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Clark Kent quits Daily Planet

Jill Treacy

Clark Kent quits his job at The Daily Planet in newest issue

A job hunt is in order for Superman’s alter ego


Clark Kent quits the position he has had at The Daily Planet since the series first began in 1938 in the latest installment of the Superman comics. In Superman #13, Superman’s quiet and bashful alter ego is apparently suffering at the newspaper, not turning in enough articles for his Editor-in-Chief Perry White, because he is busy saving the world. Clark Kent decides it is a good time to leave and quits in the middle of the Metropolis newspaper’s newsroom with a speech on the quality of the media.

But the story line thankfully continues after Clark Kent quits, leading him to come into his own, face more modern issues and, of course, fight new villains..

“This is the beginning of a multi-faceted storyline that will challenge Clark on all levels—personally and professionally, as both himself and as Superman. … Over the next several issues, readers will enjoy the many surprises in store for Clark, as the ‘H’el on Earth’ storyline unfolds,” a spokesperson for DC Entertainment said.

DC Comics revamped their entire line last year, according to Daily News, in order to free writers and artists from comics’ histories and allow them to move in different directions. Thus, the news that Clark Kent quits his job at The Daily Planet. The superhero will also be facing a new bad guy, who also lived through the destruction of Superman’s home planet of Krypton, and taking on a new love interest with none other than Wonder Woman.

In terms of Superman’s alter ego, the issue’s writer Scott Lobdell is excited for the transformation Clark Kent will take on after he quits, saying, “Rather than Clark be this clownish suit that Superman puts on, we’re going to see Clark come into his own in the next few years as far as being a guy who takes to the Internet and to the airwaves and starts speaking an unvarnished truth.”

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