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Superman Smashes the Klan Paperback – Illustrated, May 12, 2020
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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.
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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.
- Publisher : DC Comics; Illustrated edition (May 12, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1779504217
- ISBN-13 : 978-1779504210
- Reading age : 12 - 17 years
- Lexile measure : HL400L
- Grade level : 7 - 12
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #31,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Often times I felt deep anger while reading because these are moments that I have dealt with and continue to deal with, however Gene does deftly weave in characters and moments that represent the best of America. I particularly loved the new depth Gene gives to Superman's character as an immigrant.
The art style was wonderful and a refreshing look at such an old American Story, I hope to see much more from this Author, as this is the first DC comic I have bought in my life.
This graphic novel is based on America's favorite radio show in 1946, the Adventures of Superman. During 16 radio episodes, Superman takes down a gang of hooded and robed white supremacists in the town of Metropolis. In the story, the KKK is thinly disguised as the Klan of the Fiery Kross .
The Lees, a Chinese-American Family, move into Metropolis where Dr Lee has accepted a job. The Klan burns a cross on the Lee’s lawn. When a car of African Americans stop to help, Dr Lee is confused by his own stereotypes and sends them away. The Lee children struggle to fit in with new friends. Tommy is an ace pitcher and is accepted - by most. Little sister, Roberta, struggles with her shyness and a feeling of not belonging, but soon comes into her own as she is extremely observant.
There are all sorts of messages of acceptance and empowerment in this story. The youth center is run by a rabbi, a priest and a minister. Dr Lee has to recognize his own prejudices. The Chief Inspector is African American and struggles for acceptance with his officers. Tommy must learn that words matter. Superman is struggling to accept his differences - something that he denied as a child in order to fit in.
Following the novel is an essay, “Superman and Me” in which the author provides historical background on the the Klan, racism and on Superman himself. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Wonderfully drawn and a well executed story which examines race and racism from a new angle. Well worth reading.
Reviewed in Mexico on January 13, 2021