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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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Lynda Barry ...
Herself
Charles Burns ...
Himself
Sue Coe ...
Herself
Robert Crumb ...
Himself
Will Eisner ...
Himself
Al Feldstein ...
Himself
Shary Flenniken ...
Herself
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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At the end of the credits the following paragraph can be found: There are over 6000 comic book stores across North America. Check one in your neighbourhood. See more »

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Performed by Bob Crosby and the Bobcats
Music by Bob Haggart and Ray Bauduc and lyrics by Gil Rodin and Bob Crosby
(C) 1939 THE CROSBY MUSIC AGENCY
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Great Primer on Comic History as well as Indie/Undie Comics
26 August 2005 | by (Edmonton, Canada) – See all my reviews

Fantastic documentary. It shows portions of the comic book world, behind the scenes that you may or may not have known about until this movie hit the streets. It's a bit like a primer to the less known, forward thinking creator producers that are/were shaping the face of comics.

The chronological/sequential time-line of the show gives you an interesting perspective on the state of comics in all their forms, focusing on the most important aspects of the industry at the time. I also like the way the big 2 are almost a side bar, with comments made about changes and relevant timely issues (Frank Miller talks Batman about the pivotal "Dark Knight Returns")

I highly recommend this movie to anyone interested in sequential art or documentaries for that matter...


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