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The Shadow Hero

illustrated by Sonny Liew
lettered by Janice Chiang
published by First Second Books
recommended for Middle School and Up

I’ve wanted to do a superhero book for a long, long time.  I finally get to in The Shadow Hero.

Illustrator extraordinaire Sonny Liew and I tell the story of Hank Chu, a mild-mannered Chinese American teenager growing up in a fictional 1930′s Chinatown.  Hank wants nothing more than to work in his family’s grocery store, but his mother has more ambitious plans.  She wants him to embody the excitement of their new country.

She wants him to become a superhero.

Related Materials:
The Shadow Hero Comic Strip at
BoingBoing Feature on The Shadow Hero
Interview with Sonny Liew at
Alex Jay's Biography of Chu F. Hing
Blazing Comics at The Digital Comic Museum
The Green Turtle at Public Domain Super Heroes

Gene Luen Yang Talks About The Shadow Hero