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A comprehensive history of the superhero comic book fantasy genre and its influence on American culture.
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Liev Schreiber ...  Himself - Host 3 episodes, 2013
Danny Fingeroth Danny Fingeroth ...  Himself - Writer & Editor / ... 3 episodes, 2013
Mark Waid Mark Waid ...  Himself - Writer 3 episodes, 2013
Stan Lee ...  Himself - Co-Creator, Spider-Man / ... 3 episodes, 2013
Neal Adams Neal Adams ...  Himself - Artist 3 episodes, 2013
Bradford Wright Bradford Wright ...  Himself - Comic Book Historian 3 episodes, 2013
Adam West ...  Himself - Actor / ... 3 episodes, 2013
Ed Catto Ed Catto ...  Himself - Marketing Executive 3 episodes, 2013
Phil Jimenez Phil Jimenez ...  Himself - Artist / ... 3 episodes, 2013
Jenette Kahn Jenette Kahn ...  Herself - President, DC Comics 2 episodes, 2013
Jim Steranko Jim Steranko ...  Himself - Artist & Writer 2 episodes, 2013
Arlen Schumer Arlen Schumer ...  Himself - Artist & Designer 2 episodes, 2013
Carmine Infantino Carmine Infantino ...  Himself - Artist / ... 2 episodes, 2013
Michael Chabon ...  Himself - Author 2 episodes, 2013
Len Wein ...  Himself - Co-Creator, Wolverine / ... 2 episodes, 2013
Jules Feiffer Jules Feiffer ...  Himself - Artist & Writer 2 episodes, 2013
Joe Quesada ...  Himself - Chief Creative Officer, Marvel Entertainment 2 episodes, 2013
Ramona Fradon Ramona Fradon ...  Herself - Artist 2 episodes, 2013
Gerry Conway ...  Himself - Co-Creator, Punisher / ... 2 episodes, 2013
Denny O'Neil ...  Himself - Writer 2 episodes, 2013
William H. Foster III William H. Foster III ...  Himself - Comic Book Historian 2 episodes, 2013
Grant Morrison ...  Himself - Writer 2 episodes, 2013
Lynda Carter ...  Herself - Actor 2 episodes, 2013
Trina Robbins Trina Robbins ...  Herself - Comic Book Historian / ... 2 episodes, 2013
Marc Damon Johnson Marc Damon Johnson ...  Luke Cage / ... 2 episodes, 2013
Adriane Lenox ...  Black Lois Lane / ... 2 episodes, 2013
Vincent Zurzolo Vincent Zurzolo ...  Himself - Metropolis Comics 1 episode, 2013
Gerard Jones Gerard Jones ...  Himself - Comic Book Historian 1 episode, 2013
Gary Phillips Gary Phillips ...  Himself - Writer 1 episode, 2013
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J. Michael Straczynski ...  Himself - Writer 1 episode, 2013
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Examines the dawn of the comic book genre and its powerful legacy, as well as the evolution of the characters who leapt from the pages over the last 75 years and their ongoing worldwide cultural impact. It chronicles how these disposable diversions were subject to intense government scrutiny for their influence on American children and how they were created in large part by the children of immigrants whose fierce loyalty to a new homeland laid the foundation for a multi-billion-dollar industry that is an influential part of our national identity. Written by PBS

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Comic Book History in Three Hours
10 December 2014 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A comprehensive history of the superhero comic book fantasy genre and its influence on American culture.

We learn that comic book history overlaps nicely with the immigrant culture of Jewish and Italian youth in New York, with artists and writers working under sweatshop conditions. From the same neighborhoods that gave us the Golden Age of organized crime, we also got the Golden Age of comics.

We learn the origins of Superman, Batman and the Blue Beetle. Not the characters themselves, but how they were created. Who knew Batman was a ripoff of the Shadow? Or that Blue Beetle was given his name to trip off the Green Hornet? We even get a bit of World War II and Captain America (one of the few big Marvel characters to debut before the 1960s boom).

Episode one touches on "Seduction of the Innocent", and the low point in comic book history. Batman was seen as a sexual deviant and Superman (despite being created by two Jewish men) was symbolic of Hitler's master race. Although only covered in a few minutes (this topic could and should be a full episode), the general point is hit hard.

Episode two jumps up to the heroes of the 1960s, a big boom for Marvel Comics, largely inspired by the wonder and fear of nuclear power. The theme of radiation brought us the Hulk, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four. Solid writing also gave us stories that regular people could identify with (Peter Parker's dating and school troubles). And then there was the start of real diversity, thanks to Luke Cage and Black Panther.

We also hear about Jim Steranko's reinvention of Nick Fury as a spy, and the innovation of writing a story without words. We have the Batman TV series, the Comics Code Authority's limitations, and more.


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