The Daily Planet

When the series began Clark Kent worked for the Daily Star.
from Action 1, by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, June 1937
The Daily Star first became the Daily Planet in the daily newspaper strip in 11/13/1939.   The impetus for the name change may have been the radio show, although in the original pilot the paper was called "The Daily Flash"!  The radio program debuted in February 1940.  Simultaneously,  the name change was carried into the comic book, beginning with Action 23 (4/40, on sale in February).

The distinctive design of the Daily Planet building with the ringed Globe on top first appeared in the cartoons which were produced by the Fleisher Studios.

 

The first cartoon featuring the Globe was The Artic Giant released in February 1942.

The Daily Planet building fittingly first appears in the comic book in a story about the movie cartoons. . The Globe in this picture has no ring.

"Superman, Matinee Idol" by Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster and John Sikela, Superman 19, November 1942.

This design was probably based on the Paramount Building which still stands in New York City. The globe, which lights up at night, was probably a much more prominent landmark in the thirties than it is today, when it is dwarfed by other skyscrapers surrounding it.

Still no ring in Superman 24.  "Surprise for Superman" by Don Cameron, Ed Dobrotka and George Roussos, November, 1943.

This appears to be the first appearance of a ringed Daily Planet building in the comics.


"Hi-Jack, Jackal of Crime" by Bill Finger?, Ed Dobrotka and George Roussos from Superman 25 in November 1943.

Los Angeles City Hall stood in for the Daily Planet on the 1950's Superman TV show. This appears to be the first cover appearance of the Daily Planet globe, all the way up on Superman 138.  Art by Curt Swan and Stan Kaye.