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DC EXPLODES ON TV
Jimmy Olsen #53: "The Giant Turtle Man!"

Welcome to "DC Explodes on TV," a new Dial B mini-series counting down the top 12 covers of DC comics as seen on television. To be included in this series, a comic must have had its actual cover either shown or dramatized on at least one TV show (and sometimes a movie), exposing it to millions of people, making it FAMOUS! The top slot will be taken by the most famous DC comic ever published. What is it? You'll never guess!

Let's get this party started with JIMMY OLSEN #53, whose cover was dramatized in the "Batman The Brave and The Bold" episode "Battle of the Superheroes!"

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The main plot has Superman fighting a "Dark-Knight Returns-ish" Batman...
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During the episode, Jimmy Olsen recalls how he once turned into a giant turtle-man, and ripped a bridge in half...
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In the TV show scene that dramatizes the comic's cover (shown above), Superman says the exact same dialogue printed in the balloon below! Here's Jimmy Olsen #53, June 1961...
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Now Let's go INSIDE the book, for a story by Jerry Siegel, Curt Swan and John Forte. On the story's splash page, Superman looks at Turtle-Jimmy and thinks: "What on earth is his huge, twisted turtle-mind up to?" What indeed!
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Answer: He hates bridges! And he says "CRRRGGG! CRRRGGG!"

"Super Comic," a Spanish reprint title...

BELOW: Superman is a little less judgmental in the Spanish version, thinking, "Jimmy is putting vehicles and metallic structures in the crater of that volcano!"
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Don't worry, it all turns out OK in the end...
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Turtle Man reappeared in "The World of Doomed Olsens" (Jimmy Olsen #72), a comic seen in the "Coming Super-Attractions" ad below (along with ads for Superboy and Superman, and company mascot Johnny DC, waving to you from the lower right corner).
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BELOW: Turtle Man was given star billing in this DC house ad for
80 pg. Giant Jimmy Olsen #104, August-September 1967...
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...and here he is again, on the cover of Jimmy Olsen #140, September 1971...
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Where did "Turtle Man" come from? Was he inspired by the Superboy story advertised below, titled "The Giant Who Came to Smallville"? It sure looks that way...
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It may LOOK that way, but the Superboy story seen in the DC in-house ad above was NOT Turtle Man's source! What was? Thrilling Wonder Stories, July 1940 -- whose cover (shown below) depicted a story in the magazine titled "Out Of The Depths" by H. L .Gold (not "The Experiment of Dr. Sarconi," as the cover makes it appear.)
Not coincidentially, when this issue of Thrilling Wonder Stories was published, the pulp's editor was the same person who would later edit the Superman family of comics, which included Jimmy Olsen -- namely, Mort Weisenger!
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Montage of Jimmy Olsen's amazing transformations, drawn
by the amazing Brian Bolland for the cover of a trade paperback collection.
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The original promo (below, left) used to create the DBB ad (below, right).
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