Daily Planet


Daily Planet Building
"Straight from the Source"
Field Print media
Industry Mass communication
Management Oliver Queen (Substantial shareholder, LuthorCorp),
Perry White (Editor-in-Chief, confirmed to have attained this position sometime before 2018)
Location Metropolis
Status Operational

The Daily Planet is one of Metropolis's oldest and most respected newspapers.[1] As of 2005, Pauline Kahn was the Editor-in-Chief. The Daily Planet was conducting a global search for a new Editor-In-Chief. Franklin Stern, the new publisher, was the acting Editor-In-Chief until a replacement was hired.[2] The paper's slogan is "Straight from the Source." [3]

In 2007, Lex Luthor revealed that he had purchased the Daily Planet.[4] He quickly started to exert editorial control over the paper. He hand-picked Lois Lane to write a flattering exposé about him, but when she instead threatened to detail his numerous crimes, he killed the story.[5] He monitored email and data communication of his employees.[6] He also fired several staff members, including Chloe Sullivan after she lied to him about a key that Lionel had left for her.[7]

Since the disappearance of Lex, Tess Mercer has taken over ownership of the Planet. Tess then asked Oliver if he wanted to invest his own money into LuthorCorp in a merger deal with his own company, Queen Industries. He agreed and they announced the deal at a LuthorCorp board meeting to the dismay of Lex who used Winslow Schott to plant a bomb to kill Oliver and Tess. Tess wasn't present but Oliver suffered some minor injuries before getting revenge by killing Lex with a bomb built by Toyman.

Franklin Stern has taken over as publisher of the Daily Planet. He was endorsed after Tess went on the lam from the covert government agency known as Checkmate. He is also the acting Editor-in-Chief but is in pursuit to find a more suitable replacement.

Lex later resurfaced and killed Tess, thus reclaiming everything that he had previously owned including the Daily Planet. However sometime later Lex sold the company because he felt that the newspaper has become more tabloid than news source.[8]

The Daily Planet building's most distinguishing and famous feature is the enormous globe that sits on top of the building. The Planet accepts four high school students as summer interns from the state.[9]

Physical Appearance


The Daily Planet upwards shot


City skyline view of Meteropolis and the Daily Planet

The Daily Planet is based in a tall skyscraper building, located at address 355, 1000 Broadway in Metropolis, Kansas,[10] next door to LuthorCorp Plaza [11] and across the street from the Ace of Clubs.[12]


The Daily Planet from a skyline shot looking down

The Daily Planet rooftop overlooks the entire city of Metropolis.


Front entrance

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Planet building sixth floor

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The higher levels of Daily Planet.

Junior reporters and photographers at the Planet work in exposed desks in a basement bullpen. For several years, Lois and Clark worked in the open plan "basement" at the Daily Planet (Chloe used to work here as well, before she was fired.)

There are several other indoor spaces at the Planet:

  • The top reporters/senior reporters at the paper work on higher level floors in the building.[13]
  • Owner and publisher Tess Mercer also has a large private office at the Planet.
  • Top reporters, columnists and editors like Grant Gabriel and Linda Lake—and later, Lois and Clark—also get their own offices.
  • There is a supply closet near the basement.
  • A large staircase in the center of the building goes all the way from the basement to the roof (Gemini, Noir).
  • There is also a bank of elevators that connects the floors in the building.
  • There is an enormous walk-in freezer in the building, presumably servicing the Daily Planet kitchen. Lois and Jimmy were locked in the freezer by Lex Luthor's assistant, Gina. (Descent)
  • Some floors appear to be dedicated to specific departments. For example, the entire sixth floor is dedicated to political correspondence, where political correspondents like Brennan worked (Noir).

Known Staff

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Lois joined the Planet staff in 2007.

