Books from the Clinic Library
Superman Smashes the Klan is a delightful addition to the Superman lore that can appeal to old and new fans.
BOOK REVIEW: This comic offers a fresh take on the origin story of a beloved super hero and a bright and crisp art style that makes for a very enjoyable reading experience. What makes it special to readers in the Clinic is that the heart of the story is a Chinese American family who triumphs in the face of anti-immigrant attacks by the Klan and helps Superman to make sense of his own identity as an outsider. The story is set in 1946, but the themes explored feel very topical for the times we are currently living in. Even more interesting is the fact that this is not the first time that Superman has gone up against the KKK. This comic was inspired by a Superman radio serial called “Clan of the Fiery Cross.” It’s not often that we get a feel-good story that delves into the racial politics of 1940s America, but that’s what makes this comic by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru such a treat.
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