Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew’s THE SHADOW HERO tells the untold origin of The Green Turtle, the first ever Asian American superhero from the Golden Age of comic books in the 1940s, created by a Chinese American cartoonist named Chu Hing. It’s a great book, made all the better when, after the last story page, you get to the story BEHIND the book itself. It’s the sort of thing I could explain, but don’t want to take the experience away from you as a potential reader. Gene Luen Yang has wanted to write a superhero story for a long time and got to tell a pretty iconic one here. And the art, by Sonny Lieu, who I first noticed on a terrific book called MY FAITH IN FRANKIE, is so good on the art and storytelling.
In the end, despite the fact that THE SHADOW HERO takes place in the ’40s and Pix has a cell phone, I still wanted to draw them in a team-up situation up just the same! And I think this marks the first of this series of drawings to feature buildings, right?
Get more info on THE SHADOW HERO and Gene Yang’s website.
Pix Plus is a series of drawings presenting Pix in team-ups with notable characters from kid-friendly comics and graphic novels. The series will run Monday-Friday, from November 17-December 24. Please do share and let people know about Pix and Pix Plus!
Ask your local comic shop to order PIX: ONE WEIRDEST WEEKEND, in the December catalog, item #DEC141546