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Top Five Comic Book Newspapers

Top Five Week continues (check here to see an archive of all the top five lists featured so far)! Matthew E. suggested this one, as well, on the Top Five Suggestion Thread! Here are the top five newspapers in comics! Enjoy!

Honorable Mentions

Maggie Sawyer’s girlfriend (they never got married, did they?), Toby Raines, worked at the Metropolis Star.

And that was the only notable thing about the Metropolis Star.

Gotham Gazette had Vicky Vale, but she never really showed up THAT often for the Gotham Gazette to really have any impact upon the Batman comics.

Newstime was a weekly newsmagazine, so it probably doesn’t count ANYways, but in any event, they were an interesting addition to the Superman books for awhile, even attracting Clark Kent to become their Managing Editor for a time.

5. Central City Picture-News

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Okay, so the Central City Picture-News basically only had the one thing going for it, it had Iris Allen as a reporter – but still, that’s pretty darn impressive, I think!

Although I’d prefer them to be a bit more thorough in their obituaries…

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4. The Daily Star

When Superman first showed up, he was working for the Daily Star, under editor George Taylor.

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Taylor soon became Perry White, and the Star became the Planet, but it is still a notable part of comic book history.

Later, it was said that the Daily Star (and Taylor) were the newspaper (and editor-in-chief) that Clark Kent worked for on Earth-2.

The issue where Earth-2 Superman and Lois Lane wed is, as far as I know, the Daily Star’s only cover appearance…

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3. The Daily Globe

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The Globe, a play on the title of the Daily Planet, was where Peter Parker would sell photos when he couldn’t sell them to the Daily Bugle. In fact, I believe it was writer Marv Wolfman (it WAS Wolfman who had Peter quit the Bugle and go work for the Globe, right?) who made the argument, “Peter keeps getting treated like garbage by Jameson, so why doesn’t he ever just go work for another paper?” So Wolfman (or whoever it was who was handling the book at the time – I’m pretty sure it was Wolfman) decides to explain exactly WHY Spider-Man couldn’t work for another paper, as the folks at the Globe are just way too nosy.

Peter might get treated poorly by J. Jonah Jameson, but he can always trust on Jameson to not ask questions, and to be so caught up in the photos that he just pays Peter and that’s the end of it, so that was how Wolfman explained why Peter would be willing to keep working for Jameson over other papers.

The Globe is most notable for being the paper which exposed Daredevil’s secret identity during Brian Michael Bendis’ Daredevil run.

2. The Daily Planet

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The Daily Planet, home to editor-in-chief, Perry White, reporters Clark Kent and Lois Lane, and photographer, Jimmy Olsen, is probably THE most recognizable comic book institution (either that or the Batcave or maybe the Fortress of Solitude).

The globe on the top of the building sure is a brilliant visual…

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It would be #1, except there really has not been all THAT much done with it over the years.

I mean, for crying out loud, for a time in the late 90s, there wasn’t EVEN a Daily Planet!! Clark and Lois worked for freakin’ LEX.COM!!!

1. The Daily Bugle

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The Daily Bugle, on the other hand, was such an important part of the Spider-Man mythos that it managed to get plotlines even when Ben Reilly was Spider-Man, and he specifically could NOT interact with the Daily Bugle people, because they would recognize him.

The interaction between Spider-Man and the Daily Bugle, with J. Jonah Jameson hounding him in the press, has long been a key point in the Spider-Man titles.

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The Daily Planet is where Clark Kent works – the Daily Bugle directly affects Spider-Man’s entire TITLE, as his position as a trod upon figure in the Marvel Universe is dependent upon his depiciton in the Daily Bugle.

Once you add in the importance of J. Jonah Jameson, Robbie Robertson and Ben Urich – the Daily Bugle is just overflowing with great characters.

That is why it is tops!

Agree? Disagree? Let me know!

25 Comments

It’s a shame to not see The Daily Planet #1, but I can’t fault your reasoning. A lot of Supes and Spidey’s supporting cast come from their respective newspapers though. And I guess, to civvies the Planet would be more recognisable than the Bugle. On a side note, I bet The Daily Planet would have to be the most regularly destroyed/drastically altered building in all of comicdom, yeah? The Batcave #2. X-Mansion #3. Mmmm…this would be another good Top Five!

Plus, of course, as much as I love Perry White, Perry vs. JJJ isn’t a contest. Jolly Jonah is one of the finest comic foils ever devised, a brilliant bundle of foibles and flaws wrapped around a center of crunchy journalistic integrity. (For all that Jonah’s a coward when faced by super-villains, there’ve been several times when he’s stood by his stories under political pressure, protests, and even death threats.)

Yeah, I was surprised by the Bugle beating out the Planet, but the reasoning makes perfect sense.

Also, any mention of the excellent Daily Planet mini deserves kudos. That series should’ve gone on lon…wait, it kinda did, in the form of The Pulse.

Another honourable mention: the Front Page, who was a character who appeared for a couple of issues of Animal-Man, and who was a kind of human newspaper who communicated by the headlines and stuff that were all over his papery body.

I don’t know about the Planet having better name recognition than the Bugle. At the very least, it has starred in every Spider-Man cartoon ever released. Just about everyone born after 1960 has grown up with one Spider-Man series or another.

Gotta love JJJ and the Bugle… and JJJ *is* the Bugle, really! That combination of personality, paper, and editorial viewpoint/religion (see Jonah’s entry at http://www.adherents.com/lit/comics/comic_book_religion.html !) is hard to beat. And IMO, it even makes the lame-by-comics-action-standards Spider-Man newspaper strip fun, because you’ve still got Stan writing JJJ and the Bugle there!

