Hero High

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Hero High
Country of origin United States
Production
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Filmation
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original network NBC
Original release October 3, 1981 (1981-10-03) – April 21, 1982 (1982-04-21)

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, etc.

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 in his belt buckle.
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 Super Power Hour, while Isis had previously appeared in Filmation's The Freedom Force segment of Tarzan And The Super 7 as well as live-action form in 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 being that the Disney characters are in their everyday civilian clothes, not in spandex costumes.

Episode list[edit]

Title Air date
1"The Art of the Ballot"September 12, 1981 (1981-09-12)
2"What's News"September 19, 1981 (1981-09-19)
3"Rat Fink Rex"September 26, 1981 (1981-09-26)
4"Do the Computer Stomp"October 3, 1981 (1981-10-03)
5"Malt Shop Mayhem"October 10, 1981 (1981-10-10)
6"Boo Who"October 17, 1981 (1981-10-17)
7"Cover Twirl"October 24, 1981 (1981-10-24)
8"My Job Is Yours"October 31, 1981 (1981-10-31)
9"Girl of His Dreams"November 7, 1981 (1981-11-07)
10"The Not So Great Outdoors"November 14, 1981 (1981-11-14)
11"Off Her Rocker"November 21, 1981 (1981-11-21)
12"Follow the Litter"November 28, 1981 (1981-11-28)
13"Jog-a-long"December 5, 1981 (1981-12-05)
14"He Sinks Starships"December 12, 1981 (1981-12-12)
15"Starfire, Where Are You?"December 19, 1981 (1981-12-19)
16"The Captives"December 26, 1981 (1981-12-26)
17despacito"High Rise Hijinx"January 2, 1982 (1982-01-02)
18"Track Race"January 9, 1982 (1982-01-09)
19"A Clone of His Own"January 16, 1982 (1982-01-16)
20"Game of Chance"January 23, 1982 (1982-01-23)
21"The Umpire Strikes Back"January 30, 1982 (1982-01-30)
22"The Human Fly"February 6, 1982 (1982-02-06)
23"Big Bang Theory"February 13, 1982 (1982-02-13)
24"Law of the Pack"February 20, 1982 (1982-02-20)
25"A Fistful of Knuckles"February 27, 1982 (1982-02-27)
26"The Blow-Away Blimp"March 6, 1982 (1982-03-06)

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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