Jimmy Olsen
Species: Human
Homeworld: Earth
Universe: Earth-1A
Hair: red
Eyes: brown
Relatives: James Jacob Olsen (father)
Base: Metropolis
Affiliations: Daily Planet
Voiced/Played: Mark L. Taylor[1]
Jack Grimes[2]
Marc McClure[3]

Orville Gump disguised as James Olsen.[4]

James Bartholomew "Jimmy" Olsen was a cub-reporter for the Daily Planet in the city of Metropolis.

He was often considered "Superman's Pal," as he, as well as Lois Lane had a close friendship with Superman, and; although he was unaware that the two were actually one in the same; Clark Kent was also a friend of his.

Much like Lois, he was often getting himself into trouble and Superman would have to save him from getting killed.

Jimmy Olsen's age

There seems to be a major discrepancy regarding the age of Jimmy Olsen. Assuming that he was a teenager or a young man throughout the 1960s and 1970s, it would be impossible for him to still be a teenager in the late 1980s, however that is how he is portrayed in Destroy the Defendroids (1988).

Although no canon explanation was ever given, and indeed, it is possible that the Ruby-Spears series is part of a different reality altogether, but one possible explanation is that the Jimmy seen in the sixties and seventies was actually James Bartholomew Olsen's father, James Jacob Olsen; who was also named Jimmy.

This is of course only conjecture, and this was more than likely not what was intended, nevertheless the discrepancy is still there. It's difficult to say if hypertime could have something to do with it, but that's a vague possibility. And actually any sort of time travel experience could also be possible, or he could have came from another Earth in the multiverse, although that seems highly unlikely.

Still, whatever the explanation may be, it was never explained, and most likely never even considered, as continuity wasn't really a big issue, especially in cartoons of that period, which was an era when most television was still mostly not so serialized.

Jimmy Olsen[5]

Powers and Abilities

Super Powers




The New Adventures of Superman

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  1. Mark L. Taylor provided the voice of Jimmy Olsen in the 1988 TV series.
  2. Jack Grimes, who also voiced the Earth-Two version of the character in the radio series, did the voice of the character in The New Adventures of Superman (1966).
  3. He played the character in a live action appearance in a Super Powers action figure commercial.
  4. As seen in the Season 4 episode Lex Luthor Strikes Back (1979).
  5. As seen in the Filmation series (1966).
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