Classic Comic Cover Corner – Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #118

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Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #118 – March, 1969

Cover Art by Neal Adams

Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #118 - March, 1969
Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #118 – March, 1969

“Superman is a Freak-Out!” Admit it, we’ve all thought it at one time or another (especially if you saw last summer’s Man of Steel movie), but back in 1969 even Supe’s BFF, Jimmy Olsen, joined the super-haters bandwagon in the pages of Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #118.

In the story, “Hippie Olsen’s Hate-In,” written by Otto Binder, Jimmy dons a “weirdo costume” and goes undercover in the “Guru Kama’s dreamland pad, for truth-seeking hippies!” Unfortunately, Guru Kama is actually a villain who is out to get Superman.

Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #118 - March, 1969The Guru convinces the nerdy reporter he is dreaming, so he enacts his wildest fantasies like punching out Perry White and attacking the “Super-Fink” with some kryptonite marbles (converted to hate-beads) that the Man of Steel had entrusted him with. Not very groovy at all!

Eventually the bad guys are exposed and Supes sets the no-good hippies straight; Perry even takes a punch at Jimmy, just to make things even. This is a very fun cover that speaks to the times in which it was published; or at least speaks to the publisher’s conception of the “hippies” in that era.

The late-sixties were certainly tough times for the Big Blue Boy Scout, who seemed a bit old-fashioned in the world of long hair, anti-government protests, psychedelic drugs and rock music. But it’s interesting to note, now forty-five years later, that Superman is the one who survived and is as popular as ever.

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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.

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