Action Comics is about to hit issue 1000. It’s a pretty big deal, and DC Comics is ready to celebrate with some big plans. The first issue by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster delivered the debut appearance of Superman. The upcoming thousandth-issue will feature unpublished artwork by comics legend Curt Swan. Marv Wolfman will provide a script and story for the artwork. Superman writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Pat Gleason, as well as Action Comics writer and artist Dan Jurgens will provide two 15-page stories.
The issue also includes stories by Superman (1978) director Richard Donner and Geoff Johns with art by Olivier Coipel; 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.
Action Comics #1000 will also feature former Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis’ DC Comics debut on a ten-page story. The story will be drawn by Jim Lee, who also drew the cover, giving Superman a new-ish costume.
Lee made the following statment:
‘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.’
Action Comics #1000 is on sale April 18 in comic stores and also available digitally. You can expect plenty of Superman-themed variant covers and more to help celebrate the milestone.
We all really should be celebrating the fact that Superman’s shorts are back.