Mild-mannered reporter walks off job at Daily Planet


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Chicago Tribune:

Mild-mannered reporter walks off job at Daily Planet

Clark Kent is quitting his job at the Daily Planet in the latest issue of the “Superman” comic series.In issue No. 13, which arrived in stores Wednesday, Superman’s mild-mannered alter ego decries the state of journalism in a heated discussion with Morgan Edge, the owner of the Daily Planet’s parent company, Galaxy Broadcasting, and quits in front of the entire newspaper staff.

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"This is the beginning of a multifaceted storyline that will challenge Clark on all levels — personally and professionally, as both himself and as Superman," a DC Entertainment representative said in a statement. “This is not the first time in DC Comics history that Clark Kent has left the Planet, and this time the resignation reflects present-day issues — the balance of journalism vs. entertainment, the role of new media, the rise of the citizen journalist, etc.”

In the comic, by writer Scott Lobdell and artist Kenneth Rocafort, Clark Kent complains to his boss, Perry White, about pandering to the public demand for entertainment instead of providing news and calls out Lois Lane for covering a sex scandal. He also chafes under pressure to write more stories about Superman. The changes are part of an effort to bring Clark Kent and Superman into the 21st century.

What’s he going to do – start a blog? work for BBC?


#2

Maybe he will finally come out and marry Jimmy Olson.


#3

He will become a commentator for NPR, but he will get fired after expressing conservative views on Fox News.


#4

As the article states he has left before several times in the comics, he worked as a TV reporter at one point in the 70’s as the writers and editors felt him been a newspaperman was getting a bit dated then. The fact he would want to report serious news fits Kal-El’s character perfectly though as to him reporting bite size chunks about the love lives of celebrities or similar inane stuff would seem trivial and unworthy.

It will all be reset sooner or later anyway, that’s the nature of mainstream superhero comics and one of their chief problems when you want to tell a story with lasting impact.


#5

He's going to work in EWTN along with Tony Stark! :)


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