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"Banded together from remote galaxies are thirteen of the most sinister villains of all time - the Legion of Doom! Dedicated to a single object, the conquest of the universe! Only one group dares to challenge this inter-galactic threat - The SuperFriends! "
--Narrator

Super Friends (TV Series)
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Super Friends (TV Series)
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Starring
(Characters, not Actors)
Played by
Actors

Creators
Gardner Fox; Alex Toth; William Hanna; Joseph Barbera

Runtime
30 min.

Producers
Hanna-Barbera

Executive Producers
William Hanna; Joseph Barbera

Country of origin
United States of America

IMDB

First Aired
Last Aired

1973
1984


Title: The Super Friends
Seasons: 6
Production Company: Hanna-Barbera
Created by: Gardner Fox, Alex Toth, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
Status: Cancelled

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Summary

Super Friends (alternately spelled as "SuperFriends") is the collective name attributed to a series of animated programs produced by Hanna-Barbera between 1973 and 1984. Over the course of a decade, the series ran through several iterations including title changes such as, the All-New Super Friends Hour, Challenge of the Super Friends, the World's Greatest Super Friends, Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show, and Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians.

The series was originally spawned from earlier animated works in the 1960s such as the Adventures of Batman, the New Adventures of Batman, the New Adventures of Superman, the Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure, and the Batman/Superman Hour. Many of the original voice talents from those programs went on to contribute material to the subsequent Super Friends projects as well.

The Super Friends functioned as a child-friendly version of the Justice League of America – a comic book series published by DC Comics from 1960 until 1987. They headquartered themselves inside of the Hall of Justice, a centrally located fortress set within the confines of Metropolis. The heroes routinely monitored global catastrophes with the aid of an automated warning system called the Trouble Alert (or TroubAlert).

Although the Super Friends roster has varied over the years, the team has always consisted of a core group of flagship characters central to the spirit of comic book heroism: Superman, Batman, Robin, Aquaman and Wonder Woman. Later incarnations included celebrated DC Comics properties such as the Flash, Green Lantern and Hawkman. In addition to the numerous guest appearances, the program also introduced several unique characters in the hopes of adding ethnic diversity to its lineup. One of the more memorable new characters was Apache Chief, a Native American gifted with enhanced size and strength. Samurai was an Asian crime fighter who could rotate the lower half of his body for locomotion (among other powers) similar to the Justice League character Red Tornado. There was also Black Vulcan, an African American with powers similar to that of the comic character Black Lightning. The final original character added was El Dorado, a Hispanic hero with a number of abilities including teleportation.

Rounding out the colorful cast of characters were two sets of team-sidekicks. In the first season of the series, the Super Friends associated with two non-powered teenagers, Wendy Harris and Marvin White. Wendy and Marvin (along with their caped-pet Wonder Dog) functioned as a sounding board for other characters, and often became the instruments through which the Super Friends were able to communicate valuable lessons to young viewers. When the series changed its title and format to the All-New Super Friends Hour, Wendy and Marvin were replaced by twin siblings from the planet Exxor named Zan and Jayna. Like Wendy and Marvin, they too came packaged with a pet side-kick – Gleek the Space Monkey. The inclusion of Zan and Jayna to the cast was reminiscent of the characters of Jan and Jace from the 1966 animated series Space Ghost. Like their super-powered successors, they too adventured with an alien simian, named Gleek.

By 1978, the Super Friends re-imagined themselves once again into what is arguably their most popular incarnation to date – the Challenge of the SuperFriends. This series expanded the Super Friends roster to include characters such as the Flash, Green Lantern, and Hawkman. Further, the Super Friends now faced a team of recurring super-villains – the Legion of Doom. Led by the villainous Lex Luthor, the Legion of Doom consisted of thirteen of the most well-known super-villains in DC Comics history. Notably, all of the villains included in the team corresponded to a particular Super Friend.

Despite the success of Challenge of the SuperFriends, Hanna-Barbera changed the series format again the very following year. 1979 launched The World’s Greatest SuperFriends, which maintained many of the same characters and plot devices as previous incarnations, but the Legion of Doom were no longer mainstay villains. This version of the series however, only released eight episodes and nearly signaled the end of the Super Friends franchise.

The series entered weekday syndication in the United States in 1983 when the series was no longer aired on Saturday mornings. Hanna-Barbera continued to produce additional shorts despite the ABC network being no longer interested in purchasing new installments. All but three of these shorts aired only in Europe and other foreign markets. It wouldn't be until 1995 when these "lost" installments finally aired in the United States.

Hanna-Barbera revived the series however in 1984 with SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show. This animated series coincided with the Super Powers series of comic book titles, as well as a line of Super Powers action figures. The animation style was different from that of previous incarnations, and many of the original voice actors had been replaced. Adam West, more popularly known for playing the character of Batman on the 1966 live-action series, returned to his alma matta and provided the voice for his namesake character in Super Powers (in previous versions of the show, the late actor Olan Soule lent his voice to the role of Batman).

