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Comic Book: The Movie (2004)

Video  -  Comedy  -  27 January 2004 (USA)
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The relationship between Hollywood and comic book culture is lambasted in this mockumentary as a beloved heroic character is rung through the studio system.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Donald Swan
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Liberty Lass / Papaya Smith
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Leo Matuzik
Joseph Burns ...
Jack Whitney (as Joseph I. Burns)
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Taylor Donohue
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Ricky
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Anita Levine
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Commander Courage / Bruce Easly
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Derek Sprang
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Mac (Comic Store Pal #1)
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Kurt (Comic Store Pal #2)
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Ms. Q (studio secretary)
Robert M. Lange ...
Robert Lange
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J.T.
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Debby Newman
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A host of real-life celebrities - including Hugh Hefner, Stan Lee, and Kevin Smith - journey into the world of comic book fandom! Documentary filmmaker Donald Swan heads to the world's largest comic book convention where he encounters a culture of craziness that he's totally unprepared for! Written by Comic Book : The Movie

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Hollywood invaded the Comic Book World... Now the real Comic Book Heros are striking back!

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Rated PG-13 for language, sexual content and some drug references | See all certifications »
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The characters Donald Swan (played by Mark Hamill) and Derek Sprang (Tom Kenny) are named for two comic book artists, Curt Swan, who drew Superman in the 1960s, and Dick Sprang, who drew Batman in the 1950s. See more »

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[Ricky is giving advice to Leo on meeting girls]
Ricky: And don't, like, get all touchy-feely and stuff. That's grabbin', and it makes 'em uncomfortable. Save it for later, after you get 'em liquored up.
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"Commander Courage", "Codename: Courage", "Liberty Lad", "Liberty Lass" and all fictional comic book and comic strip characters created by Mark Hamill. See more »

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References InuYasha (2000) See more »

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Commander Courage Theme
Written by John McKinney
Performed by The Makmusic Orchestra
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Revenge of the Comic-Nerds
24 January 2004 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

Not that I'm putting down comics nerds, being one myself. Mark Hamill's directorial debut, COMIC BOOK: THE MOVIE, is a great mockumentary about Don Swan (Hamill), a lifelong comics collector who gets hired as the on-set expert for the feature film version of a Captain America-like Golden Age hero called COMMANDER COURAGE (whew...) and his young sidekick LIBERTY LAD.

Of course, the studio would rather base it on the "updated" version called CODE NAME: COURAGE, in which our hero wears all black, carries automatic weapons and hangs out with a rather busty female sidekick, LIBERTY LASS (sexual tension abounds, of course).

This does not sit well with Don, who wants to see the original character the focus of the film, and thus he sets out to convince studio lackeys, the grandson of the creator (Billy West) and anyone else who will listen to drop the idea of the bullet-blasting Courage and to stick with the WWII-era version.

Filmed during the San Diego Comic Con, the film is jam-packed with comics vets (Stan Lee, Matt Groening), movie folk (Bruce Campbell, Kevin Smith, Ray Harryhausen, Ron Pearlman) and even an appearance by Hugh Hefner, a huge comics fan as well.

I laughed the entire time and was quite happy to see a cast comprised mostly of voice-over actors (who are just as hilarious in the DVD commentary). Good job, everyone, and I can't wait to see what Hamill's got cooked up next!


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