Category: Comics and Graphic Novels

Gene Yang’s ‘Superman Smashes the Klan’ Gets a Release Date!

Superman is our greatest superhero for good reason. His acts of heroism exist not only in the pages of comics or on the big screen, but in reality from time to time. After all, he once dealt a major blow to the Ku Klux Klan back in 1946.

 

 

The Adventures of Superman radio show was a hit in the 1940s and became an unexpected platform for combating the KKK. Activist Stetson Kennedy provided the show with inside information on the organization after attending meetings undercover. The show then included the information, which comprised of code words and sensitive details on the KKK’s activities while depicting Superman’s stand against the organization’s crimes and injustices. Membership and recruitment was reportedly reduced significantly as a result.

 

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, MacArthur Genius Grant winner, Eisner Award winner, and previous Superman writer Gene Luen Yang will be writing a three-part comic series based on the inspiring true story.

The Hollywood Reporter released preview pages and the description for Superman Smashes the Klan:

 

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?

 

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Yang elaborated on the impact of the ‘Clan of the Fiery Cross’ arc, describing the radio show’s effect on the real world injustices of the time and the effect it had on Superman’s development into an American icon. Few writers have captured the goodness beneath the Man of Steel the way that Yang has in recent years, and the positivity that ripples from the hero’s triumphs.

 

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.

 

Superman Smashes the Klan arrives October 16th.

 

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3 Absolutely Ridiculous Comic Book Characters You’ve Never Heard Of

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about three of my personal favorite comic book characters who I felt deserve more recognition. This got me intrigued, so I continued to research the world of obscure comic book characters from diverse universes. Not far into my research, I came across three characters I would have never believed actually existed. Their eccentricity had me deeply baffled, yet I was so riveted that I had to dig deeper. These are three absolutely ridiculous comic book characters you probably don’t know, but need to check out.

 

 

Eye-Scream

 

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Eye-Scream is a mutant gifted with an unusual ability: to turn into ice cream. He was often ridiculed by other mutants and humans for his laughable power. Eye Scream made a decision to destroy the X-men, as their powers made his look pointless and stupid. Unfortunately, the X-men, with help from Obnoxio the clown, completely froze him. He was never seen again.

 

Matter-Eater Lad

 

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A member of the Legion of Super Heroes in the 30th and 31st centuries from the DC universe, this guy can eat anything. His natural biology allows him to consume literally any form of matter. In fact, everyone from his home planet, Bismoll, has this ability. When the natives of Bismoll found that microbes had made all their food inedible, the population evolved their capability to eat all matter as a survival mechanism. Though this seems quite useless, it has made Matter Eater Lad an unstoppable force at times.

 

 

Arm-Fall-Off-Boy

 

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Another DC universe character from the 30th century, Arm-Fall-Off-Boy has the ability to detach his own limbs, which he can then use as weapons. His background information is relatively unknown. In fact, Matter-Eater Lad claims he gained his powers through carelessness while holding the anti-gravity metal Element 152, but that’s it. From the planet Lallor, he is one of the most famous Legion of Super Heroes reject due to just how ridiculous his powers are.

 

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Marvel’s ‘Eternals’ Cast Now Includes Millie Bobby Brown

In a new phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the comic book characters from The Eternals will be taking the spotlight. The latest addition to the cast were announced at this years San Diego Comic Con.

 

 

Variety got the scoop for the MCU’s next phase while reporting on this year’s San Diego Comic Con.

 

Supreme Geek and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is expected to unveil brand-new franchise starters at the convention in late July. Chief among them is The Eternals, a series about godlike alien beings to be adapted by indie director Chloé Zhao (The Rider), which has widely been reported to star Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani and Richard Madden [Game of Thrones], as well as Stranger Things lead Millie Bobby Brown. 

 

 

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Based on the Jack Kirby created title The Eternals, the story is about superpowerful and near-immortal beings known as Eternals and a more monstrous offshoot known as the Deviants that were created by the cosmic beings called Celestials.

 

Eternals by Jack Kirby Vol. 1 (Eternals (1976-1978)) by [Kirby, Jack]

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Further details about the plot and cast have yet to be released!

 

 

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Bookstr’s Three to Read This Week 7/11/19

The 4th of July celebrations have concluded, you finally have time for yourself, and you can now resume your hobbies and introvert needs (celebrating independence was the whole point of the holiday after all, wasn’t it?). You can finally return to that book that’s been collecting dust over the vacation. Or, you can start something new, and we have plenty of suggestions.

Check out Bookstr’s Three to Read, the three books we’ve picked for you to read this week!

OUR HOT PICK

GODS OF JADE AND SHADOW

 

 

Synopsis:

The Mayan god of death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this dark, one-of-a-kind fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore.

“Simultaneously heartbreaking and heart-mending, Gods of Jade and Shadow is a wondrous and magical tale about choosing our own path.”—Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles

The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in southern Mexico. A life she can call her own.

Yet this new life seems as distant as the stars, until the day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather’s room. She opens it—and accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan god of death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. Failure will mean Casiopea’s demise, but success could make her dreams come true.

In the company of the strangely alluring god and armed with her wits, Casiopea begins an adventure that will take her on a cross-country odyssey from the jungles of Yucatán to the bright lights of Mexico City—and deep into the darkness of the Mayan underworld.

