Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics

Season 1
 (30)
8.02017TV-14
Robert Kirkman unveils the stories, people and events that have transformed the world of comic books.
Starring
Michelle RodriguezTodd McFarlaneKevin Smith
Genres
DramaDocumentarySpecial Interest
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. The Mighty Misfits Who Made Marvel
    November 11, 2017
    42min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Jack Kirby and Stan Lee invented Marvel's most beloved characters. But was it Kirby's artwork or Lee's bravado and writing that started a revolution?
  2. 2. The Truth About Wonder Woman
    November 12, 2017
    42min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    As comic books became popular and male superheroes rose to stardom, one man created a feminist superhero inspired by both his wife and his mistress.
  3. 3. The Trials of Superman
    November 17, 2017
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The story of how the world's first superhero came to be and how Superman's creators fought for years to receive proper credit and compensation.
  4. 4. City of Heroes
    November 24, 2017
    42min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Explores how the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York fundamentally changed how comic books are written and superheroes are portrayed.
  5. 5. The Color of Comics
    December 3, 2017
    42min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The rise and fall of Milestone Comics, an African-American owned comic book imprint which came to life in early 1990's New York.
  6. 6. Image Comics: Declaration of Independents
    December 10, 2017
    42min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Seven renegade artists shock the comic-book industry by starting their own company, Image Comics, to rival giants Marvel and DC.
  7. 101. Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics: Change the Industry
    October 29, 2017
    32sec
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Celebrities and experts tell the untold origin stories of the greatest superheroes of pop culture.

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Directors
Various
Producers
Robert KirkmanDavid AlpertBryan FurstSean FurstCatherine WinderRachel SkidmoreDaniel JungeRory KarpfKrista KellowayJim Rapsas
Season year
2017
Network
AMCAMC Plus Supernatural
Purchase rights
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Format
Prime Video (streaming online video)
Devices
Available to watch on supported devices

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alistairvilleReviewed in the United States on March 9, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Terrific documentary which makes you understand & appreciate comics so much more than you’d expected
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A truly wonderful documentary which can be appreciated on many levels. It is so worth watching. You get to see interviews with many of the important people in the US comic book industry. You learn about the two guys who invented Superman, he first superhero, and how completely exploited and abandoned to poverty they were while the franchise was raking in multi-millions. WonderWoman - had such serious creators, a man and his two women, and have you ever asked yourself why there is so much spanking and bondage in the original 1940s WonderWoman? How 9/11 impacted comics, etc., etc. So fascinating, and a whole bunch of stuff I was clueless about. Your appreciation of comics will appreciate considerably after you’ve watched this.
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Wayne NubileReviewed in the United States on April 29, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Great insight and details about the comic industry but a let down.
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I like the in depth of information covered in the series but the topic the creators chose were not that interesting to me. I was more interested in the huge comic revival of the 80's, the popularity of the antihero, the ever increasing diversity of characters and there are so many God like influences in the comic history other than Lee and Kirby that I think they just could have been more dynamic by focusing on other great people. Like Gail Simone, Wolfman/Perez and Claremont. I gave the series 3 stars because I was impressed with the caliber of celebrities like Phil Jimenez and Famke Janssen that were interviewed. The series seems like a good start but they need more episodes or another season to cover more information and include other stars of the comic world and the weird and wonderful oddities of comic history. The creators did address the comic movies success but again they never mentioned the huge impact comics are having on TV with the Arrow and Titans type programming. If anything the series is worth watching just for Phil Jimenez another superstar of the industry that was interviewed but his contributions were not even mentioned. ?
Mark C. MeyersReviewed in the United States on December 17, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
Average Comic Hero Look
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Left me wanting more. Wanted stories on key comic heroes like Batman and Iron Man. Only really addressed Wonder Woman and Superman
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Mark O.Reviewed in the United States on July 12, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic Show!
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If you're in to comics at all, this series is worth a watch. The history in these episodes is in depth and fascinating. I love that it helps explore the depth of one of America's true original art forms.
Jim HussReviewed in the United States on December 19, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love it!
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The story of how the comics were made is only rivaled by the stories in the comics themselves.
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NicoletteReviewed in the United States on March 16, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Get out and read comics
The New York episode was incredibly boring. However, I loved the rest of the episodes. I got into reading graphic novels when I became an adult. I've been so busy to read anything, lately, but I went straight to the library to check out a new series, after watching this show. Please, make more episodes. I'm sure they're plenty of stories left to tell.
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America is AtlantisReviewed in the United States on November 17, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
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pure diatribe, and Stan Lee being less than honest about his beginnings in the comic field .it was pure nepotism that got him his job 😂
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stephen c. rossonReviewed in the United States on June 30, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the best documentary
Great show
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