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Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show

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Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show
Also known asSuper Friends VII
Genre
Created by
Based on
Directed by
Creative directorIwao Takamoto
Voices of
Narrated byWilliam Woodson
Theme music composerHoyt Curtin
Composers
  • Hoyt Curtin
  • Paul DeKorte
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes8 (16 segments) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
ProducerKay Wright
Editors
  • Michael Bradley
  • David Cowan
  • Mary Gleason
  • Jon Johnson
  • Carol Lewis
  • Catherine MacKenzie
  • Kerry Williams
  • Jerry Winicki
  • Cecil Broughton
  • Daniels Mclean
  • Terry Moore
  • Joe Sandusky
  • Giv Iverson
Running time21 minutes (11 minutes per segment)
Production companies
Original release
NetworkABC
ReleaseSeptember 8, 1984 (1984-09-08) –
August 31, 1985 (1985-08-31)
Related

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 Productions and is based on the Justice League and associated comic book characters published by DC Comics.[1]

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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.[2] Continuing the previous three years' policy of producing short stories, this series' format was two 11-minute stories per half-hour. Furthermore, the Wonder Twins were largely supplanted as audience identification figures by Firestorm, a well-established teenage superhero in the DC Comics Universe. However, continuing the trend from the "lost season" episodes, the Wonder Twins were paired with other Justice League members, as opposed to always teaming up with Wonder Woman or Batman and Robin. In "Case of The Shrinking Super Friends", they are teamed with Firestorm and Robin. In "Uncle Mxyzptlk", they work with Firestorm and Samurai. In "Village of The Lost Souls", they work with Wonder Woman and Apache Chief.

For the next season, the show was retitled The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians.

Toyline tie-in

Unlike the previous series, Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show was produced to tie in with the Super Powers Collection toyline produced by Kenner, hence the name change. The general story, as detailed in the mini-comics that accompanied the figures, was that the major heroes of Earth had teamed up to fight Darkseid and his villains.

Characters

Super Friends/Justice League of America

The Super Friends consist of 13 heroes:

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.[3] The same is true for The Flash. This was 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. Shannon Farnon was unable to reprise her voice work for Wonder Woman because the new voice director cast his girlfriend Connie Cawfield in her place. The series was also noteworthy for using Adam West as the voice of Batman, two decades after the end of his live-action television series of Batman. West replaced Olan Soule and would continue through the subsequent Galactic Guardians series.

Villains

  • Darkseid – outside of the comic books for the first time, Darkseid was still attempting to conquer Earth (often with help from other villains), but also had a secondary goal, of making Wonder Woman his bride. Darkseid brought a degree of seriousness to a show that had largely lacked it.
  • Kalibak – his appearance was not as brutish as in later TV incarnations, more like the original Jack Kirby design for the character. He was almost always depicted as boastful, dull-witted, and ineffectual against the heroes.
  • Desaad
  • Brainiac – the mechanical version of Brainiac appeared in the episodes "The Wrath of Brainiac" and "The Village of Lost Souls". In "The Wrath of Brainiac", Brainiac reveals that he shed his earlier appearance when he worked alongside Darkseid.
  • Mirror Master appeared in an episode entitled "Reflections in Crime". Despite Mirror Master being a Flash villain, The Flash does not appear in this episode. In the episode, Mirror Master sets about trapping the Super Friends in this particular episode inside mirrors called the sixth dimension. The Super Friends managed to escape and trap Mirror Master in a House of Mirrors.
  • Lex Luthor appeared in the opening and the episodes "No Honor Among Super Thieves" (in which acquires his power suit from the comics of then), "Case of the Shrinking Super Friends" and "The Mask of Mystery".
  • Mister Mxyzptlk – in this series, Mxyzptlk's name is pronounced as Miks-ill-plik (backwards, Kilp-ill-skim) and he takes to tormenting all the members of the team, even when Superman is absent.
  • The Robber Baron and Sleeves
  • Dollmaker

For this series, Lex Luthor and Brainiac were completely revamped to resemble their comic book counterparts.

