The Return Of Superman’s Red Trunks In Issue #1000 Of Action Comics

by Oliver MacNamee

I couldn’t think of a better birthday present for the big guy than the return of his red pants (officially “trunks”). After all, who hasn’t received underpants/underwear for their own birthday from time to time?

I never had a problem with Superman’s habit of wearing his undies over his tights. Hell, he was one of the last to ditch this trend, so I must admit to some deep seated joy that the landmark #1000 issue of Action Comics, this March, will bring ’em back. And, I’m not the only one, as this oversized hardback 80th anniversary issue will also feature writings from Umberto Eco and Grant Morrison on this very theme; the iconography, the symbolism, the mythology of these seemingly innocuous clothing.

As for the decision to return Superman to his former, far more recognisable wardrobe, Jim Lee had this to say,

Action Comics #1000 represents a watershed moment in the history of not just comic books, but entertainment, literature and pop culture. There’s no better way to celebrate Superman’s enduring popularity than to give him a look that combines some new accents with the most iconic feature of his classic design.

For more details on the content of this issue, which includes contributions from Richard Donner, Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi, Pat Gleason, Dan Jurgens, Brad Meltzer, Louise Simonson, Jerry Ordway, Tom King, Scott Snyder and debuting Brian Michael Bendis’s first published work for DC click here. This is going to be one Hell of a celebration.

Action Comics #1000 is out this March from DC Comics.