Thursday, August 18, 2011
JIMMY OLSEN #1 by Paul Salvi
Paul says: "Why Jimmy Olsen?
"I'm struggling to explain my reasoning after the fact, since I didn't put much thought into my submission -- I knew immediately who and what I would draw.
"I've been fond of (obsessed with) Superman for most of my life, after being exposed in rapid brain-altering succession to the Smithsonian Superman exhibit, the Superboy television series (which, not-coincidentally, prominently featured Bizarro and Metallo), the Ruby Spears Superman cartoon series and a full run of John Byrne revamp issues my father obtained under shady circumstances. Superman III, IV, and Supergirl (featuring, not-coincidentally, Jimmy and Lucy Lane) were all rerun to death throughout my formative years as well, and in my head that stuff is all smooshed into a sort of mini-canon by which all other incarnations of Superman are measured. Most fall short, usually in the "fun" department.
Sandra Lanz, who is busy with the upcoming Luci's Let Down, colored this submission despite having little-to-no knowledge of or affection for these characters. That she agreed to do it and did it so well is a testament to her overall awesomeness as a person and an artist. Sandra also does the art for PSAs From Panels, an offshoot of Agreeable Comics' The Rack. (While you're there, stop by The Line, which is drawn by me.)
Jimmy Olsen was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.