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Here are some images of the workstations used by the reporters at the Daily Planet:

Workstations at the Daily Planet in the DCAU show Superman: The Animated Series

Clark Kent working on his workstation at the Daily Planet, Superman: The Animated Series, DCAU

Clark Kent printing out something from his workstation at the Daily Planet, Superman: The Animated Series, DCAU

Which real world computers are these workstations based on?

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    It should be a Tandy - gizmodo - that-stupid-time-superman-shilled-computers-for-radio-shack Commented Oct 16, 2023 at 21:09
  • If anyone is wondering, the last screenshot most likely comes from the episode "Mxyzpixilated"
    – Clockwork
    Commented Oct 17, 2023 at 10:20
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    @Clockwork, all the screenshots are from that episode. Commented Oct 17, 2023 at 12:29
  • I suspect the 1950s philco predicta tv is an influence. I think we should give credit to the artist for a 1930s art deco 1980s computer terminal. It may not be deeper than that. Commented Oct 17, 2023 at 14:35

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I would assume that the 'look' is based on these sorts of adverts from the 1970s showing IBM 327x terminals.

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    The very wide screens with rounded edges also reminded me of this: gamesnostalgia.com/screenshot/… and I'm pretty sure I've seen that specific screen shape (probably with the narrow base/stand) somewhere else as well. However, I don't recall if it was on a real kind of 1960s-era device, or in another fictional context with a "raygun gothic" esthetic similar to Superman: The Animated Series.
    – Buzz
    Commented Oct 16, 2023 at 21:22
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    Why are there ghosts in the first picture? Commented Oct 17, 2023 at 2:19
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    @NickMatteo: I suspect this is a kind of "one man running the whole office" style picture, showing him in everyone's position.
    – Flater
    Commented Oct 17, 2023 at 3:05
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    @NickMatteo It's actually Clark Kent/Superman moving so fast that he appears to be several places at once. Commented Oct 18, 2023 at 16:41
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I think they are not based on a real-world computer at all, but on the look of a traditional writing desk with a banker's lamp. This is a kind of desk lamp with a long green lampshade. Such lamps are apparently common in public libraries in the US. The overall scene looks similar to scenes set in libraries in US movies.

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    thebankerslamp.com/green-desk-lamp-movies - Some possible examples here to choose from. I've taken the liberty of editing in a picture from the library scene in the movie Se7en.
    – Valorum
    Commented Oct 17, 2023 at 9:54
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    Although the OP's artwork also showed a banker's light on each desk. However I broadly agree with the premise: the artist possibly had only a very sketchy idea of what a computerised office would look like so expanded a familiar theme. Commented Oct 18, 2023 at 5:45

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