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