At the New York Comic Con, DC Comics co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee revealed the company’s plans for the upcoming 1000th issue of Action Comics, which is set to arrive next March.
Plans include an oversized edition of Action #1000 featuring a story by Peter Tomasi and Dan Jurgens, as well as “an all-star talent line-up writing back-up stories,” including a story co-written by DC COO Geoff Johns and Superman film director Richard Donner. They’ll also publish a hardcover book celebrating the 80th anniversary of Action Comics #1.
While DC renumbering Action Comics a few years back during the “New 52” line-wide relaunch, it reverted back to its original numbering with issue #957. And with “Rebirth” the title went bi-weekly, meaning it’ll make it to issue #1000 faster than a speeding bullet — with Detective Comics not too far behind. And recent variant cover reveals hint that other titles may follow suit, in regards to legacy numbering.
Here’s their description of the hardcover: “Join us for an 80th anniversary celebration of the single most important comic in American history: Action Comics #1 and the birth of Superman. Revisit classic stories from over the decades featuring the debuts of Superman, Supergirl, Brainiac, the Fortress of Solitude, the Human Target and so much more. Read Superman stories by generations of top writers and artists and enjoy sparkling essays from literary wizards who’ve won Pulitzers and become bestsellers, including Jules Feiffer. Plus a historical essay by guest editor Paul Levitz, and all 1000 Action covers collected in a new poster. And as a bonus, an UNPUBLISHED 1940s Superman tale believed to be by Jerry Siegel and the Joe Shuster studio salvaged from the DC files fifty years ago and hidden away until now.”
Finally, they revealed a logo to help them celebrate the big event: