Despite decades of pop-culture mockery about wearing his “underwear” on the outside, Superman’s iconic costume just hasn’t felt complete since DC Comics ditched the Man of Steel’s red trunks during it’s 2011 “New 52” reboot. Jim Lee’s redesign for Superman looked overwhelmingly blue, and after inching back toward a recognizable profile in the past few years, DC Comics will reintroduce Superman’s most recognizable look in April’s milestone Action Comics #1,000.
Beyond notable red unmentionables, the issue will feature a murderer’s row of talent, including the DC Comics debut of former Marvel architect Brian Michael Bendis, who signed an exclusive contract with the company last fall in one of 2017’s biggest industry surprises. Illustrating Bendis’ 10-page tale is DC publisher Jim Lee, who designed the new, nostalgic Super-suit.
The issue will also include stories from current Superman creative team Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason; Action Comics writer/artist Dan Jurgens; Superman movie 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 to be announced. Perhaps most notable for diehard Superman fans, fan-favorite writer Marv Wolfman will script a story based on never-before-seen art from the legendary Curt Swan.
Action Comics #1,000 hits stands and digital platforms April 18.
Action Comics #1000 Cover Art by Jim Lee