DC is going all-out to celebrate the one-thousandth issue of Action Comics—the longest continually published comic book of its kind in history, the series that introduced Superman to the world and the title that launched the superhero genre. The Jim Lee-drawn cover features a new costume that integrates a variety of classic and new elements, including the Man of Steel’s trademark red trunks.

Lee said:

“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.”

Available at comics retailers and digitally on April 18, Action Comics#1000 features the DC debut of acclaimed writer Brian Michael Bendis in a 10-page Superman story featuring art by Lee, DC’s publisher. This milestone issue will also include two 15-page stories from two of DC’s current and most popular talent teams: Superman writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Pat Gleason, as well as Action Comics writer and artist Dan Jurgens.

A new hardcover book, Action Comics #1000: Years of Superman, is being published by DC Entertainment as part of its celebration of the one-thousandth issue of Action Comics.

The collection features a series of essays and iconic Superman stories edited by former DC Publisher Paul Levitz. Most notably, the book includes a never before published 12-page story from original Superman writer Jerry Siegel with art by the Joe Shuster Studio titled “Too Many Heroes.”