Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show

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Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show
Super Friends The Legendary Super Powers Show.jpg
Also known as Super Friends VII
Genre Adventure / Animation / Fantasy / Sci-Fi
Created by E. Nelson Bridwell
Carmine Infantino
Julius Schwartz (consultants)
Written by Alan Burnett
Gerry Conway
Rich Fogel
Cynthia Friedlob
Glenn Leopold
William M. Marston
Al Milgrom
John Semper
Joe Shuster
Jerry Siegel
Jeff Segal
Marc Scott Zicree
Directed by Ray Patterson (Supervising)
Oscar Dufau
Creative director(s) Iwao Takamoto
Presented by Hanna-Barbera
(Warner Bros. Television)
DC Comics
Voices of Jack Angel
René Auberjonois
Michael Bell
William Callaway
Constance Cawlfield
Danny Dark
Fernando Escandon
Buster Jones
Stan Jones
Casey Kasem
Stanley Ralph Ross
Olan Soule
Mark L. Taylor
B.J. Ward
Frank Welker
Adam West
Narrated by William Woodson
Composer(s) Hoyt Curtin and Paul DeKorte
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Joseph Barbera (Un-Credited)
William Hanna(Un-Credited)
Margaret Loesch (Supervising)
Producer(s) Kay Wright
Editor(s) Michael Bradley
David Cowan
Mary Gleason
Jon Johnson
Carol Lewis
Catherine MacKenzie
Kerry Williams
Jerry Winicki
Cecil Broughton
Daniels Mclean
Terry Moore
Joe Sandusky
Giv Iverson
Running time 30 minutes (including commercials)
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run September 8, 1984 – August 31, 1985
Chronology
Preceded by Super Friends
Followed by The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians
External links
Website

Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show is an American animated television series about a team of superheroes which ran from 1984[2] to 1985[3] on ABC. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera and is based on the Justice League and associated comic book characters published by DC Comics.

Format[edit]

Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show was the first Super Friends series in a new format since 1979's The World's Greatest Super Friends. Continuing the previous three years' policy of producing short stories, this series' format was two stories per half hour, so all the separate stories were ten minutes long each. Furthermore, the Wonder Twins were largely supplanted as audience identification figures by Firestorm, a well established teenage superhero in the DC Comics Universe.

Toyline tie-in[edit]

Unlike previous series, Super Friends: The Legenary Super Powers Show was produced to tie-in with the toyline of the same name produced by Kenner. The general story, as detailed in the mini-comics that accompanied the figures, was that the major heroes of Earth had teamed up to fight Darkseid and his villains.

Characters[edit]

Super Friends/Justice League of America[edit]

Thirteen heroes made up the Super Friends. They were:

  • Superman – In the episode, "Darkseid's Golden Trap", gold kryptonite appears, which is stated to have an effective range of 20 ft (6.1 m). In "Uncle Mxyzptlk", the Wonder Twins find a red, glowing stone and take it to the Hall of Justice. They show it to Superman, who immediately reacts to it. Samurai knocks the red kryptonite to the floor but the effects of the red kryptonite cause Superman to decrease in age, becoming a young child. The rest of the Super Friends refer to the kid as 'Super Brat'. Lois Lane makes two cameo appearances in Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show in the episodes "The Bride of Darkseid" and "Reflections in Crime".
  • Batman
  • Robin
  • Wonder WomanSteve Trevor is mentioned in the episode "Darkseid's Golden Trap Part 2", when Wonder Woman announces: "I have a date with Steve Trevor tonight...which dress should I wear?" He is also seen in the episode "Mr. Mxyzptlk and the Magic Lamp," although only a brief cameo, he has no dialogue. He later appears in an episode of The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians, where he is revealed to be an astronaut. That episode was called "The Darkseid Deception."
  • Green Lantern
  • Firestorm – The crew responsible for the first series depicted the flames on Firestorm's head as a static, fire-shaped ornament. The second series' (The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians) authors made another change, transforming the hair into a waved haircut.
  • Black Vulcan
  • Gleek
  • Apache Chief
  • Samurai
  • El Dorado
  • Wonder Twins (Zan and Jayna)

According to DC writer/historian Mark Waid, Aquaman's sole appearance in The Legendary Super Powers Show comes via his appearance within the opening credits.[citation needed] The same is true for The Flash and Hawkman.

This was the first time Wonder Woman was animated with the =w= symbol on her costume instead of the eagle design, this carried over into the final series Galactic Guardians, which led to Justice League in 2001, where she wears a modified version of the =w= symbol. She was voiced by Susan Eisenberg in this series. Lynda Carter was unable to reprise this role for animation because she was busy with her singing career, commercials for Maybelline cosmetics, and television films.

The series was also noteworthy for using Adam West as the voice of Batman, two decades after the end of the 1960s live action Batman series. West replaced Olan Soule and would continue through the subsequent Galactic Guardians series.

Villains[edit]

  • Darkseid – Outside of the comic books, boom tubes have been seen on a number of occasions. They are first seen in the last two seasons of the Super Friends animated series, Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show and The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians on a number of occasions. Here, they are referred to as "Star Gates," and they are used by the natives of Apokolips, though without the sonic boom caused by boom tubes. New Genesis was never shown or mentioned.
  • Kalibak – His appearance was not as brutish a later TV incarnations, more like the original Jack Kirby design for the character. He was almost always depicted as boastful, dull-witted and ineffectual against the heroes.
  • Desaad
  • Brainiac – The mechanical version of Brainiac appeared in the episodes "The Wrath of Brainiac" and "The Village of Lost Souls". In "The Wrath of Brainiac," Brainiac reveals that he shed his earlier appearance when he worked alongside Darkseid.
  • Mirror Master – Mirror Master appeared in an episode entitled "Reflections in Crime". Interestingly enough the Flash doesn't appear in this episode. In the episode, Mirror Master sets about trapping the Super Friends in this particular episode inside mirrors called the sixth dimension. The Super Friends managed to escape and trap Mirror Master in a House of Mirrors.
  • Lex Luthor – He appeared in the opening and the episodes "No Honor Among Super Thieves" (in which acquires his power suit from the comics of then), "Case of the Shrinking Super Friends" and "The Mask of Mystery".
  • Mister Mxyzptlk – In this series, Mxyzptlk's name is pronounced as Miks-ill-plik (backwards, Kilp-ill-skim) and he takes to tormenting all the members of the team, even when Superman is absent.
  • The Robber Baron and Sleeves
  • Dollmaker

For this series, Lex Luthor and Brainiac were completely revamped to resemble their comic book counterparts.[citation needed]

List of episodes[edit]

Cast[edit]

Crew[edit]

DVD release[edit]

  • Warner Home Video released The Complete Series of Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show on DVD[4] on August 7, 2007.
DVD name Ep No. Release date
The Complete Series 16 August 7, 2007

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