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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: 800

2. Comic Book Men (2012– )

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Reality-TV

An unscripted series set in Smith's iconic comic shop Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash and captures the world of the neighborhood comic book store and fanboy culture.

Stars: Kevin Smith, Walter Flanagan, Mike Zapcic, Bryan Johnson

Votes: 4,956

3. Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked (2003 TV Movie)

G | 90 min | Documentary

A history of superheroes in comic books, from the first appearance of Superman in the 1930s to today's morally-conflicted, violent anti-heroes.

Director: Steve Kroopnick | Stars: Peta Wilson, Denny O'Neil, Jim Steranko, Michael Chabon

Votes: 445

4. 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: 17,267 | Gross: $3.17M

5. The Devil You Know: Inside the Mind of Todd McFarlane (2001)

77 min | Documentary, Biography

A film about the life and career of the famed Canadian comic book talent.

Director: Kenton Vaughan | Stars: Todd McFarlane, Jim Salicrup

Votes: 86

6. De Superman à Spider-Man: L'aventure des super-héros (2001 TV Movie)

100 min | Documentary

Documentary about the history of Marvel comics.

Director: Michel Viotte | Stars: Neal Adams, Keith Alpha, Kim Basinger, Halle Berry

Votes: 173

7. Stan Lee's Mutants, Monsters & Marvels (2002 Video)

Unrated | 95 min | Documentary

Filmmaker/Comic Writer Kevin Smith interviews comic book legend Stan Lee about his life and work in comics.

Director: Scott Zakarin | Stars: Stan Lee, Kevin Smith, Joan Lee

Votes: 836

8. American Splendor (2003)

R | 101 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

90 Metascore

An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.

Directors: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Shari Springer Berman, Harvey Pekar, Chris Ambrose

Votes: 46,083 | Gross: $6.00M

9. Comic Book: The Movie (2004 Video)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy

The relationship between Hollywood and comic book culture is lambasted in this mockumentary as a beloved heroic character is rung through the studio system.

Director: Mark Hamill | Stars: Mark Hamill, Donna D'Errico, Billy West, Joseph Burns

Votes: 1,223

10. 'Hellboy': The Seeds of Creation (2004)

143 min | Documentary

In-depth documentary about the history of the Hellboy comic book, the history of the character and the making of the 2004 movie adaptation of the same name.

Director: Javier Soto | Stars: Nick Allder, Shadi Almassizadeh, Velvy Appleton, Kevin Baillie

Votes: 152

11. Countdown to Wednesday (2004 Video)

110 min | Documentary, Action

Interviews with industry professionals on how to break into the comic book biz.

Director: Hal Long | Stars: Matt Batt Banning, Tomer Bar-Or, Eric Basaluda, Rick Basaluda

Votes: 5

12. The Mindscape of Alan Moore (2005)

TV-G | 80 min | Documentary, Biography

Alan Moore writer, artist and performer is the world's most critically acclaimed and widely admired creator of comic books and graphic novels.

Directors: Dez Vylenz, Moritz Winkler | Stars: Glenn Doherty, Florian Fischer, Alan Moore

Votes: 913

13. Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman (2006 TV Special)

Not Rated | 115 min | Documentary, History

The history of the comic book superhero, Superman in his various media incarnations.

Director: Kevin Burns | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Gerard Jones, Forrest J. Ackerman, Elliot S. Maggin

Votes: 1,114

14. Generation X: The Comic Book Origin of X-Men (2006 Video)

70 min | Documentary, Action

This documentary is a fascinating journey through the world of comics, with particular attention paid to the X-Men, that should satisfy both fans and newcomers alike.

Stars: Avi Arad, John Cassaday, Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum

Votes: 19

15. The Alchemy of Art: David Mack (2007 Video)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography

This is an in-depth look at the writer and artist David Mack, who Entertainment Weekly designates "One of the true geniuses of the medium."

Director: Greg Jurls | Stars: David Mack, Steven Mack, Terry Moore

Votes: 6

16. 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: 212

17. Starz Inside: Comic Books Unbound (2008 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 59 min | Documentary

Starz Inside takes a look at film adaptation of comics books. It interviews some of the biggest names in the industry to discuss the history and appeal of comic book movies.

