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A Filmation series
Hour of Adventure, green
The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure

Seasons
Episodes

2
Aired
September 9, 1967
Original Channel
CBS
Original Run
1967 – 1968


Production
Creator(s)
Jerry Siegel
Joe Shuster (characters)
Writer(s)
Director(s)
Hal Sutherland
Producer(s)
Norm Prescott
Lou Scheimer
Executive Producer(s)
Allen Ducovny
Production Company
Filmation
National Periodical Publications
Ducovny Productions
Hour of Adventure, title cards


The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure was a Filmation animated series that aired on CBS from 1967 to 1968. Premiering on September 9, 1967, this 60-minute program included a series of six-minute adventures featuring various DC Comics superheroes.

Each hour consisted of new segments from:



Format

The show featured sixteen new episode of The New Adventures of Superman, eight new episodes of The Adventures of Superboy, thirty-six episodes of The Adventures of Aquaman, three episodes of the Green Lantern, three episodes of Hawkman, three episodes of the Justice League of America, three episodes of the Atom, three episodes of the Flash, and three episodes of the Teen Titans.


From the point of view of Superman fans, it is generally regarded as the second season of the New Adventures.

Fans of Aquaman see it as the premiere season of the Adventures of Aquaman.

Superman

See The New Adventures of Superman (1966 to 1967)

Superboy

See The Adventures of Superboy (1967 to 1968)

Aquaman

See The Adventures of Aquaman ~ Season 1 (1967 to 1968)

See also: DC Superheroes: The Filmation Adventures (1967 to 1968)


Intro and Theme

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The superman aquaman hour of adventure-intro

The theme song for the Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure was written by John Marion Gart in 1967. Other work by John Marion Gart include The New Adventures of Superman and The Batman/Superman Hour.

It introduces us to all of the cast in the show: Superman, Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, the Atom, and the Teen Titans. Superboy is the only one missing from this opening.


The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure![1]
Superman! Aquaman!
All the super-duper heroes,
They always fight for what is right!
Live with danger and adventure,
They are Men of Might!


Superman, the Man of Steel
Performs super deeds with ease!
Aquaman's the bold and daring
King of the Seven Seas!


Hawkman, from another planet
Swoops down on the foe!
Nothing stops the Teen Titans
Anywhere they go!


Flash defies the eye to follow
With his super speed!
Against the force of evil
The Atom will succeed!


Green Lantern's power ring
Can accomplish anything!


Superman! Aquaman!
All the super superheroes
Are the Justice League of America,
Men of Might!

Continuation

In 1968, after the series was finished, the show's three main components were again divided amongst other shows.

  • The Aquaman segments were repackaged without the Superman and Superboy segments, and ran from September 14, 1968 to June, 1970.


Influence

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The Superman Aquaman Hour of Adventure-promo

The show continued to evolve a narrative format that had been started with the original Superman radio show. Specifically, it featured a narrator who served to both compress and dramatize the storytelling. Whereas the first season of The New Adventures of Superman had featured longtime radio narrator, Jackson Beck, Superman/Aquaman was the first to feature actor Ted Knight, who had made his Filmation debut as Perry White late in the previous season of The New Adventures. He would become the main voice used in the narration of DC cartoons for over a decade. He remained the unofficial "voice of DC" even during the first year the cartoons were produced by Hanna-Barbera under the SuperFriends banner.

Related Series

In 1995 a short lived TV series entitled, The Superman/Batman Adventures aired on USA Network. It was later aired on Cartoon Network and Boomerang.

The series featured edited episodes of various seasons of the SuperFriends (including for the first time on American TV, the 1983 Shorts), as well as the Filmation series The New Adventures of Superman, The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure, and The Batman/Superman Hour.


DVD release

In 1985, Warner Home Video released eight selected Aquaman episodes of the series on VHS in the "Super Powers" video collection, along with Batman, Superboy and Superman. These videos were re-released in 1996 and are out of print. On October 23, 2007, Warner Home Video released The Adventures of Aquaman: The Complete Collection on DVD in Region 1; the 2-disc set features all 36 Aquaman segments from the series, as well as special features.

Warner Video also released DC Superheroes: The Filmation Adventures on August 12, 2008. The double DVD set features 18 cartoons starring Hawkman, Green Lantern, The Flash, The Atom, the Teen Titans, and the Justice League of America. The collection was released in Region 2 on October 13, 2008.


External links


References

  1. Lyrics are from The Animated Superheroes Fan Page

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