Jimmy Olsen

The Religious Affiliation of
Jimmy Olsen

Religion: Lutheran CBR Scale: I

Name: Jimmy Olsen

Other Names: James Bartholomew "Jimmy" Olsen; Elastic-Lad; Mister Action

Classification: supporting character supporting character   hero hero  

Publisher(s): DC

First Appearance: Action Comics (vol. 1) #6 (Nov. 1938): "Superman's Phony Manager"

Creators: Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster

Super? (Has Super Powers/Special Abilities/Technology): Yes

Number of Appearances: 1,896

   Comic Book Appearances: 1,602

   TV, Film Appearances: 291

   Video Game, Computer Game Appearances: 3

Teams/Affiliations: The Legion of Super-Heroes

Enemy of: Amun

Allies: Superman, Lois Lane, Perry White

Occupation: photographer

Worked for: The Daily Planet

Location: Metropolis, USA

Birth Place: Yonkers, New York, USA

Race: white

Gender: male

Note: Superman's pal

Identifying Jimmy Olsen's "first appearance" is slightly complex. He first appeared briefly as an unnamed office boy working at the Daily Planet in Action Comics #6. His appearance there already featured some of his trademark characteristics.

But Jimmy Olsen's first "definite appearance" (in which he was identified by name) was in Superman (vol. 1) #13 (Nov.-Dec. 1941), in a story later referred to by archivists as "The Archer." In this story, the character is referred to as "Jimmy." His last name ("Olsen") would not be revealed until two issues later, in Superman #15.

However, these Superman comics are not really Jimmy's first named appearance. Jimmy appeared as a character, identified by name, before Superman #13 in the serialized "Superman" radio program.

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This character is in the following 193 stories which have been indexed by this website:
Action Comics
The Adventures of Superman
All-New Collectors' Edition #C-55 (Mar. 1978): "The Millennium Massacre"
America vs. the Justice Society #1 (Jan. 1985): "I Accuse"
Assassins #1 (Apr. 1996): "Political Suicide" (character based on)
Batman and the Outsiders (vol. 1) #19 (Mar. 1985): "Who's Afraid of the Big Red S?"
Batman: The Dark Knight #2 (Apr. 1986): "The Dark Knight Triumphant" (mentioned)
Black Lightning
Captain America (vol. 1) #260 (Aug. 1981): "Prison Reform!" (cameo)
The Dark Knight Strikes Again #1 (Dec. 2001): "DK2 (Part 1)"
DC Comics Presents
Detective Comics (vol. 1) #495 (Oct. 1980): "Animals"
Harley Quinn
Harley Quinn: Our Worlds at War #1 (Oct. 2001): "Our Fighting Forces"
Justice League America #70 (Jan. 1993): "Grieving" (1-panel cameo)
Justice League of America
Justice League: Doom (2012) (cameo)
Justice Society of America
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
The Man of Steel #5 (Dec. 1986): "The Mirror, Crack'd..."
Marvel Knights Spider-Man #4 (Sep. 2004): "Down Among the Dead Men: Part Four" (1-panel cameo)
Megaton Man
Spider-Boy Team-Up #1 (June 1997): "Too Many Heroes -- Too Little Time" (character based on)
Superman Family #192 (Nov.-Dec. 1978): "Whatever Happened to the Guardian?" (lead character)
Superman Vs. Mongul (Dec. 2013): "The Key that Unlocked Chaos!"
Superman: The Man of Steel
Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane
Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen
Untold Tales of Spider-Man Annual '97 (1997): "Spider-Man's Pal Flash Thompson" (behind the scenes)
World's Finest Comics

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