Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle

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Examines the dawn of the comic book genre and its powerful legacy, as well as the evolution of the characters who leapt from the pages over the last 75 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 the children of immigrants whose fierce loyalty to a new homeland laid the foundation for a multi-billion-dollar industry that is an influential part of our national identity.

60 minutes

Examines the dawn of the comic book genre and its powerful legacy, as well as the evolution of the characters who leapt from the pages over the last 75 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 the children of immigrants whose fierce loyalty to a new homeland laid the foundation for a multi-billion-dollar industry that is an influential part of our national identity.

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Watch Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle Season 1 Episode 3 - A Hero Can Be Anyone (1978-Present)

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Conclusion. The ever-increasing popularity of superheroes across all media during the past 25 years, a trend initially fueled by the 1978 movie "Superman," is examined. Also: the re-imagining of Batman in the "Dark Knight Returns" comic books of 1986; the sophisticated take on the genre of "Watchmen."
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Watch Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle Season 1 Episode 1 - Truth, Justice, and the American Way (1938-1958)

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Part 1 of 3. The story of comic-book superheroes starts during the Depression and WWII years, when star-spangled heroes were in demand. The 1950s saw comic books come under government scrutiny, however, due to their popularity with kids. Though under attack, the industry survived and thrived thanks to the success of the "Adventures of Superman" TV series, which premiered in 1952. Liev Schreiber hosts and narrates.
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