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"The Amazing Mirages": When a group of kids decide to go out to the Badlands to try and find Uranium, Perry White sends Jimmy Olsen to cover the story. Jimmy soon realizes that the boys are ill prepared for the trip, and have naive notions of striking it rich with a huge Uranium find. After tryi
Appearing in "The Amazing Mirages"
Synopsis for "The Amazing Mirages"
When a group of kids decide to go out to the Badlands to try and find Uranium, Perry White sends Jimmy Olsen to cover the story. Jimmy soon realizes that the boys are ill prepared for the trip, and have naive notions of striking it rich with a huge Uranium find. After trying to talk the kids out of their hunt, they refuse to give up. When they have a few false finds (like when their Geiger counter picks up the Uranium in one of the kids watches) and when they run out of water and are ill equipped for a night out in the elements, Jimmy decides to call in Superman for assistance in convincing the kids to go home.
Catching the kids eating a plant, Jimmy tells them it's "Loco Weed" that will make them have hallucinations. With Superman's help, Jimmy hoaxes up a series of "hallucinations" to scare the kids into going back home. Flying them back in the Flying Newsroom, the boys are about to sneak off in shame, when Jimmy tells them that it would be better if the admit their failure to their families. To the boys surprise, their respective families are more proud of their children trying and failing then not trying at all.
Appearing in "The Scoop of 1869"
Synopsis for "The Scoop of 1869"
Clark Kent decides to sponsor Jimmy Olsen for membership in the Ink Aces, a prestigious group of news reporters. However, in order to get into the group, Jimmy Olsen has to get a very impressive scoop, to give Jimmy an example they show him the "Hall of Scoops" showing photographs of events that past members "scooped." After Clark sends Jimmy off to cover the story of a scientist who has claimed to have invented a Time Carpet that allows one to travel back in time. Jimmy laughs it off, thinking it another crackpot with a faulty invention, however he decides to go anyway. Surprisingly, the time carpet seemingly works and Jimmy finds himself transported back to the year 1869.
Thinking that he may be trapped in this time for a while, Jimmy gets a job for the local newspaper, and struggles with the disadvantages of telling the news in a world where there are not printing presses, typewriters, or telephones. However, when news of the gold spike being struck at the final line of track on the cross-country railroad, Jimmy overcomes the limitations of the time to get the story. When he learns that the telegraph machine is knocked out, Jimmy rides a hot-air balloon back into town to get the story. To his shock and surprise, the story had already been reported and a paper printer.
However it all turns out to have been a hoax perpetuated by the Ink Aces, with the help of Superman, they staged a fake town identical to one from 1869 as a form of initiation to see if Jimmy had what it takes to be a member of the Ink Aces. Having passed his initiation, Jimmy is welcome into the fold with open arms.
Appearing in "The King of Marbles"
Synopsis for "The King of Marbles"
With the Daily Bugle covering a charity marbles tournament with Superman acting as host. When it's learned that the boy representing the Mib Marbels Company has fallen ill, Jimmy steps up to take the boys place having been quite the marbles player in his old neighborhood. Jimmy would brush up at his skills, having Superman acting as his coach.
However at the tournament, the owner of Target Brand Marbles is secretly switching everyone's marbles with duplicates that have a metal core which he could deflect from their target with the help of a magnet. During game day, Superman stumbles upon this plot and uses his super-powers to secretly make sure Jimmy's shots all remain true. Superman then exposes the cheater and carries him off to prison.
- This issue is reprinted in its entirety in Showcase Presents: Superman Family Vol. 1.
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