The first collection of Superman Family came out last week and I have been reading through it. It's pretty fun. It collects the first 22 issues of Jimmy Olsen , originally published from September 1955 to August 1957. Here are some funny covers. All of the issues in this massive 572 page DC Showcase Presents edition have 3 stories of 8 pages each. The covers are also reprinted, everything in black and white. The art is great, most of it by Curt Swann. He has a nice clean line, very attractive. The stories, most of them written by Otto Binder, are not always original, but they make up for it with the wild and inventive antics. They cram a lot of story in those 8 pages. Jimmy Olsen, for those that might have forgot, is a cub reporter at The Daily Planet. He's Superman's best pal, it says so right on the cover, and he's Clark Kent's co-worker. The stories often have crimes, or some sort of mystery to solve. In one Jimmy goes on assignment to a lumbercamp. Someone is causing trouble and people are getting hurt. Production is falling off and there isn't enough newsprint for the newspaper. He solves the puzzle, with a little help from Superman. Most of the stories have Superman in them, often just a brief appearance. There are a lot of humourous stories, like the one where Jimmy gets a million dollar reward but has to destroy it to save his life. Trapped with Lois Lane he needs to burn the money to attract Superman's attention. Jimmy has a special watch he can use to call for Superman's help, but in this story it quit working after it got wet. I don't recognize or remember many of the stories in this collection, but I first started reading Superman and Jimmy Olsen some years after these issues came out. I did remember the story where Jimmy gets a baby dinosaur. It grows and wrecks things and eats too much food. Since Jimmy can't afford to keep it Superman takes it to a dinosaur planet way off in space. These stories have happy endings, and for me this makes an enjoyable read. Coming soon The Haunted Tank.