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Superheroes Decoded 

TV-PG | | Documentary | TV Series (2017)
Uncovers how the rise of the superhero parallels America's rise as a superpower in the 20th century, evolving through the decades into a uniquely American mythology that has captured audiences across the globe.
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John K. Bucher Jr. ...  Himself - Author, Mythologist 2 episodes, 2017
Kevin Conroy ...  Narrator 2 episodes, 2017
Steve Englehart ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 2017
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The story of the American superhero charts the characters' rise from a fringe art form in the 1930s to the blockbuster films of today and details how they evolved to become a uniquely American modern mythology. Included are film clips, vintage comic artwork and interviews with creators, experts and fans.

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30 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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Supereroi Smascherati See more »

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Great history lesson about comics with a few missteps
3 May 2017 | by joeyford-55342See all my reviews

As a fan boy from the 1970s, I've bought a lot of comic books, own most of the movies, and even wear the t-shirts. This show was a great history on who created the iconic characters and why. It shows how comic books take a mirror to society and create hope for people, especially those who are different or outcasts. The missteps were the political opinions. One comic book writer said "Captain America was like Bernie Sanders on steroids." Really? So someone with no concept of economics who wants to turn the USA into Venezuela? Another writer said that after 9/11 America was unjustly suspicious of Muslims in their mists. Then there is a discussion of Bryan Singer from X-Men fame and how his movies were a guide for coming out; he directed them in between court appearances for his lifestyle and legality of taking little boys on vacations. Wonder Woman is about burning bras? Just some strange leaps in logic for this old fan boy. Overall a good watch with a lot of great footage. Just don't drink the poison Kool-Aid.


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