Comic Book Documentaries

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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: 811

2. 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: 447

3. In Search of Steve Ditko (2007 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary, Biography

Jonathan Ross attempts to track down reclusive comic book artist Steve Ditko, best known as the co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange for Marvel Comics in the early 1960s.

Director: Peter Boyd Maclean | Stars: Jonathan Ross, Paul Gambaccini, Mark Millar, Alan Moore

Votes: 160

4. 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: 841

5. Jack Kirby: Story Teller (2007 Video)

64 min | Documentary

The life of Jack Kirby as a comic book artist, from his humble beginnings to being the King of Comics.

Stars: Neal Adams, Mark Evanier, Lisa Kirby, Neal Kirby

Votes: 34

6. 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: 1,039

7. 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: 4,108

8. 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: 1,306

9. 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: 595

10. 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: 17,485 | Gross: $3.17M

11. 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: 866

12. 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: Ryan Reynolds, Natalie Portman, Christopher Nolan, Lynda Carter

Votes: 1,086

13. 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

14. 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: 322

15. 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: 922

16. 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: 1,127

17. Batman Unmasked (2008 TV Movie)

46 min | Documentary

Various analysts propose a psychological examination of the Dark Knight.

Stars: Robert Clotworthy, Paul Levitz, Robin S. Rosenberg, Cary A. Friedman

Votes: 302

18. 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: 90

19. Lost Heroes (2014)

Unrated | 108 min | Documentary

Canada's forgotten comic book superheroes and their legendary creators. A journey to recover a forgotten part of Canada's pop culture and a national treasure few have ever heard about, the ... See full summary »

Director: Will Pascoe | Stars: Brandy Dawley, Paul Soles, Adrienne Kress, Clive Smith

Votes: 33

20. Charlton Comics: The Movie (2017)


It's been called the 3 legged dog of comics, and the scrappy, street-fighting cousin of Marvel and DC. Maybe you've heard of it? ...probably not. But, you do know the industry legends that called it home. This is Charlton Comics.

Director: Jackie Zbuska | Stars: Neal Adams, T.C. Ford, José Luis García-Lopez, Mitchell A.S. Hallock

21. 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: 91

22. 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: 104

23. 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: 379

24. Secret History of Comics (2017– )
Episode: Image Comics: Declaration of Independents (2017)

TV-14 | 42 min | Documentary

Seven renegade artists shock the comic-book industry by starting their own company, Image Comics, to rival giants Marvel and DC.

Director: Daniel Junge | Stars: Dan Davidson, Greg Herburger, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld

Votes: 51

25. 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: 4,983

26. 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: 655

27. Rise of the Superheroes (2018)

TV-PG | 117 min | Documentary

This is the story of how superheroes from Tim Burton's prototype blockbuster Batman, Blade, X-Men, Spiderman to Iron Man and the Black Panther brought to life from the pages of comic books,... See full summary »

Director: Tom O'Dell | Stars: Neal Adams, Scott Beatty, Jenna Busch, Chris Claremont

Votes: 188

28. Heroes Manufactured (2016)

90 min | Documentary, Action, Adventure

A documentary following Canadian artists and their ability to break into the comic book industry while dealing with fandom and the craze of comic book conventions in Canada.

Director: Yaron Betan | Stars: Neal Adams, Vitaly S. Alexius, Gillian Anderson, Sanya Anwar

Votes: 453

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