Ahead of the release next week of Action Comics #1000, DC has released a brief video chronicling the evolution of Superman's iconic S-shield over the past 80 years.
The 25-second video traces the visual history of the logo from its initial appearance, in 1938's Action Comics #1, to its current design, with all the notable iterations in between, including the bleeding version of the symbol used during the bestselling 1992 storyline "The Death of Superman."
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Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the Man of Steel has sported the emblem since his debut, with the design first revised as early as Action Comics #7. Originally simply a stylized symbol for the hero's name, the logo took on a new meaning in the 1978 adaptation Superman: The Movie, in which it was explained to be a sort of Kryptonian coat of arms for the House of El.
In 2004, writer Mark Waid expanded the meaning behind the S-shield in his miniseries with Leinil Yu Superman: Birthright, in which it Kryptonian symbol for hope, which was famously echoed in Zack Snyder's 2013 film Man of Steel.
On sale April 18, Action Comics #1000 marks the DC debut of longtime Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis. He’s joined in the special issue by a creative lineup that include Superman director Richard Donner, Geoff Johns, Paul Dini, Jim Lee, Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, José Luis García-López, Tom King, Clay Mann, Jordie Bellaire, Brad Meltzer, John Cassaday, Laura Martin, Louise Simonson, Jerry Ordway, Scott Snyder and Tim Sale.