Current Staff
  • Lois Lane is a rising Daily Planet reporter and has been a reporter at the Daily Planet for three years. She was hired away from the Metropolis Inquisitor by Grant Gabriel (Kara). Shortly after he hired her, Grant had Lois reporting on exclusive assignments all over the country.[14] When she and Grant started dating, Lois decided that the relationship was worth the risk of damaging her career. She and Grant began a relationship while he was her manager, but Lois never learned his true identity and apparently is not aware of his death (Blue). Lois put a great deal of focus on the goings-on of Lex Luthor, and Lex used a variety of methods to monitor, control or thwart her investigations. In addition to the exposé,[15] she reported on Lex's near-death experience in Detroit, a story which he also likely prevented from being published (Fracture). She also helped Jimmy Olsen investigate the death of Patricia Swann (Veritas) and focused on Lex Luthor's frequent trips to the Arctic Circle (Arctic). The first onscreen indication of Lois publishing a story came in the summer of 2008. She and Clark Kent investigated a bus explosion right outside the Daily Planet building and her story was a front-page headline (Plastique) and has gotten many headlines since then(Hex). She was fired by Franklin Stern but later Perry White managed to get Lois her job back. (Charade, Hostage). After three years of working at the Daily Planet as a reporter, Lois gets promoted out of the basement bullpen to the office floor penthouse office upstairs (Booster). This is when her all of her colleagues begin to regard  her as the best reporter at The Daily Planet.  After their first investigation together, Perry White said that her gifts in investigative journalism will take her to unimaginable heights. Lois has gained  notariety all across the world for her skills in investigation. Because of this, she is an honorary member of the Justice League and works as their investigator when she is not chasing a byline. Lois Lane is an investigative journalist with no equal.

Clark joined the Planet staff in 2008

  • Clark Kent accepted Lois' suggestion to apply to the Daily Planet. He started out simply as a copyboy but is now a reporter at the desk opposite Lois (Odyssey). It can be assumed that Perry White "assisted" Clark in acquiring a job at The Planet. He told Clark years ago, when they first met, that if he stayed with journalism and ever came to Metropolis, he'd help him out. His first writing assignment was an obituary. He has also published at least two stories. He was fired by Franklin Stern but later Perry White managed to get him his job back. (Charade, Hostage).
  • Perry White was a reporter at the Daily Planet who wrote an article on Lionel Luthor's conviction in September 2004 (Gone). He had previously worked at the Daily Planet where he was nominated for multiple Pulitzer prizes, before being forced out for working on a story about Lionel Luthor. He is now a Planet employee once again and recently was researching a story about the Red Queen with Lois. He now works in the Planets' foreign offices in Britain. Eventually Perry became the Editor-In-Chief. (Perry)
  • Franklin Stern is the publisher of the Daily Planet and temporary Editor-in-Chief. He was promoted after Tess Mercer went on the run from Checkmate. He is currently heading a global search for someone to replace him as Editor-In-Chief. He believes Clark and Lois work well together and considers both of them as his two best young reporters (Charade).
  • Cat Grant is a reporter at the Daily Planet who moved to Lois Lane's place as Clark Kent's partner when Lois took a foreign desk in Africa (Shield), and again when Lois received her promotion (Booster) .
  • Randall Brady is the City Editor for the Daily Planet following the death of Grant Gabriel at a steak house. In an alternate timeline, he promoted Lois Lane after the story she wrote on Clark Kent's alien heritage and time as the Red-Blue Blur. He was infected by the zombie virus, but later cured by an antidote formed out of Clark's blood.
  • Jeff Hage is an former intern at the Daily Planet and is commonly exploited by Lois Lane as her personal assistant. He has recently been promoted to copy boy (Detective) .
  • Ron Troupe is a reporter at the Daily Planet.

Chloe receives a by-line in the paper in Subterranean.

