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Superman takes a beating in first artwork from Bendis and Jim Lee’s Action Comics #1000

Action Comics #1000 arrives in less than a month, and now we have our first look at Jim Lee’s artwork for the debut DC story written by Brian Michael Bendis, who is taking over the Man of Steel title for the publisher. Posting a black and white sketch on Twitter, Lee wrote:

“Sneak peek time–ladies gentlemen–at my 12 page story with @BRIANMBENDIS for ACTION issue 1000! Just typing that out gave me GOOSEBUMPS Not a one-off but a story that sets up his upcoming run on Action Superman! Had a veritable BLAST with this! 😀 #action1000.”

In the artwork (below), Supes is having a rough go of things as he slams into a building and then onto the ground below, creating what we can only assume is thousands of dollars in property damage. 

Speaking to SYFY WIRE at New York Comic Con, Lee described #1000 as “the first issue of a big arc that resets or redefines Superman in a very unique way.” The issue will also include stories from Peter J. Tomasi and artist Pat Gleason, as well as Action Comics writer and artist Dan Jurgens. Director Richard Donner, Geoff Johns, Olivier Coipel, Paul Dini, José Luis García-López, Tom King, Clay Mann, Jordie Bellaire, Brad Meltzer, John Cassaday, Laura Martin, Louise Simonson, Jerry Ordway, Scott Snyder, Tim Sale, and more will also be adding their mark to the issue. 

Action Comics #1000 goes on sale Wednesday, April 18. A supplemental publication, Action Comics #1000: 80 Years of Superman, will be available April 11 and feature previously unpublished Superman stories from the character’s creators, Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel. 

From: http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/superman-takes-a-beating-in-first-artwork-from-bendis-and-jim-lees-action-comics-1000

DC Confirms Superman is Immortal in New Comic Story – Screen Rant

WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Action Comics 1000

Don’t worry about Superman dying of old age, since a new comic confirms the immortal Man of Steel living forever into DC’s future. Well, a few billion more years. But it seems that as long as no villain manages to kill him, Superman will even live to see the destruction of planet Earth – taking place long after humanity has left for the stars.

The clarification of whether or not Superman will ever die if remaining in the light of a yellow sun comes as part of Action Comics 1,000. The anniversary issue won’t just be Brian Michael Bendis’s first DC story, but a collection of several stories from a variety of DC creators. That includes current Batman writer Tom King, who gave fans early access to his emotional short story.

A look at Superman’s last day on Earth… and the only loved ones he must leave behind.

RELATED: Superman’s New Comic Weakness is The Power of Prayer

Unlike many writers of DC’s main Batman book, Tom King has distinguished his work as surprisingly sentimental, emotional, and evocative. This short story, “Of Tomorrow” keeps that trend alive. It’s not the first time King has written a story about a DC hero’s last day on Earth, and with flawless work from Clay Mann, Jordie Bellaire, and John Workman, this tale is just as unforgettable.

When the Sun finally expands to burn Earth to a crisp – as scientists predict it will billions of years from now – Superman is there. Not to push the planet to safety, or to mourn the loss of another planet he called home. He’s there to visit his parents’ grave as he has been for, according to him, five billion years. As some fans have speculated before, King posits that as one big, super efficient solar battery, Superman simply won’t age.

Superman Action Comics Earth Destroyed DC Confirms Superman is Immortal in New Comic

Fortunately, he doesn’t live forever by himself. As he “updates” Ma and Pa at their graveside, his and Lois’s son Jonathan has grown into a man he’s proud of. And since no hero deserves a happy ending like Superman, Clark also tell his parents that Lois remains hard at work running the “Universal Info Network” (is anyone really surprised?). Where fans can assume Superman and Jonathan’s powers might render them impervious to aging, Clark explains that Lois is “sick of the Eternity Formula. It tastes like grape… she’s tired of grape.”

As the story draws to a close, Superman saying his final words to the remains of his parents, Planet Earth cracking and exploding all around him, he finds peace. Whether or not their spirits are present, ever-present, or non-existent, the Earth’s impending destruction means they’ll soon be returned to the universe that made them. A touching end to a heartfelt story – and one that fans would be wise to not overthink.

 

The questions are easy to raise. Did Superman’s and Jonathan use an Eternity Formula too? Are their bodies immortal? Did humanity perish and leave Superman’s family to join an alien civilization? Did humanity spread to the stars just one billion years into the future, as Superman may imply?

