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Clark Kent quits the Daily Planet

Clark Kent quits the Daily Planet



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METROPOLIS — The Daily Planet is seeking an experienced reporter to fill a position at the newspaper after Clark Kent quit in Superman issue no. 13. The reporter must have superhuman strength, speed and be able to fly, and should be skilled at avoiding Kryptonite.

The new reporter will be expected to use his or her powers for the good of humanity. Abiding by a strict moral code, the reporter should seek to preserve justice and righteousness throughout Metropolis.

The reporter may choose to develop an alter-ego. Clark Kent has served as the secret identity for Superman since 1938. He quit in Oct. 2012 in Superman issue no. 13 after finding himself under too much pressure to both be Superman and find Superman scoops for the Planet.

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The pressure led Superman to quit in front of the paper's entire staff, in the process criticizing the current state of journalism and its propensity to perform more as entertainment.

"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," Scott Lobdell, Superman's new writer, explained to USA Today. "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?"


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Per Kent's parting request, the new reporter should be willing to stand up for truth, justice and the American way.

"While it has its problems, there are a lot of good things to say about America and the American way, and I'm glad Clark is standing up for her," Lobdell said.

If interested in the position, the reporter should be dedicated to the Planet. After nearly three-quarters of a century, Kent has left, perhaps, as one Twitter user theorizes, to go to BuzzFeed. But Lobdell disagrees.

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

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Stephanie Grimes

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