In the breaking news-media story of the day, it’s been widely reported that Superman’s alter ego Clark Kent has quit the Daily Planet, disenchanted with its dumbing-down of the news. In a couple pages from the new Superman #13 (uh, shouldn’t they be on, like, #13,000 by now?) Kent is seen having a disagreement with Perry White and Lois Lane about the state of journalism at the paper.
On Page 6, he complains about how Lois Lane’s last broadcast (apparently, she works in TV now) ran a White House transcript without asking questions, followed by a four-minute, 37-second story about “Lookie’s” love child (heh heh). Then, on Page 7, he laments that news should actually be about news, and is told by Perry White that putting a reality star on the front page helps sell papers, after mentioning that it’s a dying medium. Word has it he later resigns in front of the entire office, Jerry Maguire-style—but to see that, I guess you’ll hafta buy the comic book.
DC Comics writer Scott Lobdell, who just started working on Superman last month, tells USA Today, “This is really what happens when a 27-year-old guy is behind a desk and he has to take instruction from a larger conglomerate with concerns that aren’t really his own.” And here I thought the Man of Steel was at least 75… Lobdell adds that “He is more likely to start the next Huffington Post or the next Drudge Report than he is to go find someone else to get assignments or draw a paycheck from.”
Man, I can’t wait for New Superman #152 when Clark Kent gets taken to court for not paying his bloggers!