Superman End of The World Kent Grave DC Confirms Superman is Immortal in New Comic

Questions that King’s story never addresses, and never needs to address to get his message across. That no matter what, nothing can really kill Superman. He will go on protecting the universe for billions of years, and raise a son to do the same beside him. And as proof that Lois and Clark’s is a love story for the ages, the intrepid reporter would find a way to stay at Superman and her son’s side. While delivering the news to an entire universe.

And as this story shows, Superman will go on missing his parents every day into infinity – until they find rest, in this world if not the next. Plenty of comic book fans will be picking up Action Comics 1000 to see what’s next in Superman’s story. But DC was right to show off this look at the ending of Superman’s life, love, and legacy… one that will clearly never come.

C’mon – he’s Superman.

MORE: DC Confirms The Electric Superman Was a Literal Nightmare

Action Comics #1000 releases April 18, 2018 from DC Comics.

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Library of Congress & DC Celebrate 80 Years of Superman …

Action Comics #1000

Credit: Jim Lee/Scott Williams/Alex Sinclair (DC Comics)

Press Release

Library of Congress and DC Entertainment Celebrate 80 Years of Superman

Live Interview Featuring Legendary Paul Levitz and Dan Jurgens

The Library of Congress will celebrate the 1000th issue of seminal DC comic book series Action Comics, a commemoration of 80 years of Superman, with a live interview featuring DC legends onThursday, March 29. Former publisher and president of DC, Paul Levitz, will join famed DC writer and artist Dan Jurgens, known for his work on the Superman series and the pop culture phenomenon “The Death of Superman,” for a conversation about the history of superhero comics, the writers and artists who create comics and the legacy of DC’s iconic Superman character. The event coincides with Awesome Con, which will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center beginning March 30.

Levitz and Jurgens will be interviewed by creator Michael Cavna, of the Eisner-nominated “Comic Riffs” column for The Washington Post. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, in the Coolidge Auditorium on the ground floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free, but tickets are required. Visit this event-ticketing site for more information and to secure your ticket.

The event also will be livestreamed on the Library’s YouTube site at youtube.com/libraryofcongress. Follow the conversation on Twitter at @librarycongress and #LibraryofAwesome.

Guests will preview of Action Comics #1000, which features the DC debut of acclaimed writer Brian Michael Bendis, art by legendary DC Comics publisher and artist Jim Lee and stories from Superman writer Peter J. Tomasi, artist Pat Gleason and artist Dan Jurgens. Selected materials from the Library’s comic book and comic art collections will also be on display during the event.

Media wishing to schedule pre-event interviews may specify interest with their RSVP, due by Wednesday, March 28. Additional details will follow.

In 2017, the Library welcomed visitors to explore “Library of Awesome,” a pop-up display of more than 100 iconic comic-book issues of today’s most popular characters. The collections of the Library of Congress include nearly 140,000 comic books dating back to the 1930s.

DC Entertainment will publish a new hardcover book, “Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman,” this spring as part of the celebration of the 1,000th 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.

This “Library of Awesome” event is made possible by gifts to the Library of Congress Fund. Those interested in supporting free programs at the Library can contact devofc@loc.gov.

The Serial and Government Publications Division maintains one of the most extensive newspaper collections in the world. It is exceptionally strong in United States newspapers, with 9,000 titles covering the past three centuries. With over 25,000 non-U.S. titles, it is the largest collection of overseas newspapers in the world. Beyond its newspaper holdings, the division also has extensive collections of current periodicals, comic books and government publications. The comic-book collection is available for research use by scholars, collectors and other researchers in the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room. For more information, visit https://www.loc.gov/rr/news/comics.html.

DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics in the world.

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States-and extensive materials from around the world-both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at loc.gov, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov, and register creative works of authorship at copyright.gov.

From: https://www.newsarama.com/39107-library-of-congress-dc-celebrate-80-years-of-superman-action-comics-1000.html

Library of Congress & DC Celebrate 80 Years of Superman, ACTION COMICS #1000

Action Comics #1000

Credit: Jim Lee/Scott Williams/Alex Sinclair (DC Comics)

Press Release

Library of Congress and DC Entertainment Celebrate 80 Years of Superman

Live Interview Featuring Legendary Paul Levitz and Dan Jurgens

The Library of Congress will celebrate the 1000th issue of seminal DC comic book series Action Comics, a commemoration of 80 years of Superman, with a live interview featuring DC legends onThursday, March 29. Former publisher and president of DC, Paul Levitz, will join famed DC writer and artist Dan Jurgens, known for his work on the Superman series and the pop culture phenomenon “The Death of Superman,” for a conversation about the history of superhero comics, the writers and artists who create comics and the legacy of DC’s iconic Superman character. The event coincides with Awesome Con, which will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center beginning March 30.

