turned invisible. Jimmy gets a phone call from Perry asking him to go down to the police station as there is evidence implicating "Quiz King" Corbin in the murder of a pilot who was the star witness of a plane hijacking.
Jimmy goes down to the station to find that the evidence is a signed letter by the pilot before he died. When the letter is almost accidentally lit on fire, Jimmy quickly grabs it, but in doing so the letter turns invisible and therefore useless. When Perry White learns of this, he fires Jimmy on the spot.
Things aren't about to get better for Jimmy, as "Quiz King" Corbin hears the news about Jimmy Olsen's invisibility powers. Believing that Superman might have turned Jimmy invisible to spy on them and learn the location of their loot, they trick Jimmy into coming to Corbin's hideout where they force Jimmy to take a lie detector test. When they determine that Jimmy was turned invisible by accident and not as part of some trick on Superman's part they go to the collect their loot. However when they dig it up Superman arrives shortly thereafter and captures them.
Later, Superman explains to Jimmy that his entire escapade was a ruse to trick Corbin into going after his loot. That the meteor was never the cause of Jimmy's invisibility at all, but rather a special formula Superman invented and secretly dosed Jimmy with. The next day Jimmy is restored to normal, however when a bill collector comes calling Jimmy wishes he was still invisible.
Appearing in "Perry White, Cub Reporter"
- Hubert Van Klyk (Single appearance)
- Daily Planet
- Metropolis Stadium
- Perry White's home
- Statue of Freedom
- Mojave Desert
Synopsis for "Perry White, Cub Reporter"
This story is reprinted from Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #42.
The Daily Planet staff are celebrating Perry White's birthday, and during the festivities Perry's wife points out that Perry needs to lose some weight. As a birthday wish, Perry decides to let Jimmy Olsen be editor for the day while he becomes a cub reporter. When they exchange desks, Jimmy accidentally opens one of Perry's letters from a life insurance company.
As soon as Jimmy is in charge of the paper he gives all the reporters great stories to cover, while he sends Perry to snap photos of Metropolis Harbor from the top of the Statue of Freedom. With no elevator, Perry is stuck huffing up 46 flights of stairs. Jimmy continues to assign Perry to grueling tasks, each time using his leverage as an editor to force Perry into taking on assignments. Perry ends up having to row out to an island owned by rich eccentric Hubert Van Klyk, riding a centrifugal force machine, and being left to hike miles to watch a missile test when Superman (who is carrying Perry to the location) suddenly has to leave on an emergency.
When the day is over and Perry is restored to his former position, he learns the real reason why Jimmy and the others were making him work so hard: So that he lost enough weight in order to pass his life insurance medical exam.
Appearing in "Jimmy Olsen, Speed Demon"
- Diamond Dirk
- Professor Claude
Synopsis for "Jimmy Olsen, Speed Demon"
This story is reprinted from Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #15.
One day at the Daily Planet, Clark Kent muses over how a crackpot scientist, Professor Claude, had sent him a sample of a potion that would apparently grant someone super speed like Superman. Jimmy decides that the story is worth reporting and goes to interview the professor. Having lunch with the professor, Jimmy sees that lab tests of the serum on animals have granted them with super-speed. During the meeting, Jimmy accidentally drinks the serum as well and soon finds that he's been given super-speed as well.
As usual, Jimmy revels in this new power, however he finds out that using it is not as easy as it looks. While speeding after some crooks to get a story for the Planet, he ends up rear-ending their car with his bike and has to be rescued by Superman. When Jimmy uses his super-speed to flip through evidence, he finds a way to indict criminal "Diamond" Dirk, and decides to use his super-speed as a means of getting Dirk to fire his gun to match a bullet the police are trying to match.
Calling Dirk to the Planet, Jimmy entices the crook to fire his gun, however Jimmy realizes to his horror that the super-speed serum has worn off just as Dirk fires his gun. Quick thinking, Clark Kent uses his own super-speed to save Jimmy's life, and quickly empties the vial of serum that Claude sent to him earlier, claiming to the others that he drank it so that he doesn't expose his secret identity of Superman.
Appearing in "The Radioactive Boy"
- Barney Bolton (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "The Radioactive Boy"
This story is reprinted from Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #17.
Having amassed damaging evidence against Barney Bolton and his gang that would put the crooks behind bars, Jimmy puts the information in a safe at the Daily Planet. Perry White then sends Jimmy to the Metropolis Atomic Plant to cover it's opening for the Planet. When he's accidentally bumped into the atomic pile, Jimmy wonders if he's been contaminated with radiation.
