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"Jimmy Olsen: A Superman in Super-Town!": Superman finally makes a visit to New Genesis where he meets Magnar and Highfather, and is returned to Earth to help Jimmy and the Newsboy Legion, who have become prisoners of evil Victor Volcanium.

Quote1.png I think that's your problem! You've left good friends--- in trouble! To serve a friend is certainly to serve New Genesis!! Quote2.png
Highfather

Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #147 is an issue of the series Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen (Volume 1) with a cover date of March, 1972.

Synopsis for "Jimmy Olsen: A Superman in Super-Town!"

Superman finally makes a visit to New Genesis where he meets Magnar and Highfather, and is returned to Earth to help Jimmy and the Newsboy Legion, who have become prisoners of evil Victor Volcanium.

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Synopsis for "Newsboy Legion: The Scoop of Suicide Slum!"

This story is reprinted from Star-Spangled Comics #13.

Newspapers in Suicide Slum aren't selling as well as they used to, so the Newsboy Legionnaires figure they should start their own newspaper, one that talks about local news happening in the slums. Their pal Jim Harper happens to overhear them, and he agrees to help out by putting a down payment on an old printing shop that was for sale, which they can use as an office. Gabby and Tommy could interview people and work the printing press, Scrapper would go out and take pictures, and Big Words wanted to write crusading editorials for the more cultured folk. Jim brings the boys some photos of Wanted men that they can print daily to help with the capture of the crooks.

The Slum Sentinel is a huge success on its first day in print. The legion has no trouble selling out every issue. Gabby even gets a scoop printed that he shares with Jim, two of the wanted section were spotted hanging around Benny's Bowling Alley. Proud, but worried for the boys' safety, Jim Harper dons his Guardian outfit and visits the bowling alley to nip the crooks in the bud, before they retaliate for the paper's mention of them. Meanwhile back at the Sentinel office, Butch Benson, one of the Wanted gangsters, tosses a bomb onto a high shelf where Gabby and Scrapper can't reach it. In his attempt to run away, Benson slams into the Guardian, who delivers a one-two punch that knocks him flat! The Guardian arrives at the Newsboys office, and they warn him about the bomb about to go off. He leaps up, grabs the bomb, and removes the burning wick thereby rendering it harmless. Another crook has been captured because of their paper, and they print the story the next day.

One morning, a well-dressed gentleman enters the office to speak with the editor, Big Words. Franklin D. Clark, publisher of the city's most popular newspaper "The Observer, asks Big Words if he would consider a career change. Working for the Observer would net him a bigger paycheck, and make sure his words reach a larger audience. The young boy couldn't refuse an offer like that, though it meant he'd be leaving his friends behind. Naturally, Gabby, Tommy, and Scrapper are disheartened and a little angry at Big Words' choice, but he being the oldest, he had a future to think about, too. Even Jim Harper couldn't offer any words to cheer up the remaining Newsboys.

However, Big Words finds his new job isn't allowing him the opportunities he had hoped for. Not a single one of his editorial pieces had been printed, and it was time he goes to Mr. Clark's office to find out why. There were voices coming from inside, Big Words eavesdrops to hear them talking about him! Clark knew that taking the brat away from the Sentinel paper business would cause his friends to close up shop, and it was easier and less attention-grabbing than if they had just murdered the kid. Now they had control of the news again, and could keep using it to help criminals by covering up their crimes for a fee. Something catches the men's eyes... a shadow at the door! They knew they were being listened to! Big Words hurriedly passes a note to the copy boy, telling him to put it in the Classifieds section, before he is grabbed by Clark and his crony!

Back in the slums, the boys find that making a paper without Big Words isn't nearly as much fun. They peruse the Want-Ads to find a new gig. Scrapper notices a very odd ad in the paper which turns out to be a coded message from Big Words, asking his friends to come help him. Jim gets a look at the message, too, and even though it doesn't mention him, he's sure the Guardian should be there as well. The Newsboys arrive at the Observer offices seeking their friend. They are herded into a small room where Big Words was tied up! Clark and his goon hold guns on the kids. None of them know about the Guardian climbing the side of the building, nor do they notice him until he rushes into the crooked publisher from behind! Clark and his cohort are taken out of the business by the Guardian's fists. Later, Clark is giving the Newsboy Legion an "exclusive" interview by confessing to the names of every criminal whose crimes he helped to cover up. The boys are together again, and their newest edition sells like hot cakes.

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  • Franklin D. Clark (Single appearance)
  • Windy Wicks (Single appearance)
  • Slim Slavin (Single appearance)
  • Butch Benson (Single appearance)
  • Big Al Fenner (Mentioned only)

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