DC - superman radio show /tags/superman-radio-show en Returning to Superman by Tim Daly /blog/2020/09/10/returning-to-superman-by-tim-daly <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Returning to Superman by Tim Daly</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tim Daly</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/dcfandome" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/thumbnail_DailyStar_Logo_900_5f52a1bf291504.59670689.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 150px;" /></a></p> <p>It’s been nearly 25 years since I first stepped behind the microphone to voice Superman.</p> <p>And honestly, it never gets old.</p> <p>Since that first episode of <em><a href="/tv/superman-the-animated-series-1996-2000" target="_blank">Superman: The Animated Series,</a></em> I knew it was a special role. I'm a little bit of an idealist, as is Superman—though he's a bit more pure. Superman is all about saying that good can win, always earnestly trying to do the right thing, and that goodness can be the order of the day. He really <em>IS</em> truth, justice and the American way.</p> <p>The acting trick to playing Superman is to read what he’s supposed to say, and then I say it as truthfully and straightforward as I possibly can. It's always more fun to play villains because there's a lot more latitude, but it's way more difficult to play the good guy—especially someone as squeaky clean and All-American as Superman. You really have to commit to his ideals, his mission. It's surprisingly difficult to do.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/Tim%20Daly%20recording%2010-22-10_5f598604961020.58758749.jpeg" style="width: 700px; height: 1050px;" /></p> <p>The great part of voicing Superman is that you really can’t be Superman without also being Clark Kent. And I love Clark, especially when he’s being coy or funny or self-deprecating. We’ve gone down this road in culture today where so many of our heroes are portrayed through a dark, dystopic view of the world. Batman is more realistic in terms of the human psyche because he's a little more tortured—he's darker, more cynical and more street savvy. But Superman represents light and goodness; he has an ethical core that is rock solid. And God knows we need that now. If I were Superman, I’d make a lot of changes today.</p> <p>Voice acting is an anonymous job. It’s the character that matters most. But there are those fans to whom the actor means something—and, in particular, that the actor takes the responsibility of the role seriously. The fans helped to instill in me a profound sense of that stewardship of the character. Superman is more than a Super Hero—he’s a symbol of the good in all of us.</p> <p>When I get to reprise the role, I realize how much I’ve missed him. Plus, Superman scripts offer a genuine, organic opportunity to give a little reflection of the world, and some subtle social commentary that can be very bold in its approach to our country and our world.</p> <p>That was part of the inspiration for our Creative Coalition contribution to DC FanDome. Years ago, I did a staged a radio play of <em>It Happened One Night</em> for the Sundance Theater Lab, and it was really fun. In the current world situation, it dawned on me that, if you can’t do it live, Zoom is the perfect vehicle for that sort of performance. So I called my old friend, Warner Bros. TV honcho Peter Roth, and asked if we could have some of the old Superman radio plays to recreate the same sort of event for DC FanDome. The deck was slightly stacked in my favor—Peter is a really good man who likes to support worthwhile activities, and he’s a huge Superman fan. Peter got behind it and, voila, we have a terrific, playful 1940s-style radio play with fun, shameless overacting by an outstanding lineup of actors and a terrific foley artist filling in the gaps.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/Square_750x750_SupermanRadio_5f59865bcea362.94210882.jpg" style="letter-spacing: 0.39px; width: 750px; height: 750px;" /></p> <p>One of the real plusses for a radio play, much like animation, is that there are no boundaries for casting. And this is a complete bouillabaisse—Alfre Woodard plays Perry White, Daniel Dae Kim and Wilson Cruz share the Superman role with me—and everyone is wonderful. You can’t go wrong with actors like Henry Winkler, CCH Pounder, Giancarlo Esposito, Tony Shalhoub, Constance Zimmer, young stars like Sean Giambrone, and so many more. Plus, the two Anthonys—Anthony Rapp and Anthony Carrigan—steal the show at times with their hilarious portrayals of these two thugs. There’s a lot of flavor in this cast.</p> <p>It also gives us a chance to shine a light on The Creative Coalition. One of the cornerstones of America is that we are creative thinkers. We're innovators. And in order to continue to be innovators, we need to train the creative minds of our children. The Creative Coalition is a non-profit, non-partisan arts advocacy group. It's made up of people who have attained a high level of visibility in the entertainment world, and we have two essential missions.</p> <p>Our core mission is to promote federal funding for arts and public education and freedom of speech. The other is that we use, in a responsible way, our notoriety to focus attention on issues of public importance that affect everyone, issues that otherwise might have a little more difficulty getting the attention they deserve. I personally became involved because I believe that it is vital to the survival of our culture to have arts be part of the public school curriculum. I could spew tons of boring data—but the bottom line is that when you're teaching a child, you have to teach the entire child. Kids that study the arts are better mathematicians and scientists and politicians…and actors. They're not just better artists.