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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Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle
Examines the evolution of superhero characters and the comic book industry, chronicling how disposable diversions that cost just a dime became the fou (more…)
Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle
Examines the evolution of superhero characters and the comic book industry, chronicling how disposable diversions that cost just a dime became the fou (more…)
Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle
Examines the evolution of superhero characters and the comic book industry, chronicling how disposable diversions that cost just a dime became the fou (more…)
Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle
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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A Hero Can Be Anyone Season 1, Episode 3 Oct 15, 2013 Subscription

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 Subscription

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

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

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

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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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