Friday Night Fights: Fair Fight Free For All - MARCO!!!...POLO!!!
Welcome to Friday Night Fights: Fair Fight Free For All, the final prize fight in the Free For All bout. The ground rules? Anyone who won a previous round has to enter a new entry for this prize fight featuring a fight scene from a comic between two or more characters who are somewhat equally matched. The grand prize? An advance signed copy of the graphic novel Harbor Moon.
Last week I won Round 12, so that means I'm eligible for the grand prize in the final round. That also means I'm bound by tradition to post a Legion of Super-Heroes related fight for this round. In the most tenuous (but still valid) Legion connection yet, this round focuses on honorary Legionnaire Jimmy Olsen. (Don't believe me? Here's the proof.)
This fight comes to us from 1973's Jimmy Olsen#163, in a story titled "The World That Came Before",written by Leo Dorfman and illustrated by Kurt Schaffenberger.
Synopsis: Jimmy is being honored at the dedication ceremony of the S.S. Mercy, a hospital ship whose construction Jimmy raised money for. Through a series of circumstances, Jimmy is exposed to light from the Star of Cathay, an alien jewel which had prevoiusly transported him into his past lives as such historical figures as Marco Polo and Spartacus. Yes, that's right: Jimmy Olsen is the reincarnation of both Marco Polo and Spartacus. (Just go with it.)
This time, the star transports Jimmy back to the 13th Century, where he's Marco Polo again. This time, he meets and befriends the Emperor Kublai Khan. Here, Jimmy/Marco and Khan are out hunting. Unbeknownst to them, Khan's enemies have shot Khan's hunting leopard with a powerful drug which causes the leopard to fly into a rage and attack the first human he sees -- Kublai!
Jimmy springs into action, using his crazy-mad martial arts skills.
And down goes the leopard!
For anyone else, being transported back in time, reliving a past life as Marco Polo, and subduing a leopard singlehandedly would be monumental events. For Pre-Crisis Jimmy Olsen, that's a Tuesday!
For tonight's fight music, I can think of no song more fitting than "My Past Lives" by Too Much Joy.
(Special thanks to Grantbridge Street & Other Misadventures.)
To see the other entries in this final round, click here. And don't forget to vote!