Classic Comic Cover Corner (Phoenix Comicon Edition) – Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #111

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Every Sunday morning we showcase a classic comic cover, complete with compelling commentary, for your cordial contemplation. It’s the Classic Comic Cover Corner!
Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #111 – June 1968
Cover art by Pete Costanza

Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #111 - June 1968
Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #111 – June 1968

The 2013 Phoenix Comicon is in full swing and for this Sunday’s classic comic cover we decided to scour the event’s exhibit hall in search of an old school cover that would convey all the fun that the Con contains, and then showcase the find in our weekly CCCC segment.

After searching far and wide we came across this gem in a bargain box at the Samurai Comics booth (#773). Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #111 has the young reporter going undercover to expose some shady wrestling matches, but Jimmy runs into trouble (as usual) when the wrestler called “Ugly Superman” gets a hold of his “Elastic Serum.”

Mike Banks, Owner of Samurai Comics
Mike Banks,
owner of Samurai Comics

Now there have been plenty of ugly Supermen seen at the Comicon, but I can’t say I’ve seen an “Elastic Lad” … yet. If you are out at the Con this Sunday, though, and you would like to make your dollar stretch a little further, I did notice that Samurai Comics had some incredibly generous bargains on back-issue comics and graphic novels – so be sure to swing by their booth and take a look. And thanks to owner Mike Banks for playing along with this week’s Classic Comic Cover Corner.

NOTE: If you are out at the Con and would like to see a very noble and non-ugly looking Superman, head over to the Justice League of Arizona’s photo-op area and check out their Man of Steel and his very cool Fortress of Solitude. They’ll have different characters from the DC universe on hand throughout the day.

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Bob Leeper

Bob Leeper is the co-owner and manager of "Arizona’s Pop Culture and Alternative Art Network," Evermore Nevermore. He is the co-creator of the pop culture events Steampunk Street and ENCREDICON, and is a member of the Phoenix Film Critics Society. He also curates the Facebook fan site The Arizona Cave – AZ Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and is one of the few brave and bold fans of Jar Jar Binks.