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/fullres-00208185_5f5987c62ad147.26710589.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 949px;" /></p> <p>There are those who think the arts are a luxury, that they’re unnecessary—but look around and you’ll clearly see their importance in the world today. Arts and entertainment keep us alive, makes us laugh, give us unique and varied perspectives, and provide a lot of hope. We need to tell each other stories, to give ourselves a direct reflection of our culture, of today’s world, and who we are. It is a basic human need. That’s where The Creative Coalition rises.</p> <p>I hope you’ll check out <a href="https://schedule.dcfandome.com/e/5f343a57ad87080017244a20" target="_blank">the Superman Radio Show at DC FanDome</a> this Saturday. It was fun to do, and I’d love to do more with Superman. If you get the chance, let Bruce Timm know that. Whatever Bruce wants, even 25 years later, I’m more than ready to play along.<br />  </p> <p><em>Tim Daly patented the All-American trust within the voice of the title character for the landmark </em>Superman: The Animated Series<em>, as well as for several animated films over the past quarter of a century. The Emmy nominated actor has had a prolific career, most recently starring on the hit CBS series </em>Madam Secretary<em>. Since making his feature film debut in Barry Levinson’s 1982 classic </em>Diner<em>, Daly’s noteworthy career includes turns on popular TV series like ABC’s </em>Private Practice<em> and NBC’s </em>Wings<em>, as well as plum guest starring roles on HBO’s </em>The Sopranos<em> and </em>From The Earth To The Moon<em>. Beyond the large and small screens, Daly serves as President of The Creative Coalition.</em></p> <p><em><strong>Warner Bros. Television</strong> and <strong>The Creative Coalition</strong> are <a href="https://schedule.dcfandome.com/e/5f343a57ad87080017244a20" target="_blank">bringing the <strong>1940s Superman Radio Show </strong>to life</a> on <strong>Saturday, September 12</strong>, at <a href="https://www.dcfandome.com" target="_blank"><strong>DC FanDome: Explore the Multiverse</strong>,</a> with a cast of today’s biggest stars. Fans from around the world can tune in to this exclusive one-hour event beginning at <strong>10:00 am PDT</strong>, for <strong>24 hours</strong>. The Superman Radio Show will be <strong>available on demand</strong>, so fans can access it throughout the day, whenever they want. Fans are encouraged to go to <a href="http://thecreativecoalition.org/">TheCreativeCoalition.org</a> to learn more about keeping arts advocacy alive and vital.</em></p> <p></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/daily-star" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">daily star</a>, <a href="/tags/daily-star-blog" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">daily star blog</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-fandome" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc fandome</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-fandome-blog" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc fandome blog</a>, <a href="/tags/official-dc-fandome-blog" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">official dc fandome blog</a>, <a href="/tags/tim-daly" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">tim daly</a>, <a href="/tags/tim-daly-guest-blog" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">tim daly guest blog</a>, <a href="/tags/superman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Superman</a>, <a href="/tags/tim-daly-superman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">tim daly superman</a>, <a href="/tags/superman-the-animated-series" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Superman: The Animated Series</a>, <a href="/tags/tim-daly-as-superman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">tim daly as superman</a>, <a href="/tags/tim-daly-on-superman-the-animated-series" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">tim daly on superman: the animated series</a>, <a href="/tags/superman-radio-show" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">superman radio show</a>, <a href="/tags/superman-radio-series" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">superman radio series</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-fandome-explore-the-multiverse" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc fandome: explore the multiverse</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-fandome-explore-the-multiverse-panel" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc fandome: explore the multiverse panel</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-fandome-superman-panel" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc fandome superman panel</a>, <a href="/tags/superman-audio-drama" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">superman audio drama</a>, <a href="/tags/superman-audio-play" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">superman audio play</a>, <a href="/tags/tim-daly-returns-to-superman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">tim daly returns to superman</a>, <a href="/tags/the-creative-coalition" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">the creative coalition</a>, <a href="/tags/warner-bros-television" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">warner bros. television</a>, <a