Surprisingly, Jimmy soon begins to glow, leaving radioactive foot prints and killing plants in his wake. Jimmy soon believes that he's gotten radiation poisoning and is a menace. Not wanting to harm anyone before he dies, Jimmy flies the Flying Newsroom to a remote cave where he will live out his last moments. He is visited by Superman, who asks Jimmy for the safe combination so that he can get the evidence. Superman then grants Jimmy a dieing wish, and Jimmy asks Superman to reveal his secret identity to him. Superman tells him he's Clark Kent before leaving.
However, as "Superman" leaves the cave, it turns out that he's really Barney Bolton in disguise and he had hoaxed Jimmy into believing that he's dieing of radiation poisoning so that he could get at the evidence against him at the Daily Planet. However, when Bolton (still disguised as Superman) is about to open the safe, the REAL Superman appears with Jimmy and the unmask Bolton. Jimmy explains that he realized that the Superman that he spoke to in the cave was a fake because he didn't believe that Clark Kent was Superman, an idea that Jimmy thought was ludicrous and so he called the real Superman with his signal watch.
Appearing in "Jimmy the Genie"
Synopsis for "Jimmy the Genie"
This story is reprinted from Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #42.
Jimmy is off to Hollywood for a meeting with Mammoth Studios in order to negotiate making a film based on Jimmy's adventures with Superman. On the flight to Hollywood, Jimmy tells Lucy Lane the good news and she agrees to accompany him when she's off duty. With big dreams of stardom, Jimmy is accepts the deal and while he is having photos taken of himself, he's told that he won't be starring in the movie, but actor Cecil Hathaway will be performing in his place, much to Jimmy's chagrin. However, Jimmy is more than happy to accept the role of director on the film, and tells the studio that Superman has agreed to appear in the film, and gives Cecil his signal watch whenever they need to call Superman for a scene.
The next day, Jimmy and Cecil make both Superman and Lucy Lane do a double take once make-up has finished transforming Cecil to look like Jimmy. With Lucy on the set, Jimmy brags about how much more important his role is in the film, just after he has to handle the indignity of being Cecil's stand-in before each take.
The first scene shot is a reenactment of how Jimmy botched trying to capture a crook who is escaping on a motorcycle, however instead of calling Superman like the script asked, Cecil inflates a tire to get across a lake and capture the crook. When asked why he went off script, Cecil tells Jimmy that the audience would find it more believable that way. Throughout the shoot Cecil continues to avoid calling Superman and does something else that show how Jimmy could have gotten out of different fixes without calling Superman.
Much later, a gorilla busts loose from its cage and starts terrorizing the movie studio. With no way of stopping the rampaging beast, Lucy begs Cecil to call Superman. Jimmy then fesses up that he lost his signal watch a number of days ago and gave Cecil a fake and the whole time Cecil's "showing-up" of Jimmy was done in order to avoid having to tell Superman that he lost his watch. However, Cecil activates the watch and it works, and as Superman saves the day Cecil explains that he found the watch in the pocket of some clothing that Jimmy gave to the wardrobe department.
Appearing in "Superman's Enemy"
- Emotion Crystal
Synopsis for "Superman's Enemy"
This story is reprinted from Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #35.
Back from a mission in space, Superman gives Jimmy Olsen another item for his souvenir collection: a strange space diamond. After Superman leaves, the diamond radiates a beam that makes Jimmy Olsen hate Superman. Jimmy first starts making fun of Superman in his write ups for the Daily Planet, then calls Superman the "Man of Tin" and puts a sign over Superman's neck. Superman dismisses this behavior as he notices that today is April Fool's Day.
Undaunted, Jimmy takes all the gold souvenirs from his collection, including Superman's Man of Steel trophy and tricks Superman into using his x-ray vision to melt it. Once he explains to Superman what he tricked the Man of Steel into doing, Jimmy pours salt on the wound by pawning off the melted gold. Next Jimmy wards off Superman by threatening him with Kryptonite, much to the shock of everyone at the Daily Planet.
Perry, in an attempt to get Jimmy to make up to Superman has him put the final touches on a picture spread that promotes Superman's abilities and popularity. Jimmy alters the drawing completely changing it into a mockery of the Man of Steel. This is the last straw for Superman, who asks for Jimmy to give back his signal watch. During the whole ordeal, Jimmy takes every opportunity to mock the Man of Steel. After leaving the Daily Planet, Jimmy snaps out of the jewels influence and realizes what's happened when he sees a newspaper. Ashamed, Jimmy leaves town, not wanting to be seen by anyone.
