Elastic Lad

Flamebird I

Jimmy Olsen

Turtle Man II


Nick Name
Civilian ID
James Bartholomew "Jimmy" Olsen
News Photographer & Journalist
Legal Status
Citizen of the United States with no criminal record.
Nation or Planet of Origin
Metropolis, New York
Group Affiliation
Daily Planet Newspaper
Base of Operations
Metropolis, New York
5' 7"
150 lbs.
Eye Color
Hair Color
Known Powers

Normal human with skills as a journalist and photographer.

Average hand-to-hand combatant.

Elastic Lad: Temporary powers to stretch any part of the body for a finite amount of time, derived from an elastic serum.

Elastic Lad was an honorary member of the Legion of Super Heroes.

Flamebird I: Normal human equipped with a wide variety of high-tech crime-fighting gear and a jet-powered harness enabling flight.

Superman and Jimmy Olsen were disguised as Nightwing and Flamebird, identities similar to Batman and Robin, while attempting to solve a crime in the bottle city of Kandor. Superman had to resort to high-tech crime-fighting gear because like all Kryptonians he is rendered powerless within the bottle city.

Turtle Man II: Mutation caused by Atlantian technology designed to cause organisms to grow to great proportions which when discharged at Jimmy Olsen standing behind a common turtle combined his genetic information with the amphibious reptile transforming Olsen into a giant turtle man.

Olsen did not consciously cause havoc as Turtle Man, he was being mentally manipulated by the Atlantian criminal GOXO, who invented the growth ray.

Note: Elastic Lad, Flamebird I and Turtle Man II may not exist in current continuity due to the events of the Crisis on Infinite Earths.


35mm Camera: Used for photographing newsworthy events.

Signal Watch: Wristwatch capable of emitting a hypersonic signal that is unnoticed by most living beings but can be heard by Superman within his rang of hearing.

Common Enemies
Regularly Appearing

Action Comics

Adventures of Superman

Superman Vol. 1 2

Superman: The Man of Steel

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen

First Appearance

Jimmy Olsen (un-named)

Action Comics #6 (Nov. 1938)

Note: Jimmy Olsen's first appearance in comics was as an un-named copy boy in Action Comics #6. The first instance of the name "Jimmy Olsen" for a copyboy was in the 28th episode of the Adventures of Superman radio program on April 15, 1940. The un-named copyboy from Action #6 was later dubbed Jimmy Olsen in Superman #13 (Nov. 1941).

Elastic Lad

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #31 (Sept. 1958)

Flamebird I

Superman Vol. 1 #158 (Jan. 1963)

Turtle Man II

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #53 (June, 1961)


Jimmy Olsen

Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster

Elastic Lad

Otto Binder & Curt Swan

Flamebird I

Edmond Hamilton & Curt Swan

Turtle Man II

Jerry Siegel Curt Swan


The only son of a single mother, Jimmy Olsen started in the newspaper business the old fashion way, at the bottom. When he was old enough to work he became a copy boy and worked his way to become a photographer under the tutelage of editor-in-chief and father figure Perry White.

Jimmy has befriended two of the newspapers star reports Lois Lane and Clark Kent, which has led to an adventures life and friendship with Kent's alter-ego Superman.

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