Superman Smashes the Klan (Paperback)

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By Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru (Illustrator)
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In 1946, a Superman radio serial called "Clan of the Fiery Cross" took aim at the KKK, obliterating Klan membership for years to come. Almost 80 years later, bestselling author Gene Luen Yang has brought the story back to modern readers, and it couldn’t be more timely. Superman Smashes the Klan follows the Lee family as they move from Chinatown into interior Metropolis, where they encounter casual bigotry and outright racial violence at the hands of the Klan of the Fiery Kross. As Superman comes to their aid, he must confront insecurities about his own identity as an immigrant from another planet. This magnificent graphic novel pulls no punches as it tackles racism and hatred from every conceivable angle.

Digby Baker-Porazinski


Harvey Award winner for Best Children or Young Adult Book!

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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781779504210
ISBN-10: 1779504217
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication Date: May 12th, 2020
Pages: 240
Language: English