The Daily Planet globe featured in "Batman v. Superman." Photo courtesy of Warner Media

The world needs the Daily Planet

In 1922 Canada's Chatham Daily Planet ceased publication. In 1940 Superman co-creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster coined the name for their Superman comics. In 2022 we're going to establish this publication as a legitimate news organization, or at least that's the goal.

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The Daily Planet originated on a farm. Much like the comic book hero the fictional version of our publication writes about, our news organization saw its humble beginnings on a midwestern family farm. The irony of this origin story always makes me smile.

I’ve been overtly obsessed with the Daily Planet since age eight. I’d print handcrafted newsletters for family and even built a six-foot structure with a self rotating globe, along with a massive miniature Metropolis to go with it.

I fantasized about walking through a grand threshold into the world of comics and yearned for it to be a reality. This daydream has swayed my life’s great ambition—legitimizing the Planet.

In recent months I’ve been in communication with DC Comics to publish under their brand, with complete unbiased autonomy. It’s been a long road which has been wearing on my patience and the end still remains to be seen on the horizon.

(Left) A Dec. 1, 1904 issue of The Chatham Daily Planet. (Center) A prop newspaper used in “Superman II” from 1980. (Right) An online edition for the real-world interpretation of the Daily Planet. 

I feel great hope with Warner Media and Discovery Inc.’s recent merger. I want the Planet to be a brand centered on journalistic integrity with sound ethics. A publication that reports on everything, including the parent company it would eventually work under. This ensured independence is my top requirement for the Daily Planet.

In the meantime, the Daily Planet team will continue working. Our unpaid volunteers write, record and immortalize stories that matter.

I feel the Daily Planet is reaching its full circle moment. We’re reporting on current events while simultaneously covering the “unmasking” of real world heroes. We also land exclusive interviews with notable celebrities and influencers.

One hundred years ago the possible inspiration behind Superman’s Daily Planet printed its last issue. Wouldn’t it be super if we legitimized our version of the Daily Planet a century later? 

Zack Benz

Zack Benz has been a fan of the Daily Planet since he was eight years old. The Daily Planet has always been a beacon of hope for him and it’s his life’s mission to make it shine in a similar light to so many around the world. Zack graduated with a degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2019.

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