Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle
This series examines the art form of the comic book superhero and its complex relationship with American culture.
Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle Previous Broadcasts
Great Power, Great Responsibility (1959-1977) (Episode #102H)
KQED Life: Thu, Jan 19, 2017 -- 8:00 PM
In the 1960s, a new breed of superhero emerges in pages of Marvel Comics, inspired by the age of atomic energy and space travel and, in turn, inspiring the pop culture and pop artists of the time. Spider-Man, the Hulk and others are the first to have "problems" with which an adult audience can identify, and contemporary social issues make their way into comic books. Black powerhouses such as the Black Panther and Luke Cage appear on the scene, and the pages of "Green Lantern/Green Arrow" explode with relevant storylines as comic books are forced to confront the reality of an increasingly complex world.
- KQED Life: Fri, Jan 20, 2017 -- 2:00 AM
Truth, Justice, and the American Way (1938-1958) (Episode #101H)
KQED Life: Thu, Jan 5, 2017 -- 8:00 PM
During the Depression, the popularity of dozens of superhero characters opens the door for a new generation of artists and writers. World War II creates a patriotic fervor for star-spangled adventurers to represent the American spirit at war and on the home front, but in the 1950s, superheroes are caught in the fire of government scrutiny and regulation. When the thrilling "Adventures of Superman" is broadcast on the new medium of television, America's first and greatest superhero leads the entire comic book industry to renewed strength.
- KQED Life: Fri, Jan 6, 2017 -- 2:00 AM