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Perry White is a fictional character who appears in the Superman comics, and is the editor-in-chief of the Metropolis newspaper the Daily Planet. A fictional character is any person who appears in a work of fiction. ... Superman, nicknamed The Man of Steel, is a fictional character and superhero who first appeared in Action Comics #1 in 1938 and eventually became the most popular comic book hero of all time. ... Comics, (sometimes spelled comix), use a combination of words and images as a medium for telling stories. ... The Editor in chief is a publications primary editor. ... For other usages of Metropolis, see Metropolis. ... The Daily Planet is a fictional newspaper that appears in Superman stories published by DC Comics. ...


Perry is famous for being boisterous and loud, as well as being a fairly strict editor. He is known for shouting "great Caesar's ghost!" when angry, exasperated or surprised. Perry also dislikes being called "chief" (Jimmy Olsen being his main employee that calls him "chief"), usually causing Perry to shout "don't call me chief!" The Silver Age Jimmy Olsen in a scene from Supermans Pal, Jimmy Olsen #36(1959). ...


Perry's other defining trait is a love of smoking cigars; in the 1990s Superman comics, this practice was mostly discontinued, thanks to a storyline in which Perry underwent treatment for lung cancer. Corona cigar A cigar is a tightly rolled bundle of tobacco leaves that have already been dried and fermented, which is lit for the purpose of inhaling (or merely drawing into the mouth rather than into the lungs) its smoke (see tobacco smoking). ... Events and trends Technology The World Wide Web was born at CERN Explosive growth of the Internet; decrease in the cost of computers and other technology Reduction in size and cost of mobile phones leads to a massive surge in their popularity Year 2000 problem (commonly known as Y2K) Microsoft... Lung cancer is a malignant tumour of the lungs. ...


Like Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane, Perry is also known for being an acquaintance of Superman. The Silver Age Jimmy Olsen in a scene from Supermans Pal, Jimmy Olsen #36(1959). ... Lois Lane. ...


Perry White is married to Alice White.

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History

Golden and Silver Age History

The earliest Superman comics presented Clark Kent and Lois Lane as working for the Daily Star for an editor named George Taylor. However, this was soon changed, with Perry White first appearing as the editor of a newly-renamed Daily Planet in 1940's Superman #7. Lois Lane. ...


In the 1960s and 1970s DC Comics, after the multiverse method of continuity tracking was implemented, the above inconsistency was explained away by declaring that on Earth-One (the Silver Age universe), Perry White was Clark and Lois' employer at the Daily Planet, while on Earth-Two (the Golden Age universe), George Taylor was that world's editor-in-chief of the Daily Star. Events and trends The 1960s was a turbulent decade of change around the world. ... Events and trends Although in the United States and in many other Western societies the 1970s are often seen as a period of transition between the turbulent 1960s and the more conservative 1980s and 1990s, many of the trends that are associated widely with the Sixties, from the Sexual Revolution... In DC Comics, the Multiverse was a continuity construct in which multiple fictional versions of the universe existed in the same space, separated from each other by their vibrational resonances. ... Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962), the first appearance of Spider-Man, one of the most significant new superheroes of the Silver Age The Silver Age of Comic Books is an informal name for a period of artistic advancement and commercial success in mainstream American comic books, predominantly of the superhero genre... Superman, the catalyst of the Golden Age, from Superman #14, January-February 1942. ... The Editor in chief is a publications primary editor. ...


Pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths, or "pre-Crisis" for short, Perry began his career as a freelance reporter for various newspapers, including a Chicago newspaper and Gotham City's Gotham Gazette. He eventually went to work at the Daily Planet as a reporter, and earned his first Pulitzer Prize by being the first to write about Superboy's extraterrestrial origins thanks to an exclusive interview with the Boy of Steel. Cover to Crisis on Infinite Earths #1. ... Gotham City is a fictional city appearing in DC Comics, and is best known as the home of Batman. ... The Pulitzer Prize is a United States award regarded as the highest honor in print journalism. ... Superboy is the name of two fictional characters published by DC Comics. ... Extraterrestrial, as an adjective, refers to something that originates, occurs, or is located outside Earth or its atmosphere. ...


Later still, Perry's reporting skills earned more praise after being the first to discover that Superboy had moved to Metropolis from Smallville (Superboy had intended to keep his move quiet for an undefined period of time, so as not to alert anyone to Superboy and Clark Kent leaving Smallville around the same time). This article is about Supermans adoptive home town. ...


Finally, during Clark Kent's junior year of college, Perry was promoted to editor-in-chief of the newspaper, after the retirement of the paper's previous editor, the Earth-One version of George Taylor. The Editor in chief is a publications primary editor. ...


In the early 1970s, the Daily Planet was bought by Morgan Edge, president of the media conglomerate Galaxy Communications, with much of Perry's power in running the paper overtaken by Edge. Events and trends Although in the United States and in many other Western societies the 1970s are often seen as a period of transition between the turbulent 1960s and the more conservative 1980s and 1990s, many of the trends that are associated widely with the Sixties, from the Sexual Revolution... Intergang is a fictional organised crime organisation in Superman comics. ...


