Superman fans have been crying out for their return, and now, with the release of the 1000th issue of “Action Comics” (the comic book that started it all), Superman’s iconic look will be complete with the return of the red trunks to his costume.
DC Comics gives us our first look at the cover for “Action Comics #1000”, drawn by Jim Lee.
“Action Comics #1000 represents a watershed moment in the history of not just comic books, but entertainment, literature, and pop culture,” Lee said in a statement. “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.”
Unlike a typical issue, “Action Comics #1000” will feature an assortment of stories from multiple big-name creators. Notably, it will feature the first published DC story by Brian Michael Bendis, a popular longtime Marvel writer who recently switched over to the House of Ideas’ main rival. On top of that, DC veteran writer Marv Wolfman — who wrote the original mega-crossover superhero event series, 1985’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” — will script a new Superman story based on previously unpublished art from Curt Swan. Swan is one of history’s most iconic Superman artists, giving the character his signature style throughout the so-called “Silver Age” of comic books — that would be the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s… basically everything up until Wolfman and artist George Pérez radically restructured the DC Universe with “Crisis on Infinite Earths”!
There will also be a story from “Superman” movie director Richard Donner and DC superstar Geoff Johns (who previously co-wrote issues of “Action Comics” together in 2006), alongside art from Olivier Coipel. The post-Rebirth Superman team of Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason will also contribute stories to the book, along with current “Action Comics” writer/artist Dan Jurgens. Other creative teams 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.
ACTION COMICS #1000 will be available at comics retailers and digitally on April 18.