Superman Smashes the Klan #1
As someone just getting into the world of DC, Gurihiru’s art drew me into this Superman comic.
After learning what the comic series was about I knew it was something I needed to read. The setting is Metropolis in 1946. The focus (other than Superman) is an American Chinese family moving to the big city. The atmosphere is full of hatred and racism in which the Lee family encounter unfortunately through an attack by the KKK. Thus, the villains in this comic book are racism, the KKK and powered Nazis that their klan are creating.
Personally, I enjoyed the contrast of Gurihiru’s iconic art style that comes across as so cute and fun with the very serious subject matter of the plot. Therefore, don’t let the cuteness fool you. This comic is incredibly important with a strong message.
While this comic takes place in the 40s, racism is still a very real problem. This comic sheds light on America’s history, informs and educates the readers. I feel it truly represents the power comics have to change the world and people’s perspectives.
Superman Smashes the Klan is a new version of The Adventures of Superman radio show, “Superman vs. the Clan of the Fiery Cross” as mentioned in the back of the issue. Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiri create the comic book version.
What drew my attention most and was my favorite part is the back of the comic. About three pages dedicated to telling the painful history that African Americans, Chinese Americans and many more endured due to the KKK. Additionally, some adversity that the writer encountered being a Chinese American.
The Lee family is very lovable and interesting. The mother is struggling with adapting to be more Americanized and frankly doesn’t want to leave her culture behind. Whereas, the father is pushing for them to “fit in” more.
Clark Kent, Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen are fun to see together. Clark Kent is learning more about his upbringing and trying to understand it all.
After reading the thought provoking and powerful comic, I am ready to get the second part of this 3 part series. I think it is wonderful the creators of this series are adapting the radio show into comics. Personally, related to the subject matter, I feel this is what heroes are for. This series will be a great representation of who Superman is.