DC Comics has a big milestone coming up. In fact, it’s so big that it’s kind of a milestone for the entire American comics industry — maybe even the entire American entertainment industry, at this point. The one thousandth issue of Action Comics, the first issue of which introduced the world to Superman, the first superhero, and kicked off the entire genre, will hit shelves on April 18.
And DC Comics has decided to celebrate in a very special way: By letting Superman wear his underwear on the outside again. Well, also, DC Comics will be making Action Comics #1000 into an oversized anthology issue, with Superman stories written by some of the biggest names in DC Comics — and the biggest names in Superman from around the entertainment industry.
Action Comics #1000 will feature the first new DC Comics work of Brian Michael Bendis as well as stories from Marv Wolfman, the writer of DC’s Crisis on Infinite Earths; Silver Age artist Curt Swan; director Richard Donner; DC’s own chief creative officer Geoff Johns; artist Olivier Coipel; current Superman scribes Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason; current Action Comics scribe Dan Jurgens; The Adventures of Superman cartoon’s Paul Dini with artist 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; and Scott Snyder with Tim Sale.
A press release from DC Comics says that even more artist/writer teams for Action Comics #1000 have yet to be announced.
Superman has been missing his red trunks since 2011’s New 52 reboot, when DC co-publisher and artist Jim Lee redesigned the classic costume for a modern era. Action Comics #1000 will mark the first time the Superman costume has had underwear on the outside in nearly seven years.
“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,” Lee said in a statement.
The full cover of Action Comics #1000, drawn by Jim Lee and featuring Superman with his famous red underpants, can be seen below.