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Superman: Clark Kent quits his job at The Daily Planet


Superman's alter ego Clark Kent is giving up his job at The Daily Planet.


Mark Dadswell

It's a sad day for journalism.

The profession has become too abhorrent for the Man of Steel.

Clark Kent, the alter ego of Superman, will leave his job at The Daily Planet after becoming increasingly disgusted by the "corporatized mediocrity and sensationalism," according to Entertainment Weekly.

Kent will quit his job in the upcoming issue 13, leaving behind an employer he has been with since his earliest days in the 1940s.

In a leaked panel from Wednesday's comic, Kent says, "Why am I the one sounding like a grizzled ink-stained wretch who believes news should be about, I don't know, news?"

"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," new Superman writer Scott Lobdell told USA Today.

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"Superman is arguably the most powerful person on the planet, but how long can he sit at his desk with someone breathing down his neck and treating him like the least important person in the world?"

The BBC said Kent's move comes after The Daily Planet is taken over by a conglomerate which pushes for more entertainment and soft news. The publisher of the comic has reportedly hinted that Kent could even become a blogger.

Lobdell said, "Rather than Clark be this clownish suit that Superman puts on, we're going to really 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."

The Christian Science Monitor noted that this isn't the first time writers have tried to move the Man of Steel to new media. In 1971, Kent was made an anchor for the nightly news, and at another point Superman's villain Lex Luthor bought the Planet and created a news website called LexCom.