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
A Hero Can Be Anyone (1978-Present) (Episode #103)
KQED World: Sat, Oct 26, 2013 -- 5:00 AM
Superheroes are enthusiastically embraced in all forms of media and by all demographics, beginning with the historic Superman movie featuring Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel. In 1986, Batman is overhauled as The Dark Knight to reflect the nocturnal underside of his character, and Watchmen brings new sophistication to comic book narratives, illuminating a violent and politicized world. In the new millennium, superheroes have taken over popular culture with feature films, television shows and video games complementing a new generation of web-based comics that bring superhero adventures to every corner of the world.
Great Power, Great Responsibility (1959-1977) (Episode #102)
KQED World: Sat, Oct 19, 2013 -- 6:00 AM
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.
Truth, Justice, and the American Way (1938-1958) (Episode #101)
KQED 9: Tue, Oct 15, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
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. Featuring on-camera interviews with Stan Lee, Adam West, Lynda Carter, Michael Chabon and Todd McFarlane.
- KQED World: Sat, Oct 19, 2013 -- 5:00 AM
- KQED Life: Thu, Oct 17, 2013 -- 1:00 AM
- KQED Life: Wed, Oct 16, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED 9: Wed, Oct 16, 2013 -- 2:00 AM