They have spread from the pulpy pages of nickel comics to Saturday morning cartoons, the big screen and beyond. They have evolved from simple, All-American heroes to tortured, complicated characters reflecting the dreams, desires and fears of modern society. From Superman to The Sandman, COMIC BOOK SUPERHEROES UNMASKED is a fascinating, feature-length look at the evolution of an art form that has proved remarkably adaptable and enduring. Filled with classic images from DC and Marvel Comics as well as extensive interviews with modern masters of the graphic novel like Neil Gaiman and Frank Miller (The Dark Knight Returns), TIME MACHINE goes far beyond the superficial escapist fantasies to probe the forces that shaped the characters who have become legend. In the adventures of The Incredible Hulk, Spider Man, The X-Men and many more are echoes of American society in the last century, and the art form continues to evolve and innovate today.

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Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked (2003)

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They have spread from the pulpy pages of nickel comics to Saturday morning cartoons, the big screen and beyond. They have evolved from simple, All-American heroes to tortured, complicated characters reflecting the dreams, desires and fears of modern society. From Superman to The Sandman, COMIC BOOK SUPERHEROES UNMASKED is a fascinating, feature-length look at the evolution of an art form that has proved remarkably adaptable and enduring. Filled with classic images from DC and Marvel Comics as well as extensive interviews with modern masters of the graphic novel like Neil Gaiman and Frank Miller (The Dark Knight Returns), TIME MACHINE goes far beyond the superficial escapist fantasies to probe the forces that shaped the characters who have become legend. In the adventures of The Incredible Hulk, Spider Man, The X-Men and many more are echoes of American society in the last century, and the art form continues to evolve and innovate today.

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Cast
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Peta Wilson

Host
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Denny O'Neil

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Jim Steranko

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Michael Chabon

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Will Eisner

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Mike Richardson

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Kevin Smith

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Frank Miller

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Bradford Wright

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Paul Levitz

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Stan Lee

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Joe Quesada

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Avi Arad

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Neil Gaiman

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Keith David

Narrator (voice)
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Robert Hendriksen

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Joan Lee

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William Moultan

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John Ostrander

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Doug Wilder

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Neil Armstrong

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Josef Goebbels

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Adolf Hitler

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Estes Kefauver

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John F. Kennedy

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Joseph Stalin

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Crew
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Steve Kroopnick

Director
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James Grant Goldin

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Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

History Channel Presents: Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked

(DVD)

5/15/2008

Disc Title Front Cover

Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

9/27/2005

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