href="/tags/wbtv" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">WBTV</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dctv</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">#dctv</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-animation" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc animation</a>, <a href="/tags/bruce-timm" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">bruce timm</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/09/10/returning-to-superman-by-tim-daly" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Returning to Superman by Tim Daly" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Thu, 10 Sep 2020 17:00:00 +0000 Tim Daly 465561 at /blog/2020/09/10/returning-to-superman-by-tim-daly#comments Super Here For...Superman Standing Against Hatred /blog/2020/06/05/super-here-forsuperman-standing-against-hatred <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Super Here For...Superman Standing Against Hatred</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tim Beedle</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Friday, June 5, 2020 - 09:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>Sadly, the Man of Steel has been largely missing from DC’s ongoing comics this past month, something that’s particularly hard considering how many of us could use a little hope right now. But as you don’t need me to tell you, Superman exists far beyond the comic book page. A beloved symbol of justice and fighting for what’s right for over eighty years, you can find Superman stitched into the very fabric of our lives. He’s on TV and in movies. His symbol is seen on clothing and works of pop art all throughout the world. Children learn his name and play with his toys before they’re even in school, meaning that for many kids, “S” is very likely the first letter they learn.</p> <p>Superman is there whenever you need him. As a character and as a cultural icon, you’re never really without him, wherever you may find yourself, and in whatever desperate circumstances may have befallen you. This has been true for generations. Our parents and grandparents have been entertained by Superman’s adventures. Like many of us, they’ve pinned a blanket around their neck and hopped around the furniture, as if those couches and chairs were tall buildings to be leapt in a single bound.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/05-MAY/SupSmashes_05_5ed6e0dbb32873.16767231.jpg" style="width: 716px; height: 1078px;" /></p> <p>In short, Superman may not be of our world, but there’s little doubt he’s made his mark on it. And just because he’s a fictional character doesn’t mean he hasn’t helped bring about real-world change.</p> <p>One instance of this has to do with the classic pro-diversity poster that has become a viral social media staple. <a href="/blog/2017/08/25/superman-a-classic-message-restored" target="_blank">Commissioned in 1949 for a brown paper book cover,</a> the image has—against all odds—endured for over 70 years largely due to the power, importance and relevance of its message.</p> <p align="center"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/05-MAY/Superman_American700_5ed6e0f1dd6223.01932196.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 966px;" /></p> <p>However, perhaps the best example took place a few years later, on <em>The Adventures of Superman </em>radio show. In the decades before TV, radio was America’s most popular form of entertainment and <em>The Adventures of Superman </em>was one of the most popular shows on it. Voiced by Clayton “Bud” Collyer, this early version of Superman took down both classic and new villains, and introduced things to Superman’s mythos like the Daily Planet, kryptonite and the Man of Steel’s ability to fly.</p> <p>In 1946, a 16-part storyline called “The Clan of the Fiery Cross” debuted in which Superman protected a family of Chinese immigrants from a group of hooded white supremacists. The storyline won all manner of acclaim and was popular to boot, and is often credited with tarnishing the image of the real-life Ku Klux Klan, which at the time was experiencing a resurgence. After the storyline aired, the group’s momentum fizzled and its numbers took a hit.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/05-MAY/SupSmashes_09_5ed6e12e6991a9.90017910.jpg" style="width: 717px; height: 1078px;" /></p> <p>This iconic—and quite possibly world-changing—storyline has recently been reimagined through a Young Adult lens by Eisner winner and National Book Award finalist Gene Luen Yang and the Japanese art team known as Gurihiru. <em><a href="/graphic-novels/superman-smashes-the-klan-periodical-2019/superman-smashes-the-klan" target="_blank">Superman Smashes the Klan</a> </em>is the latest book in DC’s YA line, though I’d argue its appeal is broad—you don’t need to be a young adult or a YA fan to find a lot to enjoy in the story. Yang and Gurihiru tap into who Superman is beneath the flashy costume and powers, reminding fans that Kal-El’s story is very much an immigrant’s one as much as it is a superhero’s. It’s a story that Yang, the child of two Taiwanese immigrants, knows very well.</p> <p>I doubt it’s much of a spoiler to say that Superman manages to put a stop to the bigots that are terrorizing the Lee family. It’s right there in the title after all. But the journey getting there, which involves Superman coming to accept things about himself that make him different than other Americans, is a compelling and rousing one. It also calls to mind Superman’s anti-hate poster, particularly when the hero is confronting the leader of the book’s Klan of the Fiery Kross.</p> <p align="center"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/05-MAY/BoundTogether_5ed6e14ed868e3.33849551.