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That Time That Jimmy Olsen Was a Nazi War Hero

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That Time That Jimmy Olsen Was a Nazi War Hero

In every installment of I Love Ya But You’re Strange I spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories. Feel free to e-mail me at brianc@cbr.com if you have a suggestion for a future installment!

This time around, we’re looking at the time that Jimmy Olsen became a Nazi war hero. For reals. It occurred in 1965’s “Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen” #86, in a story by Leo Dorfman, Curt Swan and George Klein.

The story opens with Jimmy Olsen seeing some rare newsreel footage from World War II that no one has ever seen. Jimmy is shocked to see footage of a a Nazi that looks exactly like him. He decides to go back in time (you know, like how you do) to see what the deal is.

Jimmy tricks his way into Hitler’s inner circle…

How does it possibly make sense that Jimmy has been able to only predict defeats for the Nazis? Anyhow, he then proved himself by not taking the bait when a supposed Dutch freedom fighter (but seriously a Nazi in disguise) gave him some info. Jimmy then passed the note to Hitler and he is rewarded…

How amazing is it that Jimmy only just THEN realized that it was him in the news reel footage? For serious, Jimmy? How dumb are you? Apparently dumb enough to write everything down and then NOT get the whole “Hitler was almost killed by his own people” date in his notes!

Luckily, Jimmy returns back home to his time just in time to save his life.

The swastikas becoming L’s was pretty clever.

If anyone else has a suggestion for a weird but awesome comic book story, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

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