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"Jimmy Olsen: The Man from Transilvane!": Superman and Jimmy Olsen encounter an apparent vampire and werewolf and a miniature planet named Transilvane, while the Newsboy Legion track dow


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Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #142 is an issue of the series Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen (Volume 1) with a cover date of October, 1971. It was published on August 19, 1971.

Synopsis for "Jimmy Olsen: The Man from Transilvane!"

Superman and Jimmy Olsen encounter an apparent vampire and werewolf and a miniature planet named Transilvane, while the Newsboy Legion track down the hood who killed Jim Harper, the original Guardian.

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  • Transilvane

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Synopsis for "Strange Stories of the D.N.A. Project: Hairie Secrets Revealed!!!"

A brief explanation of how the Hairies live on the Cadmus Zoomway and keep the Zoomway hidden and protected from outsiders.

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Synopsis for "Newsboy Legion: Last Mile Alley"

This story is reprinted from Star-Spangled Comics #8.

The boys find their newspaper selling isn't going so well, none of their regular customers are buying. Jim Harper checks in on them, offering words of encouragement. The kids come up with a plan to go door to door to convince potential new customers. They split up, each going a different route. Tommy Thompkins enters a rough, worn down area of the slums. He trips over a brick and falls through an old cellar hatch, tumbling down the steps. His clumsiness interrupts a gang meeting, with one of the thugs threatening that Tommy won't leave alive. Meanwhile, Scrapper picks the area around the old brewery. He steps in when he sees a kid being bullied by a bigger kid. He tackles the larger boy. The bully slips out of his grasp and runs away through the brewery's open window, Scrapper following behind. He doesn't find the bully, but a pair of hands find him. Two more gangsters hold Scrapper tight, afraid he might've overheard their plan for the payroll stickup. They take him to see their "Big Boss". At the wharves along the river front, the usually talkative Gabby finds no one to talk to. He does find a warehouse full of stolen goods, furs, silks. He has accidentally come across the headquarters of the "River Rats", a gang that's been robbing warehouses all over the city. Unfortunately, one of the "River Rats" finds Gabby, and holds him at gunpoint. Of the four companions, Big Words is the only one that gets away after being attacked in Crooked Corner.

Jim Harper comes across the gloomy Big Words back at their usual hangout. When Jim learns that the other boys haven't come back yet, he gets concerned. Suicide Slum had some dangerous areas that Jim Harper searches around, but nobody wants to talk to a cop. It was time for his alter ego, the Guardian, to try his hand. That night, Big Words finds Tommy's papers scattered about near a broken cellar door. The Guardian heads down first, using his shield to block an immediate barrage of bullets. He recognizes the gang and their leader, Black Leo Lucas. Using his shield to block the gunshots, Jim throws the gangsters around until they reveal what happened to Tommy. Every week, some masked men working for the Big Boss come around to collect the fees for letting Lucas have a hideout here. They took Tommy back with them. The Guardian phones the police to collect the gang, then he and Big Words continue searching for the other two boys. Scrapper's last location, the old brewery, where another group of underworld thugs congregate. Jim busts through the old doors and grabs one of the thugs. Same story; Scrapper was taken by masked men to their Big Boss. Again, the police are called, and Jim and Big Words take their leave. The trail of Gabby leads them to the wharf. A small boat starts to speed off. The Guardian temporarily leaves his young companion behind while he sneaks on deck before it takes off. Inside the cabin, a rascally crew holds a meeting. Silently, the Guardian sneaks up on the helmsman and knocks him out. He uses the radio to inform the harbor patrol where the boat is, then waits a while for them to arrive. Once they do, the surprised crew pull out their guns but are disarmed by the Guardian, who came up behind them! One of the men makes a deal. He'll take the shielded hero to the Big Boss and the kids, if he won't let him get arrested with the others. Even though it was likely a trap, Jim Harper agrees to his terms. They go overboard together, swimming back to the docks. A coded message is passed between the Guardian and Big Words, that tips the boy off to feign going back home while actually following behind in secret.

The man leads the Guardian to a building near the wharves. A complicated knock alerting the door guard inside to open up. The guard recognizes the Guardian but is told to forget about it by the hero's hostage. Still, as they climb the steps, the guard presses a button. So when he gets to the top of the dinghy hideout an armed reception greets him. As he suspected, the man who led him here was the Big Boss himself. But before he can start to fight, Jim is knocked out! Outside, Big Words watches with concern as his friends are all carried out by thugs, to be shot and dropped off the docks. Jim wakes up to find that he's been chosen to be the first to die. His only option is to fight, so he jerks away and knocks the gun out of the gangsters hand. While he fights, Big Words unties his friends bindings so they can join in. Together they are able to take out Big Boss's thugs. As for the boss, the Guardian lets the kids beat him up while he phones the police. He leaves the newsboys with some parting words, "You'll always win if your on the right side." They make their way home with those words playing in their heads. Scrapper wonders what he meant by that? Tommy believes it was the Guardian's way of warning them to stay out of trouble ... words a cop might use on them...

The next day, Jim visits the newsboys after reading the headlines. He notes how it seems they've been causing trouble for the Guardian. Their suspicions of Jim Harper grow every day.

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  • The Big Boss (Single appearance)
    • Black Leo Lucas (Single appearance)
    • Frisco (Single appearance)
    • the River Rats (Single appearance)
    • Larry (Single appearance)
    • Tony (Single appearance)
    • Trig (Single appearance)
    • Chopper (Single appearance)

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