June 24, 2017

DC Silver Age - August and September 1955

August 1955
Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen (1955) 8 - "The Betrayal of Superman," "Superboy for a Day," "Jimmy Olsen, Crooner" (Otto Binder, Curt Swan, Ray Burnley)

This time around, Jimmy "betrays" Superman when he takes over for a private detective who has a client that wants to know Superman's secret identity; he plays the part of Superboy for the young people of Smallville, sad that they weren't around to see the adolescent hero and his amazing feats; and temporarily quits the newspaper biz to become a "crooner" when a cold gives his voice a raspy quality the young ladies find irresistible. 4/5 

September 1955 
Detective Comics (1937) 255 - "The Strange Experiment of Dr. Erdel" (Joe Samachson, Joe Certa)

J'onn J'onzz, the Martian Manhunter debuts! It's a brief introduction -- only a six page story -- but makes good use of its space. J'onzz ends up on Earth with no way home so he takes the name John Jones and, after some traveling, decides to become a police detective. You don't need a green card when you're already green. 4/5

Also in this issue: "If I Were Batman" (Batman) & "The Money That Came to Life" (Roy Raymond)

World's Finest Comics (1941) 79 - "The Three Magicians of Bagdad" (Edmond Hamilton, Dick Sprang, Stan Kaye)

Who are the "three magicians"? Well, Superman, Batman and Robin, of course. The Dynamic Duo are sent back in time to ancient Baghdad by Professor Nichols to investigate a magnetic mountain and they end up stuck there so he asks Superman to go after them. In the meantime, Batman and Robin meet Aladdin who was robbed by a man named Abdullah. Superman pretends to be a genii to convince Abdullah that Aladdin's map is magical, but Abdullah catches on and kidnaps Robin. Batman puts together the evidence to have Abdullah arrested. All that's left it to return to the present and Superman takes care of that with his... Super-ness, carrying Batman and Robin on a carpet, of course. 3/5

Also in this issue: "Archer from Across the Sea" (Green Arrow) and "Weapon of Peace" (Tomahawk) 

My thanks to the site Mike's Amazing World of Comics without which this project would not be possible.


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