Formerly a jock who served a brief, undistinguished career in the NFL, Steve Lombard was able to leverage his sports background into obtaining a position as a sports journalist in the Daily Planet. He is infamous for using his experience and pulling power there to flirt with the younger female workers there, usually unsuccessfully.
Shortly before the Black Zero Event, as General Zod attempted to terraform Earth with the World Engine, Steve was at the Daily Planet with many of his co-workers. Perry promptly had them evacuate the building, as more and more nearby buildings began to collapse. In the ensuing chaos, Steve and Perry attempted to help Jenny Jurwich, one of their co-workers, and get her out from under the wreckage of a building. The power from Zod's World Engine was right about to crush Steve, Perry, and Jenny, but they were all indirectly saved by Superman just in time, as he destroyed the World Engine on the other side of the planet in the Indian Ocean where it resided. Steve, Perry, and Jenny all saw the Black Zero starship as it was sucked back into the Phantom Zone, as well as Superman returning to Metropolis and passionately kissing Lois, before heading off to fight General Zod, whom he subsequently defeated and killed after a long and fierce duel.
Aftermath and meeting Clark Kent
- "Come on Lois, when are you gonna throw me a bone? Courtside seats to the game tonight. Whaddya say?"
- ―Steve Lombard asking Lois Lane on a date[src]
Later on, Steve unsuccessfully asked Lois Lane and then Jenny Jurwich to a courtside basketball game. That same day, Clark Kent began his job at the Daily Planet, and Perry White instructed Steve to look out for him, with the latter never suspecting that the newcomer was in fact the alien hero Superman in disguise.
Behind the scenes
- In DC Comics, Steve Lombard was a retired athlete, who worked for both WGBS and the Daily Planet. He also considered Clark Kent to be one of his few real friends.