Another Pulp Idol, another Superman character; but this one is very special, because it’s Superman’s best pal, Jimmy Olsen! Ok, so we said that Krypto was sort of Superman’s best pal, but in all honesty it’s Daily Planet photographer James Bartholomew Olsen that is his BFF and he has been ever since the 1940s!
Jimmy was originally created for the Superman radio show, but was quickly transferred to the pages of Action Comics, where he remained a firm favourite character in Superman’s cast of chums. His popularity was such that he didn’t remain in the pages for long though and he soon appeared in TV shows, movies and even got name checked in a variety of shows, songs and comics that had nothing to do with Superman at all!
However despite being fans of the bow tie wearing red head, what endeared Jimmy to The Comics Code was the fact that Olsen wasn’t always a mere mortal photographer, as he was often getting transformed into something else! Sometimes he was a giant turtle, other times a Viking and during a few questionable moments he even dressed as a woman! For that and so much more, James Olsen, welcome to Pulp Idol.