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1. Comic Book Confidential (1988)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, History

A survey of the artistic history of the comic book medium and some of the major talents associated with it.

Director: Ron Mann | Stars: Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, Sue Coe, Robert Crumb

Votes: 797

2. Crumb (1994)

R | 119 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

93 Metascore

An intimate portrait of controversial cartoonist Robert Crumb and his traumatized family.

Director: Terry Zwigoff | Stars: Robert Crumb, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Charles Crumb, Maxon Crumb

Votes: 17,153 | Gross: $3.17M

3. The Fantastic Funnies (1980 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, Animation

Interviews and a behind the scenes look at famous comic strips.

Directors: Lee Mendelson, Rod Daniel | Stars: Brad Anderson, Loni Anderson, Dik Browne, Keene Curtis

Votes: 8

5. Comic Books & Superheroes (2001 Video)

19 min | Documentary, Short

Comic book writers and artists discuss the depiction of superheroes in the medium.

Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Will Eisner, Scott McCloud, Alex Ross

Votes: 34

6. Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics (2017– )


Documentary series takes a deeper look into the stories, people and events that have transformed the world of comic books.

Stars: Michelle Rodriguez, Todd McFarlane, Kevin Smith, Keri Russell

Votes: 354

7. Superheroes Decoded (2017)

TV-PG | 123 min | Documentary

Uncovers how the rise of the superhero parallels America's rise as a superpower in the 20th century, evolving through the decades into a uniquely American mythology that has captured audiences across the globe.

Stars: John K. Bucher Jr., Kevin Conroy, Steve Englehart, Sana Amanat

Votes: 190

8. She Makes Comics (2014)

70 min | Documentary

This documentary is about the women and their important role in the comic book industry. It includes numerous interviews with icons like Kelly Sue DeConnick, Karen Berger and Jenette Kahn.

Director: Marisa Stotter | Stars: Janelle Asselin, Karen Berger, Christina Blanch, Shelly Bond

Votes: 100

9. Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle (2013– )

TV-PG | 180 min | Documentary, History

A comprehensive history of the superhero comic book fantasy genre and its influence on American culture.

Stars: Liev Schreiber, Danny Fingeroth, Mark Waid, Stan Lee

Votes: 645

10. Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (2012)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary, Fantasy, History

The history of fictional female heroes in Western media from Wonder Woman's creation onward.

Director: Kristy Guevara-Flanagan | Stars: Lynda Carter, Jane Espenson, Kathleen Hanna, L.S. Kim

Votes: 165

12. Wonder Woman: Daughter of Myth (2009 Video)

25 min | Documentary, Short

Historical Amazon lore and its evolution into the modern-day Wonder Woman character.

Stars: Phil Cousineau, Kenneth C. Davis, Hugh Hefner, Katherine King

Votes: 7

13. Telling Stories: The Comic Book Creators (2005 Video)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Hero Video Productions presents a 2-hour DVD packed with interviews with some of the greatest names in comics! Bruce Timm, Greg Rucka, Jimmy Palmiotti, Howard Chaykin, Geoff Johns, Steve ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Jurls | Stars: Howard Chaykin, Arnold Drake, Steve Englehart, Adam Hughes

Votes: 11

15. NBC Experiment in Television (1967–1971)
Episode: This Is Al Capp (1970)

52 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A whirlwind portrait of Al Capp commenting primarily on his disdain for the student protests and cultural upheaval of the era. Capp's commentaries are interjected with comments from fellow ... See full summary »

Directors: Guy Fraumeni, Ernest Pintoff | Stars: Edward Binns, William F. Buckley, John Canaday, Milton Caniff

16. Arena (1975– )
Episode: The Confessions of Robert Crumb (1987)

55 min | Documentary

In 1987, Robert Crumb presents himself: raised by a Marine father, educated in Catholic schools, married at 21 in Cleveland where he worked for a greeting card company, dropping acid in ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Armstrong, Robert Crumb, Sophie Crumb, Carol Engberg

Votes: 187

17. Trashman: The Art of Spain Rodriguez (2012)

15 min | Animation, Short

Legendary underground cartoonist Spain Rodriguez and his friends -- cartoonists Robert Crumb and Jay Kinney and cultural critic Susie Bright -- discuss Spain's art and his life as an outlaw biker, '60s figure and social satirist.

Director: Susan Stern | Stars: Susie Bright, Robert Crumb, Jay Kinney, Spain Rodriguez

18. Sex in the Comics (2012)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary

An examination of the history and nature of erotic content in sequential art.

Director: Joëlle Oosterlinck | Stars: Molly Crabapple, Robert Crumb, Bernard Joubert, Aline Kominsky-Crumb

Votes: 179

20. Robert Williams Mr. Bitchin' (2010)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Biography

Explores the remarkable art and life of painter extraordinaire Robert Williams an American underground legend, examining the territory between pop culture and fine art, and measuring the ... See full summary »

Directors: Mary C Reese, Doug Blake, Nancye Ferguson, Michael LaFetra, Stephen Nemeth | Stars: Robert Williams, Suzanne Williams, Jimmy Brucker, George DiCaprio

Votes: 25

21. New Brow: Contemporary Underground Art (2009)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

Discover the underground artists of a new generation.

