How did comic books take over the world? And how did they transform from a niche interest in the 1930s to the explosive and powerful force they are today?
Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics, an exclusive new series from AMC, delves into the true origin stories behind some of the most famous comic characters of all time.
What is Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics?
This six-part series takes a deeper look into the stories, people and events that transformed the world of comic books.
Comic book icons and fans including Stan Lee, Patty Jenkins, Lynda Carter, Kevin Smih, Famke Janssen and Todd McFarlane have given extensive interviews for the series.
"My love for the world of comics knows no bounds," said Kirkman. “It’s a universe of amazing stories that has been driving pop culture as a whole for decades. Being able to explore the nooks and crannies of this world has allowed me to find out secrets even I didn’t know.
"It’s been a pleasure putting this series together and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be able to finally share it with the world."
AMC Visionaries is a year-round documentary series in which ground-breaking artists celebrate, curate and author the untold stories and fascinating histories of their respective genres.
Forthcoming instalments in the series include “AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction,” “AMC Visionaries: Eli Roth’s History of Horror,” and “AMC Visionaries: Rap Yearbook” executive produced by Black Thought and QuestLove.
When does Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics air?
The series premieres on Monday, January 8th at 9pm on AMC.
It will also be available on catch-up on the BT Player and on the BT TV app.
How many episodes are there?
There are six episodes.
The first episode looks at the birth of Marvel and the story of Stan Lee and Jark Kirby.
Episode two explores the origins of Wonder Woman.
Episode three looks back the creation of Superman and the legal fall-out between the creators and DC.
Episode four examines the connection between comic books and New York City.
Episode five presents the rise and fall of Milestone Comics, an African-American-owned comic book imprint which came to life in early 1990s New York.
Episode six brings the story up to date with the true story of seven renegade artists who shock the comic-book industry by starting their own company, Image Comics, to rival giants Marvel and DC.
What is AMC?
AMC is the channel exclusive to BT customers.
BT TV customers can watch AMC on BT TV channel 332/381 HD or catch up on episodes on the BT Player and watch on the go with the BT TV App.
BT Sport Pack customers can watch on Sky Guide channel 192.
AMC exclusively airs series including Fear the Walking Dead, Snatch, Ride with Norman Reedus
Who is Robert Kirkman?
Robert Kirkman is the Chairman of Skybound Entertainment. Kirkman, an advocate for creator rights, co-founded Skybound alongside his longtime business and producing partner David Alpert in an effort to ensure creators are able to maintain their intellectual property rights and creative control.
Kirkman continues to develop and produce multiple personal projects and has collaborations with an extensive list of creators in all divisions of Skybound, including comics, interactive games, film and television (traditional and digital platforms), licensing, and merchandising. First and foremost a comic creator himself, Kirkman has seen groundbreaking success in the adaptation of his comic book titles into major franchises in all forms of content.
In 2010, his Eisner Award-winning series, The Walking Dead, was developed into an AMC television series. It has become a worldwide phenomenon as the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time and is the No. 1 show on television among the coveted 18 - 49 demo.
The property has also been extended into a blockbuster game franchise, licensing business and ongoing publishing success. Kirkman also serves as consulting producer of Talking Dead, the popular talk show hosted by Chris Hardwick that deep dives into each week’s episode of both The Walking Dead and its companion series, Fear the Walking Dead.
Kirkman is co-creator, writer and producer of The Walking Dead’s companion series, Fear the Walking Dead. He is also executive producer of the Korean pre-apocalyptic drama, Five Year. Kirkman’s popular demonic-exorcism comic, Outcast, was adapted to, produced by and airs on Cinemax.
For the big screen, Kirkman will produce Invincible, based on his long-running popular comic book. The project will be written, directed and produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg for Universal Pictures. Other credits include AIR, featuring Norman Reedus and Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou.