Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle
Tuesday, October 15, 8:00-11:00 p.m.
Join host Liev Schreiber to trace the development of comic book heroes and their powerful legacy.
Featuring on-camera interviews with Stan Lee, Adam West, Lynda Carter, Michael Chabon and Todd McFarlane.
Hour One: Truth, Justice and the American Way (1938-1958)
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. In the 1950s, the thrilling “Adventures of Superman” is broadcast on the new medium of television.
Hour Two: Great Power, Great Responsibility (1959-1977)
In the 1960s, a new breed of superhero emerges in pages of Marvel Comics, inspired by the age of atomic energy and space travel. 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.
Hour Three: A Hero Can Be Anyone (1978-Present)
Superheroes are enthusiastically embraced in all forms of media and by all demographics, beginning with the historic Superman movie featuring Christopher Reeve (pictured above) as the Man of Steel. In 1986, Batman is overhauled as The Dark Knight. In the new millennium, superheroes have taken over popular culture with feature films, television shows, video games and a new generation of web-based comics.
Top right photo: Two young boys reading comics, 1952.
Bottom right: Host Liev Schreiber.