The Comic Book Greats

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The Comic Book Greats
Created byStan Lee
Directed byRick Stawinski
StarringStan Lee
Composer(s)Rick and Rob Stawinski
Country of originAmerica
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes13
Executive producer(s)Peter Bierstedt, Stan Lee, Michael R. Rielly
Producer(s)Paul Burke
Production location(s)Los Angeles
CinematographyDennis Weiler, Dave Jenkins
Editor(s)Dan Fox
Production company(s)Excelsior Productions
DistributorStabur Home Video
Original release1991–1992

The Comic Book Greats is a 1991[1] documentary series produced by Stabur Home Video. The series was hosted by Stan Lee. Stan interviewed a different comic book artist for each episode. The artists interviewed include Todd McFarlane, Rob Liefeld, Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio, Sergio Aragonés, Chris Claremont, Bob Kane, John Romita Sr., John Romita Jr. and Will Eisner.[2]

List of episodes[edit]

Episode Title Original Airdate
(1)"Todd McFarlane Interview"1991 (1991)
(2)"Rob Liefeld Interview"1991 (1991)
(3)"Sergio Aragonés Interview"1991 (1991)
(4)"Overkill with Todd McFarlane and Rob Liefeld"1991 (1991)
Stan Lee challenges Rob Liefeld and Todd McFarlane to design a character in twenty minutes with the name "Over Kill". The character Liefeld and McFarlane came up with became the basis for the character Overt-Kill.
(5)"Interview with Harvey Kurtzman and Jack Davis"1992 (1992)
(6)"How to create a comic book, Interview with Todd McFarlane and Rob Leifeld"1992 (1992)
Jim Lee and Whilce Portacio give some tips on creating comics.
(7)"Chris Claremont Interview"1992 (1992)
Claremont discusses X-Men comics, his creative process, aviation and movie adaptations.
(8)"The Romitas"1992 (1992)
Interview with John Romita Sr. and John Romita Jr.
(9)"Interview with Bob Kane"1992 (1992)
(10)"Jim Lee Interview"1992 (1992)
(11)"Will Eisner Interview"1992 (1992)
(12)"Whilce Portacio Interview"1992 (1992)
(13)"Compendium of Greatest Moments with artists from Comic Book Greats Series"1992 (1992)
The episode features the best moments of Aragonés, Davis, Eisner, Kane, Kurtzman, Lee, Liefeld, McFarlane, Portacio and the Romitas.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sims, Chris (October 26, 2009). "ComicsAlliance Video Vault: The Comic Book Greats: Rob Liefeld" Archived 2012-08-24 at the Wayback Machine. Comics Alliance.
  2. ^ Gabilliet, Jean-Paul Beaty, Bart Nguyen, Nick (2005), Of comics and men: a cultural history of American comic books. University Press of Mississippi.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)