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Superheroes—A Never Ending Battle: Introduction (02:19)


Host Liev Schreiber orients viewers to the topic of comic book superheroes that emerged in the 1960s.

Fantastic Four (03:09)

Marvel Comics was struggling to stay in business in the early 1960s. Stan Lee wrote a successful comic book.

Anxieties of the Atomic Age (01:42)

Lee created a new universe of heroes for Marvel. Each character was fueled by the Cold War or some form of radioactivity.

Spider-Man (03:38)

Lee created a teenage superhero with artist Steve Ditko. Peter Parker transformed after being bit by a radioactive spider.

Keeping Up with the Times (03:13)

Marvel was still trying to catch up to DC Comics. Flash was retrofitted to mirror the streamlined look of the times.

Patriotic Superhero (02:53)

Captain America was resurrected after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Pop Art (01:29)

In the early 1960s, Andy Warhol made designs based on Superman and Batman. Comic books were a great source of inspiration for bold, colorful images.

Tribute to the Comic Book (03:44)

Batman came to television in 1966. Actor Adam West talks about the show.

Nick Fury, Agent of Shield (06:22)

Marvel comics captured the zeitgeist of its own times and with it, a new generation of mature readers. Jim Steranko arrived at Marvel in 1966.

Luke Cage (03:22)

Marvel started the trend of racially diverse comic books that reflected American culture. Black Panther was the first black superhero.

"Green Lantern Green/Arrow" (03:29)

DC Comics addressed racism in 1970 with a conflict between two superheroes.

Anti-Drug Message (02:55)

Publishers at DC Comics were not allowed to address drug use because of the Comics Code Authority. Marvel wrote about the topic in Spider-Man without the seal of approval.

Lois goes to Little Africa (02:00)

Superman confronted the issue of race relations when Lois Lane turned black for 24 hours in order to cover a story.

Wonder Woman (04:38)

Superheroines have not changed in a way that reflects the women's movement. Actor Lynda Carter says she never thought about being sexy.

Night Gwen Stacy Died (03:49)

The world of superheroes changed as crime rates escalated in New York City in the 1970s. Spider-Man exemplifies how comics went from fantasy to real life.

The Punisher (02:29)

Backlash against crime waves in the 1970s led to the rise of vigilantes and anti-heroes. A Vietnam veteran turned superhero waged a one man war against crime by killing bad guys.

Comic Book Crossroads (02:12)

After the Watergate scandal, Captain American abandoned his identity and became a man without a country.

Credits: With Great Power comes Great Responsibility (1960's-1970's): Superheroes—A Never Ending Battle (02:00)

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In the 1960s, a new breed of superhero emerges in pages of Marvel Comics, inspired by the age of atomic energy and space travel and, in turn, inspiring the pop culture and pop artists of the time. 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, and the pages of “Green Lantern/Green Arrow” explode with relevant storylines as comic books are forced to confront the reality of an increasingly complex world.

Length: 56 minutes

Item#: BVL58754

Copyright date: ©2013

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