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April 2006

Graphic Novels · Documentaries

the cover of Comic Book Confidential

Comic Book Confidential
The history of comic books from 1933 to 1988 is traced through historical footage, animation, and interviews with a diverse cast of comics pioneers: Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, Sue Coe, Robert Crumb, Will Eisner, Al Feldstein, Shary Flenniken, William M. Gaines, Bill Griffith, Jaime Hernandez, Jack Kirby, Harvey Kurtzman, Stan Lee, Paul Mavrides, Frank Miller, Victor Moscoso, Francoise Mouly, Dan O’Neill, Harvey Pekar, Gilbert Shelton, Spain, and Art Spiegelman.

Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked
Aired on the History Channel, this film explores how comic book superheroes reflect their times, from the 1930s to the 21st century, and inspire young readers. Industry giants such as Neil Gaiman, Michael Chabon, Will Eisner, Stan Lee, and Frank Miller provide commentary.

The Devil You Know: Inside the Mind of Todd McFarlane
Todd McFarlane became a superstar with his work on Spider-Man and went on to develop the top-selling character Spawn, which launched a trend in creator-owned comic book properties. McFarlane is now the most successful comic book artist in history, with a multi-million dollar entertainment empire encompassing comics, action figures, television, video games, and music videos.

Funny Ladies: A Portrait of Women Cartoonists
Comic book/manga author and comics historian Trina Robbins wrote this study of women cartoonists, which includes interviews with Lynda Barry, Dale Messick, Cathy Guisewite, and Nicole Hollander.

The Masters of Comicbook Art
This video focuses on ten of the greatest artists and writers in the history of comic books: Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Neal Adams, Berni Wrightson, Moebius, Frank Miller, Dave Sim, and Art Spiegelman.

Stan Lee: The Comix-Man
Learn more about the legendary Stan Lee, who helped launch Marvel Comics with creations such as Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, and the Fantastic Four.