Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show

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

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Format

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.

Toyline tie-in

Unlike previous series, this one was produced as a toyline tie-in (which was just becoming a very popular practice at the time). The toys were produced by Kenner. The general story as detailed in the mini-comics that accompanied the figures. The mini-series, published by DC themselves, was that the major heroes of Earth had teamed up to fight Darkseid and his villains. This series followed that storyline, and so was more in line with the very popular Challenge Of The SuperFriends series, which also featured actual super-villains from the comics as regular adversaries.

One of the most obvious tie-ins was the character of Brainiac, who had been given a radically different look for his toy (despite him appearing in his original form in the opening credits). His look on the show was similarly updated. Another obvious tie in was Lex Luthor in his power suit. Although Luthor appeared in 3 episodes, he wore his power suit in only one. Despite this, there was a Lex Luthor toy with him wearing his power suit. Being produced to promote toys, there were a few other departures from past Super Friends series in order for the series to appear more modern and have a higher profile in a more competitive television market.

Super Friends/Justice League of America

Fifteen heroes made up the Super Friends/Justice League of America. They were:

   

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. The same is true for The Flash and Hawkman.

Villains

 

List of episodes

  • 1. The Bride of Darkseid -
  • 2. The Bride of Darkseid -
  • 3. The Case of the Shrinking Super Friends -
  • 4. The Mask of Mystery-
  • 5. Mr. Mxyzptlk and the Magic Lamp -
  • 6. No Honor Among Thieves -
  • 7. Uncle Mxyzptlk -
  • 8. The Village of Lost Souls -
  • 9. The Royal Ruse -
  • 10. The Wrath of Brainiac-
  • 11. The Case of the Dreadful Dolls-
  • 12. Darkseid's Golden Trap (1) -
  • 13. Darkseid's Golden Trap (2) -
  • 14. Reflections in Crime-
  • 15. The Curator -
  • 16. The Island of the Dinosoids

Cast

  • Jack Angel - Samurai
  • Rene Auberjonois - Desaad
  • James Avery -
  • Michael Bell - Zan, Gleek
  • Gregg Berger -
  • Arthur Burghardt -
  • Howard Caine -
  • Constance Cawlfield - Wonder Woman
  • Danny Dark - Superman
  • Fernando Escandon - El Dorado
  • Pat Fraley -
  • Liz Georges -
  • Buster Jones - Black Vulcan
  • Stanley Jones - Lex Luthor
  • Casey Kasem - Robin, Mirror Master
  • Mary McDonald-Lewis -
  • Mickie McGowan -
  • Stanley Ralph Ross - Brainiac
  • Michael Rye - Apache Chief, Green Lantern
  • Olan Soule - Professor Martin Stein
  • Mark L. Taylor - Ronald Raymond/Firestorm
  • Frank Welker - Darkseid, Dollmaker, Kalibak, Mister Mxyzptlk
  • Liberty Williams - Jayna
  • Adam West - Batman
  • William Woodson - Narrator

NOTE: After Olan Soule served as the voice of Batman on the Super Friends since the beginning of the series, he turned the part over to none other than the man who played Batman on the live-action 1960s TV series, Adam West, for the Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show series. For this season, Olan instead played the voice of Professor Martin Stein, one half of Firestorm.

DVD release

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

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