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DC goes back to Superman’s origins this summer, for a 3 issue cosmic arc in Action Comics

An inexperienced Man of Steel goes head to head with some powerful alien invaders, in this summer’s Action Comics #’s 1067-69.

Dig that ‘S’

It’s been a while since fans have seen Superman with the classic (and we mean classic) black-backed ‘S’ logo on his chest. But modern fans shouldn’t get the idea that he’s going back to the look that creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster first debuted back in 1938. Instead, a newly announced story arc will be a kind of flashback tale, setting its action in the early days of the current DCU’s Man of Tomorrow.

Dubbed Superman and the Challenge from the Stars, the story will be penned by writer Gail Simone and feature the art of Eddy Barrows. The action will pick up in Action Comics #1067 (gotta love those high issue numbers -ed), and run for three issues, with a young Superman finding himself at odds with some very hostile alien invaders.

Here’s the full tale of the tape:

“I love the classic Superman cast, and this story is deliberately meant to echo my all-time favorite Superman time period,” said Simone. “We didn’t want to tell a quiet story of Superman in a diner; we wanted to have a massive threat, a war taking place all over the world, and only Superman could possibly protect his adopted planet. It is unapologetically huge in scope and fun as hell, with one of the best art teams I’ve ever worked with…Eddy Barrows, Danny Miki, and Rex Lokus on colors!”

The first of Simone and Barrows’s three issues kicks off when a massively powerful alien race makes Earth their arena. Superman, DC’s Man of Steel, must stand alone against impossible challenges that threaten locations all around the world and the lives of those he loves. Action Comics #1067 begins a not-to-be missed epic tale of Superman’s strength, wit, and resourcefulness in an early stage of his public career!

“For me talking about Action Comics is something that goes beyond the title itself,” shared Barrows. “I remember when I was 7 years old, I was playing on the sidewalk, and suddenly I was run over by a truck, right there. I spent 3 days fighting for my life, and during that whole year that followed I remained in bed, doing lots of physiotherapy, lots of meds and exams. Going to the doctors was a very regular thing. And it was during that time that Superman came to my life, reading Action Comics. Kal-El became a good friend of mine, making my days better. His adventures and his behavior were things that stuck with me! Reading his stories were the highlight of my days, for a 7-year-old recovering from an accident like I was. Back then I wouldn’t have imagined that one day I would be helping to build his legacy: illustrating his stories. The stories of my all-time favorite superhero… SUPERMAN!”

DC Comics press release

As you can see in the gallery above, and as you probably imagined, Action Comics #1067 will have a small slate of variant covers as well. The main cover will be from Eddy Barrows, Danny Miki, and Tomeu Morey, and will have a variant of its own with a foil edition. That’s the silver image you see, which should make for a pretty slick illustration.

That’s not all though, because there’s another two variants (which again, you can see above), hailing from the talented pencils of Wes Craig, Pablo Villalobos, and Ben Oliver. All of them will land day and date with one an other, hitting the racks on July 10th, 2024.

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