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Format:
Title:
Superheroes : a never-ending battle
ISBN:
9781608839742
Edition:
Widescreen Version.
Distribution:
[Arlington, Virginia] : PBS Distribution, [2013]
Publication:
[Arlington, Virginia] : PBS, [2013]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (180 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Documentary.
Contents:
Truth, justice, and the American way (1938-1958) -- Great power, great responsibility (1959-1977) -- A hero can be anyone (1978-Present).

Bonus features: Linda Carter on superheroes -- Jules Feiffer on Pensky's Candy Store -- Eddy Friedfeld on Superman's powers -- Stan Lee on the birth of Spiderman -- Jerry Robinson on creating the Joker -- Joe Simon on his partner Jack Kirby -- Jack Urbont : Marvel super heroes songs -- Michael Uslan on comic book conventions -- Adam West on violence in movies.
Summary:
Examines the dawn of the comic book genre and its progenitors, as well as the evolution of the characters that leapt from the pages over the last 70 years and their ongoing worldwide cultural impact. It chronicles how these 'disposable diversions' were subject to intense government scrutiny for their influence on American children and how they were created in large part by immigrants whose fierce loyalty to a new homeland laid the foundation of a multi-billion-dollar industry.
Reading Level:
Rating: TVPG.
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741.509 Superheroes
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DVD 741.569 SUPERHEROES
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DVD 741.5 Superheroes 2013
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741.59 Superheroes 2013
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Summary

Examines the dawn of the comic book genre and its progenitors, as well as the evolution of the characters that leapt from the pages over the last 70 years and their ongoing worldwide cultural impact. It chronicles how these 'disposable diversions' were subject to intense government scrutiny for their influence on American children and how they were created in large part by immigrants whose fierce loyalty to a new homeland laid the foundation of a multi-billion-dollar industry.


Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Narrated by actor Liev Schreiber, this extensive and highly entertaining retrospective chronologically reviews the history of 20th-century superheroes utilizing an amazingly rich collection of archival and contemporary media of all types. The first of the three hour-long episodes, "Truth, Justice and the American Way," introduces the 10-cent comic and early movie serial heroes that provided a much-needed distraction from the Great Depression and onward through the late 1950s. "Great Power, Great Responsibility" covers the Space Age through the tumultuous 1960s and 1970s, highlighted by the first adult television series based on a superhero, Batman in 1966. The final chapter, "A Hero Can Be Anyone," begins its coverage with the 1978 Superman film, the first superhero franchise that set off a trend that continues to the present. This documentary explores how elements of darkness and violence have became more commonplace in the superhero genre, reflecting the change in audience from children to adults, and the shift from television to big-screen movies. This offering includes nine bonus sections with expanded interviews with and commentaries by performers and producers who were responsible for the genre's expansion and popularity. English language subtitles and a chapter selection option enhance the usability of this sure-to-be-popular title.-Dwain Thomas, formerly of Lake Park High School, Roselle, IL (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.