The Invisible Empire: Madge Oberholtzer and the Unmasking of the Ku Klux Klan

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by Todd A. Warger, Micky Neilson, Marc Borstel and Karen Green

Insight Comics

9/17/2019, hardcover

SKU: 9781683834472


Discover the true story of Madge Oberholtzer in this graphic novel retelling of her controversial case, which exposed the political corruption in Indiana and revealed the true face of the infamous Ku Klux Klan.

In 1925 the KKK in Indiana was at the height of its influence, with one third of the state's white population counted among its ranks. It was seen as a very patriotic, pro-working class organization. However, the case of Madge Oberholtzer would change that forever.

Madge was a young, white, middle-class Indiana resident who worked for D.C. Stephenson, a powerful politician in Indiana and former KKK Grand Dragon who led a coup dividing the Northern Klan. On March 15th, Stephenson and his henchmen abducted Madge at gunpoint and forced her to accompany Stephenson on a private train to Chicago, where he would call himself the "law in Indiana" and proceed to brutally beat and victimize her.

Before succumbing to her injuries, Madge provided a full statement of her abuse at the hands of Stephenson which would expose the depths of Indiana's political corruption and lay bare the true face of the Ku Klux Klan--a revelation that would have a ripple effect on America's impression of the Klan from that day forward.

About the Authors:

Todd A. Warger is an Emmy Award nominee for the documentary film, The Mountain Runners. He is a recipient of the Washington State Historical Society's 2008 David Douglas award for the documentary film, Shipyard. He is also the co-author of Images of America: Mount Baker. He lives in Bellingham, Washington.

Micky Neilson is a two-time New York Times best-selling author whose graphic novels, Ashbringer and Pearl of Pandaria have both been published in six languages. As one of the first writers at Blizzard Entertainment, he has more than two decades of experience in the cutting edge of the gaming industry. In 2016 Riverdale Avenue Press published his memoir Lost and Found: An Autobiography About Discovering Family. Most recently, Micky was tapped to write the comic book series The Howling: Revenge of the Werewolf Queen, a continuation of beloved 1981 Joe Dante horror film The Howling.

Marc Borstel has worked in the industry since 2004. In 2009, he worked in Weapon X for Marvel Comics. His latest work is The Invisible Empire for Insight Comics, a Jurassic Park Adult Coloring Book for Dark Horse Comics, World of Warcraft for Blizzard Entertainment, and Grant Morrison's 18 Days.

Karen Green is a curator for comics and cartoons at Columbia University's Rare Book & Manuscript Library. She is a leading voice in politics and feminism.