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The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians on DVD

The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians is an American animated television series about a team of superheroes which ran from 1985 to 1986. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera and is based on the Justice League and associated comic book characters published by DC Comics.



In the fall of 1985, the final version of Hanna-Barbera's Super Friends premiered. This show returned to a more conventional, consistent, and authentic line-up for the Justice League of America, with a strong focus on Cyborg and Firestorm. The Super Friends (now called the Super Powers Team) were once again headquartered at the Hall of Justice (which had been redesigned for this series to appear more dome-like and seemingly, larger) in Metropolis, and battled such familiar foes as Darkseid, Lex Luthor, and Scarecrow.

The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians is considered one of the most faithful TV adaptations of DC Comic superheroes. Except where noted as a short, each episode was 30 minutes long. The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians lasted only one season on ABC until the end of the Hanna-Barbera's 12-year run of the Super Friends on September 6, 1986.


The Super Powers Team


The Flash appeared only in "The Death of Superman" episode, and never used his powers. El Dorado also made an appearance in that episode, and never used his powers or even spoke any lines.

Darkseid villains

Individual villains

Lex Luthor only appeared briefly at the beginning of "The Seeds of Doom". Both The Joker and The Penguin made their first (and only) Super Friends appearances in two different episodes. While Batman and Robin appeared in Joker's debut episode, they were not present in Penguin's.

Voice cast

Notable firsts

In the episode titled "The Fear", Batman's origin is told for the first time outside of the actual comics. The episode was written by Alan Burnett, later a story editor on Batman: The Animated Series.

This series also marked the first ever appearance of Cyborg in an animated television series.


1. The Seeds of Doom 2. The Ghost Ship/The Bizarro Super Powers Team (two short episodes) 3. The Darkseid Deception 4. The Fear 5. The Wild Cards 6. Brainchild/The Case of the Stolen Powers (two short episodes) 7. Escape from Space City 8. The Death of Superman

DVD release

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