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Geek Gifts 2010: Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics

Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics chronicles the ups and downs of DC Comics and features interviews with some of DC's writers and artists. This reviewer calls the documentary an instant geek classic.

When I was watching the Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics DVD, I felt a sense of intense happiness -- just thinking about the documentary makes me all misty eyed. What really surprised me is that I expected a propaganda film about how great DC Comics is, but this movie is definitely not propaganda.

The documentary covers the ups and downs of DC Comics; it starts with DC's origins as a publisher of pulp magazines and goes through the Golden Age of Comics to the present day. You get to hear fascinating stories and interviews with DC Comics writers and artists. (DVD image credit: Amazon.)

Specifications

  • Number of DVD discs: One
  • Run time: 90 minutes
  • Narrator: Actor Ryan Reynolds
  • Price: $24.98 list ($18.99 on Amazon.com)
  • Where to buy: Amazon.com

What I like

  • It's about comics.
  • It's about television.
  • It's about movies.
  • It includes interviews with DC Comics writers and artists.
  • A geek doesn't need to be a fan of Superman or Batman to enjoy this video, because it also covers the Watchmen, Sandman, and Green Lantern.

What I don't like

  • I can't watch it again for the first time.

Geek bottom line

This documentary is an instant geek classic. I think that even a diehard DC Comics fan will be surprised by what they learn while watching this movie. For example, I never realized how much Neil Gaiman resembles Sandman. It's also interesting to see how much DC has influenced today's culture overall -- just try saying the words "super man" or "dark knight" without picturing Superman or Batman -- it's impossible.

Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics is one gift that will bring a smile to the face of any geek. Below is a two-minute trailer of the film.

Geek gift rating (out of 5)

  • Fun factor: *****
  • Geek factor: *****
  • Value: *****
  • Overall: *****

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