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Comic Book Confidential (1999)




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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.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Charles Lippincott, Ron Mann
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On DVD: Jul 22, 2002
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Critic Reviews for Comic Book Confidential

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Affectionate, gentle and nostalgic

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
Tribune News Service

The highest compliment I can pay the picture is that it makes me want to delve further into the research and discussion of comic books, to continue exploring where Mann's work ends.

Full Review… | December 12, 2012

Audience Reviews for Comic Book Confidential


There's been a lot happen in the comic book industry since 1989 but this is great resource material for fans (like me).

Randy Tippy

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Awesome look at some great underground comic creators. Great double bill with Crumb.

Christopher Brown

Super Reviewer

I was happy to re-watch this documentary, one of the first that I ever saw on the subject of comic book history, as told by a lot of the influential artists of that time. There's some fun, light interviews with the heavy-hitters of the medium, covering the subject up to the late 80's in relatively decent detail.

I have a lot of nostalgia for this one, and would recommend it highly as a result.

Check it out.

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