Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Superman Smashes the Klan

So very timely! The title instantly caught my eye and I knew I had to read this. This was based on a 16 episode story ark from the forties that showcased Superman taking down the "Clan of the Fiery Cross" on the radio show. It was immensely popular at the time and is credited with stopping a third wave of KKK "power." The story is about a Chinese family who moves to Metropolis and are instantly targeted by the Klan and get a burning cross in their yard. The children are dejected but with the help of Lois Lane, some neighborhood kids, and Superman - they begin to feel their confidence return. Really well done and addresses lots of key racist ideologies. I really liked that at the end of the graphic novel there is a little essay with pictures talking about the origins of the comic and the history. Really well done!

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