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A Hero Can Be Anyone 

The superhero genre evolves further to become a respected part of global mainstream culture in various media.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Host
Himself - Actor, Superman (archive footage)
Gary Phillips ...
Himself - Writer
Himself - Writer & Television Producer
Himself - Writer
Himself - Chief Creative Officer, DC Comics
Jules Feiffer ...
Himself - Artist & Writer
Jerry Robinson ...
Himself - Artist & Writer
Jenette Kahn ...
Herself - President, DC Comics
Himself - Co-Creator, Punisher
Danny Fingeroth ...
Himself - Writer & Editor
Himself - Co-Creator, Spider-Man
Himself - Chief Creative Officer, Marvel Entertainment
Mark Waid ...
Himself - Writer
Himself - Writer & Artist (archive footage)


The superhero genre evolves further to become a respected part of global mainstream culture in various media.

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1 April 2014 | by (PariS) – See all my reviews

This final part summarizes comics history from late 70s up to now. As the previous episodes, this very short documentary (54 minutes) tries to trace all the facts so it's full but very fast and a bit superficial. What have i noticed ?

  • the incredible legacy of the first superman movie : with the late
Christopher Reeves and other, this movie proves that super heroes could be a reality (compare with the Captain America's show that is featured also !)

  • the disastrous legacy of the Superman Comics : as told, his death in
the 90s was the nail that shuts the coffin of the industry with too much special edition, exclusive covers...

  • the disrespect of the companies for their artists : the documentary
tell the shameful story of the team who invented Superman, the battle with MacFarlane

  • The funny similarity between the art and the drawer : for example,
John Byrne has a round figure as his characters, JRJR is more cubic as his, and MacFarlane is slim as his...

  • Their undying vitality as comics always rebounds on social trends :
gays, civil rights and there, Marvel is frankly better than its Distinctive Concurent !

In conclusion, this documentary was entertaining and instructive but i can regret that the psychology of super powers is never deepened : sure, it talks about modern mythology but the problematic vigilant aspect and their permanent violence are a bit leftover...

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