The Invisible Empire

Madge Oberholtzer And The Unmasking Of The Ku Klux Klan

Written By: Marc Borstel, Todd Warger, Micky Neilson, Karen Green
In 1925, the KKK in Indiana was at the height of its influence, with one third of the state's population among its ranks. It was seen as a 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.
Format: Hardbound
Publication Date: 9/17/2019
ISBN: 9781683834472
Pages: 112
Trim Size: 8.5 x 11.25

  • About the Author 
  • Press
Marc Borstel, Artist: 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.

Todd Warger, Author: 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, Author: Micky Neilson is a two-time New York Times best-selling author whose graphic novels, Ashbringer (#2 on the list) and Pearl of Pandaria (#3) have both been published in six languages. Micky is a veteran of the First Gulf War, having served in the United States Army in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. 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. He is currently working on a graphic novel, Rook, as well as a number of film projects. In 2016 Riverdale Avenue Press published his memoir Lost and Found: An Autobiography About Discovering Family, available wherever books are sold. He has also self-published his first full-length horror novel, The Turning, and its prequel, Whisper Lake, both available on Amazon. 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.

Karen Green, Foreword: 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.