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!
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
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…
4. The Daily Star
When Superman first showed up, he was working for the Daily Star, under editor George Taylor.
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…
3. The Daily Globe
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
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…
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
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.
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!