Comic Book Confidential 20th Anniversary Edition

Overview

Though aimed at those fastidious comic book collectors who spend exorbitant sums for old DC first editions only to leave them unread and wrapped in plastic, Comic Book Confidential manages to convey the fanaticism and fun of this hobby to non-aficionados. Canadian director Ron Mann traces the history of the comic book industry, the idiotic purging of so-called violent comics in the 1950s, and the growth of the collectibles industry. Throughout the film, any comic book which does not meet Mann's exacting standards...
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Overview

Though aimed at those fastidious comic book collectors who spend exorbitant sums for old DC first editions only to leave them unread and wrapped in plastic, Comic Book Confidential manages to convey the fanaticism and fun of this hobby to non-aficionados. Canadian director Ron Mann traces the history of the comic book industry, the idiotic purging of so-called violent comics in the 1950s, and the growth of the collectibles industry. Throughout the film, any comic book which does not meet Mann's exacting standards is trashed Dell and Harvey, beware! Among those interviewed are Marvel Comics mavens Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and EC mentors William M. Gaines and Will Elder. The underground "comix" movement is represented by Robert Crumb.
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Special Features

Over 40 Minutes Of Never-Before-Seen Out-Take Footage Including: Sergio Aragones, Carl Barks, Robert & Sophie Crumb, Jules Feiffer, Drew Friedman, Dave Gibbons, Archie Goodwin, Harvey Kurtzman, Caryn Leschen, Lee Mars, Paul Mavrides, Diane Noomin, Gary Panter, Harvey Pekar, Trina Robbins, Gilbert Shelton, Julius Schwartz, Bill Sienkiewicz, Ron Turner, Robert Williams, S. Clay Wilson, Al Williamson Plus - Introduction By Kevin Smith Interview With Rom Mann Original Theatrical Trailer!!! Original Comic Book Confidential Promo Comic The Balloon Pops: comic book Confidential By Geoff Pevere
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Clearly filmed on a budget (as are most documentaries), Comic Book Confidential has a grainy, low-key look and feel to it, almost the cinematic equivalent of the pulp paper upon which comic books were originally published. This gives the film something of a disreputable aura to it, perfectly in keeping with the rather disreputable reputation of its subject -- and that's all to the good. Comic Book Confidential maintains an irreverent attitude, even as it honors comic books and their creators. Using an overview approach, it doesn't delve too deeply into any one area (production, working conditions, personal philosophies, etc.), which is probably just as well. Almost any one of the creators interviewed could be the subject of a full-length documentary (as, of course, Robert Crumb has been). Still, there are enough insights and moments of revelation to keep this from being just a skin-deep look. Directors Charles Lippincott and Ron Mann have been creative in adapting a static visual medium into a moving visual medium, incorporating devices such as limited animation, camera sweeps, pans, and interesting and mutable juxtapositions of panels and images. This last device is especially effective when applied to Frank Miller's talking TV heads from The Dark Knight Returns. The directors also have many of the artists read from their stories, which works better in some instances than in others. Most of the artists come across well, seeming relatively comfortable in front of the camera, and it's interesting to see many of them at work. Also of note is the soundtrack, which makes use both of original and preexisting songs. Thoroughly enjoyable, Comic Book Confidential is a good introduction to the varied world of comic books and the people who make them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/4/2012
  • UPC: 628918021124
  • Original Release: 1989
  • Source: Strand Home Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Anniversary Edition / Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 54,197

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Crumb
Frank Miller
Technical Credits
Charles Lippincott Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Ron Mann Director, Editor, Producer, Screenwriter
Joan Churchill Cinematographer
Robert M. Fresco Cinematographer
Don Haig Producer
Robert Kennedy Editor
Steve Munro Sound/Sound Designer
Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet Score Composer
Nicholas Stirling Score Composer
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