Daily Star

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The "large metropolitan daily" newspaper (Act No. 7, Dec '38) which employs Clark Kent as a reporter from June 1938, the date of the premiere text of the Superman chronicles (Act No. 1), through March 1940 (Act No. 22). Thereafter, without any explanation having been given for the change-over, the paper is referred to as the Daily Planet (S No. 4/1-4, Spr '40; Act No. 23, Apr '40). Headquartered in the Daily Star building (Act No. 5, Oct '38) in Superman's resident city of Metropolis, the Daily Star is edited by George Taylor (S No. 2/2, Fall '39: "Superman Champions Universal Peace!").

Although Clark Kent is depicted as working for the Daily Star as early as June 1938 (Act No. 1), he had apparently persuaded the paper's editor to hire him only a short while earlier, after being rejected the first time he applied, by thwarting an attempted lynching at the county jail as Superman and then phoning in an exclusive account of the events as would-be reporter Clark Kent (S No. 1/1, Sum '39). Before long, Kent has clearly begun to make a name for himself, for he is referred to as the paper's "ace scribe" in Action Comics No. 9 (Feb '39) and as its "ace reporter" in a number of texts (Act No. 6, Nov '38; and others).

Lois Lane is also employed by the Daily Star from June 1938 onward (Act No. 1), and her hiring seems clearly to have preceeded Kent's (S No. 1/1, Sum '39). Described as the paper's "sob sister" in several early texts (Act No. 7m Dec '38; and others), she has also functioned as the Daily Star's "lovelorn editor," as a full-fledged "news reporter" (S No. 3/4, Win '40; and others) and as a war correspondent in Europe (Act No. 22, Mar '40).

Beginning in Spring 1940, the name Daily Star disappears from the texts and the newspaper is referred to as the Daily Planet (S No.4/1; see also Act No. 23, Apr '40), although, for a time, George Taylor remains its editor (Act No. 25, Jun '40; and others). Clark Kent and Lois Lane continue their careers on the newspaper under its new name. (TGSB)

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