DC has unveiled preview art for Superman Smashes the Klan, by writer Gene Luen Yang (New Super-Man, The Terrifics) and the artistic team of Gurihiru (Unstoppable Wasp, Marvel Rising), which finds the Man of Steel pitted against an iron-clad Nazi.
Superman Smashes the Klan is based on and inspired by a 1940s radio show called Adventures of Superman. The show depicted Superman going up against the Clan of the Fiery Cross, with the group acting as stand-ins for the Klu Klux Klan. However, the three-issue serial will update the story for a modern setting.
"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," Yang told The Hollywood Reporter. "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," he continued. "It was at this point where Superman really did become a symbol of American tolerance, American justice, and American hope."
Superman Smashes the Klan goes on sale Oct. 16, with each issue containing 80-pages. The solicitation for the first issue can be found below:
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.