Levitz and Jurgens will be interviewed by creator Michael Cavna, of the Eisner-nominated “Comic Riffs” column for The Washington Post. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, in the Coolidge Auditorium on the ground floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free, but tickets are required. Visit this event-ticketing site for more information and to secure your ticket.

The event also will be livestreamed on the Library’s YouTube site at youtube.com/libraryofcongress. Follow the conversation on Twitter at @librarycongress and #LibraryofAwesome.

Guests will preview of Action Comics #1000, which features the DC debut of acclaimed writer Brian Michael Bendis, art by legendary DC Comics publisher and artist Jim Lee and stories from Superman writer Peter J. Tomasi, artist Pat Gleason and artist Dan Jurgens. Selected materials from the Library’s comic book and comic art collections will also be on display during the event.

Media wishing to schedule pre-event interviews may specify interest with their RSVP, due by Wednesday, March 28. Additional details will follow.

In 2017, the Library welcomed visitors to explore “Library of Awesome,” a pop-up display of more than 100 iconic comic-book issues of today’s most popular characters. The collections of the Library of Congress include nearly 140,000 comic books dating back to the 1930s.

DC Entertainment will publish a new hardcover book, “Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman,” this spring as part of the celebration of the 1,000th 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.

This “Library of Awesome” event is made possible by gifts to the Library of Congress Fund. Those interested in supporting free programs at the Library can contact devofc@loc.gov.

The Serial and Government Publications Division maintains one of the most extensive newspaper collections in the world. It is exceptionally strong in United States newspapers, with 9,000 titles covering the past three centuries. With over 25,000 non-U.S. titles, it is the largest collection of overseas newspapers in the world. Beyond its newspaper holdings, the division also has extensive collections of current periodicals, comic books and government publications. The comic-book collection is available for research use by scholars, collectors and other researchers in the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room. For more information, visit https://www.loc.gov/rr/news/comics.html.

DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics in the world.

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States-and extensive materials from around the world-both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at loc.gov, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov, and register creative works of authorship at copyright.gov.

From: https://www.newsarama.com/39107-library-of-congress-dc-celebrate-80-years-of-superman-action-comics-1000.html

Action Comics #999 Review: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Cyborg Superman?

Superman: Action Comics #999

Summary

Writer: Dan Jurgens,
Artist: Will Conrad,
Color Artist: Ivan Nunes,
Letters: Rob Leigh,
Cover by: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, and Andrew Dalhouse,
Variant Cover by: Kaare Andrews,
Editor: Paul Kaminski,
Assistant Editor: Andrea Shea,
Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster,
Superboy created by Jerry Siegel,
By special arrangement with the Jerry Siegel Family,
Publisher: DC Comics,
Release Date: Out Now,
Price: $2.99

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General Sam Lane visits his daughter, Lois, and grandson, Jonathan, for the first time. While this tense reunion is happening, Superman is breaking apart an asteroid that could have threatened the Earth. Within the asteroid, he finds a crystalline material that will help him with a different problem: Cyborg Superman in the Phantom Zone.

Action Comics #999 cover by Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, and Andrew Dalhouse
Action Comics #999 cover by Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, and Andrew Dalhouse

Action Comics #999 is an endearing one-off story which remembers what people like about Superman. It also works a good midpoint between “Booster Shot” and the much-hyped Action Comics #1000.

The part of the comic that most sticks out the most is the plot with Superman and Cyborg Superman. This discussion will involve some minor spoilers, so you’ve been warned.

After his clashes with General Zod’s family, Superman has come to realize how psychologically damaging the Phantom Zone can be, and he locked Cyborg Superman in the Phantom Zone not too long ago. Clark builds a new cell for Cyborg Superman in the Fortress of Solitude made from the crystalline material in the asteroid and gives Cyborg Superman a crystal which allows him to relive his fond memories from when he was Hank Henshaw.

That’s one of those classic Superman moments that shows his kindness, even towards those who have done things as abominable as Hank Henshaw. Clark knows there is still a man in there, so he does him a kindness. He wants Henshaw to rehabilitate, not suffer.

