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Truth, Justice and the American Way 

The fantasy genre's beginnings in 1930s comic books, its rise in the 1940s until its decline during the popular blacklash against the medium in the 1950s.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Host
Vincent Zurzolo ...
Himself - Metropolis Comics
Gerard Jones ...
Himself - Comic Book Historian
Jenette Kahn ...
Herself - President, DC Comics
Arlen Schumer ...
Himself - Artist & Designer
Danny Fingeroth ...
Himself - Comic Book Historian
Joe Kubert ...
Himself - Artist (archive footage)
William M. Gaines ...
Himself - Publisher, E.C. Comics (archive footage)
Carmine Infantino ...
Himself - Artist
Jim Steranko ...
Himself - Artist & Writer
Bradford Wright ...
Himself - Comic Book Historian
Himself - Author
Mark Waid ...
Himself - Writer
Neal Adams ...
Himself - Artist
Jules Feiffer ...
Himself - Artist & Writer


From PBS - During the Depression, the popularity of dozens of superhero characters opens the door for a new generation of artists and writers. World War II creates a patriotic fervor for star-spangled adventurers to represent the American spirit at war and on the home front, but in the 1950s, superheroes are caught in the fire of government scrutiny and regulation. When the thrilling "Adventures of Superman" is broadcast on the new medium of television, America's first and greatest superhero leads the entire comic book industry to renewed strength. Written by Anonymous

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