The show also introduced Firestorm to the line-up. Firestorm joined the Justice League in the comic book shortly before his appearance on the series. The primary villain for this series was the alien demogogue Darkseid and his crew of minions from the other-dimensional world of Apokolips. Each week, Darkseid would engage upon a new and daring plan to conquer the Earth, forcing the Super Friends into action.

Superfriends Cast

In 1985, Super Powers changed its title to the Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians and added Cyborg to the team roster. In the comics, Cyborg was a member of the New Teen Titans, and often worked alongside Robin in the Titans; the cartoon versions of these characters did not appear to share a history with one another. This iteration was the only version of the franchise that did not have Super Friends in the title. This series lasted only ten episodes and became the swan song of the franchise. The final episode, The Death of Superman, was aired on November 6th, 1985.

Principal Cast

  • Danny Dark as the voice of Superman
  • Olan Soule as the voice of Batman (seasons 1-4)
  • Adam West as the voice of Batman (seasons 5-6)
  • Norman Alden as the voice of Aquaman
  • Shannon Farnan as the voice of Wonder Woman
  • Casey Kasem as the voice of Robin
  • Sherry Alberoni as the voice of Wendy Harris (season 1)
  • Frank Welker as the voice of Marvin White (season 1)
  • Michael Bell as the voice of Zan (seasons 2-4)
  • Liberty Williams as the voice of Jayna (seasons 2-4)
  • Mark L. Taylor and Olan Soule as the voice of Firestorm (Ronnie Raymond/Martin Stein) (seasons 5-6)
  • Ernie Hudson as the voice of Cyborg (Victor Stone) (season 6)
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Original Characters

Guest Appearances

Recurring Villains

Other Characters

Episodes

Super Friends

  • The Power Pirate
  • The Baffles Puzzle
  • Professor Goodfellow's G.E.E.C
  • The Weather Maker
  • Dr. Pelagrin's War
  • The Shamon U
  • Too Hot to Handle
  • The Androids
  • The Balloon People
  • The Fantastic Frerps
  • The Ultra Beam
  • The Menace of the White Dwarf
  • The Mysterious Moles
  • Gulliver's Gigantic Goof
  • The Planet-Splitter
  • The Weather Man

The All-New Super Friends Hour

  • Invasion of the Earthors
  • The Brain Machine
  • Joy Ride
  • The Whirlpool
  • City in a Bottle
  • Invasion of the Hydronoids
  • Hitchhike
  • Space Emergency
  • Will the World Collide?
  • The Marsh Monster
  • Runaways
  • Time Rescue
  • Day of the Plant Creatures
  • Doctor Fright
  • Drag Race
  • Fire
  • SuperFriends vs. SuperFriends
  • The Monster of Dr. Droid
  • Vandals
  • Energy Mass
  • Voyage of the Mysterious Time Creatures
  • The Secret Four
  • Tiger on the Loose
  • The Antidote
  • Planet of the Neanderthals
  • The Enforcer
  • Shark Attack
  • Flood of Diamonds
  • The Mind Maidens
  • The Collector
  • Handicap
  • Alaska Peril
  • The Water Beast
  • Attack of the Giant Squid
  • Game of Chicken
  • Volcano
  • The Coming of the Arthropods
  • The Invisible Menace
  • Initiation
  • River of Doom
  • Exploration: Earth
  • The Fifty-Foot Woman
  • Cheating
  • Attack of the Killer Bees
  • The Lionmen
  • Forbidden Power
  • Pressure Point
  • Day of the Rats
  • The Tiny World of Terror
  • The Man-Beasts of Xra
  • Prejudice
  • Tibetan Raiders
  • The Mummy of Nazca
  • Frozen Peril
  • Dangerous Prank
  • Cable Car Rescue
  • The Ghost
  • The Protector
  • Stowaways
  • Rampage

Super Friends

  • The Demons of Exxor
  • Rokan: Enemy from Space
  • Battle at the Earth's Core
  • Sinbad and the Space Pirates
  • The Pied Piper from Space
  • Attack of the Vampire
  • Terror from the Phantom Zone
  • The Beasts are Coming
  • The Anti-Matter Monster
  • World Beneath the Ice
  • Invasion of the Brain Creatures
  • The Incredible Space Circus
  • Batman: Dead or Alive
  • Battle of the Gods
  • Journey Through Inner Space
  • The Rise and Fall of the Super Friends

Challenge of the Super Friends

The World's Greatest Super Friends

  • Rub Three Times for Disaster
  • Lex Luthor Strikes Back
  • Space Knights of Camelon
  • The Lord of Middle Earth
  • Universe of Evil
  • Terror at 20,000 Fathoms
  • The Super Friends Meet Frankenstein
  • The Planet of Oz

