Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle

The story of comic-book superheroes begins during the Depression and WWII years, when star-spangled heroes were in demand. The 1950s saw the genre fall under government scrutiny, however, due to its popularity with kids. Also: the flawed superheroes and socially relevant stories that emerged in the 1960s; and the popularity of superhero films, which beg (more…)

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A Hero Can Be Anyone Season 1, Episode 3 Oct 15, 2013 $1.99

From PBS - Track the enthusiasm for superheroes as they're embraced in all media and by all demographics.

Great Power, Great Responsibility Season 1, Episode 2 Oct 15, 2013 $1.99

From PBS - See how superheroes affect and reflect relevant social mores.

Truth, Justice, and the American Way Season 1, Episode 1 Oct 15, 2013 $2.99

From PBS - Follow the fortunes of superheroes, from the Depression through Superman's television debut.

Superheroes: A Never Ending Battle: Season 1 Season 1, Episode 0 Paid

Join host and narrator Liev Schreiber to explore the dawn of the comic book genre and trace the evolution of the characters and their ongoing cultural impact worldwide. Chart the progression from the first comic books born during the Great Depression to the television debut of Superman in the 1950s, to the emergence of superheroes who reflect changing social mores in the 1960s and 70s, to today's insatiable enthusiasm for superheroes embraced in all media and by all demographics.

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Examines the evolution of superhero characters and the comic book industry, chronicling how disposable diversions that cost just a dime became the fou (more…)
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00:30 — Join host Liev Schreiber to trace the development of comic book heroes and their powerful legacy.

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  • Premiered: October 15, 2013
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: The story of comic-book superheroes begins during the Depression and WWII years, when star-spangled heroes were in demand. The 1950s saw the genre fall under government scrutiny, however, due to its popularity with kids. Also: the flawed superheroes and so… (more)

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