The first. The greatest. The red-blue blur has encapsulated our society for now 80 years. And that 80 years deserves to be commended. From the minds of 2 Jewish boys from Cleveland, Ohio came the hero that taught us you don’t have to be from earth to save it. With almost a century on newsstands and comic book stores, this farm boy and his ensemble cast have reached to all corners of the planet in some way, shape or form.
Now, it’s time to celebrate him. With the upcoming Action Comics #1000, The Library of Congress will celebrate the 1000th issue of seminal DC comic book series Action Comics, a commemoration of 80 years of Superman, with a live interview featuring DC legends on Thursday, March 29. Former publisher and president of DC, Paul Levitz, will join famed DC writer and artist Dan Jurgens, known for his work on the Superman series and the pop culture phenomenon “The Death of Superman,” for a conversation about the history of superhero comics, the writers and artists who create comics and the legacy of DC’s iconic Superman character. The event coincides with Awesome Con, which will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center beginning March 30.
Levitz and Jurgens will be interviewed by creator Michael Cavna, of the Eisner-nominated “Comic Riffs” column for The Washington Post. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.
Guests will preview of Action Comics #1000, which features the DC debut of acclaimed writer Brian Michael Bendis, art by DC publisher and artist Jim Lee and stories from Superman writer Peter J. Tomasi, artist Pat Gleason and artist Dan Jurgens. Selected materials from the Library’s comic book and comic art collections will also be on display during the event.
The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, in the Coolidge Auditorium on the ground floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free, but tickets are required. Visit this event-ticketing site [ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dc-comics-and-the-library-of-Congress-celebrate-80-years-of-Superman-tickets-44039358908] for more information and to secure your ticket.
The event also will be live-streamed on the Library’s YouTube site at youtube.com/libraryofcongress. Follow the conversation on Twitter at @librarycongress and #LibraryofAwesome.