Modern Age History

With writer John Byrne's post-Crisis on Infinite Earths (also called "post-Crisis" for short) revamp of Superman's origin in the Man of Steel miniseries and his subsequent Superman comics, Perry's history was fleshed out more fully. Uncanny X-Men #135 (1980), cover by Byrne John Byrne (born July 6, 1950) is a writer and artist of comic books who has worked on nearly every major character American superhero character. ... Cover to Crisis on Infinite Earths #1. ...


Post-Crisis, Perry was born in Metropolis's Suicide Slum area, growing up with a father missing after heading off to war overseas. He became a copy boy at the Daily Planet, beginning a lifetime career that would take him up the newspaper's career ladder. Perry met Lex Luthor when they were children (Luthor also grew up in Suicide Slum). For other usages of Metropolis, see Metropolis. ... Suicide Slum is a notorious slum in the fictional city of Metropolis. ... Lex Luthor is a DC Comics supervillain and archenemy of Superman. ...


After Luthor became a successful businessman, Luthor began diversifying his holdings in his newly-founded LexCorp company, which included buying the Daily Planet. Luthor soon sold it after deciding to pursue technology and television investments. Turning down an offer from Luthor to become part of Luthor's new television station WLEX, Perry found an investor who saved the Daily Planet on the condition that Perry was promoted from reporter to editor. The entire episode left Perry bitter and angry with Luthor.


Perry married Alice Spencer and had a son, Jerry White. Much later, after Jerry was fully grown, Perry would learn that Lex Luthor was Jerry's biological father. Luthor had briefly seduced Alice while Perry was overseas reporting on a war and thought to be killed.


Perry White's two greatest moves as editor would be to hire Lois Lane and (later) Clark Kent. When she was 15, Lois had impressed Perry with her persistence in trying to get employment at the newspaper (by lying about her age). After Jerry White died from a gunshot, Perry and Alice grieved for some time, resulting in Perry taking a leave of absence from the Daily Planet. Lois Lane. ... Superman and Clark Kent. ...


Later, Perry and Alice adopted an orphaned African-American boy named Keith Robert, who soon had his named changed to Keith Robert White. At about this time, Perry took another leave of absence for lung cancer treatment, putting Clark Kent in charge as the Planet's temporary editor. After many grueling months of chemotherapy, the cancer went into remission. African Americans, also known as Afro-Americans or Black Americans, are an ethnic group in the United States of America whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to West and sub-Saharan Africa. ... Lung cancer is a malignant tumour of the lungs. ... Chemotherapy is the use of chemical substances to treat disease. ...


One of Perry's proudest moments was to attend the wedding of Lois and Clark. He sat in the front row beside Lois's parents (Lois considering him as close a relative as her own family).


As the paper continued to struggle, the Planet's owner Franklin Stern sold the paper to Lex Luthor. Luthor, acting out of pure malice, dismantled the paper. He fired everyone except Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, and two others who were relocated to Lexcom, Lex's new Internet-based news company. Fortunately, shortly thereafter, Lex sold the Planet to Bruce Wayne for $1 (thanks to a secret deal with Lois Lane). White was hired back as editor-in-chief, and the entire former staff was hired back as well. Though Perry's knowledge of Clark's alter ego is uncertain, it is known that he has found a dusty suit of his star reporter's clothes in a supply closet, including his passport. For this reason, Perry may well suspect that Clark and Superman are the same person, but due to his personal admiration for both Clark and Superman, he has never confided this suspicion or knowledge to anybody. In the Superman stories published by DC Comics, Franklin Stern was the publisher of the Daily Planet newspaper, taking over from the TransNational Enterprises consortium which itself succeeded the villainous Lex Luthor. ... For other uses, see Batman (disambiguation). ... The Editor in chief is a publications primary editor. ... The title page of European Union passports bears the name of the issuing country, then the name European Union, in the languages of all EU countries. ...


Perry's editorship has kept the Daily Planet as one of the few newspapers that dared to heavily criticize Luthor (even after Luthor's successful election as President of the United States). Seal of the President of the United States, official impression The President of the United States is the head of state of the United States. ...


Because of the changes in Superman's history in recent years, including 2003-2004's miniseries Birthright, much is not certain about Perry's history. The history of Jerry White and whereabouts of Perry's adopted son Keith are more or less up in the air. 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Other Media

  • In one episode of the TV series Smallville, Perry White was portrayed by Michael McKean. In this, he was a former Daily Planet reporter reduced to tabloid television.
  • In Bryan Singer's Superman Returns Perry White was originally going to portrayed by Hugh Laurie. But when it was determined that a schedule conflict involving Laurie's TV series House, M.D. (which is incidentially, executive produced by Singer), forced Laurie to drop out, Frank Langella stepped in to play Perry White.

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External Links

  • Supermanica: Perry White (http://supermanica.info/wiki/index.php/Perry_White) Supermanica entry on the Pre-Crisis Perry White

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Perry White (310 words)
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Perry White is a fictional character who appears in the Superman comics, and is the editor-in-chief of the Metropolis newspaper the Daily Planet.
Perry's other defining trait is a love of smoking cigars; in the 1990s Superman comics, this practice was mostly discontinued, thanks to a storyline in which Perry underwent treatment for lung cancer.
The Perry White of Earth-Two was a lead reporter for the Daily Star and had "filled in" from time to time, according to a Superman Family tale, as editor while Taylor was away.
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