  • Chloe Sullivan was an intern at the Planet twice during her high school years. Her sophomore year, she was picked after writing an essay on her experience of being kidnapped. (Obscura) She helped a reporter during her summer intern.[16] Her junior year, Lionel Luthor arranged for her to have a column, called "Sullivan's Travels", after she agreed to investigate Clark Kent. He later withdrew the favor when he believed she betrayed him. He also blacklisted her name, hindering her efforts to realize her dream to write for the paper. Chloe attempted to write under the name "Lois Lane," but her editor was killed before he published any of her articles. As a college student, Chloe was hired by Pauline Kahn as an intern at the Daily Planet.[17] She began writing obituaries and classified advertisements and answering the 24-hour news hotline. She then wrote small general-interest articles. She had at least four major stories published [18] before she was fired by Lex (Descent). This would actually turn out to be a good thing, because she had time to think about her abilities, and she realized that her greatest strength in investigation lies with computers, not journalism. Thus, she became the superhero/information broker, Watchtower.
  • Andrea Rojas worked at the Planet as a secretary, before quitting to become the masked superhero Angel of Vengeance (Vengeance).
  • John Corben was brought into the Daily Planet as a replacement for Clark Kent but was run over by a truck and turned into a psychotic cyborg. He was basically deactivated by Clark Kent. (Metallo).
  • Ron Black was an Ace Reporter. He was aided by Chloe in finding a connection between a mob boss and CEO of a company called Intertech (What I Did On My Summer Vacation).
  • Tess Mercer was the publisher that succeeded Lex Luthor. She seemingly died during the events of Contact, vacating the position. (Finale, Part 2) She was later Resurrected as an A.I., but didn't return to the Daily Planet.
  • Colin was an employee of the Daily Planet.
Deceased Staff
  • Max Taylor edited Chloe's column before being killed by his hypnotized assistant. (Delete)
  • Linda Lake was a gossip columnist who worked at the Daily Planet. She used her ability to transform her body into water to gather gossip and print it in her columns. She was murdered by Davis Bloome while imprisoned at Metropolis General Hospital. (Hydro, Infamous)
  • Brennan was a reporter for the Daily Planet. Unfortunately, he was shot and killed by hired killers trying to block the story from being published. (Noir)
  • Sebastian Kane was a new reporter hired by Tess Mercer to spy on Lois Lane until he was killed by Brainiac. (Identity).
  • Jimmy Olsen worked as an on-location photographer. He quit his job in March 2009 after recovering from his marriage incident in the hospital, but before long his marriage to Chloe Sullivan completely dissolved as a result of his frustration. He left a profile about Davis Bloome on Tess Mercer's desk before leaving the Daily Planet for good. He was eventually killed by Davis Bloome. (Doomsday)


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 #
Season 2 - - - - - - - - - - - X - - - - - - - - - - - 1
Season 3 X - - - - - - - - - X - - - - - - - - - - - N/A 2
Season 5 - - - - X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X - X X N/A 16
Season 6 X X - X X X X X X X X - X X - - X - - X X X N/A 16
Season 7 - X X X X X X X X X X - X X X X X X - X N/A 17
Season 8 X X X X X X X X X - X - X X X X X X X - X X N/A 19
Season 9 X X X X - X - X X - X X X X X X X - X - X X N/A 17
Season 10 X X X X X - - - X X X X X X - X X X - X X X N/A 18
Total 106


Daily Planet staff as of 2018
Daily Planet staff as of 2011
Former Daily Planet staff

In the Comics


The Daily Planet team

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Daily Planet in the comics

In the comics, the Daily Planet will be the place of business for:

The Planet's history stretches back for generations. According to Post-Crisis continuity, the first issue of the Daily Planet was an American Revolution-era news gazette, and the first issue featured an interview with George Washington.

In the late 1990s, Lex Luthor bought the Planet and threatened to shut it down. Lois convinced Lex to sell it back to Perry. It came at a price; although Lex sold it back to Perry for only $1, he stipulated to Lois that at some point in the future he would demand that she kill a story of his choosing. Years later when Lois attempted to publish proof of President Luthor's wrongdoings during the Imperiex War, he cashed in this favor to kill the story. However, Clark managed to ensure the story went public anyway, and with the help of Batman fought a battlesuit-clad Lex in the streets of Metropolis. The events of this arc led to Lex's impeachment and removal from the White House.

It also dealt with many tribulations of ownership, and passes through the hands of Franklin Stern, Perry White, Lex Luthor (as in Season Seven of Smallville), and in current comic continuity to Bruce Wayne who is the owner of the Daily Planet.

In the New 52, Daily Planet has being bought by Morgan Edge and merged with the Galaxy Broadcasting System. It is revealed that Clark Kent begins his journalism career in Metropolis roughly six years before Galaxy Broadcasting merges with the Daily Planet. Along with being a writer for The Daily Star, partly because editor George Taylor was a friend of his adopted parents, Clark is an active blogger who speaks against political corruption and reports on the troubles of every day citizens who are not often the focus of news media. While working at the Star, Clark meets Planet photographer Jimmy Olsen and the two become friends despite working at rival publications. Clark is also a great fan of Lois Lane's work at the Daily Planet, eventually meeting her through Jimmy. Months after Superman makes his public debut, Clark leaves The Daily Star on good terms and accepts a position at The Daily Planet.

