Lost Story From Superman Creators to Be Published

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The '80 Years of Superman' anthology will feature unpublished work written by Jerry Siegel with art from the Joe Shuster Studio.

As if the return of the red trunks — and the packed anniversary issue that accompanies it — wasn’t enough, DC Entertainment plans to celebrate the 1000th issue of Action Comics with a hardcover collection of some of the best stories from the series’ 80-year run…as well as a previously unseen story by Superman’s creators.

The $29.99 hardcover had been teased at last year’s New York Comic Con, with the publisher announcing details of its contents this morning. The 384-page book will be a collection of stories by classic creators, including Curt Swan, John Byrne, Roger Stern, Jim Mooney, Al Plastino and Gil Kane, alongside an all-new story by former DC President and Publisher Paul Levitz and Neal Adams and essays from Levitz, Jules Feiffer, Tom DeHaven and others — amongst them Laura Siegel Larson, the daughter of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel.

Undoubtedly the star of the show, however, will be “Too Many Stories,” a 12-page short written by Siegel and illustrated by the Joe Shuster Studio. It's impossible to say if Shuster himself did the work, as the studio was the artist and other people who worked in his style.

In a statement, Levitz, who edited the collection, explained how a complete story by the men responsible for the Man of Steel could have gone undiscovered before now.

“Back when DC did regular tours of the New York office, it was common for fans to get original art that would have been otherwise disposed of as a tour souvenir,” he said. “As a young fan on a tour [New Teen Titans co-creator and veteran creator] Marv Wolfman found this Superman story and kept it all these years. It’s incredible to think that Marv not only rescued this unpublished story, he then went on to become one of DC’s most prolific writers, and shared the story with DC to publish as part of this special new collection.”

Action Comics #1000: 80 Years of Superman will be released April 19.