The Age of TV Heroes
Written by Jason Hofius & George Khoury
Published by TwoMorrows
It’s a book for fans, by fans. The Age of TV Heroes provides readers with an overview of (nearly) every incarnation of comic book superheroes on the small screen, beginning with George Reeves and the 1950’s The Adventures of Superman and carrying through to today’s long-running Smallville. Stopping in between to chat with Lynda Carter, Nicholas Hammond, Adam West and many others, Hofius and Khoury diligently track down and discuss memories of each show with surviving cast, writers and producers.
Moving nearly chronologically forward, the authors offer anywhere from one (Vampirella’s television film) to nearly twenty pages (Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man), during which they explain how the show came to the air, get thoughts and remembrances from participants, and offer thoughts on the series’ inevitable ending.
Nearly every person involved with each show offers fond memories of the experience, even when the series went in an unwanted direction or the network meddled with the tone and direction of the storyline. These personal perspectives lift The Age of TV Heroes, making it a rose-tinted window into the existence of many fondly recalled programs.
Presenting all their information in a clear and concisely written style, Hofius and Khoury provide readers with many pertinent details. However, due to its over-arcing focus on all superhero series, no single show gets an in-depth treatment, so hardcore fans may be disappointed in the coverage of their favorite show. The writers’ clear affection for the programs under discussion also limits their willingness to criticize, and many shows receive far more praise than their content generally merits.
Despite these small flaws, the material is presented professionally and offers readers something unavailable elsewhere: a strong over-view of superhero television programs. With the groundwork provided in The Age of TV Heroes, superhero and television aficionados can easily pursue more information about each series.