Superman’s Secret Identity is Coming Back!

The Clark Kent and Jon Kent secret identities are set to be reinstated in “Action Comics #1050”!

You may recall (back in December 2019) that Superman revealed to the world that he is Clark Kent in a story titled “The Truth” by writer Brian Michael Bendis. In “Superman #18” Superman held a press conference to tell the world that he was Clark Kent because he felt it was disingenuous to keep the truth from the world if they were truly to trust him.

Superman #18

According to ComicBook.com, there will be some problems in the process that restores their secret identities, and someone important to them faces dire consequences when it happens.

“The stories we’re about to tell in Action Comics, Superman, and Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent are a celebration of everything Superman is, from the Super Family to the Daily Planet to the most iconic love story in comics, Lois and Clark,” said Action Comics writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson. “Some elements of the Lois and Clark dynamic can only be there with the secret identity. And even just on a deep-down gut level, something about seeing Clark Kent in the tie and glasses again, ripping open his shirt to reveal the S-shield underneath, just feels AMAZING. It’s an image that puts John Williams’ music right in your ear, and you feel like you can fly. That’s how we want every Superman story to feel.”

“The truth is a very important thing for Clark Kent,” added incoming Superman writer Joshua Williamson. “For someone to steal that from him is a tragic moment and created a lot of interesting drama and story possibilities for the Superman line in 2023. We wanted to play with all the pieces of the great and iconic Superman mythology that we all love. When this challenge was presented to us, we wanted to make sure it was not just magically being put back in the box. There are dangerous repercussions to how this happens that lead to more story to explore. And you’ll see the start of that in Action Comics #1050!”

Action Comics #1050

ACTION COMICS #1050
Written by PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON, TOM TAYLOR, and JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
Art by MIKE PERKINS, CLAYTON HENRY, and NICK DRAGOTTA
Cover by STEVE BEACH
Variant covers by JIM LEE, ALEX ROSS, MEGAN HUANG, CRYSTAL KUNG, LEE WEEKS, JOHN GIANG, RAHZZAH, GABRIELE DELL’OTTO, MIKE PERKINS, RILEY ROSSMO, DAN PARENT, STEVE LIEBER, SIMONE DI MEO, PAMELA HOOGEBOOM, NATHAN SZERDY, and RAFAEL SARMENTO
1:25 variant cover by JONBOY MEYERS
1:50 variant cover by AL BARRIONUEVO
1:75 wraparound variant cover by ALEXANDER LOZANO
1:100 variant cover by STEVE RUDE
1:250 variant cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
1:500 variant cover by ARIEL COLÓN
1:1050 inks variant cover by JIM LEE
Foil variant cover by ALEX ROSS
Team trading card variant cover by VARIOUS
DC Holiday Card variant cover by JIM LEE, SCOTT WILLIAMS, and ALEX SINCLAIR
$5.99 US | 48 pages | Variant $6.99 US (card stock)
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The Dark Crisis is over, and a new dawn shines on the DCU! In the wake of cataclysmic battles with Mongul, Henry Bendix, and Pariah’s Dark Army, Kal-El is back on Earth and here to stay. And the people of our planet are ready to look up, up, and away into a brighter tomorrow. Well… most of the people. Clark Kent’s reunion with Lois and his son, Jon Kent, proves fleeting when strikes the ultimate attack from Superman’s greatest adversary: Lex Luthor. But this time something is different… Luthor has stolen something from Clark’s life, something so important that it will change the very planet itself! If you think you’ve seen the biggest battle between Superman and Lex Luthor—think again! This clash will rock the course of their lives forever… and it’s only the beginning.
Two years’ worth of Superman stories come to a head in this oversize anniversary issue with all-star talent that launches Superman and the DCU into an exciting new era!

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svillar13
November 23, 2022 7:39 pm

It’s about time! I hated all the changes Brian Michael Bendis did to Superman. Hopefully they roll back Jon Kent’s age as well. Superman is one hero that doesn’t deserve to have such a huge tragedy thrust upon him. No parent would ever want to lose 7 years of their kids’ lives. That’s just ridiculous.

Superman2878
November 24, 2022 8:35 am

Finally! It’s about time that Clark wears the glasses again. Taking away the secret identity was just a terrible idea in my opinion. Glad it’s back. 🙂

Supes-Al
November 24, 2022 8:41 pm

I actually liked the lack of secret identity storyline. I think this is the first time this has been done for an extended period of time so it was nice to see something new. But I knew it couldn’t last, so I figured it was inevitable it would return. I just hope the reason for the return of the secret identity isn’t like the Mephisto story in breaking up the marriage of Peter and Mary Jane.

MattComics
November 27, 2022 8:17 pm

I’m 1,000% in favor of bringing it back. Supes-AI mentioned One More Day and that’s one of the reasons why I didn’t even want them to bother with a storyline to explain it’s return. Just page one, panel one it’s back and go! I sort of get this vibe like DC is bringing it back but they’re gonna try to make the audience feel bad for ever wanting it by having there be some dire consequence that results.