Jimmy Olsen's Greatest Costumes and Disguises #1
"JIMMY OLSEN: TRANSVESTITE"
When counting down Jimmy's greatest costumes and disguises, one costume is clearly Jimmy's favorite, as he dresses in it more often than any of his other disguises. That would be Jimmy Olsen dressing himself in women's clothes. There are some interesting things going down in Jimmy's transvestite stories. For one, men seem to be irresistibly attracted to Jimmy when he is dressed as a woman. He is constantly meet with wolf-whistles and lewd comments on the street, and men fall in love with him right and left. And while Jimmy's thought balloons make him out to be a reluctant woman, the looks on his face tell a different story. Just look at the sly smile on Jimmy's face, in the comic panel above, and tell me Jimmy isn't in to it.
I'm going to be counting down the five cross-dressing stories I've found from the pages of Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen comics. I'm ranking them based on how interesting they are psychologically.
THEY DAY THEY UNMASKED MR. ACTION
from SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #159
In "They Day They Unmasked Mr. Action," Jimmy has been falsely accused of a crime, and is on the run from the police. He makes a quick trip to the second-hand store, where he buys women's clothing, a wig, and make-up. Then he changes into these clothes in an alley.
This story is probably the least interesting psychologically, because it's clear Jimmy is doing this to escape from the police, and he doesn't seem to be taking that much pleasure in it. But it does have a scene where Jimmy walks down the street and is met with lust from the men hanging around on the corner. In the story Jimmy's "man-hands" quickly give him away to the police, but it's okay, because it turns out to all be a ruse by the police to catch another criminal.
|"...Are you ashamed to face him... ashamed to tell him you're a criminal... ashamed to tell him you're a transvestite?"|
LESLIE LOWE, GIRL REPORTER
from SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #67
In "Leslie Lowe, Girl Reporter," Jimmy is feeling emasculated after finding out that his girlfriend, Lucy Lane, makes more than twice as much money as he does. So he demands a raise from his boss, Perry White, and, failing to get it, quits his job. However, he finds himself unable to get a job anywhere else. Rather than humiliate himself further by going to Perry White and asking for his old job back, he decides to dress up in women's clothing and apply for his old job under the guise of "Leslie Lowe."
Jimmy's plan is to do the job as bad as possibly as Leslie, so that in the end Perry White will get fed up with her(him) and gladly give Jimmy his old job back.
|Doris Ziffel almost discovers Jimmy's Secret|
But Jimmy's fan backfires, because every time he tries to do something wrong, he ends up doing it perfectly instead, making the male Jimmy Olsen look like a chump by comparison. In the end, though, it turns out that Clark Kent, Lois Lane, and Perry White knew that Leslie was really Jimmy all along, because he forgot to take off his Superman signal watch. Then they all have a good laugh about it, and Jimmy is hired back at the Daily Planet.
|Jimmy Olsen: Shameless Hussy|
JIMMY OLSEN'S SECRET LOVE
from SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #74
"Jimmy Olsen's Secret Love" is the first of the "Magi the Magnificent" stories I wrote about in a previous installment of Jimmy Olsen's Greatest Costumes and Disguises. In this story, Jimmy, while disguised as a magician named "Magi the Magnificent," falls in love with a British movie star named "Sandra Rogers," not realizing that Sandra is actually his real-life girlfriend, Lucy Lane, who is also in disguise. Jimmy only cross-dresses for a few panels in this story, but they are interesting ones to think about. In the story, Magi and Sandra are forced to part ways briefly, to keep their dates they have in real-life with Lucy and Jimmy (in other words, each other). The date in question is at a masquerade party, so Jimmy, who has fallen deeply in love with Sandra, decides to dress up as Sandra.
Psychologically, it asks some interesting questions. Has Jimmy fallen so hard for Sandra that he literally wants to become her? Or, was the fact that Sandra is a pretty red-headed girl, that resembles what Jimmy looks like when he wears women's clothes, what attracted him to her in the first place? Does he see her as a reflection of himself? Interesting stuff.
JIMMY OLSEN'S FEMALE FAN
from SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #84
|"Holy cow! A... a girl!"|
|Jimmy's Wildest Fantasy Becomes a Reality|
MISS JIMMY OLSEN
from SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #44
Monte is also violently jealous of any other men who have eyes for Jimmy. He has one man beaten for flirting with Jimmy, and has a fellow gangster who sent Jimmy a love note shot to death. In one of the weirder parts of this comic, Jimmy doesn't even bat an eye during this murder, thinking that the man was wanted dead-or-alive by the FBI, and that "the law was spared the expense of executing him."
|Ah, come on, Monte. At some level you always knew, just admit it,|
|Uh... no comment.|
BONUS! MUSIC VIDEO:
The Rocky Horror Picture Show - Sweet Transvestite