April 1, 2023
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Sokolsky on the Arts and Entertainment
A weekly program focusing on the arts and entertainment
The movie is called "The Watchmen" and it has arrived on the heels of some enthusiastic promotion citing, among other things, it has been adapted from a set of comic books.

However, Arts and Entertainment Editor Bob Sokolsky notes, the super heroes of this film are hardly the first to make the leap from printed page to movie and TV screens because comic strip stars have been around longer than movies and TV.

Sokolsky cites "Barney Google" as among the first to go that route. And, he adds, Barney has been followed by a wide group of characters.

Some, like Flash Gordon, Blondie, Buck Rogers, Joe Palooka. have been quite successful. Others like the Flash, Phantom and Brenda Starr, have not.

Sokolsky says it is too soon to guess where "Watchmen" will wind up on that list, but believes it would be fun to have it succeed, just to see how something like this would be handled at the next Academy Awards ceremonies.
Episode Date: March 6, 2009
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