COMICS: Career Changes Coming For Clark Kent

DC's New 52 has brought forth a lot of changes to some of their major characters. Marriages have been wiped out, costumes changed, and some character don't even exist. Well now comes one more change, Clark Kent is leaving The Daily Planet.

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By Jake "WaylonJones" Lester - 10/22/2012

There have been some major changes to the Superman mythos thanks to DC's New 52. Lois and Clark are not only not married, they aren't even dating. Superman's suit even got a major overhaul seeing the end of the red underwear on the out side of his pants. Now another major shakeup is coming thanks to new series writer Scott Lobdell. Clark Kent is leaving The Daily Planet. According to USA Today, the change comes from mounting stress as Clark is dealing with Lois' new boyfriend, pressure from Perry White, and even more pressure from his boss Morgan Edge. All these event lead to what is being described as a Jerry McGuire moment where Clark has had enough and quits in front of the entire staff. "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," explained Lobdell. He continued by saying that Superman is arguably the most powerful person on the planet and wondered how much could someone of his power sit behind a desk and be treated like the least important person in the world.

Along with Clark, entertainment writer Cat Grant will also quit the Planet. According to Lobdell Clark will be looking to get his message out to the people via the internet now with Cat bringing her skills to the table to help him. Although Clark will be quitting The Daily Planet, Lobdell says look for him to start a new type of publication. Something along the lines of The Huffington Post or the Drudge report.

To see what all Lobdell had to say about Clark's new career path head on over to USA Today. For the latest on major comic news make sure to check back here at CBM.

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Asterisk - 10/22/2012, 7:51 AM
Ok, why? Why? WHY?
osideous - 10/22/2012, 7:58 AM
both and DC and Marvel have become stupid with all this rebooting bull. Clark Kent leaves the Daily Planet. Peter Parker isn't Spider-man anywhere anymore. wtf is going on with these dipshits
DarkGrifter - 10/22/2012, 7:59 AM
Never been a huge fan of the Clark Kent persona, but I honestly don't see this lasting.
Ashdm - 10/22/2012, 8:02 AM
This news alone isn't so bad - Peter Parker has gone from working at the Daily Bugle to working in labs & other places, and the X - Men even changed their location from one coast to the other. Their still the same heroes.

But, by being detached from so much i.e Lois, the Daily Planet etc, I'm starting to wonder if this Clark Kent will even be recognisable to fans.
Ashdm - 10/22/2012, 8:06 AM
Also, @WayonJones, Clark is a mild mannered reporter, not mild manor...
ManofSteel22 - 10/22/2012, 8:11 AM
Changes happen,deal with it people
UltimaRex - 10/22/2012, 8:18 AM
Not even the first time it's happened.
WaylonJones - 10/22/2012, 8:19 AM
Ashdm @ Thank, I was in a hurry when I first posted it. Changed the headline around, because it was kinda misleading.
SCURVYDOG619 - 10/22/2012, 8:19 AM
People tend to forget there was a period where Clark was a TV anchorman......
McGribble - 10/22/2012, 8:20 AM
The question in the first paragraph is part of what superman is. While he is the most powerful person on the planet, he is also one of the most humble. He was raised that way and it is part of who he is. This is the kind of thing I expect these days though. When everyone says they need to make Superman darker. Meanwhile he is meant to be a light and a symbol of the best in all of us.
ShadowOfTheWeb - 10/22/2012, 8:24 AM
I support it. Gotta make Clark more relatable to the modern age. The Daily Planet is an important part of the Superman mythos, and always will be, but the most powerful man in the world working at a print publication in the age of the Internet is as dated as him wearing his undies over his pants.

PsyGuy - 10/22/2012, 8:27 AM
FINALLY.

Lets keep up with the times. It's not the 40s.
BackwardGalaxy - 10/22/2012, 8:28 AM
Clark working as a reporter was always about him getting close to stories so he could make a difference as both Clark Kent AND Superman. It gave him the inside track as a hero to get information he needed to fight villains and criminals. If he's still doing that, I don't see the harm. That doesn't mean I have to agree with Lobdell's lame-ass quote.
MutantEquality - 10/22/2012, 8:29 AM
So with Lois having a boyfriend and Sups leaving the Daily Planet, it doesn't look like they are ever getting back together. Bye Lois.
dezdigi - 10/22/2012, 8:38 AM
About time he got a real job!
Supes17 - 10/22/2012, 8:43 AM
Yeah..The Daily PLanet sucks
st1s - 10/22/2012, 8:44 AM
Perez Kent!!!
BIGBMH - 10/22/2012, 8:48 AM
haven't been keeping up with this series, but this seems to be getting very un-supermany. peter parker isn't a photgrapher anymore though, so i guess they can find something else for clark to do that still makes sense.
lanternstorm - 10/22/2012, 9:09 AM
Clark's left the Daily Planet before, and always made it back. Need I remind everyone that he did television news reports in the 70's, and was fired in the late 90's to become an author... it won't last.
ellispart3 - 10/22/2012, 9:19 AM
im with it. everyone else in comics gets to change, why shouldn't superman/clark kent. him getting fed up with his job at 27 gives him a level of reliability (which is a general complaint amongst people who say superman is an over powered 1 dimensional character).
JohnnyKrypton - 10/22/2012, 9:31 AM
"FINALLY.

Lets keep up with the times. It's not the 40s."

Right, Because reporters are...what? Extinct? Genius.

tonytony - 10/22/2012, 9:36 AM
Good stuff superman becomes modern
rbfn04 - 10/22/2012, 9:36 AM
@DarkGrifter Clar Kent is not a persona. He IS Clark. He was "born" Clark. He grew up as Clark. Superman is what he can do.


But, yeah, why even keep Clark around? make him be Superman 24/7. With npo attachment to Ma and Pa and his friedns. Seems like this is what the kids thinks is cool nowadays.


@ManOfSuperguy they are changing the character so much (being more "alien", detached from humanity - eg always hovering around, like he is superior to his fellow JLers.

And, you hate Lois. smh
rbfn04 - 10/22/2012, 9:38 AM
@tonytony how is him not being a reporter becoming modern? Oh! I get it "becoming modern" is the part that he is not abole to take the pressure from his boss and whines and quits. Just like Generation Now (no pun intended with Marvel Now!!!!!!!!111one11111)
jimpinto24 - 10/22/2012, 9:44 AM
WOW!!! I really like the new costume change for Superman. But having him quit the Daily Planet!? CK has been working for the Daily Planet in the Superman comics for years. I'm not really sure where Londell is going with this storyline? I hope it pay's off.
jimoakley666 - 10/22/2012, 9:45 AM
I like it. It actually makes sense and, for once, feel like an organic story idea. Should be fun.
codydriscollsrightarm - 10/22/2012, 9:49 AM
DC Comics dared trying to do something different??

How dare they!
rbfn04 - 10/22/2012, 9:51 AM
@jimoakley no, organic would be him working for dailyplanet.com not leaving his job because "my boss is a meanie, waaaaaah"
codydriscollsrightarm - 10/22/2012, 9:57 AM
It's the red underwear all over again. Everytime dc dares trying something different, fanboys throw a [frick]ing hissyfit. What a [frick]ing annoying bunch. It's no wonder Comics aren't taken seriously.

Working at the Daily Planet isn't what makes Clark who he is.

Aaaand not to mention that print is dying. Newsweek will cease print publications by the end of 2012, after damn near 8 decades.

So it actually makes sense.
Spideyguy94 - 10/22/2012, 10:08 AM
Clark Kent is the average guy who we relate to superman is the image of perfection which is why I think Clark is the real person
DarkGrifter - 10/22/2012, 10:17 AM
@rbfn04
I appreciate that you’re probably more of a fan of Superman than I am and you probably know more about him than I do, but honestly that is just my personal opinion and I apologise if that offends you in any way possible.
rbfn04 - 10/22/2012, 10:17 AM
@codydriscollrightarm print is dyng, but news outlets aren't. A lot of newspapers are going digital. It's not in the character - at least before Flashpoint - to just wuit cause his boss was pressuring him.

And, if they wanted to make it more modern, dailyplanet.com.

PS: most people have a problem with two things about the new costume: 1) it's poorly designed. 2) it's an armour.
rbfn04 - 10/22/2012, 10:19 AM
@DarkGrifter didn't offend me, fam. Just trying to get a point across. Kinda like Bruce Wayne playboy billionaire is a façade for the real face - which is Batman (not the costume, but the attitude,, etc...)
Grimfoe - 10/22/2012, 10:21 AM
Listen, I'm not a big DC fan, so this may be the wrong take on the whole thing. Maybe I'm not sensitive enough. HOWEVER, newpaper reporters are in a dying profession. Newspapers are folding and magazine are ending print production. Maybe this just makes sense as an update. It is a dying profession. If his profession was originally a blacksmith and we decided to make him work in a garage fixing cars, that would make sense as an update. Maybe this is the same thing.
jarel93 - 10/22/2012, 10:24 AM
I remember when I was a kid and Clark Kent was actually Clark Kent.
codydriscollsrightarm - 10/22/2012, 10:34 AM
Most people have a problem because it's different. Whiny fanboys can't handle change. That is a proven fact.

The quality of the story doesn't really matter, y'all just want status quo. More of the same of the same.

If Lodbell is capable of doing something awesome with this, then why not let him try? Instead of bitching and moaning about something you haven't even read.

Sheesh, people.
jingorot - 10/22/2012, 10:46 AM
"Superman is arguably the most powerful person on the planet and wondered how much could someone of his power sit behind a desk and be treated like the least important person in the world"


you have got to be shitting me. more of this 'superman is a god' writing. clark kent is a mild-mannered guy. he's a good person. even naive sometimes. there is more to him than his superpowers. write about that.

not all this boring, angsty shit. with him throwing a hissy fit about not getting 'the star treatment that he deserves'.

superman ain't no diva. he's superman, he perseveres through this shit.
jingorot - 10/22/2012, 10:52 AM
@codydriscollrightarm

like i said before, the problem isn't so much the change as it is him acting out of some superiority complex. it's completely against what superman stands for.

he doesn't protect people because he thinks he's a god. he protects people because he feels a moral obligation to, due to his powers. he doesn't feel that he's above humans, he acts the way he does because he thinks he's one of them.

i usually don't get worked up about much on the internet, but when they start [frick]ing around with the core of a character that i have invested in for nearly 3 decades, i get pissed.
Matador - 10/22/2012, 10:58 AM
Clark Kent radio jockey bringing the news via super ventriloquist.

Clark Kent Super Delivery Service if its a minute late it means you were late.

Clark Kent gets paid for super sperm a million per bottle who needs to work then.
codydriscollsrightarm - 10/22/2012, 11:09 AM
But since when being fed up with your boss and your boss' bosses is some sort of superiority complex?

"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."

Now that quote reminds me of another by Drew Carey: "Oh, you hate your job? Why didn't you say so? There's a support group for that. It's called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar."

If that is some sort of god complex, then everybody else on the planet seems to have it as well.

Working on the Daily Planet, dating Lois Lane, wearing the underwear on the outside. None of those things make Superman who he is.
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