The World's Greatest Super Friends

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The World's Greatest Superfriends
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Also known as Super Friends IV
Genre Adventure / Animation / Fantasy / Science fiction
Created by E. Nelson Bridwell
Carmine Infantino
Julius Schwartz (consultants)
Written by Jeffrey Scott
Bob Kane
William M. Marston
Joe Shuster
Jerry Siegel
Directed by Ray Patterson
Oscar Dufau
Carl Urbano
George Gordon
Creative director(s) Iwao Takamoto
Presented by Hanna-Barbera
(Warner Bros. Television)
DC Comics
Voices of Michael Bell
William Callaway
Danny Dark
Shannon Farnon
Casey Kasem
Olan Soule
Liberty Williams
Narrated by William Woodson
Theme music composer Hoyt Curtin
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)
Executive producer(s) Joseph Barbera and William Hanna
Producer(s) Don Jurwich
Editor(s) Nancy Massie (color key)
Running time 30 minutes (including commercials)
Original network ABC
Original release September 22, 1979 – September 27, 1980
Preceded by Challenge of the Super Friends
Followed by Super Friends[1]

The World's Greatest Superfriends is an American animated television series about a team of superheroes which ran from September 22, 1979 to September 27, 1980[2] on ABC. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera and is based on the Justice League and associated comic book characters published by DC Comics.


This particular incarnation of Super Friends relied heavily on folklore and classic fairy tales for plots. One episode in particular, "The Lord of Middle Earth", was inspired by the novel The Lord of the Rings, in which the team journeys to Middle-earth to save the inhabitants from an evil wizard. The series also borrowed from (then) contemporary politics, as the main villain Kareem Azar in "Rub Three Times for Disaster" is almost a carbon copy of the late Iranian religious leader Ayatollah Ruholla Mussaui Khomenei (1900–1989).




  • Marlene Aragon -
  • Michael BellZan, Gleek, Hellion (in "Lex Luthor Strikes Back"), Gork (in "The Super Friends Meet Frankenstein"), Logan (in "Space Knights of Camelon"), Gorka (in "The Lord of Middle Earth), Henchman (in "Rub Three Times for Disaster")
  • William CallawayAquaman, Orville Gump (in "Lex Luthor Strikes Back")
  • Danny DarkSuperman, Rebel (in "Space Knights of Camelon"), Soldier (in "Rub Three Times for Disaster")
  • Shannon FarnonWonder Woman, Lois Lane (in "Lex Luthor Strikes Back"), Dr. Pali (in "The Super Friends Meet Frankenstein")
  • Pat Fraley - Sir James (in "Space Knights of Camelon")
  • Bob Holt - Baldeskam (in "The Lord of Middle Earth")
  • Stan Jones - Lex Luthor (in "Lex Luthor Strikes Back"), Kareem Azar (in "Rub Three Times for Disaster"), Fortress Guard (in "Rub Three Times for Disaster"), Submarine Captain (in "Rub Three Times for Disaster")
  • Casey KasemRobin
  • James Reynolds-
  • Stanley Ralph Ross - Dr. Frankenstein (in "The Super Friends Meet Frankenstein"), Mal Havoc (in "The Lord of Middle Earth"), Genie of Olam (in "Rub Three Times for Disaster")
  • Michael Rye - King Arthur 7 (in "Space Knights of Camelon"), Ogar (in "Space Knights of Camelon"), Henchman (in "Rub Three Times for Disaster"), Scientist (in "Rub Three Times for Disaster")
  • Olan SouleBatman, Dr. Simms (in "The Super Friends Meet Frankenstein"), O'Brien (in "Rub Three Times for Disaster"), Citizen (in "Rub Three Times for Disaster")
  • Vernee Watson-Johnson -
  • Frank Welker - Mister Mxyzptlk
  • Liberty WilliamsJayna
  • William Woodson – Narrator, The Sultan of Zagdad (in "Rub Three Times for Disaster"), Little William (in "Space Knights of Camelon")

DC Super Friends[edit]

The main title theme for the direct-to-video original animation DC Super Friends: The Joker's Playhouse (2010) is from the World's Greatest Super Friends.

DVD release[edit]

The complete season four was released on DVD titled "The World's Greatest Super Friends: And Justice for All" as a Target exclusive on April 23, 2013. It is scheduled to be a general retail release ("at all sellers who decide to participate") starting November 12, 2013.[3]


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