DC is about to shine a light on one of Superman’s oldest supporting characters, and it’s recruiting a surprising creative team to do the job. On Monday, DC announced Superman’s pal, Jimmy Olsen‘s Boss Perry White #1, an upcoming one-shot that will spotlight the disgruntled and lovable editor of the Daily Planet. The one-shot, which will be released in June, will be headlined by a new story from writer Matt Fraction, artist Steve Lieber, colorist Nathan Fairbairn and letterer Clayton Cowles, who all previously worked on the series-winning series. ‘Eisner. Superman’s pal, Jimmy Olsen.
The 48-page one-shot aims to showcase Perry’s storied career in the DC Universe, beginning with a 7-page story from the jimmy olsen team. Additionally, the issue will include reprinted stories from throughout Perry’s tenure, by Elliot S. Maggin and Curt Swan, Neil Kleid and Dean Haspiel, and Brian Michael Bendis and Ivan Reis.
Created by George Putnam Ludlam for the radio series The Adventures of SupermanPerry is the editor of the Daily Planet, whose life intersects with those of Jimmy, Lois Lane and Clark Kent countless times.
Superman’s pal, Jimmy Olsen won multiple awards and won the hearts of many when it was first published in 2019, bringing a surreal and hilarious take on the world of Superman.
“All that works in the book is Steve,” Fraction said. in a previous interview with SYFY Wire. “Steve is so fantastic. I came into it as a fan and as a friend. I had worked with him a bit before, but not a lot, not enough to really get a sense of who Steve was and the way he worked. So , I think over the course of the book I got better… Hopefully I got better at writing for him, and I was able to write more and more about his strengths. And I think the big pie fight issue escalated , both in response to quarantine, but also knowing who Steve was and how he works, and just kind of, ‘Oh, I can write the end of Blazing Saddles and Steve goes Absolutely draw the end of Blazing Saddles.’ So emotionally I needed to go all out Blazing Saddles in response to the horrors of COVID, and I just creatively knew that Steve could handle it. Like I said, all the stuff was going in that direction, but the scope, the scale, the idea that it’s not just Jimmy and the gang against, you know, the rogue space bachelor, but we’re going to bring back all the background characters. Literally, they’re throwing pies and slipping on banana peels. It happened because Steve could make it work as perfectly, as beautifully as he did. So, [the book] it would have been the same without him, but it would have been much worse without him. He would not exist in his form. It wouldn’t work without him.”
Superman’s buddy, Jimmy Olsen’s boss, Perry White #1 will be released wherever the comics are sold on June 21 and will cost $4.99.