While the namesake of this site may be Mr. Marvel himself, we’d be remiss if we didn’t occasionally check-in on the world(s) of the Distinguished Competition. This year, DC Entertainment, the No. 2 comicbook company, is set to celebrate a number of milestones all centered around the publication of Action Comics #1000 on April 18th.
Besides officially pressing Action‘s run into quadruple digits, the historic issue marks the 80th anniversary of that particular title, its main star – Superman (who first appeared in Action #1 cover dated June 1938) and the superhero genre on the whole. On hand for the party are a bevy of top-tier creators, many of whom have played significant parts in Superman’s legacy including Richard Donner (director of 1978’s Superman motion picture), Geoff Johns, Paul Dini, José Luis García-López, Louise Simonson, Jerry Ordway, Tim Sale, and Marv Wolfman, who is penning a script using previously unpublished artwork by Silver Age maestro, Curt Swan.
The issue also serves as the DC debut of Brian Michael Bendis who contributed a 10-page story penciled by none other than the label’s co-publisher, Jim Lee.