SUPERMAN Gets His Red Trunks Back in ACTION COMICS #1000

Oh, happy day!

It’s funny, the things we comics fans get excited about.

DC Comics on Friday announced the details of April’s Action Comics #1000, including an all-star line-up of creators past and present, namely Geoff Johns, Peter Tomasi, Jerry Ordway, Scott Snyder, Tom King and Jim Lee. Oh, and Marv Wolfman working up a story off some old Curt Swan art. Plus, Richard Donner. And Brian Michael Bendis’ first DC story.

Whew. Great.

Best part, though? Superman’s getting his red trunks back, as this Lee cover image shows:



And apparently they’re gonna stick around, too.

The trunks vanished with the New 52 in 2011 and haven’t returned until now, except for flashbacks and non-canonical tales.

Now, I’m hoping for a Tom King Batman story where Bruce gets jealous and goes and puts his old trunks on.

Make it happen, DC!

Here’s the full press release:

Landmark 1,000th Issue Features Jim Lee Cover Revealing New Costume

Brian Michael Bendis Debuts First Story for DC 

DC Veteran Writer Marv Wolfman to Script Story Based On Unpublished Art by Golden and Silver Age Icon Curt Swan

All-Star Lineup of Contributors Includes Richard Donner, Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi, Pat Gleason, Dan Jurgens, Brad Meltzer, Louise Simonson, Jerry Ordway, Tom King, Scott Snyder and More

DC is going all-out to celebrate the one-thousandth issue of ACTION COMICS—the longest continually published comic book of its kind in history, the series that introduced Superman to the world and the title that launched the superhero genre. The Jim Lee-drawn cover features a new costume that integrates a variety of classic and new elements, including the Man of Steel’s trademark red trunks.

“ACTION COMICS #1000 represents a watershed moment in the history of not just comic books, but entertainment, literature and pop culture,” said Lee. “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.”

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.

“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,” said DC publisher 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.”

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 or the DC YouTube channel for the latest news regarding Krypton’s last son and his elevation to pop culture icon. 

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. I hope the statement of “more to be announced” leaves room for a contribution by Neal Adams to Action 1000. His contribution to the success of the title over the years was significant, and his illustration (inked by Murphy Anderson) for the cover of Action 419 (December 1972) is the single greatest comic book cover of all time. It would be a shame for DC to leave him out of the fun for #1000!

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    • Wasn’t there supposed to be an unpublished Siegel Shuster story also????

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  2. Now that’s more like it. He looks like Superman again. 🙂

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  3. Awesome! How about a 13 Covers post featuring thirteen covers featuring Superman in his trunks, worn most proudly and iconically? If that’s even a word… Anyway, that’d be a totally cool post!

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  4. Dan Greenfield,
    As a long time Batman fan who likes Bruce’s current costume and his costumes “post-Hush”, I respectfully say “piss off” with that ridiculous suggestion – Bruce does not need the “Granny Panties” back ever, and you will notice that we have NEVER whinged about Bruce without his underwear as “overwear”.

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      • In truth, we both know he needs it with the grey and black outfit, as much as he needs his bat mobile lol

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    • With all do respect and everything, but Bats looks naked without it. Truthfully, I NEVER seen anything wrong about the black trunks. It separates the grey quite decently instead of just the utility belt. He looks naked without it, man. If it’s a black outfit, there would be no need for, I do agree. But if you WANT to go for a standard grey and black, it calls for it. It helps give this iconic look!

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  5. They had BEETER LET HIM KEEP IT! This superman and it rightfully belongs to him. This is something Siegel and Shuster would want. The traditional outfit has stood the test of time and it has been a long time coming and lot of people wanting to see the real DC universe back. Can’t say I blame them because I WANT IT BACK, TOO! We put up with this terrible reboot and it’s poor stories and gimmicks lonv enough. 7 years worth – that’s far too long. Time to make things more normal again!

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