Convinced that something must have influenced Jimmy into behaving as he has, Superman and Perry White go to Jimmy's apartment to search for clues. There, Superman notices as the jewel effects Perry White in much the same way it effected Jimmy. Using the jewel again after bringing Perry back to the Daily Planet makes the stern editor generous and complimentary to his staff and offers them all bonuses. While Superman goes to pick up Jimmy and explain what happened, Lois Lane gets hold of the jewel and plans to use it on Clark Kent to see if it effects him -- yet another attempt to try and prove that he and Superman are one in the same.
However, Lois is unaware that Superman's super-hearing picked up on her talking about this plan and when Lois uses the jewel on Clark he pretends to become aggressive and demands a raise from Perry, once more deflecting Lois' suspicion of him. Later, as Superman again, the Man of Steel destroys the crystal and Jimmy and Superman deliver a new edition of the Daily Planet announcing that their feud is now over.
Appearing in "Jimmy Olsen's Kookie Scoops"
- Alien Invaders (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "Jimmy Olsen's Kookie Scoops"
This story is reprinted from Adventure Comics #287.
After Bizarro No. 1 creates a Perry White to edit the Daily Htrae, Jimmy Olsen sneaks aboard the rocket to get a scoop, is dragooned into being a reporter on the Bizarro World, and misses great headline stories such as a dog biting a man. Things get worse when he is tapped to become the husband of a Bizarro Lois, but he creates a Bizarro Jimmy who takes his place, and Bizarro No. 1 returns Jimmy to Earth.
Appearing in "Superman's Super-Rival"
- Mysterio (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "Superman's Super-Rival"
This story is reprinted from Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #37.
While out in the Flying Newsroom, Jimmy loses control and is about to fly into the Superman Lighthouse when suddenly a strange bandaged figure moves it out of his path. Regaining control of the flying newsroom, Jimmy meets his savior, a being calling itself Mysterio. When Superman arrives due to Jimmy's signal watch, he tries to learn the identity of Mysterio but learns that the bandages are coated in lead, preventing his x-ray vision from learning his true identity. Mysterio then flies off leaving the two to ponder who Mysterio really is.
As Superman works in his Fortress of Solitude to try and learn the mystery of Mysterio's identity, Jimmy is visited by Mysterio in his apartment. Mysterio offers to be a better pal to Jimmy than Superman could ever be, asking Jimmy to exchange is signal watch for a golden sonic whistle that will call Mysterio instead. When Mysterio writes down a better reason for Jimmy to be his pal over Superman on a piece of lead, Jimmy agrees to exchange pals.
The next day when Jimmy is covering the new Metropolis Planetarium, the scale models of the solar system are falling down and threatening to crush Jimmy, Jimmy calls in Mysterio who save Jimmy's life. When Superman arrives shortly thereafter, Jimmy gives Superman back his signal watch and tells him that he's decided to be pals with Mysterio instead. Superman decides that he's not going to give up Jimmy's friendship without a fight and attacks Mysterio. When Mysterio proves unable to fight back, the mystery being uses x-ray vision to blast an obelisk and flies away while Superman is preventing it from toppling over.
Afterward, Jimmy explains that he became "pals" with Mysterio to learn what his identity and agenda was. When Mysterio arrives at Jimmy's apartment later, Jimmy tries to give back the whistle, not wanting anymore to do with the mystery being. However, Mysterio reveals his true identity: A single surviving Superboy robot that Superman did not destroy due to the fact that it could think on its own and simply deactivated it. In recent years it was reactivated by accident by a mole and went out to seek friendship. After seeing Superman out with Jimmy Olsen, it decided that it was going to become Jimmy's pal, and orchestrated the entire Mysterio identity to try and win Jimmy over without Superman learning the robot's true identity. He then offers Jimmy a fortune worth of diamonds to leave Metropolis and allow him to take Jimmy's place as Superman's pal.
Jimmy accepts and the Superboy robot disguises himself as Jimmy and goes to meet Superman. At first the robot believes that Superman has been fooled, however Superman sees through the disguise and tricks the robot into exposing itself by pretending to be trapped under a large chunk of Green Kryptonite. When the robot uses its superior strength to save Superman's life, the Man of Steel explains that he learned of the robots identity during the battle at the planetarium. Superman then decides to reward the robot by rebuilding it in an adult body so that it can operate as one of his Superman robots.
- No special notes.
- No trivia.
- Superman Family Recommended Reading
- Action Comics (Volume 1)
- Adventure Comics (Volume 1)
- DC Comics Presents (Volume 1)
- Superboy (Volume 1)
- Superboy (Volume 2)
- Supergirl (Volume 1)
- Supergirl (Volume 2)
- Superman (Volume 1)
- Superman Family (Volume 1)
- Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane (Volume 1)
- Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen (Volume 1)
- World's Finest (Volume 1)