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Chrissy Beppo is the owner and editor of the Smallville Gazette.

Chrissy was the sole employee of the Gazette and idolised famed reporter Lois Lane. When Lois and her family moved to Smallville, which was her husband’s home town, Chrissy was too nervous to approach her hero directly and simply followed her around town. The two met at a city council meeting where Lois confronted Morgan Edge, an unscrupulous businessman seeking to acquire the defunct mines in Smallville. Later, Lois resigned from the Daily Planet, which had become a mouthpiece for Edge, and joined the Gazette.[1]

When a woman name Sharon Powell came to the Gazette offices to claim that Edge had her son Derek killed, Chrissy was initially sceptical. However, she soon realised that there was a deeper conspiracy at work and joined Lois in investigating Edge and his businesses.[2]

Lois prepared an expose on Edge just before the city council meeting where the townspeople would vote on whether to allow Edge the rights to the mines, but Edge threatened to sue both Lois and the newspaper if they published the article. As the Gazette did not have the resources to survive a long and costly lawsuit, Chrissy was forced to squash the story. The town voted to grant Edge the mining rights, however Chrissy did attend the meeting to act as a sole dissenting vote.[3]

Derek Powell suddenly reappeared, claiming to have suffered a head injury that rendered him amnesiac for months. Although neither Chrissy or Lois believed him, Sharon was so happy to have him back that she told them there was no story to write, despite the fact she had been attacked by a superpowered thug. When Derek mysteriously disappeared again, Chrissy used his mother’s phone to track his. She followed him to a facility where she saw Edge’s assistant Leslie Larr place him in a strange machine. She called Lois and Superman overheard and flew to her location, arriving just as Derek exited the chamber now equipped with a full range of Kryptonian superpowers.[4]

Through an ex-boyfriend who worked in the shipping department at the Shuster mines, Chrissy learned that a shipment was being sent from the mines. She called Lois, who cut her meeting with "Marcus Bridgewater" short to follow the shipment. Lois learned that "Marcus" was also going by the alias "Captain Luthor" and considered the possibility that he may have a connection to Lex Luthor. Chrissy contacted Luthor's biographer and learned that it was impossible for "Marcus" to be a Luthor.[5]

Along with Lois and Clark, Chrissy investigated Edge’s plans and why his mining operations had lingered in Smallville when they had left other towns in a matter of months. Edge tried to place a recruitment ad in the Gazette but Christy rejected it. She looked into any possible links between the known superpowered people working for Edge and discovered that both Leslie Larr and Subjekt-11 were born in Smallville, and that Leslie’s real name was Irma Sayres.[6]

Edge activated his army and attacked Superman, but Superman was able to depower them with the Eradicator.[7] Chrissy was eager to write the story but was stymied by the DoD’s official silence. Lois assured them they could compensate by interviewing the Smallville citizens affected, but Chrissy realised Lois knew more than she was saying and asked her to leave. Lois later came back to the Gazette with what she claimed was an official statement from her father. She claimed that she had been concealing details Sam had told her in confidence and she could not be objective. She asked Chrissy to write the story as she could not.[8]

Over the next three weeks, Chrissy used the Gazette to protest the DoD's continued presence describing them as an occupying force. More and more people left Smallville, which was in an even worse shape after Edge Enercorp was shut down and eventually the Gazette's subscriber base became too small to be economically viable. Despite Lois assuring her they could find new readers Chrissy could see no way out and reluctantly accepted an offer to sell the Gazette to a multinational conglomerate.[9]

Sam Lane warned Chrissy and the Cushings that Edge would be coming back to Smallville and asked them to help evacuate the town. Chrissy put out a special edition of the Gazette warning people to leave but also encouraging them to have faith that the townspeople’s strength would get them through the crisis. In the aftermath, Superman gave an exclusive interview to Chrissy, revealing that Morgan Edge was a Kryptonian.

When Edge was defeated Lois approached her with an offer to buy half of the Gazette so she would not have to sell to the conglomerate, which Chrissy enthusiastically accepted.[10]


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  • Chrissy Beppo is portrayed by Sofia Hasmik.
  • Chrissy Beppo is an interpretation of the character Christopher Beppo, a character that was created and appeared exclusively in Smallville tie-in stories. The character was, himself, originally a reference to Beppo, Superman's pet Kryptonian monkey from the Silver Age.

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