Frank, I just saw a good bit of this on the history channel this morning while trying to get my mind off the stationary bike. I was fascinated and it gave me a good topic of conversation to use with a former student I correspond with in Afghanistan.
As a cautionary note for those wanting to use this--do preview. The Wonder Woman episodes are quite shocking. As the commentator points out there are S & M references that would for sure need permission before they could be used in most classrooms.
Russ, I posted links to the YouTube vids on my site (in the Dark Knight Returns Group page or you can just look them up on YouTube.
Awesome resource Frank. Thanks for the additional links and description.
This video can be found (in portions) on YouTube, I believe, but it is difficult to find a hard copy to purchase. I spent the past month looking!!
This looks great! But I can't find the link with information on the Unmasked program. Is that not available online or dvd?
I was able to find the ISBN by searching the web long enough, found a couple of copies but couldn't afford them on a teachers salary. I'd suggest if you can find the ISBN yourself, see if you can get it through Inter Library Loan and view it then return it. Some interesting concepts, such as the Wonder Woman and Batman/Robin theories. are not quite the material for High School or Middle School, but good theoretical constructs all the same.
Here's the whole show streamed on VEOH - http://www.veoh.com/watch/v798746HqSd3hmz
While a good resource, it is a general overview of comics and some themes and social significance, I found it to be lacking in some areas, where it really drew it out in others and lingered on specific comics. I was surprised at the little use of X-Men, especially since it was Giant-Sized X-Men that really brought together a diverse team in personality and ethnicity. Not only that, but X-Men was probably the first to feature women prominently, thanks to Claremont. X-Men has always been progressive with female characters, though sometimes sexualized, while Wonder Woman was highly fetishized but the first female superhero. And the program seemed to ignore that, only focusing on the racial tension reflection of the 60s, equating mutancy with being African-American. But I don't think women in comics has become as big of an "issue" until recently, since this has been aired. (I might be wrong, but it's been a LONG time since I've seen this. I was a sophomore in college when it first aired. But it would've been nice to see more of the impact of the X-Men in general, especially since it was the dominant Marvel book for so long.) Fans are asking for more and stronger women that are better characters.
But overall, a great use for intro to comics.