Snapshots of Jimmy Olsen #29: Chameleon-Head Olson

Source: Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #85 (1965)
Type: Transformation
One of the perks of being an honorary member of the Legion of Super-Heroes, it seems, is getting sweet sweet potions that temporary give you a Legionnaire's powers. In this case, Chameleon Boy's:
So Jimmy is dropped back off in his century in time to hear that Superman will be off on a space mission, surely a case of the media causing a sudden crime wave. And as part of the wave, the Anti-Superman Gang's crime convention, which has put a 20,000$ prize on Jimmy's head (alive; 10,000$ if brought in dead). When a thug breaks in to his apartment to lay this exposition on him at gunpoint, Jimmy has just one move to play - DRINK THE CHAMELEON SERUM!
Silly Jimmy splashed half the serum on the floor, so his idea to turn into a kangaroo so he could leap to another building (THAT'S his plan?!) fails. What little he drank has only made his HEAD have Chameleon powers. Well, okay. What can a head do?
Yes, that, and so Jimmy bloodily impales the thug--NOOOO, I'm only kidding, he uses his swordfish nose to knock the guy's guy out hte window. As you do in Code comics that won't let you use swords or swordfish noses to draw blood. Jimmy flees his apartment and comes face to face with another thug, dressed as a cop.
One headbutt later and he's jumping into a taxi, but damn it, it's a crime taxi! Filled with black widows!
I don't know if anteaters can safely eat poisonous spiders, but even if they can, his STOMACH hasn't shape-shifted! Jimmy doesn't die, so I'm going to go with "not real black widows, just creepy crawlies to keep Jimmy subdued while the taxi brings him to the convention alive for twice the cash". But after seeing Jimmy's ugly Cerebus puss, Crime Cabbie runs off. Then there's the scene from the splash, where Jimmy grows a giant ear and finds out all criminals are converging on his position. As sudden fog rolls in, Jimmy runs into a museum, but some thugs follow him in and dress up in Medieval armor to apprehend him.
Jimmy defeats them with his massive tusks. He runs out into the museum's cemetery(???) and hails down who he thinks is a Jimmy Olsen fan club member on account of his brown suit, but...
As Jimmy reaches the airport, hoping to escape Metropolis entirely, someone knocks him out from behind (20,000$ ch-ching!) and lugs him over to the convention organizer who wants to kill him personally. Only Superman can save him now! Did you say... Superman?
The whole convention stampedes out of there. That would be Jimmy's last chameleon trick and as the serum fades, Superman comes back to Earth and Jimmy is sure he and the Man of Steel will get to laugh at how the mobsters were outwitted for years and years. Which reminds me, didn't the splash panel promise this tale would be hilarious? Hm.

2 comments:

Shlomo Ben Hungstien said...

sorry to go off topic here Siskoid but I was wondering what you thought of IDW doing new ROM series next year. or if you even care all that much at this point?

Siskoid said...

We'll see when it comes out. I don't like to prejudge. At least, not this early in the game.

 

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