Hero High

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Hero High
Country of origin USA
Production
Running time 22 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run 3 October 1981 – 21 April 1982

Hero High was a cartoon and live action series created by Filmation that aired as part of NBC's The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam! It was about a high school where young superheroes were taught how to use their powers and fight crime.[1] Originally intended to be a new entry in Filmation's long-running line of Archie cartoon series, the 1981 series was altered at the last minute because the company's rights to the "Archie" characters had expired;[2] nevertheless, one can easily tell which was originally the Archie character, the Reggie character, et cetera.

Main characters[edit]

Character Acted and voiced by: Powers/Abilities
A.W.O.L. Lou Scheimer Invisibility (partial or whole)
Brat-Man Erika Scheimer Seismic and concussive blasts through "super tantrums"
Captain California Christopher Hensel Flight via his semi-intelligent flying surfboard "Wipeout", "super-shine" smile
Dirty Trixie Maylo McCaslin "Dirty tricks" via gadgets in her "bag of tricks"
Glorious Gal Rebecca Perle Flight, super strength, telepathy, clairvoyance (possibly other mental powers)
Misty Magic Jere Fields Mystical powers
Punk Rock Johnny Venocour Minor destructive sonic powers using a guitar and speakers. Super-speed while playing music (suggested in "Do the Computer Stomp")
Rex Ruthless John Berwick "Dirty tricks" via gadgets
Weatherman Jim Greenleaf Weather and natural disaster control, flight via clouds. Minor fire powers (suggested in "Off Her Rocker")

In addition, several DC Comics-owned characters also appeared in the series: Captain Marvel, Mary Marvel and Isis. Both Captain Marvel and Mary Marvel were part of the parent series Kid Superpower Hour, while Isis had previously appeared in live-action form in another Filmation production, The Secrets of Isis.

The recent 2005 Disney superhero family comedy Sky High has a premise very similar to the show, with the only key difference is that the characters are in their everyday civilian clothes, not in spandex costumes, like in the latter. Needless to say, it also had a funnier, more cartoonish pace, albeit a live-action movie.

Episode list[edit]

Title Airdate
1 "The Art of the Ballot" 1981·Sep·12
2 "What's News" 1981·Sep·19
3 "Rat Fink Rex" 1981·Sep·26
4 "Do the Computer Stomp" 1981·Oct·03
5 "Malt Shop Mayhem" 1981·Oct·10
6 "Boo Who" 1981·Oct·17
7 "Cover Twirl" 1981·Oct·24
8 "My Job Is Yours" 1981·Oct·31
9 "Girl of His Dreams" 1981·Nov·07
10 "The Not So Great Outdoors" 1981·Nov·14
11 "Off Her Rocker" 1981·Nov·21
12 "Follow the Litter" 1981·Nov·28
13 "Jog-a-long" 1981·Dec·05
14 "He Sinks Starships" 1981·Dec·12
15 "Starfire, Where Are You?" 1981·Dec·19
16 "The Captives" 1981·Dec·26
17 "High Rise Hijinx" 1982·Jan·02
18 "Track Race" 1982·Jan·09
19 "A Clone of His Own" 1982·Jan·16
20 "Game of Chance" 1982·Jan·23
21 "The Umpire Strikes Back" 1982·Jan·30
22 "The Human Fly" 1982·Feb·06
23 "Big Bang Theory" 1982·Feb·13
24 "Law of the Pack" 1982·Feb·20
25 "A Fistful of Knuckles" 1982·Feb·27
26 "The Blow-Away Blimp" 1982·Mar·06

DVD release[edit]

BCI Eclipse LLC (Under license from Entertainment Rights) released Hero High: The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1 on May 8, 2007. The 2 disc set includes many special features. The episodes presented in syndication order.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
Hero High: The Complete Series 26 May 22, 2007

Features:

  • Full-length Audio Commentaries for episode "A Fistful of Knuckles" and the Kid Super-Power Hour wraparound segments and song.
  • Hero High Spotlight Interviews with Hero High actors, producers, writers and artists (55 mins.)
  • "The Magic of Filmation" Documentary: A half-hour history of one of America's most influential animation studios, with producers, writers, animators, historians, and other Filmation personnel.
  • Rare "Kid Super Power Hour" footage (approx. 20 mins.): By popular demand, the live-action opening credits, joke segments, and theme song by the Hero High Singing Group!
  • Hero High Art and Photo Gallery
  • Booklet with Episode Guide and Trivia
  • DVD-ROM Material: Scripts and Storyboards

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