SUPERMAN: DC Planning 85th ANNIVERSARY Trade Collection

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s coming in 2023!

On Sunday, we brought you the news that DC is jumping back into pubbing more vintage collections. Click here for all the groovy details but I also wanted to highlight a new addition to the schedule — Superman: The 85th Anniversary Collection, pegged for April 2023.

Dig the official description from the website for Penguin Random House, which handles DC’s book distribution:


Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive… The Man of Steel fights a never-ending battle for truth and justice!

From his blue uniform to his flowing red cape to the “S” shield on his chest, Superman is one of the most immediately recognizable and beloved DC Super Heroes of all time. The Man of Steel is the ultimate symbol of truth, justice, and hope. He is the world’s first Super Hero and a guiding light to all. The Superman: The 85th Anniversary Collection includes Action Comics (1994-2011) #1-2, #23, #60, #182, #305, #395, #473, #643, #732, Action Comics (2011-2016) #7, DC Comics Presents #26, Superman (1994-2006) #1 and #81, Superman (1993-1986) #1, #30, #65, #133, #167, #287, #400, Superman (2018-2021) #18, Superman Confidential #1, Superman: Rebirth #1, Superman: The Man of Steel #1, and World’s Finest Comics #176.

List price: $49.99
496 Pages
Due April 18, 2023

A few thoughts:

— The book is not exactly a surprise given that DC puts out these types of collections for its biggest characters in five-year increments. That said, it’s always interesting to see what issues are included. Superman’s 80th anniversary collection, for example, specifically focused on Action Comics, which was hitting Issue #1000 at the same time.

— But in reading the contents above — taken verbatim from the PRH site — you’ll notice that there are typos in the date ranges. Nevertheless, the context clues make it clear what’s actually in the book and I’m sure the listing will be corrected as things move along.

— No cover has been released so I used a Curt Swan illustration from the cover of Amazing World of DC Comics #7 as a placeholder image.

Standard caveat: This has not been formally solicited – it’s not even on Amazon yet as I write this – so anything can change. Keep coming to 13th Dimension for updates.


— DC COMICS Jumping Back Into Vintage Collections in 2023. Click here.

— SUPERMAN #1 Facsimile Edition Coming From DC. Click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. With Superman’s 85th anniversary being next year, it’d be pretty interesting to see how DC’s upcoming trade collection for the character next year will be received by the public.

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  2. It’s odd that his 85th anniversary collection is – with a couple of exceptions – mostly stuff from the last 30 years.

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  3. Anyone have any insight on why DC’s advance information for an upcoming book is rarely correct? As important as these advance notices are in the book publishing world at large, you’d think they’d get them right. The marketing hit they must take from their own errors alone must be astounding! For instance, those listings for Action and Superman date ranges that begin with 1994 can’t be right.

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  4. >>> ultimate symbol of truth, justice, and hope.
    “hope”? Sorry, DC, you lose me there.

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