"Yeah, I understand, Mr. White. No, Mr. White. Yes, Mr. White. Yes, I will have my article on your desk lickety-split. Yes, sir, I know that no one says 'lickety-split' anymore. Although, you do still say 'Great Caesar's ghost,' which is a bit of a throwback. Yes, sir, I'm very aware that we're not talking about you. Yes, sir. Yes, I will have that to you. Hello?"
Clark Kent's phone call with Perry White[src]

Perry White is the editor-in-chief of the Daily Planet. An extremely irascible, but fair-minded man, he is the boss of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, as well as the former boss of Cat Grant and James Olsen.


Perry White had a great career as an investigative reporter prior to becoming editor-in-chief of the Daily Planet and is regarded as one of the world's greatest journalists. Cat Grant started out as Perry's assistant,[1] and she mentioned that in one occasion, Perry was so furious at one of his reporters for failing to meet a delivery that he threw his chair against a window, causing it to fall outside onto the street.[2]

When Siobhan Smythe caught Supergirl on tape letting a K'hund get away and Cat refused to run the scoop, she called Perry to send the tape to him and use it as a route to be hired at the Planet. However, once Cat learned about Siobhan's treachery, she fired her and persuaded Perry not to hire her either.[3]

After Clark Kent returned from his brief visit in National City, he immediately received a call from Perry, who scolded him for being absent from work for so long.[4]



Season 1

Season 2


  • Perry's caller name on Clark's phone is "Mr. White".[4]

Behind the scenes

  • Perry White first appeared in Superman #7 (November, 1940) and was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. He is the boss of Clark Kent, Lois Lane, and Jimmy Olsen, as well as a close friend and ally of Superman.
    • According to Clark Kent, Perry still uses the phrase "Great Caesar's Ghost",[5] a trait seen in the latter's comics counterpart.


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