DC Entertainment’s premier superhero will return to his classic look for the 1000th issue of Action Comics — a landmark number for an American comic book series. Superman will don a new Jim Lee-designed costume that incorporates elements of different comics throughout the years, including the iconic red trunks. The issue will also include the first-ever DC story from longtime Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis.
Redesigned in 2011 as part of DC Comics’ New 52 relaunch, Superman’s origins and well-documented life were slightly changed, removing him from his red trunks look which both movies and TV shows have since adopted. The trunk-less Supes has appeared both in the DCEU with Henry Cavill’s portrayal and The CW’s Supergirl. Now Action Comics #1000 will bring things back to basics but it’s unclear how long the look will stand.
In addition to the return of the classic Superman look, DC is also marking the occasion by releasing a special hardcover collection called Action Comics #1000: 80 Years Of Superman. The 384-page hardcover book will be a celebration of the Man Of Steel’s legacy, and will also feature a long-lost story written by original creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster called “Too Many Heroes” that was found years ago by Marv Wolfman—who has since become a famous comic book writer himself, with one of his own Action Comics stories being reprinted in this 1000th issue.
Action Comics #1 boasts probably the most iconic comic cover of all time: That shot of Superman smashing a car on the street and normal people running in terror from his power. To live up to that legacy, legendary artist Jim Lee illustrated the cover image for Action Comics #1000.
Action Comics #1000 hits shelves on April 18 and Action Comics #1000: 80 Years Of Superman will be available on April 19.
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