Superman Smashes The Klan Collected
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Superman Smashes The Klan Collected

Writer: Gene Luen Yang Artist: Gurihiru Publisher: DC Comics Trade Paperback: May 12, 2020 Issues: 3, Issue Reviews: 69
9.3Critic Rating
9.5User Rating

The year is 1946, and the Lee family has moved from Chinatown to Downtown Metropolis. While Dr. Lee is eager to begin his new position at the Metropolis Health Department, his two kids, Roberta and Tommy, are more excited about being closer to the famous superhero Superman!
Tommy adjusts quickly to the fast pace of their new neighborhood, befriending Jimmy Olsen and joining the baseball team, while his younger sister Roberta feels out of place when she fails to fit in with the neighborhood kids. She's awkward, quiet, and self-conscious of how she looks different from the kids around her, so she sticks to watching people instead of talk more

  • 9.5

    This story is a great example of how comics can be useful in the classroom. It shows a fine example of how cruel the Klan was. In those days they were falsely glorified. I know the story of a reporter who risked his life to reveal the real Klan with the help of the radio show's producers. I'd love to hear the original broadcasts. Are they available anywhere or on CD perhaps?
    This was cleverly written to be taking place at that time and features a great cast. Roberta's a brave girl who will likely have a career in reporting. And the legendary supporting character, Inspector Henderson returns, portrayed as an African American, who also stands up to the Klan's hate. It's got some Sci-Fi twists reminiscent of comics in the '50s, but the main focus is Superman fighting bigotry at its ugliest. It's also age appropriate, so it can be useful in teaching younger readers about history. Gene Luen Yang also wrote a story in each issue of the mini-series about how The example Superman set impacted his life and how he dealt with prejudice growing up. I hope this collection includes them in it.
    Those were tough times for someone different, but it reflects how even then Superman was a beacon of hope and tolerance for all. It's one of the main reasons he's been a famous part of American pop culture for 82 years now.

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