It's a blend of the current look for Superman with, of course, the red trunks included - implying that this is an all-new look for the Kryptonian. Action Comics #1, released in 1938, first introduced the world to Superman. 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. The cover for the issue (see the artwork below), as illustrated by Jim Lee, shows Superman back in his red underwear for the first time in the comics in almost a decade.
Check it out on the cover to Action Comics #1000. As part of his "new" design, Superman's red trunks will be a part of his costume again.
A press release from DC Comics says that even more artist/writer teams for Action Comics #1000 have yet to be announced.
"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", said Lee in a statement.
Unlike a typical issue, Action Comics #1000 will feature an assortment of stories from multiple big-name creators.
The supersized issue will feature stories from a number of creators, including the first new DC work of writer Brian Michael Bendis, who joined the company after nearly two decades at Marvel last November.
And DC Comics has chose to celebrate in a very special way: By letting Superman wear his underwear on the outside again. Additionally, Marv Wolfman will script a tale for previously unseen work from legendary Superman artist Curt Swan.
Bendis and Lee have collaborated on a 10-page story in the issue.
And, I must add, Siegel and Shuster are Clevelanders.
An event issue like this is bound to have many contributors, with DC even bringing in the original Superman movie director, Richard Donner, and DC Entertainment executive and New York Times best-selling writer Geoff Johns. Like Marvel's Jack Kirby, Siegel and Shuster were denied credit for their magnificent creation for decades. "Without this book, along with Siegel and Shuster's fertile imaginations and boundless creativity, the superhero's place in literature may have been wildly different, if not altogether nonexistent".
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