Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked
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Comic books--serious or escapist fantasy? This feature-length special shows how comic book superheroes reflect their times--from the 1930s to the 21st century--and how these wish-fulfillment figures became role models for generations of children. Following the most representative cartoon crusaders and villains, as well as the industry that formed them, we see how they mirrored society--from the Depression, WWII, the Cold War, and the turbulent '60s to today--and how they proved adaptable to other media.
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The reason I say that this does not cover the HISTORY of comics as a whole is that it ignores the comic strip almost entirely. These were important because they gave birth to the comic book industry. As a result, heroes who predated Superman such as The Phantom, Dick Tracy, The Clock, Flash Gordon and The Green Hornet are not mentioned. The documentary does take the viewer through all the major developments in the industry from the beginnings of the Golden Age to post WW2 to the Marvel age and the development of modern comics in the 1980's. Worth a watch and worth buying if you are a comic book fan!