From the History Channel press release:
“Reading comics for me, it was like getting postcards from Oz.” – Neil Gaiman
New York, NY., May 9, 2003 – Superman. Batman. Spider-Man. The Hulk. The X-Men. For much of the past century, comic book superheroes have captured the imaginations of readers around the globe. They are often dismissed by adults as “kid’s stuff, but a look beneath the cowls, capes, and brightly colored spandex costumes reveals another story. Comic book superheroes reflect the best and worst of humanity, tackling personal, political, and social stories in a way that no other medium can. Hosted by Shane West, star of the upcoming Twentieth Century Fox feature film “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, COMIC BOOK SUPERHEROES UNMASKED debuts on The History Channel on Monday, June 23 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.
COMIC BOOK SUPERHEROES UNMASKED was granted unprecedented access to comic books published by DC and Marvel Comics from the late 1930’s to the present. Featured are interviews with many of the most influential comic book writers and artists of the past fifty years, including Stan
Lee, Will Eisner, Denny O’Neil, Michael Chabon, Jim Steranko, Kevin Smith, Frank Miller, Neil Gaiman, and Joe Quesada. The program was designed to bring visual depth, energy and movement to classic comic book images while still preserving the integrity of the artwork.