The Lois Lane and General Lane plotline isn’t as compelling. They argue about Superman, but they don’t acknowledge each other’s points. They just argue past one another. Sam Lane argues that Superman is too powerful to be left unchecked, and Lois says he’s a great guy. Yes, Superman would be frightening in theory, but the kindnesses done by Big Blue should warrant him some trust. However, the ending is heartwarming enough to justify its presence in this comic.

Action Comics #999 art by Will Conrad and Ivan Nunes
Action Comics #999 art by Will Conrad and Ivan Nunes

Will Conrad contributes the artwork to Action Comics #999, and it largely looks quite good. It has that 3D-rendered aesthetic, and I’m generally fond of it. Sam Lane looks a bit odd at times, but the brief bout between Clark and Cyborg Superman looks great. Ivan Nunes presents some dazzling color work that gives some extra life to the book.

There’s also a prominent visual gag about the upcoming #1000, as you can see above.

Action Comics #999 is an all-around feel-good comic. Bridges are mended. Kindness is shown. People bond. Plus, the art is solid to boot. This one earns a recommendation. Give it a read.

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Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He’s always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.

From: https://www.bleedingcool.com/2018/03/15/action-comics-999-review/

Nicolas Cage Finally Gets to Play Superman

“Even though you’ve been raised as a human, you are not one of them.” 

Nicolas Cage is finally getting to play Superman. 

The Oscar-winning actor will voice the Man of Steel in the upcoming Teen Titans GO! To the Movies, executive producer Sam Register told USA Today

Cage famously almost played Superman in the proposed 1998 film Superman Lives, which would have been directed by Tim Burton with a script from Kevin Smith. That movie would have featured Braniac, Doomsday and Lex Luthor as villains.

There has been footage of Cage’s costume tests floating around the Internet for years, but that is as close as fans got to seeing that version of Superman, after the project fell apart in its early stages. 

Cage also has another unique Superman connection: He once owned an issue of Superman’s 1938 Action Comics debut, considered the rarest comic of all time. He later sold it for $2.1 million. 

Teen Titans GO! is making a jump to the big screen from its Cartoon Network show. Other actors involved in the film, according to USA Today, include singer/songwriter Halsey, who voices Wonder Woman, and rapper Lil Yachty, who plays Green Lantern. 

The movie will be in theaters July 27. 

From: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/nicolas-cage-finally-gets-play-superman-1094375

Superman’s Classic Suits Return For Action #1000

A new age of Superman begins with Action Comics #1,000 – and a classic suit with it. The costume updates and re-designs of the Man of Steel’s signature uniform have proven divisve among fans since even before the New 52 relaunch. The days of Superman’s Kryptonian armor plating and collared suit are long gone, with the anniversary issue bringing Superman’s classic look back into continuity – red shorts and all. They say what’s old is new again, and nothing proves it more than DC’s most iconic character.

With the release of Action Comics #1,000 comes a host of variant covers making the release on April 18 both a dream and a nightmare for comic book collectors. But even if you’re not counting the days until release, or calculating the costs of buying the issue in a dozen different variants, the latest is one every fan should get to enjoy. It’s courtesy of Australian artist Nicola Scott, and if there’s a better love letter to Superman’s changing suit through the ages, we haven’t seen it.

RELATED: DC Confirms Superman’s Electric Suit Was a Literal Nightmare

The variant is exclusive to King’s Comics of Sydney, Australia, and feature the brand new Superman suit front and center – backed by nine previous incarnations of the iconic blue and red tights. Every Superman fan is guaranteed to have their favorite, and Scott makes sure to not only create homages to the best known suits, but give every one a unique face – and even a singular spit curl.

There’s the original Joe Shuster look with its yellow badge. The black insignia of the Max Fleischer cartoons. From there is a march through the classics like Curt Swan, through the Christopher Reeve-esque sky blue, up to John Byrne’s infamous ‘Super-Mullet.’ Those fond of the bold New 52 look may agree that it’s rarely looked better, and the Earth-2 version of Superman that Scott co-created for the New 52 proves it never got enough issues to truly appreciate.

Superman Comic Suits Action 1000 Cover Supermans Classic Suits Return For Action #1,000

The one suit sadly missing is the version created when the New 52 and Post-Crisis Supermen merged into one. That suit was seen as a step back towards the classic look, returning the red boots, and restoring a badge of gold to Supes’s red belt. The new look restores his red underwear worn over his undersuit, and the yellow belt keeping them in place. But opinions on the Action Comics suit will have to wait until the entire issue is able to be analyzed. Until then, it’s the stories contained in the issue fans can look forward to.

That may include Marvel fans as well, lining up to see Brian Michael Bendis’s first DC story after leaving one of the ‘big two’ comic publishers for the other. And if the story from Tom King and Clay Mann showing an immortal Superman at the end of the world is a sign of the other tales in store, fans may forget about the updated look entirely.

Until then, which of these looks do YOU think DC would be wise to revisit (we doubt there’s any stopping the march of the six-pack abs, so we had all best come to terms with that detail).

MORE: Justice League Deleted Scene Confirms Black Superman Suit

Action Comics #1000 arrives on April 18 from DC Comics. For more information on this variant cover, head over to KingsComics.com.

Source: Kings Comics

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From: https://screenrant.com/superman-comic-classic-suit-action-1000/

Superman’s Classic Suits Return For Action #1000

A new age of Superman begins with Action Comics #1,000 – and a classic suit with it. The costume updates and re-designs of the Man of Steel’s signature uniform have proven divisve among fans since even before the New 52 relaunch. The days of Superman’s Kryptonian armor plating and collared suit are long gone, with the anniversary issue bringing Superman’s classic look back into continuity – red shorts and all. They say what’s old is new again, and nothing proves it more than DC’s most iconic character.

With the release of Action Comics #1,000 comes a host of variant covers making the release on April 18 both a dream and a nightmare for comic book collectors. But even if you’re not counting the days until release, or calculating the costs of buying the issue in a dozen different variants, the latest is one every fan should get to enjoy. It’s courtesy of Australian artist Nicola Scott, and if there’s a better love letter to Superman’s changing suit through the ages, we haven’t seen it.

RELATED: DC Confirms Superman’s Electric Suit Was a Literal Nightmare

The variant is exclusive to King’s Comics of Sydney, Australia, and feature the brand new Superman suit front and center – backed by nine previous incarnations of the iconic blue and red tights. Every Superman fan is guaranteed to have their favorite, and Scott makes sure to not only create homages to the best known suits, but give every one a unique face – and even a singular spit curl.

There’s the original Joe Shuster look with its yellow badge. The black insignia of the Max Fleischer cartoons. From there is a march through the classics like Curt Swan, through the Christopher Reeve-esque sky blue, up to John Byrne’s infamous ‘Super-Mullet.’ Those fond of the bold New 52 look may agree that it’s rarely looked better, and the Earth-2 version of Superman that Scott co-created for the New 52 proves it never got enough issues to truly appreciate.

Superman Comic Suits Action 1000 Cover Supermans Classic Suits Return For Action #1,000

The one suit sadly missing is the version created when the New 52 and Post-Crisis Supermen merged into one. That suit was seen as a step back towards the classic look, returning the red boots, and restoring a badge of gold to Supes’s red belt. The new look restores his red underwear worn over his undersuit, and the yellow belt keeping them in place. But opinions on the Action Comics suit will have to wait until the entire issue is able to be analyzed. Until then, it’s the stories contained in the issue fans can look forward to.

That may include Marvel fans as well, lining up to see Brian Michael Bendis’s first DC story after leaving one of the ‘big two’ comic publishers for the other. And if the story from Tom King and Clay Mann showing an immortal Superman at the end of the world is a sign of the other tales in store, fans may forget about the updated look entirely.

Until then, which of these looks do YOU think DC would be wise to revisit (we doubt there’s any stopping the march of the six-pack abs, so we had all best come to terms with that detail).

MORE: Justice League Deleted Scene Confirms Black Superman Suit

Action Comics #1000 arrives on April 18 from DC Comics. For more information on this variant cover, head over to KingsComics.com.

Source: Kings Comics

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From: https://screenrant.com/superman-comic-classic-suit-action-1000/

The DC Comics pop-up shop and Superman panel celebrate superhero history

It’s bizarre to think that DC Comics have never done a pop-up shop at SXSW before, because they knocked it out of the park on their first go.

The shop- located at the corner of 8th and Red River- is a shrine to all things DC. Three different Batmobiles, the Superman monument from “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice ”, and full statues of Wonder Woman and Aquaman are a few examples of the memoribilia that adorned the place, not to mention the wealth of items you could actually purchase there.

All of this is eclipsed by the special event the press was invited to on Saturday morning: a panel, entitled “Superman: 80 Years of Truth, Justice, Hope”, to commemorate the release of the 1000th issue of Action Comics. The panel featured comics writers Dan Jurgens, Frank Miller, and Brian Michael Bendis, artist Jim Lee, executive producer of the new show “Krypton” Cameron Welsh, and “Krypton” writers Lina Patel and Nadria Tucker.

