"Jimmy Olsen's Captive Double"
Pencils by (unknown)
Review by Richard Croxton
This is one of the adventures of the Kandor Look Alike Squad! Perry
White opens a small box to have it give off a harmless explosion,
within the box is a message from the Mad Bomber (brother of Unabomber?
I know poor joke) saying "This is a sample of what is in store for
the Friends of Superman! I know he will capture me someday, but
I'll get all of you first! -THE MAD BOMBER.
Superman is on one his many missions in space so Jimmy calls the
Kandor Look Alike Squad. The members of the squad are look alikes
of Jimmy, Clark, Lois, Perry, Lana and Lucy. Jimmy enlarges the
group with a Growth-Ray Projector, its effect last only 48 hours.
Perry and Lois hide in "Hideout X" the hollow Daily Planet globe.
"Its Bomb-resistant shell is lead-coated and ultra-sound-proofed
so no foe can easdrop on our confidential discussions! This monitor
can contact Atlantis or Kandor. More gadgets will be installed later!"
I don't know about you, but I don't think I would want to work
at the Daily Planet. Something bad is always happening there and
it is worse if you are a friend of Superman.
Perry's double, Ar-Rone turns out to be a spy for the Superman
Revenge Squad. By changing the wiring inside a radio in Perry's
office he is able to contact the Revenge Squad and reveal his plan
to make Jimmy kill the Look Alike Squad.
Jimmy, while in the closet (I won't even attempt a joke on that)
spys his girlfriend Lucy Lane asking his double, Zol-Lar out for
the night. Zol-Lar tells her to get lost and Lucy loves it.
Later a reporter from a rival newspaper drops in and insults "Clark"
who shoves him to the floor rescuing from a fallen light. Light
is loosened by "Clark" to give the rival reporter the manhandling
he deserved. After a while the doubles gather together all but "Perry"
go to lunch. "Perry alters the sun lamp he finds in Perry's office
into a ray that turns Jimmy evil. "Perry" gives Jimmy a super-hypnotic
command to kill the Look Alike Squad.
Shortly, after the others return to the office, the door opens,
"The Mad Bomber sent me! This button will set off a bomb
inside my metal form! Die, friends of Superman!" threatens a one
arm robot. "Do your worst robot stooge!" replies "Lois". The robot
explodes, doing no harm to the Look Alike Squad. Jimmy comes out
of the closet, (insert joke here) and fires the shrink attachment
of the Growth-Ray Projector, shrinking all the Look Alike Squad,
He kills "Jimmy" with Green Kryptonite and blasts all but "Perry"
with a Gold Kryptonite Ray Gun he had handy. Jimmy tells "Perry"
that he is next, but "Perry" confesses that he is evil too and to
prove it he rewires a T.V. set into a Space Monitor to spy on Revenge
Squad. With the hiding spot of the Revenge Squad revealed, Superman
captures them and the L.A.S. comes back to life. Jimmy is revealed
to be Zol-Lar, who switched places with Jimmy when they went to
lunch. Evil ray had no affect on Zol-Lar. Green and Gold Kryptonite
were fakes. All of it was staged including robot and exploding box
that was built by Superman to find hidden base of Revenge Squad.
Ar-Rone is sent back to Kandor where Kandorian science removes all
evil from Ar-Rone so that he can be a member in good standing of
the L.A.S. Thus ended another classic 9 page Jimmy Olsen story.
Because of the campiness that I expected and come to like in the
Jimmy Olsen books, I give this:
6 out of 10