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"Mystery of the Millionaire Hoboes": When Jimmy Olsen swears that a hobo is really millionaire Roger Craig, Jimmy stumbles upon a strange situation: a group of rich and wealthy posing as the homeless and destitute. Jimmy takes on a disguise as "Hobo Jimmy" and tries to infiltrate the group. The
Appearing in "Mystery of the Millionaire Hoboes"
Synopsis for "Mystery of the Millionaire Hoboes"
When Jimmy Olsen swears that a hobo is really millionaire Roger Craig, Jimmy stumbles upon a strange situation: a group of rich and wealthy posing as the homeless and destitute. Jimmy takes on a disguise as "Hobo Jimmy" and tries to infiltrate the group. The "millionaire hobos" accept Jimmy into their group, however try to leave him behind on a number of occasions to get to some secret riches, as it turns out these rich men have taken on the hobo persona in order to evade paying taxes and that they are seeking out a giant gem.
They soon realize that "Hobo Jimmy" is really Jimmy Olsen and that he's secretly had Superman come to help him out whenever they left "Hobo Jimmy" behind on a seemingly impossible task. They then trap Jimmy in a hole and leave a chunk of Kryptonite out to deal with Superman should he come to save his pal.
Jimmy manages to get out of the pit by knocking the Kryptonite into it and using it as a boost to get out of the hole. The millionaire hobos meanwhile have found an old mine shaft full of gems however it caves in before they can get any. Deciding that all is not lost, they hold Jimmy at gun point and order him to call Superman. They tell Superman to make them a giant diamond or risk Jimmy's life. Superman complies, however when the crooks try to get away in a boat with the giant diamond, Superman shatters it with a super-yell and takes all the millionaires to face justice.
Appearing in "The Super-Hallucinations"
Synopsis for "The Super-Hallucinations"
As Superman is called in by Jimmy to perform super-feats the Man of Steel beings to see strange hallucinations, including giant bugs, a ship in the middle of the street, and three Jimmy Olsen's. Feeling there is something wrong, Superman goes to a doctor who claims that the Man of Steel has Opticitis, a condition that would make him see things that are not really there. Suddenly Jimmy also believes that he's seeing things as well and has contracted Opticitis as well.
When the two spot a UFO at the Metropolis Jewel Mart, Superman and Jimmy dismiss it as another hallucination. However, back at the Daily Planet as Clark Kent, Superman sees some of the hallucinations he thought he saw in the newspaper, and that they were actually real events. Rushing to the Jewel Mart, Superman unmasks the "aliens" robbing it as a bunch of crooks in disguise, one of them a criminal who posed as the optometrist who examined him earlier. He explains that when he overheard Superman's eye problems and that they were going to the doctor, he took the doctors place to trick him into dismissing "hallucinations" that he had setup.
After taking the criminals away, Superman realizes that the "real" hallucinations happened whenever he was using his x-ray vision and Jimmy was using his signal watch. Superman realizes that there is a defect in the signal device and fixes it so the problem never happens again.
Appearing in "The Super-Brain of Jimmy Olsen"
Synopsis for "The Super-Brain of Jimmy Olsen"
Professor Potter comes by the Daily Planet with his latest invention, a device that would speed up a humans evolution to the point it would be in the year 1,000,000 A.D. and Jimmy -- once more figuring this is yet another crackpot scientist -- agrees to be a test subject for the machine. To everyone's surprise, it manages to hyper-evolve Jimmy into a future human, complete with a large brain and vast mental powers. Professor Potter's device would effect Jimmy for only 12 hours before reverting him back to normal.
The usually kind and outgoing Jimmy has been replaced by an arrogant and superior minded being who begins using his mental powers to strong arm Perry White into allowing him to work on a secret project. When Superman arrives, the future-Jimmy usese his mental powers to learn Superman's secret identity and orders him to do as he says otherwise he will reveal Superman's secret identity.
Having him go about the Earth and dig craters and fill them with other items, Superman eventually gets tired of these tasks with no explanation but is forced to continue when it turns out this future-Jimmy has Kryptonite vision. Upon returning from his last mission for Jimmy, Superman finds a note explaining to him that the future-Jimmy had determined that the Earth was unbalanced and if weren't corrected the Earth would have exploded, his forceful demands helped save the Earth from a fate similar to that of Krypton.
When Jimmy returns, having changed back to normal, he has no memory of what he did when he was hyper-evolved. Later, Superman learns that Potter has scrapped his device when he is unable to find the same elements that were in a meteor that he used to power it the first time.
- This issue is reprinted in its entirety in Showcase Presents: Superman Family Vol. 1.
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