Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked

By | Friday, July 07, 2006 Leave a Comment
Just a quick notice to say that on Sunday, July 9 at 2:00 am EST, the History Channel will air a documentary called "Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked." It's actually from 2003, but I don't recall seeing it before.

In any event, it's touted as being an examination of how superheroes -- and presumably comics by extension -- are more than just escapist fantasy. The IMDB summary reads...
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 X-Men and many more are echoes of American society in the last century, and the art form continues to evolve and innovate today.
So, if you haven't seen it before, it might be worth staying up late or setting the VCR/Tivo/DVD-R.
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