As Bleeding Cool predicted back in August (pip pip), the most iconic aspect of the entire Superman mythology will finally be returning to the DC Universe in Action Comics #1000. That's right. Superman will wear his red underpants on the outside again.
A press release from DC gives us our first look at the returning trunks in the following cover from Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Alex Sinclair:
"ACTION COMICS #1000 represents a watershed moment in the history of not just comic books, but entertainment, literature and pop culture," said Lee of the returning underpants. "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."
"The one-thousandth issue of ACTION COMICS is an incredible milestone in pop culture and a testament to the vision of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster," added Dan DiDio. "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."
"They're baaa-aaa-aa-aack. Yes, they're baa-aa-aa-aack. Well, they're baa-aa-aaa-aaaack. Yes they're baaa-aa-aaa-aaaack," said Brian Johnson, lead singer of AC/DC.
And all was right with the world again?
Here's some more details from the press release:
Available at comics retailers and digitally on April 18, ACTION COMICS #1000 features the DC debut of acclaimed writer Brian Michael Bendis in a 10-page Superman story featuring art by DC publisher and celebrated artist Jim Lee. This milestone issue will also include two 15-page stories from two of DC's current and most popular talent teams: SUPERMAN writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Pat Gleason, as well as ACTION COMICS writer and artist Dan Jurgens.
This must-have collector's item comic book will also feature previously unpublished art from Curt Swan, whose dynamic, iconic style many consider the definitive look for the Man of Steel throughout comics' Golden and Silver Ages. Acclaimed DC writer Marv Wolfman will script a story based on this never-before-seen content. In addition, the comic will include a collection of memorable bonus stories from some of the most celebrated names in comics and entertainment.
Contributors to this once-in-a-lifetime issue include legendary Superman movie director Richard Donner and New York Times best-selling writer Geoff Johns, with art by Olivier Coipel. Other contributing creative teams will include Paul Dini with 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; Scott Snyder with Tim Sale and more to be announced.
This celebratory comic book is just the beginning; this milestone will be recognized across the DC superhero line for the month of April with a series of Superman-themed variant covers and even more to come. Check out the website at www.dccomics.com or the DC YouTube channel for the latest news regarding Krypton's last son and his elevation to pop culture icon.