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Ask Chris #179: The Jimmy Olsen – Robin War!

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Q: Why is it that Robin has endured as Batman's teen sidekick, but Jimmy Olsen hasn't as Superman's? -- @doubting_tom

A: I don't know why, but for some reason, I got a lot of questions this week about sidekicks in general and Robin in particular, but this one stuck out for a pretty obvious reason, which is that I really, really like to talk about Jimmy Olsen. It's weird, though, Tom, because you're absolutely right: As much as I might love the guy, he's often ignored in and minimized in superhero stories, something that doesn't happen a lot to someone who was once a fixture of the cast who was popular enough to hold down a solo title for 150 issues. Meanwhile, we're up to our pointy bat ears in Robins, ex-Robins, dead Robins, potential Robins and Future Robins. It seems a little imbalanced.

But at the same time, there's definitely a logic to it, and there are a lot of reasons that those two characters have ended up how they did. It has to do with when they showed up, the role they fill in the story, how they've changed over the years, and the idea that maybe Jimmy Olsen isn't really a sidekick at all.

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Ask Chris #120: I Hate You So Much Lucy Lane

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Over a lifetime of reading comics, Senior Writer Chris Sims has developed an inexhaustible arsenal of facts and opinions. That's why each and every week, we turn to you, to put his comics culture knowledge to the test as he responds to your reader questions!

Q: You've spoken at length about your love of Jimmy Olsen - who is the WORST

A: Lucy Lane.

Q: supporting character

A: Lucy Lane.

Q: and/or sidekick in comi

Ask Chris #118: What’s So Great About Jimmy Olsen?

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Over a lifetime of reading comics, Senior Writer Chris Sims has developed an inexhaustible arsenal of facts and opinions. That's why each and every week, we turn to you, to put his comics culture knowledge to the test as he responds to your reader questions!

Q: Why do you consider Jimmy Olsen one of the best characters in comics history? That might have sounded kind of derisive or snarky, but I'm genuinely curious to hear your take on the character. -- @jameymcdermott

A: I

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‘Superman Family Adventures’ Brings Fun Back To DC [Preview]

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I've been looking forward to Art Baltazar and Franco's Superman Family Adventures since it was announced, and this week, the release of the first issue brought everything I'd hoped for. It's fun, bright, accessible a

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The 5 Greatest Knockoff Characters In Comics

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One of the most accepted truisms in super-hero comics is that there's not a whole lot of new stuff to be found underneath Earth's yellow sun. With seventy years of heroes, villains, selfless acts and dastardly schemes, plenty of creators have come up with bold new ideas, only to find out that they were done years ago. Probably by Jack Kirby.

But that's not necessarily a bad thing. A lot of the fun of super-hero comics comes from taking those old elements and seeing a new spin on them. Whether they're obvious and intentional stand-ins -- like The Authority's Apollo and Midnighter as Superman-and-Batman -- or creations that try to slip by unnoticed, there are plenty of bootleg versions of super-heroes out there, and some of them actually become great in their own right. And those are the characters we're spotlighting today with a look at The Top Five Greatest Knockoff Characters In Comics!

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12 Reasons Why Bringing Back Letter Columns Is Not The Best Idea

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This week, DC announced that while they're cutting two story pages out of all of their monthly titles in an effort to keep prices at $2.99, the trade-off is that one of those missing pages will now be filled by the return of the letter column! Of course, some naysayers have pointed out that the lettercol has been made largely redundant by the Internet, but personally, I'm looking forward to elevating the discourse about comics out of the message boards and back to the prestige that comes from the printed page, the format that brought us missives like this:

As thrilling as it was for readers to see their names printed in their favorite comics -- as as much as great creators like Jim Shooter, Cary Bates were able to break into the industry through the fine art of letterhacking -- we honestly haven't been missing a whole heck of a lot from not having letters. And to prove it

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ComicsAlliance’s Top 10 Best Comics of 2010

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As 2010 draws nearer to a close, ComicsAlliance has gathered its annual list of the top 10 best comics and graphic novels to come out in the last 12 months, as selected by our staff. Like any list, it is naturally subjective, but we've packed it chock full of books that had awed us, excited us, and entertained us, and book that we're passionate about recommending

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The 10 Most Insane Jimmy Olsen Moments of All Time

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In this week's issue of "Action Comics," Nick Spencer and RB Silva have returned Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen to a starring role in a series of back-up stories that have already earned the ComicsAlliance Seal of Approval. Not only is it sharply wri

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Ask Chris #26: Jimmy Olsen’s Bowtie and the Best of Two-Face

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Here at ComicsAlliance, we value our readership and are always open to what the masses of Internet readers have to say. That's why we've given Senior Writer Chris Sims the punishment pleasure of stepping into the grand tradition of the Answer Man as he responds to your reader questions!

Q: Jimmy Olsen: Bow-tie? No bow-tie? -- padnick

A: In last week's column, someone asked me a simple question about one of my favori

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The Free Jimmy Olsen & Chloe Sullivan Comic Knocks Our Socks Off [Review]

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When it was first announced that Nick Spencer and RB Silver were going to be adding Jimmy Olsen backup stories to "Action Comics," I'll admit that I was a little apprehensive -- and more than a little jealous of Spencer, who got my dream job. Jimmy is, after all,

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