Thursday, February 22, 2018

America celebrates Action Comics No.1000

Blimey! is a blog dedicated to British comics, but sometimes a little U.S. comics news is irresistible. This April will see DC's Action Comics reach issue No.1000. British readers might think "so what?", as The Beano is approaching 4,000 issues, but Action Comics is monthly (or rather fortnightly at present) so it's taken a while to reach four digits. 

The landmark issue also coincides with the 80th anniversary of Superman (and Lois Lane too, let's not forget) and will be extra sized, featuring the return of Superman's red pants, although I'm sure the quality of the stories will be the main thing, right? The issue will have a choice of eight covers, with each representing one of the character's eight decades. Artists include Dave Gibbons and Jim Steranko, so it's going to be a really tough decision if you only choose one. My personal favourite is the Mike Allred cover (shown above) which captures the look of a mid-1960s Action Comics perfectly, even down to the go-go checks that DC used at the time! (Although I'll most likely buy the Dave Gibbons and Jim Steranko versions too, as they're also brilliant.)

To see the rest of the covers, visit the website here:


John Kerry said...

It was a bit of a kick to see the mid-sixties DC Go-Co Checks again. Brings back memories of my childhood.

Lew Stringer said...

Yes, the Go-Go checks were being used when I had my first DC comics so that cover design always feels special to me too.

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