Stars: Neal Adams, Scott Agostoni, Avi Arad, Shari Springer Berman

Votes: 118

18. A Mirror for the Bat (2008 Video)

36 min | Documentary, Short

A documentary about the codependent relationship between Batman and his rogues' gallery of villains, exploring the layered psychology behind the characters and the natures of heroism and ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Brosnan | Stars: Brian Azzarello, Dan Didio, Paul Dini, Paul Levitz

Votes: 27

19. Marvel 14: Les super-héros contre la censure (2009)

52 min | Documentary

A documentary that tells the tale of issue 14 of French comic book Marvel, who was censored and banned before publication.

Directors: Jean Depelley, Philippe Roure | Stars: Claude Vistel, Matthieu Dahan, Jean-Pierre Dionnet, Bernard Joubert

Votes: 17

20. With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story (2010)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography

The life and career of the comic book writer and editor.

Directors: Terry Dougas, Nikki Frakes, Will Hess | Stars: Avi Arad, Jim Goodkind, Jeremy Piven, Sean Astin

Votes: 850

21. Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods (2010)

80 min | Documentary

Philosopher, pop-icon, shaman and story teller - as one of the most influential comic book writers in the market today, Grant Morrison is all of these things. His explosive and often ... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Meaney | Stars: Jason Aaron, Abigail Bader, Amber Benson, Karen Berger

Votes: 320

22. Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics (2010 Video)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, History

A look at the history of the comic book publication that launched such legendary characters as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.

Director: Mac Carter | Stars: Christopher Nolan, Ryan Reynolds, Natalie Portman, Sam Huntington

Votes: 1,079

23. Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope (2011)

PG-13 | 88 min | Documentary

64 Metascore

A behind-the-scenes look at the fans who gather by the thousands each year in San Diego, California to attend Comic-Con, the world's largest comic book convention.

Director: Morgan Spurlock | Stars: Kevin Smith, Stan Lee, Eli Roth, Seth Rogen

Votes: 2,658 | Gross: $0.03M

24. 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: 650

25. Superman 75 (2013 TV Short)

2 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

75 years of Superman condensed into 2 minutes.

Directors: Zack Snyder, Bruce Timm

Votes: 1,001

26. Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics (2013)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

A documentary detailing the epic Rogues' Gallery of DC Comics from The Joker and Lex Luthor, Sinestro, Darkseid and more, this documentary will explore the Super Villains of DC Comics.

Directors: Scott Devine, J.M. Kenny | Stars: Christopher Lee, Neal Adams, Brian Azzarello, Claudia Black

Votes: 1,030

27. The Image Revolution (2014)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary, Biography

Twenty years ago, seven superstar artists left Marvel Comics to create their own company, Image Comics, a company that continues to influence mainstream comics and pop culture to this day. ... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Meaney | Stars: Charlie Adlard, Greg Aronowitz, Ryan Benjamin, Tim Callahan

Votes: 182

28. Marvel Renaissance (2014)

52 min | Documentary

Documentary about the rise of Marvel Studios after their near-bankruptcy in the mid-1990s.

Directors: Philippe Guedj, Philippe Roure | Stars: Avi Arad, Tom DeSanto, Bill Jemas, Laurent Lederer

Votes: 86

29. Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe (2014 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 43 min | Documentary, History

A look at the story behind Marvel Studios and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from all of the Marvel films, the Marvel One-Shots and "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

Stars: Axel Alonso, Victoria Alonso, Hayley Atwell, Jeffrey Bell

Votes: 903

30. The Marvel Universe Expands: Marvel 75th Anniversary (2014)

44 min | Documentary, Short

A documentary about some of Marvel's most famous characters.

Star: Don P. Hooper

Votes: 303

31. Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD (2014)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary

Documentary covering the highs and lows of 2000AD's history, from its inception after the demise of Action to the present day.