After the merger with Galaxy Broadcasting, Lois was promoted to run the TV division, with Clark acting as an on-the-scene reporter for the TV division. Clark is later assigned the "Superman beat." But after rising tension between himself and Lois, as well as with Galaxy Broadcasting head Morgan Edge, Clark concludes that the Daily Planet is now more concerned with ratings and internet page views than actual journalism. He quits and goes off to begin an independent, internet news site with fellow journalist Cat Grant. Though Lois and Jimmy consider this to be a bad and risky decision, they continue to act as Clark's friends and confidants, offering aid when they can.

Since then, Perry White has asked Clark to return back to the Daily Planet but Clark hasn't accepted his offer yet.

Currently, besides Kent and Grant, who have their own blog and do not work at the Planet anymore, the rest of the staff from the Pre-Flashpoint timeline including White, Lane, Olsen, Lombard and Troupe all still work there. Moreover a new addition to the staff is Jackee Winters, a political correspondent.


Lex: You're no longer writing my exposé.
Lois: Nuh-uh. You'll have to take that up with my boss.
Lex: I am your boss. Merry Christmas, Lois. I just bought the Daily Planet.
Season Seven, Gemini



Daily Planet's computers' wallpaper

Planet Keychain

Daily Planet keychain

  • There is no "The" in "Daily Planet". In the newspaper itself, proper usage is either the Daily Planet or the Planet, but never The Daily Planet or The Planet.[19] The logo above the front door says "Daily Planet". Despite this, the globe at the top of the building clearly says "The Daily Planet" [20] and the closed captions for episodes show THE DAILY PLANET or THE PLANET italicized all together.[21]
  • Eight members of the staff have been killed while employed by the Daily Planet. Two of these were killed by Davis Bloome.
  • The Marine Building in Vancouver stands in as the Daily Planet building in Smallville. It has 22 floors and at 97.8m, was the tallest skyscraper in the city until 1939.[22]

See also


  1. In Season 7's Kara, Grant Gabriel tells Lois that, "This is the Daily Planet, read in virtually ever country across the globe. We have no rival."
  2. Pauline was Editor-in-Chief during Thirst, when Chloe applied to work at the Planet by writing a story about a sorority of vampires.
  3. "Straight from the Source" is painted on the side of Daily Planet trucks in Nicodemus.
  4. Gemini
  5. Gemini
  6. Hero
  7. Descent
  8. Guardian
  9. Chloe states this as she is preparing to interview for one of the positions in Crush.
  10. The Daily Planet building's address is given as 1000 Broadway in Season 6's Noir
  11. Clark establishes this in Insurgence. Additionally, when Lex pushed Lionel out of the window of his LuthorCorp office, Jimmy Olsen was able to take a picture from inside of the Daily Planet
  12. In Arctic, Jimmy Olsen meets Lois Lane at the Club and remarks that it is across the street from the Daily Planet
  13. As seen in Thirst, Odyssey, and Homecoming.
  14. She was covering a story in New York City (Fierce), and in Los Angeles reporting on celebrity DUIs (Cure).
  15. Lois' exposé can be read here.
  16. Smallville #2 What I Did On My Summer Vacation
  17. Season 5, Episode 5: Thirst
  18. She detailed Mr. Lyon's kidnapping ring (Exposed), the death of Graham Garrett, which was on the front page (Fade), Jed McNally's illegal migrant workers (Subterranean), and the Weather Girls (Fierce)
  19. In the Season One Pilot, the Daily Planet frontpage article about "QUEEN INDUSTRIES CEO MISSING, PRESUMED DEAD" is shown under a Daily Planet logo without the article "The". [1] In Season Eight's Identity, Jimmy Olsen's article about the Good Samaritan who is "Faster than a Speeding Bullet" is shown under the Daily Planet logo on the newspaper's frontpage, without the article "The" in front of it.
  20. This can be clearly seen in Instinct.
  21. This can be seen in many episodes, including Season Eight's Identity

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