June 14, 2017

DC Silver Age - May and July 1955

May 1955
Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen (1955) 6 - "The King of Magic," "Jockey Olsen Rides Star Flash," "100 Pieces of Kryptonite" (Otto Binder, Curt Swan, Ray Burnley)  

Superman's Pal goes undercover as a bellhop, loses weight to qualify as a jockey and does the legwork to retrieve 100 pieces of Kryptonite when Superman shatters an incoming meteor that happens to contain the troublesome (for him) stuff. I think I rate these issues on how much they make me laugh. This installment was good, but not the best. 3/5

World's Finest Comics (1941) 77 - "The Super Bat-Man" (Edmond Hamilton, Curt Swan, Stan Kaye) (Also contains "The Million-Dollar Arrow" feat. Green Arrow & "The Juggler of Fort Cayuga" feat. Tomahawk)

Even though we've seen Batman and Superman switch places before (and will again), in this case Batman gets powers and Superman loses his and Batman's difficulty getting used to his new strength is amusing. And to help Superman in his new status, Batman lets him switch the -Mobile into a Supermobile and even quickly excavates a Supercave for him. 4/5

July 1955
Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen (1955) 7 - "The Amazing Mirages," "The Scoop of 1869," "The King of Marbles" (Otto Binder, Curt Swan, Ray Burnley)

Superman helps Jimmy convince some kids to give up uranium prospecting by making them think they ingested "loco-weed" and are seeing things like dancing cacti; Jimmy is tricked into thinking he's been transported to 1869 by a news reporter organization to see how committed he is to his job; and Superman and Jimmy take down a crooked marble salesman who is using underhanded tricks to manipulate a marble competition. 4/5

World's Finest Comics (1941) 78 - "When Superman's Identity is Exposed" (Edmond Hamilton, Dick Sprang, Stan Kaye) (Also contains "Green Arrow - Ace Reporter" feat. Green Arrow & "The Frontier Peacemakers" (feat. Tomahawk) 

Superman asks Batman and Robin to help him figure out who is leaving messages around Metropolis announcing his secret identity. Meanwhile, someone is impersonating Batman in Gotham while he's gone. What the heck is going on? Well, I shook my head when I found out, but I was smirking as I did. 3/5

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

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