DC Comics definitely hit the ground running at San Diego Comic-Con. During its annual Press Breakfast, the publisher received the Guinness World Record for the longest-running superhero comic book series. The title that snagged the honor was none other than Action Comics — it recently celebrated issue #1000, which was a celebration of Superman's 80th anniversary.
The certificate was presented to DC publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio by a Guinness adjudicator. First published in 1938, Action Comics was the title that introduced Superman to the world. It has also introduced readers to several mainstays in the canon of Superman, including Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Toyman, the bottled city of Kandor, and the Fortress of Solitude.
Issue #1000 was a landmark 80-page issue, which featured the talents of Dan Jurgens, Jim Lee, Marv Wolfman, Louise Simonson, Tom King, and the DC debut of Brian Michael Bendis.
"Action Comics and Superman laid the foundation of the superhero genre and are cornerstones of American pop culture history," Michael Furnari, the official Guinness adjudicator, said, in a statement. "This Guinness World Records title is a fitting tribute to Action Comics' lasting impact on the superhero genre and comic books as a whole."
Here's to the next 1000 issues, which begins with #1001 — it is written by Bendis, with artwork by Patrick Gleason.
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