Jimmy Olsen is a male comic character that features in DC Comics.
His father was noted for being a professor who went on archaeological missions. (Adventure Comics v1 #216)
Following the Crisis of Infinite Earths, a new version of reality was created with a different history of events.
He was then abducted by the new Forager who requested his aid in helping her investigate the death of the New Gods and finding their killer. (Countdown v1 #28)
Following the Flashpoint, a new version of reality was created with a different history of events.
Personality and attributes
He had a ginger haired sister named Janie Olsen who was a playwright. (Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen v2 #5) The pair also had a brother named Julian Olsen who became a noted businessman where he was known as Mr. Metropolis to the people. (Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen v2 #1)
He was once attracted to the female Forager from New Genesis with the two sharing a kiss. (Countdown v1 #19)
Powers and abilities
He developed a number of short term superpowers and identities that included:
- Speed Demon :
- Radioactive :
- Super-Brain :
- Monstrous beard growth :
- Gorilla :
- Elastic Lad :
- Human Porcupine :
- Steelman :
Darkseid later turned Olsen into his cosmic vessel with Jimmy unaware of an implant placed within his brain. This machine could generate random superpowers for Jimmy but he had no conscious control over his abilities with these typically manifesting in the face of danger. The implant itself if attacked could generate anti-bodies to attack anything attempting to damage it. Darkseid had controls in place allowing him to take command of Olsen's body but if the implant was damaged then it could lead to him being free. (Countdown v1 #3)
- Jimmy Olsen was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster where he had a cameo in Action Comics v1 #6 (November, 1938) but debuted Superman v1 #13 (November/December, 1941).
In other media
- In the DC Animated Universe, Jimmy Olsen made multiple appearances in the shared continuity setting.
- In Superman: The Animated Universe, Jimmy Olsen appeared in the animated television series where he was voiced by actor David Kaufman.
- In The Batman, Jimmy Olsen appeared in the animated television series where he was voiced by actor Jack DeSena.
- In Supergirl, Jimmy Olsen appeared in the live-action television series where he was portrayed by actor Mehcad Brooks.
- In Superman, Jimmy Olsen appeared in the live-action film where he was was portrayed by actor Marc McClure.
- In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Jimmy Olsen appeared in the live-action film set in the DC Extended Universe where he was portrayed by actor Michael Cassidy.
- In Superman: Shadow of Apokolips, Jimmy Olsen appeared in cutscenes in the setting of the video game set in the DC Animated Universe continuity where he was voiced again by actor David Kaufman.
- In DC Universe Online, Jimmy Olsen appeared as a supporting character in the MMORPG where he was voiced by actor Brandon Young.
- Action Comics v1: (1938)
- Superman v1: (1941)
- Countdown v1:
- 52 v1:
- Action Comics v2:
- Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen v2: