Planet Profiles

In the pages of DC Comics, the Daily Planet is a fictional broadsheet newspaper and multimedia news organization appearing most notably in Superman titles.

The newspaper was first mentioned in Action Comics no. 23 (1940).

Since was heavily inspired by the fictional publication, we decided to pay homage to the iconic news source with a complete resourceful list of Daily Planet characters from all time.

Lois Lane

Lois Lane has been an omnipresent force of journalistic integrity and human equity since the very beginning. Starting out as a “lovelorn” columnist for the Daily Star in 1938, Lois often rubbed elbows with misogynistic filled male counterparts, always scooping them on major stories. Later on in the Superman mythos, Lois Lane became synonymous with the Daily Planet. Much of the Planet’s reputable recognition is due to Lois’s stories and exposes. The Planet would not exist without her. Lois has constantly strived for equality, fighting for the truth while always demanding justice. Now recognized as the Daily Planet’s top Pulitzer prize winning investigative journalist, Lois is an indelible superhero in her own right. 

First appearance: Action Comics no. 1 (1938)

Created by: Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster

Clark Kent

There is no better job for a superhero in hiding than being a journalist. As a writer for the Daily Planet, Clark Kent is constantly aware of immediate crises and dangerous events as they unfold. Much like his wife, Lois Lane, Clark pursues the truth on a daily basis always striving to allow others a chance to have their voices heard. The Daily Planet holds a special place in Clark’s heart because it’s where he found his true love, its where he discovered his passion, and its where he was first named “Superman.” Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive — Clark writes to fight a never-ending battle for “truth, justice and the American way.”

First Appearance: Action Comics no. 1

Created by: Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster

Jimmy Olsen

Superman’s pal, Jimmy Olsen, is recognized for his photographic excellence at the Daily Planet. Winning a Pulitzer Prize for the first official photo of Superman, Jimmy has earned a place among the Planet’s other ace players. Jimmy began as a cub reporter and quickly surfaced as one of the paper’s leading forces for connection when it comes to the Planet’s younger audience. Jimmy is the owner of the paper in current continuity.

First Appearance: Anonymous cameo: Action Comics No. 6 (1938)
As Jimmy Olsen: The Adventures of Superman radio show (1940)

Created by: Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster

Perry White

Perry White has been a newshound at the Planet since he was young. Starting out as a newsboy in Metropolis’ Suicide Slum neighborhood, Perry soon accelerated through positions at the Paper eventually becoming the Daily Planet’s most prominent Editor-in-chief to date. Under his tenure the Planet’s reputation grew faster than a speeding bullet. Perry is an award winning journalist with a big heart and a tough stomach for news.

First appearance: The Adventures of Superman radio show, “Clark Kent, Reporter” (1940)

Created by: Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster

Cat Grant

Cat Grant is recognized as one of the Daily Planet’s greatest success stories. Cat rose past her turbulent history with troubled relationships becoming an icon in the process. Originally starting out as an assistant at the Daily Planet, Cat grew to become one of the papers leading columnists. As her reputation thrived Cat decided to leave the Planet to start her own multimedia organization, CatCo Worldwide Media. Cat’s journalistic aspirations eventually landed her in the White House as Press Secretary. 

First Appearance: Adventures of Superman #424 (1987)

Created by: Marv Wolfman and Jerry Ordway

Ron Troupe

Ron Troupe is better known for his more level headed, analytical approach when it comes to reporting. Traditionally scribing within the orbit of politics or business, Ron sometimes tackles hard-hitting issues where he utilizes his writing through solutions journalism in an effort to change the world. Like his colleagues, Ron has taken on a number of Metropolis’ supervillains using his pen as a weapon. 

First appearance: Adventures of Superman no. 480 (1991)

Created by: Jerry Ordway and Tom Grummett

Steve Lombard

Steve Lombard is the definition of misogyny personified. Dedicated to all sports content the Planet produces, Steve is known for his passive aggressive attitude towards coworkers in the office. Despite being boorish a majority of the time, Steve often sticks up for his friends when it matters most.

First appearance:  Superman no. 264 (1973)

Created by:  Cary Bates and Curt Swan

Trish Q

Trish Q is the current Gossip Columnist for the Daily Planet. She has a phenomenal way of digging up stories on literally anyone, utilizing personal data and social media feeds to assist in her efforts. Trish seems to have every fly on the wall in her pocket, and her insatiable desire for a scandal sometimes leads her into trouble.

First Appearance: DC Nation Vol 2 no. 0 (July, 2018)

Created by: Brian Michael Bendis and José Luis García-López

Miguel Montez

Miguel is currently an intern for the Daily Planet. The teen grew up in Devil’s Canyon, a small dead-end town in California. When he was ten Montez was saved by Superman, an act that greatly influenced Miguel’s future life choices. Miguel is the current owner of the H-Dial, a mysterious device resembling a retro telephone that allows the user to transform into a super-hero by dialing the letter “H”. 

First Appearance: Dial H for Hero no. 1 (May 2019)

Created by: Sam Humphries and Joe Quinones

Heather Kelly

Heather Kelly is a television personality and reporter for the Daily Planet. Kelly mainly appeared during the launch of The New 52 in 2011. Kelly covers a variety of topics, most notably the way Metropolis city officials treat lower-class citizens and their housing. Her reports have called for change.

First Appearance: Superman Vol 32 no. 2 (December, 2011)

Created by: George Pérez and Jesús Merin