To celebrate the 1000th issue of Action Comics, DC will release a hardcover collection titled Action Comics #1000: 80 Years of Superman that contains different stories and essays about Superman, including a "lost story" from original Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Featuring art from the Joe Shuster Studio, the 12-page story will be titled "Too Many Heroes."
“The found Siegel and Shuster story is a true treasure with a fascinating backstory,” former DC Publisher Paul Levitz said in a statement. “Back when DC did regular tours of the New York office, it was common for fans to get original art that would have been otherwise disposed of as a tour souvenir. As a young fan on a tour Marv Wolfman found this Superman story and kept it all these years. It’s incredible to think that Marv not only rescued this unpublished story, he then went on to become one of DC’s most prolific writers, and shared the story with DC to publish as part of this special new collection.”
“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. I’m particularly happy that Laura Siegel Larson’s tribute to her father and his legacy are part of the book,” he added.
The lost story isn't the only noteworthy piece in the 384-page hardcover collection. Laura Siegel Larson, Jerry's daughter, will have a tribute to Action Comics in the book. The collection features essays by Tom DeHaven of "It's Superman!" fame, New Super-Man creator Gene Luen Yang and more. It also includes reprints of key issues and storylines, like Siegel and Shuster's first two Action Comics issues, and a new original story written by Levitz with art by Neal Adams.
With a new cover by Jim Lee, the Action Comics #1000: 80 Years of Superman hardcover -- which retails for $29.99 -- goes on sale April 19.