Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane?

No, it's, erm, me, as the new writer on Action Comics! (Cover above by David Finch.)

As you might be able to tell from the piece, I'm seriously psyched to be working on such a legendary title, and to be back on an ongoing again, and to be working with artist Pete Woods, whose designs are a delight already. And my first story arc centres on Lex Luthor, who's always been a favourite of mine.

Phew, I've been sitting on that news for ages. Glad it's out there now! Cheerio!

31 Response to "Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane?"

  • Lee Says:

    It's official. I want your career.

    Congratulations, Paul - this is the kind of news that makes me want to start buying monthlies again!

  • xxNapoleonSolo Says:

    Well done Paul - what a fantastic job and how wonderful for you.

    One of the biggest and most beloved canvases to tell your stories on.

    Your brain must be bubbling and boiling with ideas of where to go next

    Superman / Doctor Who team up

  • colsmi Says:

    Congratulations, Mr Cornell! " be back on an ongoing again .. " must be a great feeling, but it's also ACTION COMICS! That's great. I look forward to picking up your first issue.

  • Tom Says:

    And at least this title won't be cancelled! (Or if it is, you'll have a hell of a lot to answer for...)

  • Alex Jamieson Says:

    Fantastic (and let's face it...massive) news and highly deserved. It's been a while since I regularly picked up a Superman title, and now I'll be a regular reader! Love Pete Woods' art too.

  • Jeff Says:

    Congratulations on the being the new writer on Action Comics. I am going to start picking up that title now as well. I hope you will be writing more Marvel comics soon as well, since I am mostly a Marvel Zombie.

  • Anonymous Says:

    I'd say congratulations, Mr. Cornell, but I think the real congratulations has to go to DC Comics and Matt Idleson for making such a smart decision.

    You're brilliant. Your comics work is spectacular. This is going to be astounding.

    I can only say that I hope this leads to tons more work for you at DC Comics. I dream of a "Captain Marvel" and "Green Lantern" written by you, among others.

  • Anonymous Says:

    Congratulations Paul, I'm gutted though, as it means that torch I'm holding to see Captain Britain return with you writing, may just have been extingished!

  • Matt D Says:


    I am so pumped for this run. This news totally made my day. I wasn't not looking forward to Marc's run or anything, but I'm looking forward to yours in a really big, extreme, tremendous sort of way. Do amazing with it. I know you will, but still. Do amazing with it. It's Superman. You're writing Action Comics. Made my day, I say.

  • Philip Sandifer Says:

    So far as I can tell, until Neil Gaiman's episode airs next year, you will be the only person to have written for the greatest heroes of both the US and UK in their primary mediums. Congratulations.

  • govikes Says:

    Congrats to my fellow BK fan and I wish you mucho success. I very rarely buy DC but I will check it out!

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  • Matt D Says:


    Sorry for the double post if no one posted after me, and sorry if this comes off as presumptuous. Totally not my intent, just a fan being well, a fan in the most respectfully fannish way possible. This is 100% the most fannish thing I've asked of anyone in a long time.

    So yes, I have a request.

    As best as I can tell DC doesn't do summits like Marvel does, and I get that the tightly plotted-interconnected feel of the Supertitles over the last few years was because of the geographic and professional and personal closeness of the key writers, but... look at who's writing Superman at the same time you're writing Action:

    JMS. I'm a huge Babylon 5 fan and while I run hot and cold on Mr. Straczynski's comics (some issues I love, some I don't), his ideas and execution are so experienced and honed. I'm not asking for tight crossovers or anything like that but the idea of two of my favorite creators working in the same sandbox and maybe, just maybe, shooting ideas off of one another and playing off one another's work and just collaborating on some level is about as good as it gets for me when it comes to being a fan of shared universe comics.

    So uh, yeah, that'd be really great. That's all. Congrats again. Can't wait to see what you've got in store for us.


  • Michael A. Burstein Says:

    Major congratulations, Paul!

    I've been a regular reader of Action Comics for about 35 years now. I'm looking forward to your run!

  • Charlie E/N Says:

    Awesome. I loved your Who work and got into you the person when I was catching up with Comic Racks (and alas too late for MI13) but really look forward to your Action Comics stint.

  • Anonymous Says:

    I was wondering who'd get the other chgair at the Superman table alongside JMS. Congratulations, Paul

    - Rob Hansen

  • Anonymous Says:

    doubly excellent news. I would surely have dropped the series altogether under Guggenheim. now it can stay awesome.


  • DanielW Says:

    Congratulations Paul!
    Hmm, does that cover mean that Lex keeps the orange power ring? I thought it only lasted 24 hours.

  • Paolo Boscolo Says:

    Supes. Lex. Cornell.

    'nuff said. for real. best comics news of 2010.

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  • Doc Spirit Says:

    I am so excited to see you on this book. I am a huge fan of both your Cap Britain work and Superman mythology as a whole. I cannot wait to see what you do.

  • Nikki Says:

    YAY! I can't wait to read your Kara Zor-El. If you give her half the character you gave Rose in Father's Day I will be pleased.

  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Thanks, everyone. Yeah, I hope it won't be cancelled! I'm aiming to still write for Marvel, indeed there's going to be a one-off to announce shortly. Matt: we're going to be out of each other's way in a planned way for the first ten issues or so, but after that I'm looking forward to both titles fitting smoothly together. Nikki: I'll have to check in with J.T. and see if we can have a guest appearance. Thanks again!

  • Ian Cullen Says:

    Paul: This is great news. I know for a fact that Wayne Hall who does our comic reviews over at will be following with great interest given that he is a DC Comics Fiend, and he and his brother are massive superman fans.

    I’ll be interested to see what lower tier characters you bring into the story - lines of course that's me assuming you plan to do that. Thrilled for you. Super, great, fantastic.

  • Adam Osborne Says:

    Congratulations Paul,

    That's great news. Looking forward to start reading Action Comics again, not picked any up for a few years.

    This year just keeps getting better and better for you.

  • max Says:

    Well done Paul!

    ...or should it be as some have already suggested, well done DC!

    Will the reader need to know much knowledge of recent developments of the Superman world?

    ah this such good news.


  • Myles Lobdell Says:


    I have a show on my college radio station, and I'd love to do an interview with you about the good news.

    Do you have a private e-mail address I can reach you at?

  • Furious D Says:

    So... will there be any action in these "Action Comics?" ;)

    Anyway, enjoy the DC Universe, coming from an old Batman fan.

  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Thanks, all. Max: no, I think I explain all you need to know in three panels in the first issue. Myles: find me on Twitter, would love to. Mr. Furious: I'm actually making a point of it. I wouldn't want to write inaction.

  • Siskoid Says:

    Heard about the new gig and ran right over. Congratulations Paul! That's the very first superhero comic of all time. You can't get any more iconic. Can't wait to see what you've cooked up for the man of steel.