What's Inside ACTION COMICS #1000 Hardcover Companion

Action Comics #1000: 80 Years of Superman
Credit: Jim Lee (DC Comics)

DC Comics has released a list of the various reprinted stories and new essays planned for includion in the Action Comics #1000: 80 Years of Superman hardcover coming out April 19 coinciding with Action Comics #1000. The book is edited by former DC publisher Paul Levitz, and will include a new, original story by Levitz and artist Neal Adams called "The Game" and a never-published 12-page Superman story by Jerry Siegel and the Joe Shuster Studio titled "Too Many Heroes."

“It’s an honor to edit this collection of stories and essays that chronicle key moments and contributors to Superman’s epic 80 year run as one of the most iconic characters in all of pop culture," Levitz said. "I’m particularly happy that Laura Siegel Larson’s tribute to her father and his legacy are part of the book.”

Text pieces included are:

  • An editor's note by Levitz
  • A tribute to Action Comics by Laura Siegel Larson (daughter of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel)
  • An introduction by Jules Feiffer
  • And essays by by Tom DeHaven (It’s Superman!), David Hajdu (The Ten-Cent Plague), Larry Tye (Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero) and Gene Luen Yang (Superman, New Super-Man, and American Born Chinese)

Reprinted stories will be:

  • “The Coming of Superman,” from Action Comics #1, written by Jerry Siegel with art by Joe Shuster
  • "Revolution in San Monte,” from Action Comics #2, written by Jerry Siegel with art by Joe Shuster
  • “The Terrible Toyman!,” from Action Comics #64, written by Don Cameron with art by Ed Dobrotka and George Roussos, featuring the debut of Toyman
  • “The Super-Key to Fort Superman,” from Action Comics #241, written by Jerry Coleman with art by Wayne Boring and Stan Kaye, featuring the first appearance of the Fortress of Solitude
  • “The Super-Duel in Space,” from Action Comics #242, written by Otto Binder with art by Al Plastino, featuring the debut of Brainiac
  • “The Supergirl from Krypton!,” from Action Comics #252, written by Otto Binder with art by Al Plastino, featuring the debut of Supergirl
  • “The World’s Greatest Heroine!,” from Action Comics #285, written by Jerry Siegel with art by Jim Mooney
  • “The Superman Super-Spectacular!,” from Actoin Comics #309, written by Edmond Hamilton with art by Curt Swan and George Klein, featuring an appearance by President John F. Kennedy
  • “Superman Takes a Wife,” from Action Comics #484, written by Cary Bates with art by Curt Swan and Joe Giella
  • “If Superman Didn’t Exist…” from Action Comics #554, written by Marv Wolfman with art by Gil Kane
  • “The Game,” a new original story written by Paul Levitz with art by Neal Adams
  • “Squatter,” from Action Comics #584, written by John Byrne with art by Byrne and Dick Giordano
  • “Ma Kent’s Photo Album,” from Action Comics #655, written by Roger Stern with art by Kerry Gammill and Dennis Janke
  • “Secrets in the Night,” from Action Comics #662, written by Roger Stern with art by Bob McLeod
  • “A Hero’s Journey,” from Action Comics #800, written by Joe Kelly with art by Pasqual Ferry, Duncan Rouleau, Lee Bermejo and others
  • “The Boy Who Stole Superman’s Cape,” from Action Comics #0, written by Grant Morrison with art by Ben Oliver
  • “The Mystery of the Freight Train Robberies,” from Action Comics #1, written by Fred Guardineer with art by Guardineer, featuring the debut of Zatara
  • “The Origin of the Vigilante,” from Action Comics #42, written by Mort Weisinger with art by Mort Meskin, featuring the debut of the Vigilante
  • “The Assassin-Express Contract!,” from Action Comics #419, written by Len Wein with art by Carmine Infantino and Dick Giordano, featuring the debut of the Human Target


The 384-page Action Comics #1000: 80 Years of Superman hardcover is scheduled go go on-sale April 19 for $2.99, the same day as the 80-page Action Comics #1000.

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