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Comic Book Confidential (1988)

A survey of the artistic history of the comic book medium and some of the major talents associated with it.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lynda Barry ...
Herself
Charles Burns ...
Himself
Sue Coe ...
Herself
Robert Crumb ...
Himself
Will Eisner ...
Himself
Al Feldstein ...
Himself
Shary Flenniken ...
Herself
William M. Gaines ...
Himself
Bill Griffith ...
Himself / Zippy the Pinhead
Jaime Hernández ...
Himself
Jack Kirby ...
Himself
Harvey Kurtzman ...
Himself
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Himself
Paul Mavrides ...
Himself
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Himself
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In the 20th century, no artistic medium in North America with so much potential for creative expression has had a more turbulent history plagued with less respect than comic books. Through animated montages, readings and interviews, this film guides us through the history of the medium from the late 1930s and 1940s with the first explosion of popularity with the superheroes created by great talents like Jack Kirby and hitting its first artistic zenith with Will Eisner's "Spirit". It then shifts to the post war comics world with the rising popularity of crime and horror comics, especially those published by EC Comics under the editorshiop of William B. Gaines until it came crashing down the rise of censorship with the imposition of the Comics Code. In its wake of the devastation of the medium's creative freedom, we also explore EC's defiant survival with the creation of the singular "Mad Magazine" by Harvey Kurtzman. We then move to the resurgence of the superheroes in the late 1950's ... Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@rogers.com>

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Crazy Credits

In the introductory credits the artists portrayed in the film are presented by a comic artist who is working on a comic page, filling the frames with the name and a typical comic character of each artist. When introductory credits are over and the page has just been finished, the comic artist makes such a clumsy move that his ink pot overturns loosing all its ink over the page. See more »

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References Superman (1941) See more »

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Dark Star
Lyrics by Robert Hunter and music by Jerry Garcia; also co-attributed to Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, Ron McKernan and Bob Weir
Performed by Grateful Dead
from LIVE / DEAD (C)ICE NINE PUBLISHING COMPANY
Courtesy of ICE NINE PUBLISHING COMPANY
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not strictly for comic book geeks
12 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ron Mann's playful documentary works in two ways, first and foremost as an affectionate thumbnail history of comic books and the social attitudes that nurtured them, from the super patriotic fervor of the Second World War to the right-wing paranoia of McCarthyism to the counterculture underground of the '60s and beyond. Elsewhere it's an introduction to almost two-dozen comic artists (the tag cartoonist doesn't do them justice) still plying their trade, all of them misfits, rebels, radicals, and malcontents. Snappy graphics and sample art combine to make the film a colorful celebration of an enduring and popular form of self-expression, with one drawback: most of the highlighted artists could have inspired their own full length feature, and the film simply isn't long enough to examine them individually to the depth they each deserve. Also, parents please note: despite the subject matter this is certainly not a film for children.


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