Superman Smashes the Klan (Paperback)

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By Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru (Illustrator)
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I loved this graphic novel! Set in the 1940's and inspired by the Superman radio serial Clan of the Fiery Cross. The Lee family has just moved to Metropolis from Chinatown, and siblings Tommy and Roberta have to adjust to a new neighborhood and make new friends. Tommy is outgoing and has no problem adjusting to life in Metropolis; he's joined the youth baseball team and makes friends wherever he goes. Roberta has not had as easy a time at adjusting as her big brother, but when it comes to sticking up for her family and standing up to racist bullies and the Klan, Roberta is the bravest of them all. Meanwhile, Superman is learning to embrace his Kryptonian heritage, worried if he will be accepted by his adopted planet and what that means. Superman Smashes the Klan is an extraordinary and nuanced graphic novel that shows the strength of community, heroism, and reclaiming racial identity. An added bonus is the personal essay "Superman and Me" by the author.

— Jen Steele


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