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 345px;" /></p> <p>For Superman fans and comic fans in general, <em>Superman Smashes the Klan </em>is a must-read. It’s an example of what comics can achieve and a reminder of what it <em>has </em>achieved. And it’s, sadly, still very necessary.</p> <p>While Yang’s story, much like the radio serial it was inspired by, is set in the past, there’s a modern-day urgency to it. We may never get tired of seeing Superman battle Brainiac or match wills with Lex Luthor, but the villains of <em>Superman Smashes the Klan </em>are ones he shouldn’t still have to fight in 2020. Yet as nearly anyone could tell you, the scourge of hatred and racism is still very much alive today.</p> <p>It’s worth mentioning that Superman isn’t able to defeat the Klan of the Fiery Kross without the help of Roberta and Tommy Lee, the family’s two children. Both kids contribute in their own ways, which gets back to what I was saying at the beginning of this column. Whenever things feel hopeless and challenges seem insurmountable, you can always look to Superman as inspiration and even a force for change. But we’re the ones who need to bring it about. Superman can’t smash anything without us.<br />  </p> <p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em>Tim Beedle covers movies, TV and comics for DC24ֱ.com, writes our monthly Superman column, "Super Here For...", and is a regular contributor to the Couch Club, our weekly television column. </em></p> <p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/super-here-for-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">super here for</a>, <a href="/tags/super-here-for" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">super here for...</a>, <a href="/tags/superman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Superman</a>, <a href="/tags/superman-column" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">superman column</a>, <a 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typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">superman against hatred</a>, <a href="/tags/superman-against-racism" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">superman against racism</a>, <a href="/tags/superman-diversity-poster" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">superman diversity poster</a>, <a href="/tags/superman-anti-racism-poster" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">superman anti-racism poster</a>, <a href="/tags/superman-as-an-inspiration" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">superman as an inspiration</a>, <a href="/tags/superman-as-an-ideal" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">superman as an ideal</a>, <a href="/tags/kal-el" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Kal-El</a>, <a href="/tags/clark-kent" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">clark kent</a>, <a href="/tags/gene-luen-yang" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">gene luen yang</a>, <a href="/tags/gurihiru" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">gurihiru</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-young-adult" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">DC young adult</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-ya" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc ya</a>, <a href="/tags/ya-comics" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">ya comics</a>, <a href="/tags/young-adult-comics" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">young adult comics</a>, <a href="/tags/ya-graphic-novels" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">ya graphic novels</a>, <a href="/tags/young-adult-graphic-novels" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">young adult graphic novels</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-ink" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc ink</a>, <a href="/tags/tim-beedle" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">tim beedle</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/06/05/super-here-forsuperman-standing-against-hatred" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Super Here For...Superman Standing Against Hatred" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:00:00 +0000 Tim Beedle 452278 at /blog/2020/06/05/super-here-forsuperman-standing-against-hatred#comments Book Breakdown - Superman Smashes the Klan Brings a Dark Past to Light /blog/2020/05/20/book-breakdown-superman-smashes-the-klan-brings-a-dark-past-to-light <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Book Breakdown - Superman Smashes the Klan Brings a Dark Past to Light</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Mandy Curtis</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>DC’s newest YA graphic novel, <a href="/graphic-novels/superman-smashes-the-klan-periodical-2019/superman-smashes-the-klan" target="_blank"><em>Superman Smashes the Klan</em>, </a>is a story with layers. Written by Gene Luen Yang and illustrated by artist team Gurihiru, the book is—obviously—about Superman taking down some "bigots in bedsheets" (a phrase I've pulled from the book that is absolutely *chef's kiss*), but it's also a story about being true to oneself in the face of harsh scrutiny and fear.</p> <p>Set in 1946, the book centers on a Chinese-American family, the Lees, who move out of Chinatown and into a different part of Metropolis. There, they come face-to-face with a seriously evil hate group and the Man of Steel himself. And while Tommy Lee finds his place quickly and easily, his younger sister Roberta struggles with feeling generally out of sync with the world around her.</p> <p>Let’s break it down!