One bonus point in favor of the Picture News is what a wonderfully Silver Age, 1962-Worlds-Fair-esque newspaper title it has. Clearly, the Picture News was the *modern*, happening newspaper of Central City, versus its stodgy unnamed(?) competitor (probably something like “The Plains States Telegraph-Railroad Dispatch.”)

Why? It has *pictures*! Lots of ‘em!

No love for Marvel’s weekly alternative, Front Line? They outed Cap for not knowing what MySpace is! :)

And just so we don’t forget what a special and poignant place the Daily Bugle has in all of our hearts, who could forget Amazing Spider-Man #248 (“The Kid Who Collected Spider-Man”) which shows the kid amidst all of his Daily Bugle clippings of Spidey?

Also, does anyone remember the last issue of Spider-Man’s Tangled Web (maybe issue #21 or 22)? A really good done-in-one story — I think it was called “The System” — where the Bugle is used to great effect at the story’s conclusion.

Marv Wolfman may well have done that story during his time on the Spider-books- I couldn’t tell you, since I haven’t had the pleasure of reading his run- but I’m also pretty certain that Stan Lee told that exact same story within the first 40-odd issues of ASM.
It’s one of my favourite Stan Lee moments, because I hadn’t realised until I got around to reading it that the main question I had about Peter’s career (why the heck doesn’t he just take the photos somewhere else?) had been answered by The Man himself relatively early in his run.

As long as I’m here- that’s a good point, Ryan H, but I think the Daily Planet would be more well known than the Bugle because it seems to have seeped into the public consciousness. When people think ‘fictional newspaper’, they probably think ‘Daily Planet’, even if they’ve never had an interest in Superman (or watched any Spidey cartoons, for that matter).

The Spider-Man movies were worth the price of admission for their respective JJJ scenes alone.

Ditko and Lee did indeed create EIC Barney Bushkin and the Daily Globe as an alternative venue for Peter Parker in ASM v.1 #27 or thereabouts. The gag was that Bushkin liked Peter’s photos so much he bombarded him with enthusiastic questions about how he got them, which drove Peter away.

Bushkin and the Globe next turned up in a major role in Bill Mantlo’s Marvel Team-Up v.1 #56, where Bushkin and Jameson were the victims of an extortion scheme led by Electro and the original Blizzard.

A few yearsa after that, Wolfman revived the paper and its editor in the Spider-titles as a proper employer for Peter after an especially deranged Jonah fired him in ASM v.1 #193. Denny O’Neil then used the paper for a byzantine “mysterious recluse” storyline involving its publisher K.J. Clayton. The story’s finish also finished Peter’s employment at the Globe, and Roger Stern got Peter back to the Bugle in ASM v.1 #206 with a wacky mind-control story to explain away Jameson’s psychotic Peter-firing scene earlier on.

“Lex.com”?

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The Planet is a much better visual, but the Bugle’s had better stories written in and about it IMHO. I guess I agree then. And JJJ is generally a better written character than Perry White. I specifically like his scene with Ben Urich in Born Again, when Urich is writing his expose regarding the Kingpin and Jameson goes on his spiel about the Bugle having the power to depose presidents.

What about The Word from Transmetropolitan? I know the only people was got to see were Spider, Mitchell, and Spider’s two assistants, but it could’ve gotten at least an honorable mention.

Patient Boy I agree with your comments about Born Again. That was the first time I’ve seen JJJ treated as a real person as opposed to the cartoon that is his normal depiction.

I like how Bendis writes Jameson in a modern sense, while Dan Slott has a great feel for the ‘classic’ Jameson dialogue and attitude.

I love that Superman panel where he’s rushing out the door to cover a “Wife Beating” tip that was phoned in. Classic. Hopefully he’s on his way to STOP said wife beating…

I’d say the Daily Planet building is more recognizable than the Fortress of Solitude, because it’s had a single iconic look for decades (well, the sign on top has, anyway), while the Fortress has had a few different looks. (Arguably the contest would be between the landmark on top of the Planet building vs. the souvenirs in the Batcave anyway, since without them they’re just an office building and a cave…)

Frank Miller’s depiction of JJJ in as a coscientious editor (but only when it comes to the big stories) picked on Stan Lee’s evolving depiction of the character in the late ’60s (also when Robbie Robertson came to the fore).

Andrew, Superman beat the holy hell out of the wife beater, sneering, “You’re not fighting a woman now.”

He threw the jerk around the room which should have broken his back. I hope someone can help me out but I think this was the same issue when Supes killed/indirectly caused the death of a normal human criminal. The guy died of a heart attack and Supes just shrugged it off.

I believe the Daily Globe is also famous for being the paper where Eddie “Venom” Brock was employed.

I don’t mean to make light of wife-beating but…well, acutally I guess I do (a little). Was the average wife beating so important back in ’38 that people CALLED THE NEWSPAPERS about it? They’re not cops. It’s not like they said the mayor was beating his wife, which might be important news.

The rest I can justify: editorial figured that if there’s a wife beating going on Superman might show up so they sent Kent in a rush. I’m still left with the question of why call them? It was a phoned tip, so it isn’t that they were monitoring the police band or something.

Perhaps it was a phoned tip *from* the police, or at least a contact in the police department?

Um, wait. According to Andrew C’s post, it’s Jameson who gets the ‘wife-beating’ tip, yet it’s Superman goes out to stop him? Is this in one of their crossovers?

Where is the honorable mention for the Clairton Clarion from Rom Spaceknight, I know its not as iconic as the ones that made the list, but they did convince most of a town and any snoopy outsiders that Rom was just made up to sell newspapers by editer Jem Marcus.

the only thing that ever happens at the planet is that someone always manages to knock the globe off. They should just invest in a hologram finally. Or maybe the already did?

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