Superman Smashes the Klan (Paperback)
Superman Smashes the Klan is an original take on a classic Superman story. Luen Yang takes Clark Kent's alien-ness and juxtaposes it to the Lee family's outsider status as a Chinese family in the mostly white suburbs of Metropolis. When the Ku Klux Klan burns a cross in the Lee's front yard, Superman has to confront the reality of racism and xenophobia in Metropolis and himself.
I really enjoyed this book and the art style. Gurihiru's illustration lends this graphic novel a sort of innocence that disarms the reader and forces them to engage with potentially uncomfortable material.
-Izzy— From Jubilant July Staff Picks
The year is 1946. Teenagers Roberta and Tommy Lee just moved with their parents from Chinatown to the center of Metropolis, home to the famous hero, Superman. Tommy makes friends quickly, while Roberta pines for home. Then one night, the family awakens to find their house surrounded by the Klan of the Fiery Kross! Superman leaps into action, but his exposure to a mysterious green rock has left him weak. Can Roberta and Tommy help him smash the Klan?
Inspired by the 1940s Superman radio serial "Clan of the Fiery Cross," New York Times bestselling author Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese, Boxers and Saints, The Terrifics, New Super-Man) and artist Gurihiru (Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Unstoppable Wasp) bring us a personal retelling of two different immigrants finding ways to belong.
About the Author
Gene Luen Yang began making comics and graphic novels more than 15 years ago. In 2006 his book American Born Chinese was published by First Second Books. It became the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association's Printz Award. It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album - New. In 2013, First Second Books released Boxers & Saints, his two-volume graphic novel about the Boxer Rebellion. It was nominated for a National Book Award and won the L.A. Times Book Prize. He made his mainstream comics debut on Superman, with artists John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson.
His other works include the comics continuation of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender. Currently he writes New Super-Man for DC Comics.