For anyone who follows the character of Superman, this was truly a dream team, and their insights did not disappoint.

First up was Jurgens, a Superman mainstay for decades best known for writing the record-breaking “The Death of Superman”. He talked, with a hint of emotion, about ending his run with Action Comics #1000 with his story “For The City Who Has Everything”, where he asks “What does Superman mean to Metroplis?”. Jurgens affirmed that this issue was the perfect place to make his final statement on the character and pass the baton to Brian Michael Bendis, for whose city Superman has a huge personal significance.

“In Cleveland, you grow up and you’re told Rock N Roll and Superman are born here, and that’s all you have…and some decent pizza”, Bendis said, referring to the fact that Superman was created in his hometown. All jokes aside, he seemed overjoyed to be taking on the character. His pull to Superman, in his own words, is “writing a character who exudes hope to everyone around him, and the burden that is”.

Furthermore, Bendis riffed on the pleasure of working with Jim Lee on their new Action Comics run that starts in #1000, saying he “wrote as big as I possible could, got to make it big for Jim”. This earned a laugh from Lee himself, who touched on his favorite stories from the character.

“In terms of art, Superman vs. Muhammad Ali… that to me showed the full range of that character, walking the streets of metropolis amongst the people”, Lee started, before giving one of the more interesting answers of the panel when talking about his favorite in terms of writing, “The Dark Knight Returns….[before that] Batman and Superman were interchangeable to me”, bringing up that they would dress up as each from time to time in the early history of the comics.

Frank Miller beamed at the mention of his work, while also giving the very best insights into the character of Superman. “The more I think about Superman, the more I love what you get. Superman- he’s a world to explore, and what I love about him is his purity, that in every sense he’s an absolute hero”. Even a creator known for his darker works, notably “Sin City” and the aforementioned “The Dark Knight Returns”, can’t deny the impact of the character.

The crew from “Krypton” gave some entertaining remarks, but nothing as notable as the other panelists. I still find myself going back to Miller’s quote, “Superman is a diamond, you can smash him against the wall or floor, and he doesn’t break”.

DC Comics, like Miller, really understand the value of not just Superman, but all of their characters. This may have been the first of their installations at SXSW, but if they keep up this quality, I’m sure they won’t break.

From: http://www.dailytexanonline.com/2018/03/12/the-dc-comics-pop-up-shop-and-superman-panel-celebrate-superhero-history

DC previews Tom King’s end-of-times Superman story from Action …

If you’ve ever heard the Crash Test Dummies’ “Superman Song,” then you’ve got an inkling of just how lonely a job it is being the Man of Steel. Well Tom King’s new Superman story from the upcoming thousandth issue of Action Comics makes that even more depressingly apparent.  

Well before you can buy the much ballyhooed Action Comics #1000 on Apr. 19, DC is previewing King’s five-page Superman story, “Of Tomorrow,” which you can read in its entirety here. Fair warning though, if you were looking forward to some red-trunked escapism, look away now, because this is not for you Pollyanna types. So take your “the sun will come out tomorrow” attitude elsewhere, because the sun that’s coming out in “Of Tomorrow” is going to burn us all to hell. 

Credit: DC Comics

Actually, we’ve all been dead for some 4 billion years at this point in the story, after the sun’s mass has dropped, and the solar tides just keep pulling the Earth further into its devastating orbit. So yeah, not for the faint of heart.  

The story — from the creative team of Eisner-winning writer King, artist Clay Mann, colourist Jordie Bellaire, and letterer John Workman — represents just five of the 80-special edition pages of Action Comics #1000, which celebrates not just the landmark thousandth issue, but also the debut of Supes in AC #1, 80 years ago. 

Credit: DC Comics

Action Comics #1000 is also significant because it’s the first DC issue to feature the work of Brian Michael Bendis, after he spent so many years writing gold for Marvel. Plus, it features tons more talent as well, including Jim Lee, Scott Snyder, Geoff Johns, and many more. And there’s also going to be hardcover tie-in book: Action Comics #1000: 80 Years of Superman featuring an unpublished story from Superman’s creators, Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel.  

So yeah, there are a lot of things to be optimistic about Action Comics #1000. But while it may be a great read about the timeless connection between science, religion, and myth, “Of Tomorrow” is not one of them. 

(via IGN)


From: http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/dc-previews-tom-kings-end-of-times-superman-story-from-action-comics-1000

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