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Jimmy Olsen is a photographer for the Daily Planet.
His parents were wealthy and enjoyed a jet-setting lifestyle, allowing Jimmy to live rent-free in a swanky Metropolis apartment while he worked as a cub reporter for the Daily Planet. During this period, he and Lois Lane bagged the scoop on the red-and-blue vigilante that they christened "Superman". Also during this period, Jimmy met Clark Kent, a reporter who promptly became his best friend, bonding over obscure sci-fi films.
Sometime after the Collector of Worlds tried to steal Metropolis, his parents were declared dead under mysterious circumstances. Although their large fortune was now his to take, Jimmy was convinced the pair had vanished to avoid prosecution, and that if he were to spend their money, they would sue him for it when they returned.
When Ultraman arrives at the Daily Planet he questions Jimmy of his occupation there. Jimmy tells him he's a photographer and takes a picture of him, Ultraman then proceeds to crush his camera and break his hand. Ultraman states that on his Earth his version of Jimmy Olsen takes pictures of Lois Lane for "favors". Jimmy desperately activates his Signal Watch calling for Superman, but it instead gets the attention of Black Adam.
- Jimmy Olsen was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, first appearing in Action Comics #6. However, in the Prime Earth continuity Jimmy Olsen first appeared as part of the New 52 DC Universe in Action Comics (Volume 2) #1 by Grant Morrison and Rags Morales.
- 177 Appearances of James Olsen (Prime Earth)
- 54 Images featuring James Olsen (Prime Earth)
- 4 Quotations by or about James Olsen (Prime Earth)
- Character Gallery: James Olsen (Prime Earth)
Daily Planet Staff member
Superman Family member