Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle

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With principal production funding from PBS, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts, “Superheroes” aired as a three-hour series on PBS during the 2013-2014 season.  It was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Graphic Design & Art Direction.

Hosted by Liev Schreiber and featuring rare footage along with new interviews with legends such as Joe Simon, Stan Lee, Jim Steranko, Neal Adams, Michael Chabon and Jules Feiffer, the series explores the art form of the comic book superhero and its complex interrelation with American culture over the last 75 years.  Throughout this period, comic books artists, writers and publishers have unleashed thousands of exotic, bizarre, heroic and seductive adventurers upon the American public; some have become instantly recognizable all over the globe, many have crashed miserably under the weight of their own lack of inspiration—all were created in the hopes that they connect with some aspect of the American consumer.  In this regard, the film explores how the evolution of the costumed crusader reflects our social, political and cultural history.

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