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First look: Action Comics #1000 revives Superman’s red trunks as Brian Michael Bendis makes DC debut

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Jan 23, 2018, 11:39 AM EST (Updated)

The landmark Action Comics #1000 — the first time a comic has reached that milestone — was always going to make a splash. However, new details — and the confirmation of ex-Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis — make it clear that this issue will be one to remember.

While we’ve previously covered reports that this issue will be the DC debut of 17-year Marvel veteran Bendis (who created Jessica Jones, Quake, Riri Williams, and Miles Morales, among many iconic characters), the publisher officially confirmed the news Friday, announcing that Bendis will lead the comic with a 10-page Superman story that will feature art by none other than DC publisher and comic legend Jim Lee. What a way to kick-start Bendis' run.

But we now also have a first look at the issue itself. The comic where Superman debuted will celebrate its 1,000th issue (since effectively single-handedly establishing DC Comics) with its star on the cover — in all his red-trunked, return-to-form glory.

Here’s a full look:

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Kal-El has had a lot of different looks over the years and even more iterations, all somewhere along the good/evil spectrum. But it's only fitting that he celebrates his 1,000th by going back to the beginning. Drawn by Jim Lee, this costume “integrates a variety of classic and new elements," DC said in its release, and was inked by Scott Williams with colors by Alex Sinclair.

This issue also features a boatload of talented writers taking on Superman stories — again, only fitting for the central, beating heart of comics — to help flesh out the huge issue in combination with Bendis' debut story.

His is supplemented by two 15-page tales from Superman writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Pat Gleason, as well as Action Comics writer and artist Dan Jurgens.

Others throwing their superhats into the ring by contributing supplemental super-material are Superman movie director Richard Donner and celebrated comics creator and DC president Geoff Johns, as well as Olivier Coipel, Paul Dini, José Luis García-López, Tom King, Clay Mann, Jordie Bellaire, Brad Meltzer, John Cassaday, Laura Martin, Louise Simonson, Jerry Ordway, Scott Snyder, Tim Sale, and more.

Superman has a lot of fans and a lot of clout, which means DC is pulling out all the stops so he gets the star treatment he deserves in an issue you won't want to miss.

Action Comics #1000 will be available at comics retailers and digitally on Wednesday, April 18.