As comic book fans and Superman devotees know by now, this week—Wednesday, April 18 to be exact—marks the 80th anniversary of the very first Superman comic, better known as Action Comics #1.
As part of the celebration, DC Comics has released Action Comics #1000, an 80-page blockbuster available at comic retailers and digitally now. With more than 500,000 copies pre-ordered by retailers, it’s expected to be one of the biggest comic books of the year.
That's just the beginning. Also available at major book retailers, you can find Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman, 384- page commemorative hardcover book revisiting stories from across eight decades of Action Comics, featuring the debuts of not just the Man of Tomorrow, but also Supergirl, Brainiac, the Fortress of Solitude and more.
In addition to the unpublished story by Jerry Siegel and the Joe Shuster Studio, the collection features a foreword by Laura Siegel Larson (daughter of co-creator Jerry Siegel) and essays and iconic Superman stories from literary luminaries like Jules Feiffer, Larry Tye, Gene Luen Yang and others, all edited by former DC Publisher Paul Levitz.
Not enough Superman goodness? Don't worry, there's more. Google recently hosted four top comic book writers and artists— Paul Dini, Dan Jurgens, Brian Michael Bendis and Marv Wolfman—as part of its “Talks at Google” series to discuss some of the most notable moments in Superman’s 80-year history and what the future holds for the timeless character. You can watch it below.
Get a round up of everything going on in celebration of eight decades of the Man of Steel over on the Warner Bros. blog, and be sure to order your copies of Action Comics #1000 and Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman today!