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

In the new multiverse, Perry White was succeeded by Samuel Foswell as editor-in-chief of the Daily Planet.[1]

Biography

Original multiverse

Early life

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,[2] 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.[3]

Dawn of Supergirl

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.[4]

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.[5]

Anti-Monitor Crisis

During the Anti-Monitor Crisis, Perry White as well as everyone in the multiverse except for the seven Paragons, was killed in an antimatter wave by the Anti-Monitor on December 10, 2019,[6] only to be restored a month later, after the Paragons and the Spectre created a new universe.[7]

New multiverse

Perry White was the editor-in-chief of the Daily Planet when Clark Kent was hired as a journalist, introducing him to Lois Lane. Sometime later, Samuel Foswell replaced Perry as the editor-in-chief, leading to a mass lay-off under Morgan Edge's ownership.[1]

Appearances

Supergirl

Season 1

Season 2

Superman & Lois

Season 1

Trivia

  • Perry's caller name on Clark's phone is "Mr. White".[5]

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",[8] a trait seen in the latter's comics counterpart.

References

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