For once, midnight will belong to Superman, not Batman.
Midnight is when the 1,000th issue of Action Comics, the comic book that birthed Superman 80 years ago, will go on sale at brick-and-mortar comic book stores around the nation.
Korka Comics owner Stephen Korka plans to keep both his West Miami-Dade and Pembroke Pines stores open until midnight so his customers can get their hands (and protective plastic) on the triple-sized, $7. 99 issue that has 10 different covers. He's never before ordered 1,200 copies of a book, as he did this one.
Multiverse Corps Comics, 14234 SW Eighth St. in Miami, also is going all out with a midnight to 2 a.m. release event.
"There's a ton of people waiting for it and there are people who even pre-ordered it," Korka said. "People can't wait to get their hands on it. It's both a milestone for the character of Superman and its a historical event for the medium of comic books.
"Aside from it being the first comic ever to reach issue #1000, it is the character of Superman who represents America and who really jump started the comic book craze that we know and love today," he said. "If it wasn't for the character of Superman, we may not have all the other characters we know."
Action Comics No. 1, featuring the first appearance of Superman, is considered the start of comic books' Golden Age. Also born during this period: Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, Captain America, The Flash, Green Lantern, Dr. Fate, The Spectre, Hawkman and the super team Justice Society of America.
(Most of these superheroes got rebooted during the Silver Age, considered to have started in 1956 with the updated version of The Flash in Showcase No. 4.)
For comic book fans or those who just want to have a whiff of nostalgia for the days of arguing Superman vs. Batman, X-Men vs. Avengers, Superman vs. Flash (who was faster) or was anybody cooler than Iron Fist and Luke Cage, here are some comic book stores that will have Action Comics No. 1000:
▪ A&M Comics & Books, 6650 Bird Rd., West Miami-Dade
▪ Gauntlet, 819 NE 125th St., North Miami
▪ Korka Comics, 10538 SW Eighth St., West Miami-Dade, and 7641 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines
▪ Mac's Comics & Collectibles, 2678 SW 87th Ave., West Miami-Dade
▪ Multiverse Corps Comics, 14234 SW Eighth St., West Miami-Dade
▪ Retro City Collectibles, 3360 SW 22nd St.
▪ Villains, 1788 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach