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Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked (2003)

A history of superheroes in comic books, from the first appearance of Superman in the 1930s to today's morally-conflicted, violent anti-heroes.


(as Stephen Kroopnick)


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Industry insiders like Stan Lee and Neil Gaiman (The Sandman) reflect on the way their colorful creations reflect society at large. They have spread from the pulpy pages of nickel comics to Saturday morning cartoons, the big screen and beyond. They have evolved from simple, All-American heroes to tortured, complicated characters reflecting the dreams, desires and fears of modern society. From Superman to The Sandman, Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked is a fascinating, feature-length look at the evolution of an art form that has proved remarkably adaptable and enduring. Filled with classic images from DC and Marvel Comics as well as extensive interviews with modern masters of the graphic novel like Neil Gaiman and Frank Miller (The Dark Knight Returns), this documentary, originally aired on the History Channel, goes far beyond the superficial escapist fantasies to probe the forces that shaped the characters who have become legend. In the adventures of The Incredible Hulk, Spider Man, The... Written by Yocke

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26 September 2015 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Before this documentary I was unable to enjoy the comics. After seeing it I still can't enjoy comics. Too much paper wasted for generally bad stories. Maybe I was exposed to them too late in life. Maybe it is something else. But these guys know their business. Or at least they convinced me of this. I haven't thought of comics or their readers as stupid. Still, they are the folklore. At least one part of it.

Also the documentary is quite well done. I was ready to watch it while doing other things. Yet more than once I returned to the screen to see what next. I even backed a bit to see something. Finally, it makes more sense why the feature films are so idiotic, yet these comic books still have a wide readership.

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