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Superman is a Freak Out — We Hate Money

jimmy olsenWas ever hippie philosophy more succinctly expressed than in this pithy couplet?

Pithy couplet. Heh heh.

In support of my thesis that mainstream comic artists couldn’t draw a hippie for beans, I present Issue 118 of Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen (1974). Note that Jimmy is dressed as…I’m going to say Walt Whitman. His lacy zoot suit is purple.

And check out ol’ Ben Franklin in the background there. The Money Hate guy. He’s wearing the remains of a three-piece suit with trouser legs hemmed castaway-style. I bet that’s the artist’s deadbeat friend.

“Dude, I totally drew you as a hippie on the cover of this month’s Jimmy Olsen!”


This is pretty much a step up for Jimmy. In this series, he’s usually cross-dressing or trying to kill Superman, or both. Why he’s actually Superman’s pal doesn’t bear thinking of.

Today’s episode is brought to you by the airport lurgy that is still kicking my ass.


Comment from Dave in Texas
Time: January 15, 2008, 7:21 pm

I always smile when I come here.

Comment from lizardbrain
Time: January 15, 2008, 10:02 pm

Walt Whitman? I dunno, looks more like Willie Wonka to me.

Comment from Dawn
Time: January 16, 2008, 12:11 am

Why have you joined this hippie gang against me?


Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: January 16, 2008, 10:41 am

Hungry Freaks, Daddy.

Comment from Shuko
Time: January 16, 2008, 11:54 am

Now I think I understand…

Cartman was an avid reader of old Superman comics. It’s all clear to me now.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: January 16, 2008, 6:33 pm

You know, what with your Ladyship’s revelations about his cross-dressing, I now have serious doubts about Jimmy Olsen. He even throws like a girl.

It’s odd. I don’t recall comics being so badly drawn when I was a young badger.

(Mind you, inscribing on wax tablets called for greater skills)

Comment from Assissotom
Time: January 17, 2008, 6:56 am

It is a member of the site.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: January 17, 2008, 5:36 pm

Great art though, looks like Neal Adams’ stuff.

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