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Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle

4.7 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews

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Examines the evolution of superhero characters and the comic book industry, chronicling how disposable diversions that cost just a dime became the foundation for a multi-billion dollar industry whose products are an influential part of our national identity.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Pbs (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: October 15, 2013
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EE8AJ50
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,285 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I caught the last hour of this the night it aired on PBS. Daneel Olivaw's review is perfect & spot on. It truly is an all encompassing look into the comic book industry & all the mythology surrounding superheroe's & all it's costumed brethren. This really delves deeply into comic books, the roots of this graphic fiction medium, & it's long lasting impact in popular culture. Personally this is one of the best documentary's on the subject since "Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics" from 2010. Everyone should see this.
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This is the kind of product that should be shown in colleges teaching the Comic Arts and Writing or in Film Schools. Liev Schreiber narrates the nearly 3 hours of material which begins during the Golden Age of comics and runs right up to the current era. It is a fast moving and in-depth piece that to those of us making our own comic works is also inspirational. To comic fans, this is a terrific addition to their DVD collections right up there with Comic Book Confidential, Comic Book Heroes Unmasked, The Mind of Alan Moore, Todd McFarlane-The Devil You Know, and Will Eisners doc on Sequential Art. Add all of these to your comic collection and be inspired as you create your own piece of comic book history. Excelsior!
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Hello true believers, I am just another nerd who loves nerdy documentaries.

This is a wonderful buy as a DvD. It succinctly explains the history of super hero comics in the 20th century, but there is a give an take to that.

The key to a documentary is facts and for a nerdy subject like this (where the people most involved are professional escapists and by nature divorced from facts) two things get in the way.

Idealism is the first obstacle. Obviously you can't devote time to a subject without love or need for the subject, but love for the subject deifies factors that are not a part of history. Obviously the history here did not start with something as overreaching as the concept of super heroes (You, like in Neil Degrass Tison's Cosmos where they tries to make Gilgamesh into a super hero?), but they did not dwell on more immediate inspirations like the Scarlet Pimpernel or Zorro or the kinds of books the creators of modern comics would read before they became the creators more iconic characters like Superman, Batman, and the Joker. Much like many of the Walt Disney documentaries I purchase there are moments where research, retrospect, and insight into the events and repercussions of objective information becomes "Golly gee, what a better world this imaginary thing made". Again, this is to be expected when wide eyed nerds try to tell the truth about people and subjects before their time with wide eyed love. I can take that obstacle in any documentary.

Indignation is the bigger second obstacle. Whether it is comics, television, film, or animation, these art forms are an industry and these industrialist are artists. Which means you have the back stabbing of a competitive world of work meeting with people less likely to be stable about it.
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Originally through comic books and now through digital media I get my fix of hero (make that super hero) worship. It gives us all something to strive for and live up to. Recommended.
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This is a great film that examines every comic book Superhero and their influence to the comic industry. Without the influence of the first Superhero Superman we would have nothing! The impact of the character Superman inspired people to come up with their own Superheroes that people love today, so give Superman a little more respect. Based on my opinion Superhero's are not just for kids, but are for adults as well. Kids may ware Superhero clothes and watch cartoons and movies, but they do not read comic books anymore. Adults Do! If you walk into any comic shop, you will not find a single child in there, except adults. This movie explains everything you need to know about comic book history and is a wonderful dvd to add to any Superhero fans collection. Just to point it out there they show very little photo's toward the end of the film, towards our current time from the movie Man of Steel but say nothing about it and say in no way how it impacted the comic book world like they do with the other superhero movies, You know why? Man of steel was a horrible film that ruined Superman, had no character study, a horrible plot, and was about dumb and unnecessary, non stop fighting.
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This was similar to a special done on History Channel several years ago. This is longer but still very general about super hero comics. I learned a few new things (half of the US read comics in the 40s???!!). A few neat extras like the writer of the 60s Marvel hero theme songs (very NY cabaret).
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I originally saw this on PBS and I was amazed at how good it was, so I had to add it to my collection. If you think comics are kid stuff, this will change your mind.

This is very well done, intelligent and respectful story of comics from the begging in the 30's all the up through modern day blockbuster movies. But its more than a retelling of comic book superhero history. Its intelligent and insightful, explaining how historical events and societal attitudes influenced the storylines and characters. This doc makes it clear that writers and artists werent writing kids entertainment, rather, illustrating and interpreting issues of the day. War, racism, you name it, were all discussed within comic pages, making those topics palatable to young audiences.

If you're a comic fan, I guarantee you'll love it. If you aren't, you'll come away with an understanding of why comic are and important artistic medium.
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