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/05-MAY/SupSmashes_cov_5ec481acef9cd8.60788240.jpg" style="width: 717px; height: 1076px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Cover Crackdown:</strong></h2> <p>Much like a yellow traffic light, the mustard-yellow background of the cover of <em>Superman Smashes the Klan</em> tells readers to pause and pay attention. It's very title-forward, focusing instead on the text rather than the characters, but the title really does catch your attention. (Who doesn't want to see Supes smashing some racists?) I also love how the characters are nearly the same size. It shows that although this is a Superman story, it's not <em>solely</em> his.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/05-MAY/SupSmashes_01_5ec4821aa2fba0.38359353.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 429px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Tell Me a Story:</strong></h2> <p>Roberta and Tommy Lee are the children of the Metropolis Health Department's newest Chief Bacteriologist, and as such, find themselves moving to a completely different—some would say "nicer"—part of Metropolis. Thanks to their new neighbor, Jimmy Olsen, who just so happens to manage a local community center baseball team, Tommy makes friends quickly when he proves to be an ace pitcher. This rankles the team's current pitcher, Chuck Riggs, but it <em>really</em> rankles Chuck's uncle, the Grand Scorpion of the Klan of the Fiery Kross, a robe-wearing white supremacist group that aims to "burn away America's impurities." They leave their flaming mark on the Lee's lawn, and the morning after, Daily Planet reporters Lois Lane and Clark Kent arrive to document the story.</p> <p>Clark attempts to pay attention, but we all know how easily distracted he can get. And he's even more distracted than usual after a battle with a Nazi villain who relied on an unknown green power source that gave off a weird-yet-familiar smell and has Clark seeing strange visions of aliens who tell him things about himself that he doesn't (yet) want to believe.</p> <p>Although the two situations might seem disparate at first glance, there's a connection just waiting to be revealed—and revelations about what it means to be "different" to be made.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/05-MAY/SupSmashes_12_5ec48298303854.08299008.jpg" style="width: 717px; height: 1078px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Let’s Talk Art:</strong></h2> <p><em>Superman Smashes the Klan</em> is a full-color book, but there's a muted quality to all of the tones—even Superman's outfit—that works nicely with the book's historical setting. The reds are slightly dusty, the greens are more sages and sea foams instead of bright grasses. They all work beautifully together to make the book feel aged without seeming antique.</p> <p>But I think the characters’ looks are the true standouts when it comes to the art in this book. Gurihiru nails the character of Superman down to the forehead curl, and the diversity of the other characters is nicely varied without ever resorting to problematic stereotypes.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/05-MAY/SupSmashes_15_5ec48309013926.39713015.jpg" style="width: 715px; height: 1079px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Dialog Discussion:</strong></h2> <p>Much like Superman when he's smashing, Gene Luen Yang pulls no punches with the dialog of <em>Superman Smashes the Klan</em>. I literally flinched more than once while reading, thanks to the brutal honesty with which the blatant racism is portrayed. It's a book that deals with the worst of the worst kind of racists, and, sadly, accurately reflects the culture of a big city in the 1940s—mixed, but not entirely happy about it.</p> <p>Characters threaten children and spew vitriol with a passion. It's not easy to read at times, but I appreciate being made uncomfortable while doing so. The topics in this book aren't comfortable ones, but a frank discussion of them shouldn't be shied away from.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/05-MAY/SupSmashes_17_5ec4834b8abfa4.94983098.jpg" style="width: 717px; height: 1078px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Voted Most Likely:</strong></h2> <p>You might expect that, being a book about Superman, I'd suggest that <em>Superman Smashes the Klan</em> would be voted "Most Popular" in its high school yearbook. However, given the complexities of the book, and how much Roberta's story is equal to the Man of Steel's in it, I'd say it would more accurately be named "Most Likely to Change the World." Both of those kids are going places, and I don't just mean into the stratosphere.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/05-MAY/SupSmashes_08_5ec483822e5b94.33329541.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 410px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Most Crushworthy Character:</strong></h2> <p>This might be an unexpected choice, but I fell pretty hard and quickly for the random little boy from the community center who's convinced that Superman smells like cotton candy clouds. I love how fixated he is on that one aspect of Superman's person, and it's something I'd never thought about before. (In my mind, Superman smells like clean wind, newsprint and spandex.) Sure, he's a character who doesn't even have a name, but he feels like an avatar for all of us Superman fans who feel like we know Supes well enough, but always want to know more.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/05-MAY/SupSmashes_14_5ec483a3ec6655.66150102.