In 1938, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster introduced the world to Superman in the pages of Action Comics #1. Next week, Action Comics #1000 will mark a milestone and kickoff the 80th anniversary of the Man of Steel. The party got started early at C2E2 as SYFY WIRE’s Mike Avila moderated the Action Comics #1000 panel.
DC is actually double dipping this month with the Action Comics: #1,000: 80 Years of Superman hardcover, which includes contributions from classic and modern creators. Bendis was quick to point out that Marv Wolfman had given DC the pages from a lost story by artist Curt Swan, which will be reprinted in the hardcover alongside another unpublished tale by Siegel and Shuster… which was also provided by Wolfman! It begged the question: how many more stories does Wolfman have hidden away?
For Bendis, Action Comics #1,000 will be his first work for DC since he made the leap after nearly two decades with Marvel. Bendis had a major health scare last December and he jokingly turned the doctor who treated him into Superman’s next major villain. As recounted by Bendis, the female doctor wanted him to make her into a character who resembled a Marc Silvestri drawing, but she was disappointed to learn what her namesake will really look like.
There are more fun stories ahead, and you can watch the entire panel below!