Comic books were never meant to last. In the early 20th century, they were disposable, the lowest of the low arts: garish and lurid, printed on pulpy newsprint with smeared colors, produced by exploitative publishers and read by mindless children and degenerate adults. But on April 18, 1938, everything changed: Action Comics #1 hit newsstands and the world was introduced to Superman. Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster—two young guys out of Cleveland—the character was so primal, so evocative, so revolutionary, that he instantly connected with readers (kids and adults alike), altered the fortunes of the lowly comic and birthed a whole new concept: the superhero. Without Sigel and Shuter’s imagination, without Superman—indeed, without Action Comics —our pop culture landscape would be unrecognizable. Fast forward 80 years, and Action Comics is still making history. In a few weeks, it will hit a milestone that once seemed inconceivable: 1,000 issues. Last week, DC Comics revealed details of the comic , which will hit stores April 18. On the same day, Newsweek can now exclusively announce, the publisher will release a hardcover companion book, Action Comics #1000: 80 Years of Superman . Curated by longtime DC writer and editor Paul […]