The three-hour PBS mini series Superheroes: The Never Ending Battle aired last night, and because I’m a dumbass I forgot to watch it or DVR it, but it’s out on DVD so I’ll check it out when I’m less brain dead. The reviews and tweets were good, anyway.
The series also had a spin-off book which I’ve been seeing around, called Superheroes!: Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of Comic Book Culture by Laurence Maslon and Michael Kantor. But every time I saw it I kept thinking, “I already have that book.” And when I saw the name of designer Arlen Schumer in the credits, I remembered where. The cover design is very similar to Schumer’s own 2003 book The Silver Age of Comic Book Art. If Schumer didn’t design this book himself (one hopes) then someone sure ripped him off.
There’s nothing wrong with influencing yourself a few years later, but this was a memory jogger!
Meanwhile, did anyone watch the PBS show? How was it?
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.