I consider myself to be an expert on comics books. It's been one of my passions for the last 40 years of my life. I love any documentaries like INK - Alter Egos Exposed that interviews the people responsible for ushering these iconic characters from one generation to the next. The strength of the characters and the concepts is that they can survive multiple interpretations.
I give DC Comics a lot of shit these days because I feel that this latest cycle of creators is by far one of the weakest I have seen in my decades as a fan. For every bad comic that DC puts out these days, there are a hundred great ones that I can point to from the past. But that doesn't mean that I stop reading. I try a little of everything hoping that something great finds me.
I have heard and read these stories and seen a number of the interviews before. Many of the greatest artists and writers from the history of the medium were called upon to offer their commentary of the origin and importance of DC Comics.
I love the way this documentary describes how the world these creators lived in directly influenced the birth of a uniquely American art form, as important as Baseball and Jazz. The culture was crying for truth and justice and it would be an alien from a distant planet who would see that they got their wish. He was Superman - a concept so appealing to the outcast in us all.
Let's be honest. In all your imagination, you could never have predicted that a character like Superman would ever have became the cultural icon he became. Enjoy one of these Fleischer cartoons that have just gone into public domain which means it's free to see all 17 of them for free on sites like You Tube. Takes some time to enjoy what are arguably some of the greatest superhero cartoons ever created. They were very influential on any cartoon makers like Bruce Timm.
Behind the amazing tales of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and a host of other well-known characters is the equally impressive story of the challenges, creativity and triumphs of the company that brought those characters to life. Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics is both a celebration of the best writers and artists in comics and a thoughtful exploration of 75 years of DC Comics history.