Exclusive “Action Comics #1000” Cover by Pat Gleason

Another comic book store exclusive variant cover for “Action Comics #1000” has been unveiled.

This variant cover by Pat Gleason, which depicts Superman, Lois Lane, their son John and Krypto, is exclusive Newbury Comics, with the cover available to purchase via their website.

With “Action Comics” speeding toward its landmark 1,000th issue on Superman’s 80th anniversary (April 18), not only will we see a series of variant covers capturing the look and feel of the Man of Steel throughout different eras of his 80-year run, but certain comic book stores will also have their own exclusive variant covers available in limited numbers.

Some of comics’ most prolific artists will be lending their considerable talents to celebrate Superman’s incredible impact on comics, literature and popular culture through these variant covers:

  • 1940s by Michael Cho (BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE)
  • 1950s by Dave Gibbons (WATCHMEN)
  • 1960s by Michael Allred (BUG!: THE ADVENTURES OF FORAGER)
  • 1970s by Jim Steranko (CATWOMAN: SELINA’S BIG SCORE)
  • 1980s by Joshua Middleton
  • 1990s by Dan Jurgens (ACTION COMICS) and Kevin Nowlan (HAWKMAN: FOUND)
  • 2000s by Lee Bermejo (LUTHOR)

To date, other exclusive variant covers revealed include:

Expect more to be revealed ahead of the release of “Action Comics #1000” on April 18.

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April 4, 2018 6:41 pm

Another variant? I do like the art, it’s very patriotic,but how many more variant covers will there be?

April 4, 2018 6:44 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

I hope to get a copy of this variant.

April 4, 2018 8:33 pm

It’s become boring now.

The obscene amount of variant covers is embarrassing.

And these are just effortless works.

April 4, 2018 8:45 pm

I respectfully have to disagree with my colleagues above. This is my favorite variant yet. I’d like to see this as a lithograph.

April 4, 2018 11:25 pm
Reply to  Randarch

I do agree with you . I like this one as well. I just feel that maybe they are focusing too much on different variant covers for one issue (even though it’s a major issue). I’m just wondering how many more covers they will release for the same issue? I think it’s going to be pretty pricey for the average consumer to collect them all.

April 5, 2018 12:40 pm

The whole variant cover thing is pretty exploitative of the consumer IMO. But the covers as pieces of art on their own have been pretty neat for the most part.

I say just pick your favorite and but that one then maybe get one other especially if you’ve got narrowed down to 2 favorites and are particularly torn between which one to pick.

As for this one in particular I like it as an image of the core Superman family together even though I’m not a big Gleason fan.

April 5, 2018 1:11 pm

I’ve never been a fan of Superman linked to any flag, american or any other. I think this kind of cover is better for the Kent family.
And…wasn’t this cover on one of last July 4th issues?
Anyway, I bust don’t like Pat Gleason’s art. It’s a pity that such a low quality artist (in my opinion oc course) gets a cover for probably the most important Superman issue in all past and future history.

April 5, 2018 8:09 pm
Reply to  kal-bert

While I think I understand where you’re coming from I have just never felt that putting Superman with the flag necessarily meant the same thing as him whole-heartedly endorsing a party or every policy of whatever the current administration might be.

Like Captain America it’s more about the dream than something inherently jingoistic. He’s grown up and lives in America and loves America but not in a blind loyalty sense and certainly not at the expense of caring about and respecting the other peoples and cultures of our world.

That’s just how I’ve always read it.

April 5, 2018 11:14 pm
Reply to  MattComics

I can see where you’re coming from Mattcomics. I always felt that whenever Superman was holding the American flag, it was because it represents freedom. America at its core is about freedom. Granted freedom can be defined in many different ways depending on the opinion of an individual. Superman stands for freedom. Not just for one country, but for all who believe in freedom. And in my opinion, that’s why he holds the flag. It’s for freedom.