DC is going all out to celebrate the 1,000th issue of Action Comics—the longest continually published comic book of its kind in history, the series that introduced Superman to the world and the title that launched the superhero genre.

The Jim Lee-drawn cover (right) features a new costume that integrates a variety of classic and new elements, including the Man of Steel’s trademark red trunks. Available at comics retailers and digitally April 18, Action Comics #1000 features the DC debut of acclaimed writer Brian Michael Bendis in a 10-page Superman story featuring art by DC publisher Jim Lee. The issue will also include two 15-page stories from two of DC’s current and most popular talent teams: Superman writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Pat Gleason, as well as Action Comics writer and artist Dan Jurgens.

Contributors to this once-in-a-lifetime issue include legendary Superman movie director Richard Donner and New York Times best-selling writer Geoff Johns, with art by Olivier Coipel, among others.

The milestone will be recognized across the DC superhero line for the month of April with a series of Superman-themed variant covers and even more to come.