Tue, 10/15/2013 - 8:00pm

Christopher Reeve in Superman: The Movie, 1978.

Credit: Courtesy of Courtesy of The Kobal Collection at Art Resource

Join host Liev Schreiber to trace the development of comic book heroes and their powerful legacy. 

Join host and narrator Liev Schreiber to explore the dawn of the comic book genre and trace the evolution of the characters and their ongoing cultural impact worldwide. Chart the progression from the first comic books born during the Great Depression to the television debut of Superman in the 1950s, to the emergence of superheroes who reflect changing social mores in the 1960s and 70s, to today’s insatiable enthusiasm for superheroes embraced in all media and by all demographics. Featuring on-camera interviews with Stan Lee, Adam West, Lynda Carter, Michael Chabon and Todd McFarlane. SUPERHEROES: A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE airs Tuesday, October 15, 2013 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

8 p.m. - Truth, Justice and the American Way (1938-1958) - Follow the fortunes of superheroes, from the Depression through Superman’s television debut. 

9 p.m. - Great Power, Great Responsibility (1959-1977) - See how superheroes affect and reflect relevant social mores. 

10 p.m. - A Hero Can Be Anyone (1978-Present) - Track the enthusiasm for superheroes as they’re embraced in all media and by all demographics.