This year marks one of the biggest milestones in the history of comics, with the release of Action Comics #1000. It is the longest continually published comic book of its kind in history and is the series that jump-started the superhero genre. The issue also marks the 80th anniversary of Superman’s first appearance and in the spirit of Superman’s classic past, we will see the return of his iconic red trunks.
The issue features a cover drawn by Jim Lee featuring a new costume for Superman which integrates classic and new elements, most notably the red trunks. The comic is a milestone for not just the comic book medium by for pop culture in general as said by Lee himself,
“ACTION COMICS #1000 represents a watershed moment in the history of not just comic books, but entertainment, literature and pop culture. There’s no better way to celebrate Superman’s enduring popularity than to give him a look that combines some new accents with the most iconic feature of his classic design.”
The comic will be available for purchase April 18 and will feature an all-star lineup including Richard Donner, Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi, Pat Gleason, Dan Jurgens, Brad Meltzer, Louise Simonson, Jerry Ordway, Tom King, Scott Snyder and more. Action Comics #1000 will feature the DC debut of legendary writer Brian Michael Bendis in a 10-page story illustrated by acclaimed artist Jim Lee. It will also feature two 15-page stories from two of DC’s current teams: Superman writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Pat Gleason, as well as Action comics writer and artist Dan Jurgens.
This milestone comic will feature previously unpublished art from Curt Swan, whose iconic style many consider the definitive look for the Man of Steel throughout comics’ Golden and Silver Ages. Celebrated DC writer Marv Wolfman will script a story based on this never-before-seen content. Action Comics #1000 will include a collection of memorable bonus stories from some of the most celebrated names in comics and entertainment.
According to the official release from DC,
“Contributors to this once-in-a-lifetime issue include legendary Superman movie director Richard Donner and New York Times best-selling writer Geoff Johns, with art by Olivier Coipel. Other contributing creative teams will include Paul Dini with José Luis García-López; Tom King with Clay Mann and Jordie Bellaire; Brad Meltzer with John Cassaday and Laura Martin; Louise Simonson with Jerry Ordway; Scott Snyder with Tim Sale and more to be announced.”
There is no doubt this is the new one comic you will not want to miss at it marks a milestone moment for one of the pop cultures most notable figures. The issue will be recognized across all of DC’s lines for the month of April with special Superman themed variant covers celebrating the milestone.