Saturday, January 30, 2021

YouTube Theatre: Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked (2003)

 In 2003, the History Channel, a sister network to A & E, produced a documentary that traced the history of superheroes in comics up to that point.

"Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked", narrated by Keith David, takes viewers from the Golden Age and the development of Superman all the way to the early 21st century and the fallout from 9/11, with commentary by Dennis O'Neil, Neil Gaiman, Kevin Smith, Paul Levitz, Stan Lee, Joe Quesada, Jim Steranko, and others.

The writers did make a couple of factual errors in the script, as read by David. One of those was the fact that Watchmen was not released in 1985. It was written at that time, but didn't see print until a year or two later. Otherwise, it's fine.

Rating: A.

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