Sunday, December 30, 2007

The Haul Part 2: The Amazing Transformations of Jimmy Olsen

Another Xmas gift I received this year is the trade paperback of The Amazing Transformations of Jimmy Olsen, which is a veritable gold mine of blogging material that may keep me in business for some time to come.

One of the best stories in the book is "Jimmy Olsen, the Bizarro Boy" (written by Jerry Siegel, with art by John Forte and George Klein), a story where yet another scientific mishap causes Jimmy to turn into "Bizarro-Jimmy." Since the Bizarros do everything the opposite of their normal counterparts, Bizarro-Jimmy writes news stories about normal events, like people depositing money into banks; he uses his Superman signal watch when he's not in danger; and he's happy to see his erstwhile girlfriend, Lucy Lane, in the company of another man. When Bizarro-Jimmy's actions become dangerous, he's sent by Superman to live on Bizarro World.

While on Bizarro World, Bizarro-Jimmy goes to a dance, with music by the Bizarro World's version of the Beatles, "The Bizarro Beetle Bugs."

There's a nice touch to this depiction of the band: three of the Bizarro Beatles are playing their guitars left-handed, and one is playing right-handed. That must mean that Bizarro Paul McCartney is the right-handed one, as the real Macca is left-handed. I don't know which one would be Bizarro Ringo, though he's probably the one that wrote all of the Bizarro Beatles' songs.

Bonus Content: Bizarro World Politics

I thought the Bizarros were supposed to do the opposite of their Earth counterparts. Zing!

1 comment:

Chris Sims said...

Only Bizarro Jimmy should be happy to see Lucy Lane period.

Man, I hate Lucy Lane.