The History Channel is airing a two-part special, Superheroes Decoded that looks at the incredible history of the comic book superhero that’s as uniquely American as apple pie and Jazz music. Some of the biggest names in the industry from Marvel and DC as well as film and TV, took part in this documentary.
Part One called American Legends looked at the origins of the superhero including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man. Industry insiders like Marvel legend Stan Lee, DC Publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin, Marvel directors Jon Favreau, Anthony and Joe Russo share how the superhero mythology has shaped our society. They discuss how the comic industry evolved through the years and its impact on American values from World War II through the turbulent 60’s and the Vietnam War and of course, 9/11.
Part Two, titled American Rebels, looks at the new breed of superhero, the outsider, the misfit, the loner. It takes a closer look at how the X-Men, The Hulk and Wolverine were inspired by real life social injustices. These injustices gave way to such minority heroes like Black Panther, Storm and Luke Cage.
It’s a fascinating look at how an industry whose inspirations date back to Greek, Norse and Roman mythology are as relevant today as they ever were.
Superheroes Decoded will air April 30 and May 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
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