The Smallville Torch is Smallville High School's newspaper, often referred to as the Torch. The paper reports on the news around the school and the town of Smallville.


While attending Smallville High, Chloe Sullivan was the editor of the Torch. Chloe Sullivan considered the paper her pride and joy, and the Torch was a big part of her identity. Especially during Chloe's freshman year, it was the only place where she could interact with her fellow reporter and love interest, Clark Kent.

In addition to Clark Kent, other reporters for the Torch included Pete Ross (sports columnist) and Lana Lang. Lois Lane reluctantly started writing for the Torch during her time at the school. By 2010, Zoe and Clayton, the new Torch reporters, ran the Torch, doing things like taking up the Wall of Weird legacy and making it viral.

Former Torch staff have a long history of becoming psychotic and committing murder:

  • Greg Arkin - Greg used to work as a science columnist.
  • Van McNulty - Van used to service the Torch computers. He killed two students, and attempted to kill Clark Kent and Lex Luthor.
  • Gabriel Duncan - Gabriel serviced the Torch computers. He eventually shot and killed Clark, and launched a nuclear missile aimed at the town of Smallville.
  • Brendan Nash - Brendan was one of the photographers for the paper. He built a replica of Smallville High and kidnapped five of his former classmates, including Lana and Chloe; he turned many of them into wax statues and murdered one of them.
  • Justin Gaines - Justin illustrated a comic. He eventually killed Principal Kwan and attempted to kill his former editor, Chloe.


The Torch was burned down by Coach Walt Arnold during Chloe's freshman year (Hothead). It was eventually rebuilt, and Lex Luthor donated computers for a new computer lab at the Torch (Craving). The Torch was again wrecked by Eric Marsh to get back at Clark (Witness). Eventually Lionel Luthor seized the computers back to get Chloe Sullivan's hard drive, revealing that the computer had not been donated but leased (Delete).

Wall of Weird

Chloe's Wall of Weird

Chloe's Wall of Weird

Main article: Wall of Weird

The Wall of Weird was a mural made of magazine and newspaper articles detailing the strange and bizarre things happening as the result of the 1989 meteor shower. It started out as a scrapbook that Chloe Sullivan kept but she eventually began to hang the articles up in the darkroom of the Torch office. She later took down the Wall of Weird. Even after it was dismantled, Clark and Chloe would sometimes speculate on whether or not strange events were "Wall of Weird material". [citation needed]


Torch newspaper

The Torch

The Smallville Torch website was regularly updated during the time Clark and his friends attended Smallville High School. It currently remains defunct, but many back issues can sometimes be viewed on the UK-hosted site.

Season One

Season Two

Season Three

Season Four

  • May 19-Jun 2, 2004, Volume 53 Issue 22- Junior Year wrap-up. Bidding goodbye to Lana as she departs for Paris, 22 Things Chloe learned that year, Smallville's sister city in Spain.


  • The name of the paper might be a reference to The Glenville Torch, a highschool newspaper that Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joseph Shuster collaborated on or Torchy Blane, a 1930s movie character, who inspired the character of Lois Lane.

See also

Chloe Sullivan in Smallville
Family Gabe SullivanMoira SullivanLois Lane
'Ships LanaLoisPeteLexLionelEmilClarkJimmyDavisOliver
Work Smallville Torch (poll) • Daily PlanetIsis FoundationSuicide SquadJustice LeagueWatchtowerStar City Register
Chronicles Chloe ChroniclesVolume TwoVengeance Chronicles
Other Wall of WeirdSullivan's TravelsChloe's letterChlois theoryNear-death experiencesEpisodes

Clark Kent in Smallville
Family Kents: Martha , JonathanHouse of El: Jor-El (ai, clone), Lara, Kara, Zor-El, Conner Kent
Relationships ChloePeteOliverEmilJohn JonesLex (destiny) • LionelBrainiacJimmyTessDavisZod
Romantic interests Chloe SullivanLana LangKyla WillowbrookAlicia BakerLois Lane (destiny)
Work Smallville TorchJustice LeagueDaily Planet
Details Powers (loss, vulnerabilities, training) • secretattireglassesbloodfighting style
Homes Krypton (knowledge) • Kent Farm (house, cellar, barn, loft, truck) • FortressApartment (telescope)
Other KalKal-El (ship) • Superman (suit, crest) • aliasesdestinyvisionNo tights, no flightsNear-death experiencesEpisodes

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