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Comic Book Confidential (1988)

Unrated  |   |  Documentary, History  |  27 April 1989 (West Germany)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Lynda Barry ...
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Charles Burns ...
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Sue Coe ...
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Robert Crumb ...
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Will Eisner ...
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Al Feldstein ...
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Shary Flenniken ...
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William M. Gaines ...
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Bill Griffith ...
Himself / Zippy the Pinhead
Jaime Hernández ...
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Jack Kirby ...
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Harvey Kurtzman ...
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Paul Mavrides ...
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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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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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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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The best overview of the medium so far, but it needs refining.
8 January 2000 | by (London, Ontario) – See all my reviews

When this film came out, it was a refreshing and enjoyable movie. It treats comics with some real respect and takes the time to explore the medium in some detail.

However, there are some flaws. Some of the talents interviewed do not work in comic books per se, but in comic STRIPS, a variant of the medium that has gotten much more respect over the years than comic books. However, that variant has it's own history and dicipline that is distinct from comic books and should not have been included. This is meaning no disrespect talents like Bill Griffith, but it's like having a film discussing the art and history of movies and having TV series producers interviewed. They are part of a related medium, but are really not relevant to the main subject of the film.

Otherwise, it does cover a fairly complete view of the form with giants like Jack Kirby, Stan Lee and Robert Crumb, although I would have liked to have seen talents like Alan Moore (Swamp Thing, Watchmen) or the Pini's (Elfquest) being interviewed. The animated sequences were a neat way to get the atmosphere of the comics in their different eras as well as the major characters. The footage of the pages from "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" was particularly effective.

In short, if you need a quick overview of the comic book as a form of art, then this film is well worth your time.


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