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SuperFriends:
The Legendary Super Powers Show (1984)
SUPERFRIENDS - THE LEGENDARY SUPER POWERS SHOW (1984 - 1985)
Original Channel: ABC
Originally Aired: 9/8/1984 to 10/29/1984
Number of Episodes: 16
Production
Created by:
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: Oscar Dufau
Gordon Hunt (recording director)
Creative Director:
Produced by: Hanna-Barbera
DC Comics
Executive Producers: Joseph Barbera
William Hanna
Chronology
Previous Series:
1983 Shorts - Did not air in the USA (1983)
Next Series:
The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (1985)
Season 5, Introduction01:01

Season 5, Introduction

Season 5, Introduction

Series Summary

Episode Lengths: 30 minutes


The ABC Network corrected their goof of the previous year and returned the SuperFriends to its 8am slot on Saturday mornings. The 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.


Format

This incarnation consisted of 16 short episodes and ran for thirty minutes - treating us to two 11-minute stories weekly.

It ran from September 8, 1984 to October 29, 1984.

This series was more in line with the very popular Challenge of the SuperFriends series, in that it also featured actual DC super-villains from the comics as regular adversaries. Such as, Brainiac, Lex Luthor, Mirror Master and Mr. Mxyzptlk, as well as Darkseid and his henchmen from Apokolips.

This series is noteworthy, in that, it introduced a new superfriends team member, Firestorm (Ronald Raymond / Professor Stein).


Toyline tie-in

Unlike previous series, this one was produced as a tie-in with the Kenner Toys Super Powers line. These action figures were sculpted perfectly, had power action and contained a mini comic book and a file card.


Notes

  • This series is perhaps best known for introducing the first animated version of Firestorm (we see him in his two secret identities quite a bit).
  • Olan Soule (formerly Batman) voiced over Professor Stein in this one season when Adam West took over as Batman.
  • Superman, Batman, Robin and Wonder Woman were in the lineup.
  • For some odd reason, despite his appearance in the intro riding his seahorse Storm, Aquaman does not appear in any episodes of this series.
  • The, Flash, Green Lantern, and Hawkman were reduced to one cameo.
  • Shannon Farnon after 10 yrs. as the voice of Wonder Woman was also re-cast in favor of the new voice, Connie Cawlfield. Connie ended up voicing Wonder Woman in this series only.[1]
  • The four ethnic heroes, Black Vulcan, Samurai, Apache Chief, and El Dorado were major players in this series and for the most part were usually the heroes who saved the day in the end.
  • According to DC writer/historian Mark Waid, Aquaman's sole appearance in during this season comes via his appearance within the opening credits.[?]
  • This season also marks 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.
  • This sseason aklsoi marks a series first, by replacing Olan Soule with the well-known Adam West as the voice of Batman. West would continue through the subsequent Galactic Guardians series.

Cast

SuperFriends Cast

Also starring

Junior SuperFriends:

Cameo Appearances

Villains:

Episode List:

    Ep #         Full Length Episodes        The Shorts        Air Date    
1     The Bride of Darkseid (Part One)         The Bride of Darkseid (Part Two)         September 8, 1984    
2     The Wrath of Brainiac         Reflections in Crime         September 15, 1984    
3     No Honor Among Thieves         Mr. Mxyzptlk and the Magic Lamp         September 22, 1984    
4     The Case of the Shrinking Superfriends         The Mask of Mystery         October 1, 1984    
5     Darkseid's Golden Trap (Part One)         Darkseid's Golden Trap (Part Two)         October 8, 1984    
6     The Island of the Dinosoids         Uncle Mxyzptlk         October 15, 1984    
7     The Case of the Dreadful Dolls         The Royal Ruse         October 22, 1984    
8     The Village of Lost Souls         The Curator         October 29, 1984    


See Also


DVD / Media info

Warner Home Video released The Complete Series of Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show on DVD[2] on August 7, 2007.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
The Complete Series 16 August 7, 2007

This DVD series is available through Amazon – The Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show - The Complete Series (DVD - 2007).


External links

Videos

Superfriends The Legendary Super Powers Show00:33

Superfriends The Legendary Super Powers Show

References

  1. It has been commonly believed that Connie got the role because she was dating the voice director, probably due to the Shannon Farnon interview. This is not correct. The casting director was a women and Connie was married at the time and still is. She auditioned along with over 300 other actresses. They sent her audition to the networks and ended up casting her because they "liked the little crinkle in her voice."
  2. The Sweatbox Review



Previous Series:
Super Friends: The Shorts, Part Three, The Lost Episodes – Did not air in the USA (1983)
Next Series:
The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (1985)
SuperFriends Series
Season 1 (1973)   Season 2 (1977)   Season 3 (1978)   Season 4 (1979)   Season 5 (1984)   Season 6 (1985)
1980 Shorts   1981 Shorts   1983 Shorts   


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