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Franklin Stern was the owner and publisher of the Daily Planet newspaper.

Stern took it over from the TransNational Enterprises consortium which itself succeeded from Lex Luthor. Stern is a long-time friend of the editor, Perry White, although they often disagree about politics. When falling profits force him to sell the newspaper, this allows Luthor to purchase it again, with dire consequences for the Planet and its staff. Shortly thereafter, the Planet was instead purchased by billionaire Bruce Wayne, who still owns the paper today.

Other Characteristics

  • Franklin Stern was named after long time DC writer Roger Stern.
  • At one point Stern dated the sister of Daily Planet reporter Ron Troupe, however the outcome of this relationship is not known.



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Daily Planet Staff member
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