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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:
Donald Swan
Liberty Lass / Papaya Smith
Leo Matuzik
Joseph Burns ...
Jack Whitney (as Joseph I. Burns)
Taylor Donohue
Anita Levine
Commander Courage / Bruce Easly
Derek Sprang
Mac (Comic Store Pal #1)
Kurt (Comic Store Pal #2)
Ms. Q (studio secretary)
Robert M. Lange ...
Robert Lange
Debby Newman


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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At the convention, Leo (Billy West) stands next to a cardboard cutout of Fry from the show Futurama (1999). Billy West provides the voice of Fry on the show. See more »


Donald Swan: Hey, look! There's Superman!
Taylor Donohue: I don't want to upset you, Don, but that's a guy in a Superman outfit.
Donald Swan: Yeah, but it's a darn good one!
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Above all, We're thankful for the comic books themselves. So to all the artists and writers, both famous and faceless, we dedicate this film. See more »


References Hellboy (2004) See more »


Good Enough for Grandad
Written by James Mathus and Don Raleigh
Performed by Squirrel Nut Zippers
Courtesy of Hollywood Records
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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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