Superman Gets His Trunks Back For Action 1000

Superman’s Trunks Returns

Last week, DC Comics unleashed a press release about the upcoming Action Comics #1000. Not only is this the 1000th issue of the title, it will be celebrating 80 years of Superman. With it, was the cover image drawn by co-publisher Jim Lee. One feature of the cover, in particular, set the Internet aflame. After nearly seven years, the red trunks are coming back. 

Action Comics #1000 - Cover Art by Jim Lee
Action Comics #1000 – Cover Art by Jim Lee

With the New 52 reboot in 2011, DC Comics revamped the Superman outfit to make it more modern. The first thing to go was the red trunks, which was considered an artifact of an earlier time. Original co-creator Joe Shuster was inspired by circus strongmen who wore similar trunks at the time, bringing it into the Superman design. After over 70 years, this cultural touchstone was long gone and was considered to be a point of mockery. By updating the suit, DC thought it would bring Superman into a new era. However, the new suits were met with mixed reaction. Several people clamored for the red trunks and dismissed the more armored suit. Over the past couple years, DC has slowly returned to a more traditional look for Superman. However, the red trunks remained unused, until now.

Should Superman Continue To Wear The Trunks?

In the press release, co-publisher Jim Lee states, “There’s no better way to celebrate Superman’s enduring popularity than to give him a look that combines some new accents with the most iconic feature of his classic design.” The new look combines elements of his current Rebirth outfit with the classic red trunks and accents from the current cinematic costume. However, despite the original clamor for the trunks, there is now a counter movement against it. Several people consider them to be old-fashioned and that they should be dealt away with once and for all. 

This ultimately depends on the fan. I, personally, welcome the return of the red trunks. However, their presence, or lack thereof, is not something I would lose sleep over. At the end of the day, I just want Superman to be the hero he is always meant to be. 

Sound off, folks. Are you pro trunks, or do you want to burn them with the rage of Zod? Discuss in the comments!

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