SUPERMAN SMASHES THE KLAN (Gene Luen Yang / Gurihiru)

DC Comics publiera à partir du 16 octobre Superman smashes the Klan, une mini-série en 3 numéros de 80 pages chacun qui proposera une relecture de Clan of the Fiery Cross, un arc narratif du feuilleton radio des années 40 dans lequel l’Homme d’Acier affronte le Ku Klux Klan.

Superman smashes the Klan est écrit par Gene Luen Yang (New Super-Man) et dessiné par Gurihiru (Unstoppable Wasp).

Premier aperçu :

The year is 1946, and the Lee family has moved from Metropolis’s Chinatown to the center of the bustling city. While Dr. Lee is greeted warmly in his new position at the Metropolis Health Department, his two kids, Roberta and Tommy are more excited about being closer to their famous hero, Superman!

While Tommy adjusts to the fast pace of the city, Roberta feels out of place, as she tries and fails to fit in with the neighborhood kids. As the Lees try to adjust to their new lives, an evil is stirring in Metropolis: the Ku Klux Klan. When the Lee family awakens one night to find a burning cross on their lawn, they consider leaving town. But the Daily Planet offers a reward for information on the KKK, and their top two reporters, Lois Lane and Clark Kent, dig into the story.

When Tommy is kidnapped by the KKK, Superman leaps into action — with help from Roberta! But Superman is still new to his powers — he hasn’t even worked out how to fly yet, so he has to run across town. Will Superman and Roberta reach Tommy in time?

Inspired by the 1940s Superman radio serial ‘Clan of the Fiery Cross,’ Gene Luen Yang ( American Born Chinese, Boxers and Saints, The Terrifics, New Super-Man ) brings us his personal retelling of the adventures of the Lee family as they team up with Superman to smash the Klan.

Source : www.cbr.com

Gene Luen Yang :

“One of the things about the Superman radio show, and the original version of this story, is that it actually comes relatively early in Superman’s career. He was first published in 1938, and the story was broadcast around 1946, so that’s just eight years, and he was already a worldwide phenomenon. And especially in America, he was wildly popular. But I do feel that the Superman that we all know and love today, he wasn’t quite formed yet [at that time].”

“There were still pieces of him that were being solidified. And as much as the radio show impacted the real world in terms of bigotry and racism, it also helped shape Superman’s character. It was at this point where Superman really did become a symbol of American tolerance, American justice, and American hope.”