DC Comics has released a trailer for the upcoming collected edition of Superman Smashes the Klan. By writer Gene Luen Yang, artist Gurihiru, and letterer Janice Chang, the book tells the true story of how a Superman radio broadcast helped change the perception of the Ku Klux Klan. The comic was initially released as a three-part series in 2019.
"Superman Smashes the Klan is inspired by the famous 'Clan of the Fiery Cross' story arc that aired on the 1940s Adventures of Superman radio show," a press release from DC explains. "The radio serial is widely praised for its impact in changing public opinion toward the Ku Klux Klan, and now, for the first time, Yang and Gurihiru put a fresh twist on the iconic story in graphic form. Geared for teen readers, Superman Smashes the Klan explores Superman's own identity as an immigrant struggling to assimilate in America while also following the Man of Steel as he saves a Chinese American family from a local chapter of a national hate group called the Klan of the Fiery Kross."
Superman Smashes the Klan is set to come out next month on May 12th. The book retails for $16.99. Check out the trailer below.
Superman Smashes the Klan
Written by Gene Luen Yang
Art by Gurihiru
Lettered by Janice Chiang
On sale everywhere books are sold on May 12, 2020
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.