For anyone interested in comic books this week (if you count the week starting on a Sunday) there are two documentaries being shown on American tv;

Sunday at 9pm (est) Al Jazeera America is showing Comic Books Go To War, a 2009 film exploring the "journalistic, aesthetic and political implications of reporting the most violent and terrible of human experiences through comics” that includes interviews with Joe Sacco, Marjane Satrapi, and the great Joe Kubert. The documentary is an hour long and will be repeated at midnight.

Then Tuesday starting at 8pm (though it may shown on different days and times so, as they say, check your local listings) PBS is running a three hour block showing of Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle. According to the blurb on the PBS site it is "the first documentary to examine the dawn of the comic book genre and its powerful legacy, as well as the evolution of the characters who leapt from the pages over the last 75 years and their ongoing worldwide cultural impact".

Presented by Leiv Schreiber, it includes interviews with Joe Simon, Jerry Robinson, Jules Fieffer and, of course, Stan Lee (among many others). The three segments are “Truth, Justice, and the American Way” (covering 1938-1958), “Great Power, Great Responsibility” (1959-1977), and “A Hero Can Be Anyone” (1978 through present day).

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Anyway, just a heads up for anyone who enjoys comic books and comic book history.