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 672px;" /></p> <h2><strong>The Final Word:</strong></h2> <p>The way Yang connects Superman's story to Roberta's is something to be applauded. Superman's often seen as an American hero, but it's important to remember that he's more of an immigrant than anyone else on the entire planet. And although he's nearly invincible, he's got feelings just like the rest of us, including those of inadequacy and fear of the unknown.</p> <p>Reading about Superman—who, in most people's eyes, is a person who has it all together—experiencing similar internal turmoil to a young girl is extremely powerful. And that aspect of the book, combined with the straightforward commentary on racism (and, thankfully, its downfall), makes for a story that should be read by people of all ages, Superman fan or no and YA fan or no.<br />  </p> <p><a href="/graphic-novels/superman-smashes-the-klan-periodical-2019/superman-smashes-the-klan" target="_blank"><em>Superman Smashes the Klan</em></a><em> by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru is now available in bookstores, comic shops, libraries and </em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Superman-Smashes-the-Klan-2019-2020/digital-comic/T2056900018301" target="_blank"><em>as a digital graphic novel</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><em>When Mandy Curtis isn’t reading books by Leigh Bardugo or Sarah J. Maas, she’s dreaming of busting bad guys with Wonder Woman—if Steve Trevor’s there, too, she won’t complain—and writing about YA fiction and pop culture at </em><a href="http://foreveryoungadult.com/" target="_blank"><em>Forever Young Adult</em></a><em>. 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field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/05/20/book-breakdown-superman-smashes-the-klan-brings-a-dark-past-to-light" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Book Breakdown - Superman Smashes the Klan Brings a Dark Past to Light" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Wed, 20 May 2020 17:00:00 +0000 Mandy Curtis 451790 at /blog/2020/05/20/book-breakdown-superman-smashes-the-klan-brings-a-dark-past-to-light#comments The Weird and Wonderful History of Kryptonite /blog/2018/04/05/the-weird-and-wonderful-history-of-kryptonite <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>The Weird and Wonderful History of Kryptonite</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Meg Downey</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>Chances are, even if you've somehow never read a comic, seen a movie, or watched a TV show about Superman, you probably still understand a thing or two about Kryptonite. It's one of the most well-known and recognizable minerals on the planet, despite being totally fictional, to the point that the word itself has been folded into pop culture, from song lyrics to idioms, and crossing genres, mediums and cultures.</p><p>In short, anybody who knows anything about Superman knows Kryptonite too, and <em>everybody </em>knows something about Superman.</p><p>But there's more to the Man of Steel's one true weakness than meets the eye—in fact, there's <em>a lot </em>more. So, get your lead boxes ready and strap yourselves in, it’s time to take a closer look at the wild history of Superman's Achilles heel.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/04-APR/Kryptonite_5ac542501b7164.42921287.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 428px;" /></p><p>Kryptonite was an unexpected addition to the mythology of the DC Universe. In fact, it didn't even get its start on the pages of a comic—instead, it was the 1943 <em>Adventures of Superman </em>radio show that first introduced it. That’s right, a radio show. Sure, it may sound a little strange to us now, but back then the Superman radio show was just as—if not more—popular than the comics themselves. Keep in mind that this was the heart of the Golden Age before things like continuity and shared universes were really established the way we know and recognize them today, so stories about Superman across all different mediums just kind of did their own thing, and in that way, they helped each other grow and change.</p><p>Kryptonite's inclusion in the radio show wasn't just for narrative development. The recording schedule for episodes was a lengthy and daily process that required a <em>huge </em>time commitment from the voice actors. By giving stories a way to take Superman out of commission, they were also giving their actors a chance to take breaks and days off.</p><p>It took six years after its radio introduction for Kryptonite to make the leap to the comics and it <em>still </em>wasn't the glowing green rock you're thinking of. It made its on-page debut in SUPERMAN #61 in 1949, but this early version was actually red in color—not to be confused with the now well-known Red Kryptonite that would be introduced several years later. It took another two years for "standard" Kryptonite to get its green color, in 1951 with ACTION COMICS #161.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/04-APR/AC_310_COVER_001_5ac54294cc6578.65455840.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 888px;" /></p><p>Over time, Kryptonite's mythology shifted and changed as it became more and more popular. Different variations and colors started being introduced all through the ’50s and ’60s…and by "different variations," we mean just about every color or combination you could think of.</p><p>There was Red Kryptonite, which caused aggressive and odd behavior, White Kryptonite that killed plants, Blue Kryptonite which affected Bizarro Kryptonians, Red-Gold to remove memories, Black which split people into good and evil selves, Jewel, Magno, Anti, X…you name it. If a story needed something done, there was a Kryptonite to do it.