Director: Tanem Davidson | Stars: Van Arno, Anthony Ausgang, Glenn Barr, Gary Baseman

Votes: 10

22. American Artifact: The Rise of American Rock Poster Art (2009)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

American Artifact chronicles the rise of American rock poster art since it's birth in the'60s. Award-winning director, Merle Becker crosses the country interviewing the rock poster artists ... See full summary »

Director: Merle Becker | Stars: Mark Arminski, Lani Barry, Stan Beinstein, Julie Belcher

Votes: 25

23. Tales of the Rat Fink (2006)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Biography

67 Metascore

The life and times of famed hot rod & custom car designer Ed "Big Daddy" Roth.

Director: Ron Mann | Stars: John Goodman, Ted Rosnick, Alex Xydias, Paul Le Mat

Votes: 218

24. The Story of Rock 'n' Roll Comics (2005)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

The controversial publisher of unauthorized comic book biographies of rock stars, Todd Loren, was praised by some (Gene Simmons, Jerry Garcia, Nick Mason) and threatened with law suits by ... See full summary »

Director: Ilko Davidov | Stars: Alice Cooper, Steven Crompton, Deena Dasein, Mary Fleener

Votes: 32

25. Screen Snapshots: Famous Cartoonists (1950)

Approved | 10 min | Documentary, Short, History

Ralph Staub zooms his Screen Snapshots camera in on many of the most famous newspaper comic-strip cartoonists and creators of the era. Notable in that all of the comic-strip characters ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Staub | Stars: George Baker, Merrill Blosser, Walt Disney, Gus Edson

26. People on Paper (1945)

Approved | 11 min | Documentary, Short, History

A history of comic strips, with clips of various cartoonists at work.

Director: Herbert Morgan | Stars: John Nesbitt, H.H. Knerr, Bud Fisher, Fred Lasswell Jr.

Votes: 37

27. Funny Business (1948)

18 min | Documentary, Short

This edition of Jay Bonafield's "This is America" series for RKO visits several of America's leading comic-stip creators of the era, including Al Capp (Li'l Abner), Harold Gray (Little ... See full summary »

Director: Larry O'Reilly | Stars: Dwight Weist, Al Capp, Ham Fisher, Hal Foster

28. Sadie Hawkins Day (1951)

9 min | Short

Comic strip artist, Al Capp, appears in and narrates this humorous short about college students around the country (such as at Morris Harvey College in Charleston, West Virginia) who ... See full summary »

Director: Justin Herman | Stars: Al Capp, Nancy Dixon, Leon McCoy

29. MGM Parade (1955–1956)
Episode: Episode #1.19 (1956)

30 min | Documentary

Host George Murphy first introduces the song and dance number "The Babbit and the Bromide" performed by Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly in Ziegfeld Follies (1945), that number which satirizes ... See full summary »

Stars: George Murphy, Fred Astaire, Roman Bohnen, Henry Brandon

Votes: 8

30. Maestro of the Comics (1946)

Approved | 9 min | Documentary, Short

An entry in Universal's "Persons/Oddities" series of shorts featuring well-known comic strip artists and how they turn out their daily newspaper comic strips. This one is more interesting ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Mead | Stars: Walter Brandt, Milton Caniff, Harold Gray, Bill Holman

31. The American Comic Strip (1978 TV Movie)

55 min | Documentary

A survey of American comic strip art with comments by well-known artists and scenes of them at work. Commentary by Mort Walker, comic artist ("Beetle Bailey", "Hi and Lois") and president ... See full summary »

Director: John Musilli | Stars: Ralph Bakshi, Ray Bradbury, Dik Browne, Milton Caniff

34. Pourquoi l'étrange Monsieur Zolock s'intéressait-il tant à la bande dessinée? (1983)

69 min | Documentary

Evil mastermind Mr. Zolock collects info from P.I. Dieudonné about statements from iconic French, Belgian and Canadian comic book artists, and their views on comics' cultural influence, as part of his plot to control the universe.

Director: Yves Simoneau | Stars: Jean-Louis Millette, Michel Rivard, Yves Desgagnés, Paul Colpron

Votes: 15

37. Moebius Redux: A Life in Pictures (2007 TV Movie)

68 min | Documentary

French artist and author Jean Giraud is one of the most famous and influential comic strip illustrators and authors of all time. He achieved his greatest fame as Moebius - not so much a ... See full summary »

Director: Hasko Baumann | Stars: Enki Bilal, Philippe Druillet, H.R. Giger, Jean Giraud

Votes: 209

38. I, Tintin (1976)

51 min | Documentary

A documentary about herge and his experience writing the tin tin comics.

Directors: Henri Roanne, Gérard Valet | Stars: King Albert I, Élisabeth de Bavière, Robert Baden-Powell, Tsar Nicholas II

Votes: 40

42. The Comic Strip Hits 100 (1996)


The Comic Strip Hits 100 consecrates the comic strip as a real form of art. The heart of the film is based on the relations between the comic strip and the other arts : painting, sculpture,... See full summary »

Director: Diane Perelsztejn | Stars: Jerome Charyn, Philippe Druillet, Jean Giraud, Morris

48. MetaMoebius (2010)

67 min | Documentary