Franklin Stern

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Franklin Stern
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Superman: The Man of Steel #27 (November 1993)
Created by Louise Simonson (script)
Jon Bogdanove (art)
In-story information
Full name Franklin Stern
Team affiliations Daily Planet

Franklin W. Stern is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. He first appeared in Superman: The Man of Steel #27 (November 1993), and was named after long time DC writer Roger Stern.[1]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Franklin Stern is the owner and publisher of the Daily Planet newspaper, taking over from the TransNational Enterprises consortium which itself succeeded the villainous 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 is purchased by billionaire Bruce Wayne, who still owns the paper until The New 52 changed everything.

At one point Stern dated the sister of Daily Planet reporter Ron Troupe, however the outcome of this relationship is not known.

In other media[edit]

Franklin Stern appears in the first season episode of the TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman titled "The House of Luthor", where he buys out the Daily Planet. Stern is played by James Earl Jones. He is mentioned in season 2, including one-sided conversations with him on the phone but never appears again.

Franklin Stern appeared in Smallville's season nine episode "Charade", portrayed by Blu Mankuma.


  1. ^ "Roger Stern: The Man of Tomorrow". Superman Homepage. Retrieved 2007-08-22.