</p><p>This was the height of the Silver Age where "imaginary stories" (stories that didn't exist or fit into any specific continuity, usually dreams or delusions by characters) reigned supreme, so there was really no limit to what could be done. Kryptonite provided an easy, versatile and virtually limitless way to put the Man of Steel and his allies through all sorts of weird and wild ringers. Exposure to Pink Kryptonite could switch Superman’s gender while Orange Kryptonite could give him the powers and abilities of an animal. Scientifically inclined villains could even manufacture their own versions artificially, tailoring it to whatever scheme they had come up with. The Earth, it would seem, was really just one giant, rock candy Kryptonite buffet.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/04-APR/SM233VOL1_DECC_DCS_5ac542dc36c250.08276181.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 905px;" /></p><p>The Silver Age's Kryptonite fever got <em>so </em>out of hand that the dawn of the Bronze Age saw a story where every Kryptonite fragment on Earth got sweepingly nullified into useless "k-iron" just to keep things from snowballing any further in 1971.</p><p>Of course, it didn't just go away for good. After the mass k-iron transmutation and the giant, continuity shifting events of CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS, Kryptonite got another revamp, this time with a foundation that was a bit more solid. In the Post-Crisis DCU, all Kryptonite was derived from one <em>natural </em>form (the green kind), and could only be modified or crafted into other variations artificially. This is how it became the limited and highly valuable resource on Earth we know today, and why we don't see the other colors and combinations cropping up all that often.</p><p>Still, if its past is any indication, the potential for change and evolution in Kryptonite's forms, effects and applications are virtually limitless. From unexpected origins to tumultuous development, this glowing radioactive rock from space has proven to be almost as endearing and ubiquitous as Big Blue himself. And after eighty years as the world's most recognizable superhero, it all but figures he'd have the world's most recognizable weakness.<br /> </p><p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><i><a href="/comics/action-comics-2016/action-comics-1000" style="color: rgb(119, 218, 245); outline: 0px;" target="_blank">ACTION COMICS #1000</a> featuring art and stories by Brian Michael Bendis, John Cassaday, Paul Dini, Geoff Johns, Tom King, Jim Lee, Scott Snyder and more is in stores on April 18, 2018.</i></p><p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/superman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Superman</a>, <a href="/tags/superman-80" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">superman 80</a>, <a href="/tags/superman-80th-anniversary" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">superman 80th anniversary</a>, <a href="/tags/action-comics-1000-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">action comics #1000</a>, <a href="/tags/kryptonite" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">kryptonite</a>, <a href="/tags/history-of-kryptonite" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">history of kryptonite</a>, <a href="/tags/where-did-kryptonite-first-appear" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">where did kryptonite first appear?</a>, <a href="/tags/how-many-different-colors-of-kryptonite-exist" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">how many different colors of kryptonite exist?</a>, <a href="/tags/where-did-kryptonite-debut" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">where did kryptonite debut?</a>, <a href="/tags/kryptonite-101" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">kryptonite 101</a>, <a href="/tags/everything-you-need-to-know-about-kryptonite" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">everything you need to know about kryptonite</a>, <a href="/tags/supermans-kryptonite" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">superman&#039;s kryptonite</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-comics-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">DC 24ֱ</a>, <a href="/tags/golden-age" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">golden age</a>, <a href="/tags/silver-age" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Silver Age</a>, <a href="/tags/superman-radio-show" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">superman radio show</a>, <a href="/tags/bronze-age" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">bronze age</a>, <a href="/tags/modern-age" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">modern age</a>, <a href="/tags/comic-books" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Comic Books</a>, <a href="/tags/comic-book-history" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">comic book history</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-101" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc 101</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-comics-101" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc comics 101</a>, <a href="/tags/krypton" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Krypton</a>, <a href="/tags/meg-downey" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">meg downey</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2018/04/05/the-weird-and-wonderful-history-of-kryptonite" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="The Weird and Wonderful History of Kryptonite" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Thu, 05 Apr 2018 17:00:00 +0000 Meg Downey 438362 at /blog/2018/04/05/the-weird-and-wonderful-history-of-kryptonite#comments