We don’t tend to write a great deal about Kal-El here in the Precinct’s comic crypts, it’s not that we’re aren’t fans of the Kryptonian visitor, we are, but our love for DC’s other big two (Bats and Wondy… natch!) eclipses our admiration for the Man of Steel… yet, we admire the otherworldly hero enough to often include him whenever something major happens… and this is, most assuredly, one of those times.
2018 will definitively be the year of the Superman, as Clark Kent gets set to celebrate his 80th anniversary since creation! That’s right fellow fans of fantastic fiction, eighty years of the big blue boy scout thwarting crime, foiling nemesis Lex Luthor, saving cats out of trees, and feuding with the Batman… Supes has been doing all this and more for an astonishing eight decades and DC intend to show him the reverence he absolutely deserves since his groundbreaking debut in Action Comics #1 in 1938.
But wait, not only does 2018 mark eighty years of the red-caped crusader but also that of Action Comics itself, which is additionally celebrating an astonishing 1,000 issues! which in and of itself is a first for Superhero comics.
Action Comics #1000 comprises eight different comic covers in celebration of this remarkable achievement by a number of acclaimed artists including astounding talents such as Jim Lee, Dave Gibbons, Jim Steranko, and Dan Jurgens.
Action Comics #1000 is releasing as an 80 page prestige format comic that will feature a variety of tales brought to you by some of comicdom’s most celebrated creators, sensational scribes such as – Tom King, Grant Morrison, Tim Sale, Richard Donner (yes indeed, the director of Christopher Reeves’ awesome cinematic Superman debut) and Brian Michael Bendis. In fact speaking of Bendis, this will mark his inauguration as a DC contributor since his dramatic defection from Marvel Comics, with Bendis then taking the reins of both Action Comics and Superman for the foreseeable future this coming July.
Also, alongside Action #1000, DC are releasing a hardcover collection titled ‘Action Comics: 80 Years Of Superman‘ which will feature a variety of classic Superman reprints from yesteryear, a large comic cover image gallery, essays by writers and comic historians, and, most interestingly, a never before published story by Supe’s creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster!
Action Comics #1000 and the 80 Years Of Superman hardcover will be released at your local comic book emporium on April 18. So don your red cape and trunks (that’s right folks, Supe’s classic outer/underwear also marks it’s dramatic return!!) and soar on down to your comic-shop and tell them Precinct1313 sent you!
An almost mint condition copy of Action comics #1 sold in an E-bay auction for a little over 3 million dollars, the 1938 comic features the ground-breaking debut of the Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created character Superman, the record breaking bid was made by New York comic dealers – Steven Fishler and Vincent Zurzolo.
It is estimated that there exist only about 150 copies of Action comics #1 worldwide, in various conditions, though the copy sold in the auction is rated a 9.0 out of 10, a near mint grade which is unusual for comics of this age. In comparison a copy of Detective comics #27, which heralded Batman’s debut, sold in auction in 2010 for just over 1 million dollars and at the time was the most expensive comic book ever sold. Apparently some of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to the former Superman actor – Christopher Reeve Foundation, which is dedicated to curing spinal cord injuries.