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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Public Broadcasting Service
  • Release Date: Oct. 15 2013
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EE8AJ50
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,473 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle

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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Short but very interesting doc. on comic super heroes they do a good job covering all eras of super heroes.
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Was very excited to find this for my husband. Arrived on time, in tact and thrilled my hubby. Awesome documentary on the origins and evolutions of superheroes.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Amazing Documentary Oct. 20 2013
By Chongo - Published on
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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.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A History Lesson Oct. 26 2013
By E. Joseph Delaney - Published on
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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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A good documentary of why we love super heroes Jan. 10 2014
By Jeffrey R. Young - Published on
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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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nice over view of super hero history April 15 2014
By Michael A. Nelson - Published on
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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).
Idealism and indignation July 17 2015
By ML - Published on
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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. The older artists and writers give the best perspective in this documentary because time humbles all tempers and egos, but then you get to the creators from the 1990s and suddenly the facts are gone. Todd McFarlene in this documentary really miss evaluates his role in the era of the comic boom and the establishment of image comics (though he is still an important figure head of the time with allot of good in sites to share) as does the writers of the Death of Superman books. This was the time period where new comic companies were risking it all, 90% of comic shops closed, and the economy of comics collapsed.........but all we got out of the insiders in THIS documentary is "Here is how I did the daring thing and wrote a darker story.........and somehow the economy of my industry fell apart. I don't know. Does not matter. Want to read the issue of Batman I wrote where he found his first grey hair?". It is really disappointing to say the least to have such a complex and charged time skimmed over because the artists they asked still had chips on their shoulders.

But again, this is still a good documentary set. I recommend you look up an internet reviewer by the name of SFDebris and his recent miniseries covering the Rise and Fall of the Comic book industry in the late 80s and early 90s (currently 7 parts long on the Blip internet channel). It covers the artists, the investors, the venture capitalists, the market, the shipping, the battle of egos in every office, and every inspired mistake along the way. It damn near picks up all the slack this dvd left hanging behind it.

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