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Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked (2003)

A history of superheroes in comic books, from the first appearance of Superman in the 1930s to today's morally-conflicted, violent anti-heroes.

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Steve Kroopnick (as Stephen Kroopnick)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peta Wilson ... Host
Denny O'Neil ... Himself
Jim Steranko Jim Steranko ... Himself
Michael Chabon ... Himself
Will Eisner Will Eisner ... Himself
Mike Richardson ... Himself
Kevin Smith ... Himself
Frank Miller ... Himself
Bradford Wright Bradford Wright ... Himself
Paul Levitz ... Himself
Stan Lee ... Himself
Joe Quesada ... Himself
Avi Arad ... Himself
Neil Gaiman ... Himself
Keith David ... Narrator (voice)
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Industry insiders like Stan Lee and Neil Gaiman (The Sandman) reflect on the way their colorful creations reflect society at large. They have spread from the pulpy pages of nickel comics to Saturday morning cartoons, the big screen and beyond. They have evolved from simple, All-American heroes to tortured, complicated characters reflecting the dreams, desires and fears of modern society. From Superman to The Sandman, Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked is a fascinating, feature-length look at the evolution of an art form that has proved remarkably adaptable and enduring. Filled with classic images from DC and Marvel Comics as well as extensive interviews with modern masters of the graphic novel like Neil Gaiman and Frank Miller (The Dark Knight Returns), this documentary, originally aired on the History Channel, goes far beyond the superficial escapist fantasies to probe the forces that shaped the characters who have become legend. In the adventures of The Incredible Hulk, Spider Man, The... Written by Yocke

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Country:

USA

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English

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July 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kaos og kryptonit - superhelte gennem tidsmaskinen See more »

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Triage Entertainment See more »
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Interesting, relevant, and quite cool.
27 April 2004 | by laugh-1See all my reviews

The documentary traces comic book history from Superman in the 1930s to the 21st century movie craze. It covers well-known mainstream figures like Batman, Wonder Woman, Spiderman, and the X-Men, but also characters and series known only amongst fans, such as the Watchmen and the Sandman. This is not some expose of each hero's powers and whether they could beat the Death Star in a fight, either; it's a presentation of comic books as a literary form and an industry, of its impact on culture, and culture's impact on it. In other words, it's surprisingly good stuff.

It looks good, too. I loved the graphics applied to the pages of the comics, the way the camera would sway and tilt over the static images the way a reader's eyes might. Meanwhile, Keith David has this voice and tone that sets the sharp and super-cool feel of the show perfectly.


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