This one likely falls under the category of “obviously,” but Guinness World Records gave Action Comics the title of “Longest-running Super hero comic book series” yesterday. That’s not continuously – for example, it went on a short break for Byrne’s Man of Steel, but it’s the comic that started everything and it’s still here. Not exactly ground shaking, but if you’re looking for a friendly non-Direct Market photo op as DC seems to be actively seeking these days, you could do a lot worse.
Official PR follows:
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS, the global authority on record-breaking achievements, today honored DC’s ACTION COMICS with the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the Longest-running superhero comic book series. DC Publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, who also serves as Chief Creative Content Officer, were presented with the certificate by a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS adjudicator at a morning ceremony prior to the opening of San Diego Comic-Con 2018.
Widely acknowledged as the book that launched the entire superhero genre and the title that introduced Superman to the world, ACTION COMICS first issue was published in 1938. On April 18, 2018, exactly 80 years later, DC published a landmark 80-page issue #1000, featuring an all-star lineup of talent including Dan Jurgens, Jim Lee, Marv Wolfman, Louise Simonson and Tom King. ACTION COMCS #1000 also featured the debut of new DC writer and fan-favorite Brian Michael Bendis, in a story with art by Lee.
With more than 500,000 copies in print, ACTION COMICS #1000 is on its way to becoming one of the most successful comic books sold in 2018. A favorite in bookshops and comic book stores worldwide, ACTION COMICS also introduced fans to other elements of Superman’s mythos such as Lois Lane, arch villains Lex Luthor, Brainiac and the Toyman, in addition to the Bottle City of Kandor and the Fortress of Solitude.
“The release of ACTION COMICS #1000 was a watershed moment for fans of comic books, entertainment and popular culture at large,” said DiDio. “It’s both exciting and humbling to be recognized by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS for this achievement and we’re grateful for the legions of fans that have supported Superman and ACTION COMICS for the last 80 years.”
As part of the celebration of ACTION COMICS #1000, April also saw the release of a special hardcover book, ACTION COMICS: 80 YEARS OF SUPERMAN. Curated by former DC President Paul Levitz, the 384-page commemorative book revisits stories from eight decades of ACTION COMICS, featuring the debuts of not just the Man of Tomorrow and other iconic stories, but the first appearances of Supergirl, Brainiac and the Fortress of Solitude, plus a foreword by Laura Siegel Larson, daughter of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel. The book also includes a series of essays and tributes by Levitz and other literary personalities, in addition to a never-before-published story written by Jerry Siegel with art from the Joe Shuster Studio.
“ACTION COMICS and Superman laid the foundation of the superhero genre and are cornerstones of American pop culture history,” said Michael Furnari, GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS official adjudicator. “This Guinness World Records title is a fitting tribute to ACTION COMICS’ lasting impact on the superhero genre and comic books as a whole.”
On July 24, 2018, issue #1001 of ACTION COMICS will be released, officially marking the debut of Brian Michael Bendis as new series writer, with art by fan-favorite Patrick Gleason.