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City Lore: NY Center for Urban Folk Culture (New York, NY 10003-9345)
Michael Kantor (Project Director: January 2010 to present)

America's Media Makers: Production Grants
Public Programs

$800,000 (approved)
$800,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2010 – 3/31/2014

Funding details:
Original grant (2010) $675,000
Supplement (2013) $125,000


The first episode in a series of three one-hour programs and a companion website on comic book heroes as reflections of American cultural values from 1938 to the present.

"Superheroes!" will be the first public television documentary film series to chronicle the extraordinary characters that leapt from the pages of comic books to conquer the world's imagination. This three-part series explores how these "disposable" ten-cent graphic narratives, originally aimed at youngsters, exploded out of the Depression era and evolved into a modern American mythology and a multi-billion dollar entertainment industry.