Director: Paul Goodwin | Stars: Dan Abnett, Geoff Barrow, Emma Beeby, Karen Berger

Votes: 579

32. Marvel 75 Years: From Pulp to Pop! (2014 TV Movie)

42 min | Documentary, History

Emily Vancamp hosts this one of a kind experience showing the history and development of Marvel from the first comic book to the latest blockbuster hit.

Director: Zak Knutson | Stars: Axel Alonso, Hayley Atwell, Gerry Conway, Louis D'Esposito

Votes: 586

33. The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? (2015)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary

A documentary about the proposed 1998 Superman Lives feature film that would have starred Nicolas Cage.

Director: Jon Schnepp | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Tim Burton, Kevin Smith, Dan Gilroy

Votes: 4,086

34. Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman's the Fantastic Four (2015)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

A documentary that tells the history of The Fantastic Four (1994), which was executive produced by Roger Corman.

Director: Marty Langford | Stars: Carl Ciarfalio, Roger Corman, Joseph Culp, Jonathan Fernandez

Votes: 694

35. Marvel's Captain America: 75 Heroic Years (2016 TV Movie)

42 min | Documentary, History

Marvel celebrates the history of Captain America, both in the comics and on TV and film, and examines the character as a reflection of American culture throughout the years.

Director: Zak Knutson | Stars: Axel Alonso, Hayley Atwell, Chloe Bennet, Tom Brevoort

Votes: 334

36. COMIX: Beyond the Comic Book Pages (2016)

TV-PG | 85 min | Documentary, Family, Fantasy

Interviews with the creators and fans of American superhero comic books.

Director: Michael Valentine | Stars: Stan Lee, Frank Miller, Neal Adams, Mark Waid

Votes: 88

37. Geeking Out (2016– )

30 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

Geeking Out is a 30-minute talk show hosted by Kevin Smith and Greg Grunberg. They provide a current look at pop culture through a fanboy lens and feature celebrity interviews, discussions and segments out of the typical studio setting.

Stars: Tiffany Smith, Greg Grunberg, Kevin Smith

Votes: 206

38. Hergé: In the Shadow of Tintin (2016)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Biography

A complex and complicated artist, Georges Remi created one of the most famous characters in the world, Tintin, for young readers. With exceptional access to the archives of Studios Hergé ... See full summary »

Director: Hugues Nancy | Stars: Michael Farr, Pierre Fresnault-Deruelle, Philippe Goddin, Hergé

Votes: 53

39. 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: 195

40. Batman & Bill (2017)

93 min | Documentary, Animation, Mystery

Documentary about the uncredited co-creator of Batman, Bill Finger.

Directors: Don Argott, Sheena M. Joyce | Stars: Thomas Andrae, Benjamin Zaido Cruz, Athena Finger, Bill Finger

Votes: 1,234

41. Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (2017)

R | 108 min | Biography, Drama

68 Metascore

The story of psychologist William Moulton Marston, and his polyamorous relationship with his wife and their mistress who would inspire his creation of the superheroine, Wonder Woman.

Director: Angela Robinson | Stars: Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, Connie Britton

Votes: 19,699 | Gross: $1.58M

42. Power of Grayskull: The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2017)

95 min | Documentary, History

The history of Mattel's definitive action figure toy line.

Directors: Randall Lobb, Robert McCallum | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Anthony De Longis, Richard Edlund

Votes: 866

43. 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: 368

44. Chris Claremont's X-Men (2018)

71 min | Documentary

Chris Claremont came to Marvel as a young man, and was assigned a book that no one else wanted, a book on the brink of cancellation: X-Men. Over the next 17 years, his work on the title ... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Meaney | Stars: Jason Aaron, Lon Brown, Chris Claremont, Hallie Cooper-Novack

Votes: 74

45. DC Daily (2018– )


DC Daily is a five-days-a-week web-series offering an unprecedented look inside the world of DC. Featuring a team of hosts and regular first looks and exclusives, each episode offers news, ... See full summary »

Stars: Tiffany Smith, Sam Humphries, John Kourounis, Samm Levine

Votes: 71

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