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Superheroes: A Never Ending Battle
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October 17th, 2013 by Rusty

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The other night I was able to watch the new 3-part superhero documentary on PBS: Superheroes: A Never Ending Battle. Luckily my wife saw it on TV and yelled at me, because I didn’t even know about it! Wow – what a spectacular program about American comic books and how they influence so much of the pop culture we enjoy today. If you are a fan of comic book or superhero history then you owe it to yourself to check out this awesome series!

The first episode, “Truth, Justice, and the American Way”, covers the years 1938-1958 – basically the Golden Age. It focuses a lot on Superman and patriotic comics.

The next episode, “Great Power, Great Responsibility”, takes on the years 1959 to 1977. This one casts the spotlight on Marvel comics, popular TV series and how the books changed to reflect society.

The third and final episode is titled “A Hero can be Anyone” and talks about the years from 1978 to the present. It goes over the X-men, the big budget superhero movies, Image Comics and how more changes in society are being reflected in comic books these days.

This series was an absolute blast to watch! My kids and I were sucked into the fascinating stories and history behind the comic books and their creators. It was really fun seeing writers, artists, actors and historians discuss how cool and important these characters were… and still are! There were even some big names, like Mark Waid, talking about their personal experience with comic books. And as a bonus we got to see and hear from both the creepy Frank Miller and the crazy Alan Moore! Both are eccentric but still awesome creators!

Anyway, the series premiered on Tuesday, October 15 2013, but will probably be shown again at various times on local PBS stations. Be sure to check out the TV listings in your area for its next showing.

In the meantime you can also visit the series’ web site at www.pbs.org/superheroes – where you can watch the entire first episode online, but for a limited time only, so hurry up and do it – you won’t be sorry!


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