In 1938, the first issue of Action Comics featured the debut appearance of Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster’s Superman. That comic reached a once-in-a-lifetime mark last month with the release of Action Comics #1000. On the red-booted heels of the issue's success, later this year, DC will reprint Action Comics #1000 as a deluxe hardcover, and it’s going to include the first two Siegel and Shuster stories that started it all.
According to DC, the initial run of Action Comics #1000 sold over 500,000 copies, making it one of the company’s most successful issues in years. The deluxe edition will be the definitive version, with additional extras, while also retaining the issue's original short stories by the following all-star creative teams: Brian Michael Bendis and Jim Lee; Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund; Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason; Tom King and Clay Mann; Geoff Johns and Richard Donner and Oliver Coipel; Brad Meltzer and John Cassaday and Laura Martin; Marv Wolfman and Curt Swan; and Louise Simonson and Jerry Ordway. Paul Levitz and Neal Adams will also have a story in the hardcover that was previously only available with the digital version of the issue.
In addition to the previously mentioned Siegel and Shuster reprints, the bonus material for the Action Comics #1000 hardcover includes scripts for each of the original short stories, as well as a side-by-side art and script comparison for Tomasi and Gleason’s tale, “Never Ending Battle.” DC is also reprinting the eight decade themed covers within the hardcover, as well as 18 of the special retailer exclusive variants.
Additionally, fans will also get the chance to see the original Curt Swan artwork for “An Enemy Within,” a previously lost tale that was preserved in the collection of writer Marv Wolfman for many years.
The Action Comics #1000 Deluxe Edition will be released in comic stores and bookstores this fall.