Clark Kent Quits Newspaper Job at the 'Daily Planet'

In a new comic book issue, Superman's alter ego leaves his day job -- and he may just follow in the footsteps of new-media pioneers Arianna Huffington and Matt Drudge.
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He can leap a building in a single bound, but even Clark Kent seems to be giving up for now on the newspaper industry.

In the latest issue of DC Comics' Superman, the bespectacled superhero will be quiting his long-held day job at the Daily Planet newspaper, reported USA Today. And it looks like Kent might follow in the footsteps of Arianna Huffington or Matt Drudge and forge a new-media empire.

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"I don't think he's going to be filling out an application anywhere," said Superman writer Scott Lobdell to the newspaper. "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."

If Kent does have the time to create a disruptive news start-up during his downtime from fighting off the universe's super villains, it sounds like it will be strictly focused on hard news. 

In the issue, Clark Kent criticizes his Planet editor Perry White, with Kent at one point telling the editor, "I've been a journalist barely five years now. Why am I the one sounding like a grizzled ink-stained wretch who thinks that news should be about -- I don't know, news?"

"Go easy on us mere mortals, Clark. Times are changing, and print is a dying medium," White responds. 

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Superman issue #13 is available -- in print -- at comic shops on October 24.