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DC Entertainment publishers talk about redefining Superman at 80

Here's the challenge for Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, the publishers of DC Comics as the company celebrates 80 years of Superman and the release of "Action Comics" #1000: What can be done to shake up the Man of Steel?

"'Action Comics' was defined by Superman since he was on the cover of the first issue. [He's the] first superhero character. It ultimately not just defined Superman himself but the genre of superheroes," says DiDio. "That's why we love celebrating 'Action Comics' #1000, 'cause it wasn't just about Superman, but really, this entire business is built on that idea."

DC is also releasing a compilation of Superman stories highlighting some of the key storylines that defined the character. Earlier this year, it was announced that Brian Michael Bendis, a longtime influential Marvel writer who recently defected to

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