 

Why?

Silvia Moreno-Garcia, critically-acclaimed author of Signal to Noise, returns with her latest novel that successfully interweaves fantastical elements with Mexican folklore and mythology, while also taking a nostalgia trip to the Jazz Age of the 1920s. Moreno-Garcia’s epic can be considered a modern retelling of Cinderella, but with an even more expansive and imaginative setting. The newest iteration of the classic fairy tale is immersive with its cultural embellishments and is one to look forward to when it reaches shelves on July 23rd.

 

 

OUR BEACH READ

TEEN TITANS: RAVEN

 

 

Synopsis:

When a tragic accident takes the life of 17-year-old Raven Roth’s foster mom–and Raven’s memory–she moves to New Orleans to recover and finish her senior year of high school.

Starting over isn’t easy. Raven remembers everyday stuff like how to solve math equations and make pasta, but she can’t remember her favorite song or who she was before the accident. And when impossible things start happening, Raven begins to think it might even be better not to know who she was before.

But as she grows closer to her new friends, her foster sister, Max, and Tommy Torres, a guy who accepts her for who she is now, Raven has to decide if she’s ready to face what’s buried in the past… and the darkness building inside her.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia and first-time graphic novel artist Gabriel Picolo comes this riveting tale of finding the strength to face who you are and learning to trust others–and yourself.

 

Why?

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia and artist Gabriel Picolo deliver an emotional and exciting new tale with fan favorite Teen Titan, Raven. The Teen Titans have experienced a pop culture resurgence in recent years, after making an impression on young audiences everywhere back in 2003 with the beloved animated series, and now with the hit Titans TV show on DC Comics’ streaming service. Here, Raven takes center stage. Garcia’s and Picolo’s graphic novel expands upon Raven’s comic book origins and coming-of-age trials, in which she finds trust and love while also combating the adversities of her dark past. Take this read with you for your next ride to the beach for a larger than life adventure.

 

 

OUR DARK HORSE

ALPHA GIRLS

 

 

Synopsis:

An unforgettable story of four women who, through grit and ingenuity, became stars in the cutthroat, high-stakes, male dominated world of venture capital in Silicon Valley, and helped build some of the foremost companies of our time.

In Alpha Girls, award-winning journalist Julian Guthrie takes readers behind the closed doors of venture capital, an industry that transforms economies and shapes how we live. We follow the lives and careers of four women who were largely written out of history – until now.

Magdalena Yesil, who arrived in America from Turkey with $43 to her name, would go on to receive her electrical engineering degree from Stanford, found some of the first companies to commercialize internet access, and help Marc Benioff build Salesforce. Mary Jane Elmore went from the corn fields of Indiana to Stanford and on to the storied venture capital firm IVP – where she was one of the first women in the U.S. to make partner – only to be pulled back from the glass ceiling by expectations at home. Theresia Gouw, an overachieving first-generation Asian American from a working-class town, dominated the foosball tables at Brown (she would later reluctantly let Sergey Brin win to help Accel Partners court Google), before she helped land and build companies including Facebook, Trulia, Imperva, and ForeScout. Sonja Hoel, a Southerner who became the first woman investing partner at white-glove Menlo Ventures, invested in McAfee, Hotmail, Acme Packet, and F5 Networks. As her star was still rising at Menlo, a personal crisis would turn her into an activist overnight, inspiring her to found an all-women’s investment group and a national nonprofit for girls.

These women, juggling work and family, shaped the tech landscape we know today while overcoming unequal pay, actual punches, betrayals, and the sexist attitudes prevalent in Silicon Valley and in male-dominated industries everywhere. Despite the setbacks, they would rise again to rewrite the rules for an industry they love. In Alpha Girls, Guthrie reveals their untold stories.

 

Why?

Silicon Valley is currently home to the most influential, innovative, and contemporary minds of our time. In today’s age of the inventor and entrepreneur, it is important to know that anyone can succeed, regardless of circumstance or background. Acclaimed journalist Julian Guthrie highlights the stories of four brilliant tech juggernauts whose names are not Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, or Elon Musk, and who have shaped the technology landscape in spite of insurmountable odds with their companies. This collection of previously untold stories about these pioneering women is described as Hidden Figures meets The Social Network, and is even being made into an upcoming TV series!

 

 

 

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‘Joker’ Film Will Not Follow the Comic at All

Almost no adaptation takes everything exactly from its source material. Things change when translated from book to screen. In the case of the upcoming Joker film, pretty much everything has changed.

Speaking to Empire magazine as part of their August cover issue, director Todd Phillips said that the new film starring Joaquin Phoenix doesn’t take inspiration from any particular storyline in the DC Universe. In fact, the film doesn’t follow the comics at all.

 

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“We didn’t follow anything from the comic-books, which people are gonna be mad about. We just wrote our own version of where a guy like Joker might come from. That’s what was interesting to me. We’re not even doing Joker, but the story of becoming Joker. It’s about this man.”

 

That man is Arthur Fleck, a failed stand-up comedian who goes insane and turns to a life of crime in Gotham City. Phoenix stars as Fleck, with Robert De Niro and Zazie Beetz co-starring.

 

Are you excited for the upcoming Joker film? Do you think not taking inspiration from the comics will be a good decision?

 

 

 

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