Today is a sad day. A sad day for me, atleast. Because today is the end of a very long era. Today sees the release of a new ACTION COMICS #1 and DETECTIVE COMICS #1, part of DC Comics' "New 52" Reboot. It's not the first DC Reboot, nor will it be the last I imagine. However, it is the first time in 70+ years that Action Comics' & Detective Comics' long running numbering has been stopped.
Detective Comics #1 was first published in 1937 and Action Comics #1 (Superman's 1st appearance) was published in 1938. Batman's 1st appearance was a year later in 1939 with Detective #27. These two books came out during The Great Depression and continued to endure through other social & economical tough times. Every month, a new issue of Action & Detective would hit the stands. Generation after Generation, they continued to be published. They are/were the two longest running comic books in history! My child's great-great grandparents were alive when these books for hit the stands. The books' high issue number was a testament to the longevity of the characters. But no more. Action Comics' & Detective Comics' final issue, since debuting in the 1930s, was last month. The books were cancelled and are now being rebooted with new #1's.
Since the late 1930s, the two books have been going strong through The Golden Age, Silver Age, Bronze Age, Copper Age, [the current] "Modern Age" and several DC Reboots. With LESS than 100 issues to go, Action Comics was set to not only be the first superhero comic book ever, but to be the first comic book to reach issue #1,000!! ONE THOUSAND!!! Can you imagine?! Well, unfortunately imagining is all we'll be able to do because we're not going to get there. Foreshame on you Dan DiDio, Jim Lee, Geoff Johns and those others involved in the decision for taking it upon yourselves to end 2 books that have endured for 5+ generations.
Reboots happen, its the way of the Comic World (The Silver Age was a reboot of the Golden Age after all). But what we had with Action Comics & Detective Comics' long lasting numbering was something special. It showed the history and endurance of these characters and this genre they created. It showed us a comforting constant even through dark times. They were an ongoing Legacy that generations could be a part of and share together. They were proud flags of the Comic Book Medium. But no more.
While the TITLE NAMES themselves continue, it is the loss of the NUMBERING that saddens me here. I'm sure when the month arrives that Action Comics #1,000 would have hit the stands, DC will make a note of it... or even change the issue number to #1,000 for just that month... but sorry, it doesn't count - that's cheating. Today Action Comics #1 hits the stands. Its a reboot and renumbering. It's an entirely new book now that shares the name of what was. If it wants to hit issue #1,000 it must earn it and continue to be published for the next 70+ years.
It's a sad day for me today.... not only as a comic fan, but as a fan of pop culture, history and legacy. DC has been saying in their ads & interviews, "This isn't your Father's Superman!".... and that's a bummer because my Superman was also my Father's, my Grandfather's, and my Great-Grandfather's Superman. And that was something special.