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Tuesday, January 18, 2005
Miss Jimmy Olsen!
I found this story reprinted in Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen and, well, frankly even I'm at a loss to explain some of this story. But I decided I must share it with the world, especially since the on-line community seems to be on a Jimmy Olsen kick lately.
I mean, I know the first thing that comes to mind when you have to go undercover is disguising yourself as a woman, but Jimmy just seems to be enjoying the attention he's getting from those men a little too much.
Anyway, Jimmy has to disguise himself as a woman in order to find out where a notorious gangster, "Big" Monte McGraw, has hidden some jewels, and this gangster happens to own a club that's auditioning dancing girls. Because gangsters always discuss where they hide their ill-gotten gains with chorus girls. Jimmy, er Julie, gets a role when it's revealed that she's the only girl who can catch a baseball...
(Actually, it's not that the other girls can't catch, it's just that Jimmy has so much more experience with balls flying at his face...)
[Sorry, I couldn't resist that one...]
McGraw, naturally, becomes enamored with Julie, much to the annoyance of Julie's room-mate, McGraw's old girlfriend, Maisie. Who has a pet chimpanzee. I'm sure that won't become a plot point later. Also, Maisie's apartment must be really hot and stuffy because she always has a fan on. I'm sure that won't be a plot point later either. And much wackiness ensues as they live together, including an extended sequence in which it turns out Jimmy ate dog food. But eventually McGraw takes Julie out on a real date, and tries to impress her in the classiest way possible: by whacking a guy.
Day-um! Jimmy is one cold mo-fo! I guess the lesson to be learned here is that murder is okay, so long as you only kill someone who would probably have been executed anyway.
(I guess they don't have any "accessory after the fact" laws in Metropolis.)
Huh. Who could have guessed something like that would happen once the chimp was introduced into the story?
Anyway, Julie/Jimmy overplays her hand when she begs off rehearsals because she's sick, so that she can secretly search the apartment for the missing jewels. Monte, when he hears that Julie is sick, rushes to her side in order to propose. That's a whirl-wind romance, that is. Once there he discovers Julie ransacking the apartment and, well, realizes something very important...
Really? He just now notices it? Then why is he so nonchalant about suspecting that the hair was fake? Did he think he was dating a bald girl? In any case, the problem is solved when Maisie's chimp clocks him one with the baseball bat. I guess the baseball themed cabaret was important to the plot too. Superman then conveniently shows up after all the danger is past to reveal that the missing gems were stuck to the blades of the fan that was conspicuously drawn into almost every panel showing the apartment. I guess the "off" switch on the fan was just too complicated for Jimmy to operate.
"I'm, uh, I'm only still wearing the dress because it's so darn comfortable..."