Additional Super Friends shorts

  • Mxyzptlk's Revenge
  • Roller Coaster
  • Once Upon A Poltergeist
  • Warpland
  • Two Gleeks Are Deadlier Than One
  • Bulgor the Behemoth
  • The Krypton Syndrome
  • Invasion of the Space Dolls
  • Terror on the Titanic
  • The Revenge of Doom
  • A Pint of Life
  • Day of the Dinosaurs
  • Return of the Phantoms
  • Bully for You
  • Superclones
  • Prisoners of Sleep
  • An Unexpected Treasure
  • The Malusian Blob
  • Attack of the Cats
  • One Small Step for Superman
  • Video Victims
  • Playground of Doom
  • Space Racers
  • The Recruiter

Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show

  • The Bride of Darkseid (Part I)
  • The Bride of Darkseid (Part II)
  • The Case of the Shrinking Super Friends
  • The Mask of Mystery
  • Mr. Mxyzptlk and the Magic Lamp
  • No Honor Among Thieves
  • Uncle Mxyzptlk
  • The Village of Lost Souls
  • The Royal Ruse
  • The Wrath of Brainiac
  • The Case of the Dreadful Dolls
  • Darkseid's Golden Trap (Part I)
  • Darkseid's Golden Trap (Part II)
  • Reflections in Crime
  • The Curator
  • Island of the Dinosoids

Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians

  • The Seeds of Doom
  • The Ghost Ship
  • The Bizarro Super Powers Team
  • The Darkseid Deception
  • The Fear
  • The Wild Cards
  • Brain Child
  • The Case of the Stolen Powers
  • Escape from Space City
  • The Death of Superman

Notes

  • This title franchise has been known by several alternate spellings, including: Super Friends, SuperFriends and also as Super-Friends.
  • Although the were commonly known as the Super Friends, the team also referred to themselves as the Justice League of America. Each member of the team had a Justice League communicator device with the JLA banner emblazoned upon it.
  • Many episodes of the series included public service announcements tacked onto the conclusion of each episode. These epilogues traditionally featured only one or two Super Friends and warned younger viewers against societal ills such as talking to strangers and smoking.
  • The Super Friends franchise spawned a DC Comics comic series aptly titled, The Super Friends. The series ran for forty-seven issues and was collected into a trade paperback in 2001, with a cover illustration by Alex Ross (based upon original concept art by Alex Toth). Although the Super Friends comic series took place outside the accepted DC Comics continuity of the time period, it is noted for introducing several canon DC Characters, namely the members of the Global Guardians.

Trivia

  • Cartoon Network produced a series of Super Friends lampoon shorts as a means of marketing their action/adventure line-up. In one animated short, Aquaman and Wonder Woman meet the Powerpuff Girls.
  • The Super Friends have also been lampooned on popular programs such as South Park, the Family Guy, Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law and Robot Chicken.
  • Late actor Ted Knight (no relation to Starman (Ted Knight)), more popularly known for his roles in the movie Caddyshack and the television sit-com Too Close for Comfort provided the voice of the Narrator on the Super Friends.
  • Up until 2003, Robin was the only original Super Friend who was never a member of any incarnation of the Justice League of America (excluding characters created expressly for the show). During the Obsidian Age storyline running through select issues of JLA, Dick Grayson became a deputy leader of the Justice League under his modern identity, Nightwing. Taking into account the entire Super Friends roster, Cyborg (Victor Stone) is the only comic-based character featured on the Super Friends who was never a member of the Justice League.
  • In the third chapter of the Secret Origins pilot movie of the Justice League animated series, the Flash issues a nod to older fans by referring to the newly formed Justice League as a "bunch of Super Friends".
  • Despite the fact that the series focused on high-flying heroes and evil, diaboloical menaces, there has never been an overt scene of direct physical violence.
  • The character of Samurai made one canonical appearance in DC Comics. He appeared in the 1985 six-issue limited series Super Powers (Volume 3). It can be argued that the Super Powers series of comic titles do not take place within mainstream DC continuity. Samurai is also the only character unique to the Super Friends cartoon to receive his own Super Powers action figure.
  • The character Apache Chief had the ability to enhance his physical stature to cosmic proportions by speaking the Native American words "Inuk-chuk".

Related Articles

External Links

  • Super Friends article at Wikipedia
  • Super Friends article at Don Markstein's Toonopedia
  • Super Friends entry at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB)
  • The All-New Super Friends Hour entry at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB)
  • Challenge of the Super Friends entry at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB)
  • The World's Greatest Super Friends entry at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB)
  • Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show entry at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB)
  • Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians entry at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB)

References

  • Super Friends entry at TV.com (episode titles)
  • The All-New Super Friends Hour entry at TV.com (episode titles)
  • Challenge of the Super Friends entry at TV.com (episode titles)
  • The World's Greatest Super Friends entry at TV.com (episode titles)
  • Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show entry at TV.com (episode titles)
  • Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians entry at TV.com (episode titles)

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