'Action Comics' #1000 To Feature a Geoff Johns/Richard Donner Story

In addition to a story by Brian Michael Bendis, the return of Superman's red trunks, and lots more, Action Comics #1000 will feature a story by DC chief creative officer Geoff Johns and Superman: The Movie director Richard Donner.

Johns, one of the best-selling writers in DC's history and the company's chief creative officer, is currently writing Doomsday Clock but has otherwise been off the board, writing-wise, for almost two years while he focuses on an increased role at Warner Bros., helping to oversee the company's film slate.

No details were given on Johns's story, except that he will co-write it with his frequent collaborator and mentor Richard Donner, who directed Superman: The Movie. The pair previously co-wrote a run on Action Comics together.

It is a remote possibility is that he could be providing a script for a story by legendary Superman artist Curt Swan. DC has teased that an unpublished Swan story will appear in this (as it did in Superman: The Wedding Album shortly after Swan's death), but there is no writer named in the comic that would be era-appropriate for when Swan was working on Superman stories.

Of course, that "...and more..." at the end of the solicitation suggests that the writer of the story in question could just be someone not famous enough to list among all the other huge names.

You can check out the official solicitation text for the issue below.

ACTION COMICS #1000
Cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
Stories and art by an all-star lineup of top talent
Retailers: This issue will ship with ten covers. Please see the order form for details.
Celebrate 1000 issues of Action Comics with an all-star lineup of top talent as they pay tribute to the comic that started it all! From today's explosive action to a previously unpublished tale illustrated by the legendary Curt Swan to the Man of Tomorrow's future—this very special, oversized issue presents the best of the best in Superman stories!

FEATURING ALL-NEW ART AND STORIES BY:
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
JOHN CASSADAY
OLIVIER COIPEL
PAUL DINI
JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ
PATRICK GLEASON
BUTCH GUICE
GEOFF JOHNS
DAN JURGENS
TOM KING
JIM LEE
CLAY MANN
BRAD MELTZER
JERRY ORDWAY
TIM SALE
LOUISE SIMONSON
SCOTT SNYDER
CURT SWAN
PETER J. TOMASI
MARV WOLFMAN
...AND MORE!

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