Cast

Note: Beginning with this version, Adam West replaced Olan Soule as the voice of Batman.

Episodes

Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show was the first Super Friends series in a new format since 1979's The World's Greatest SuperFriends. 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. Firestorm, a well established teenage superhero in the DC Comics Universe, was added to the lineup of characters. Continuing the trend from the "lost season" episodes, the Wonder Twins were paired with other Justice League members, as opposed to always teaming up with Wonder Woman or Batman & Robin. In "Case of the Shrinking Super Friends" they are teamed with Firestorm and Robin. In "Uncle Mxyzptlk" they work with Firestorm and Samurai. In "Village of The Lost Souls" they work with Wonder Woman and Apache Chief. Despite appearing in the opening credits, Aquaman and The Flash are not in this version. This is the only version of the Super Friends that doesn't include Aquaman. Adam West replaces Olan Soule who voiced Batman. Connie Cawfield replaces Shannon Farnon who voiced Wonder Woman.

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleWritten byOriginal air date
781"The Bride of Darkseid"Alan Burnett & Jeff SegalSeptember 8, 1984 (1984-09-08)

Part I : Firestorm makes his debut as a superhero and is invited to join the Super Friends. Darkseid pursues Wonder Woman to be his and is able to capture her when Firestorm accidentally shuts off the Hall of Justice's force field.


Part II : With her free will removed, Wonder Woman leads the Super Friends into a trap after they arrive at Darkseid's palace to save her. Firestorm's duo persona allows him to free himself and the Super Friends from Darkseid's clutches.
79a2a"The Wrath of Brainiac"Glenn LeopoldSeptember 15, 1984 (1984-09-15)
Brainiac develops android duplicates of Superman and Wonder Woman in an attempt to seek revenge on the Super Friends. He enlists the reluctant help of Darkseid, who was tricked into following the android Wonder Woman right into Brainiac's star-ship. Darkseid and Brainiac hatch a plan to capture all the Super Friends, but not long after their capture, it does not take long for the two egotistical villains to be at each other's throats. Darkseid and his gang whisk away with Wonder Woman through their stargate but it turns out to be the Wonder Woman android, and its Brainiac who indirectly has the last laugh on Darkseid.
79b2b"Reflections in Crime"John BradfordSeptember 15, 1984 (1984-09-15)

Mirror Master traps Superman in the 6th dimension: the dimension behind mirrors. As he tries to warn him teammates through mirrors, he is too late as Batman and Robin are trapped as well. The Super Friends erroneously assume that they can only be trapped by mirrors and so Firestorm is caught by another highly reflective surface. The final Super Friend, Samurai uses invisibility to trick Mirror Master into thinking that he is caught. Samurai then grabs the portal device and releases his friends. Mirror Master is lost in a mirror maze and is caught.

Note: Mirror Master is a villain of The Flash, but The Flash doesn't appear at all.
80a3a"No Honor Among Thieves"John Semper & Cynthia FriedlobSeptember 22, 1984 (1984-09-22)
Lex Luthor disrupts Darkseid's quiet time on Apokolips with a plan to destroy the Super Friends. One by one the Super Friends are lured into traps and zapped to Darkseid's palace. Luthor plans on stealing the powers from the Super Friends. In order to do this he needs the omega beams from Darkseid. Once Luthor has gained the powers of the Super Friends he quickly sets his sights on taking control of Darkseid's palace. The wily Darkseid, though, was prepared for a double-cross from Luthor. Suddenly, Luthor is powerless and the Super Friends are free, they regain their powers and they set out to stop Darkseid's latest plan. They thwart his plan but he escapes into his stargate. Afterward, Luthor is put in prison stripes.
80b3b"Mr. Mxyzptlk and the Magic Lamp"John Bradford & John BonaccorsiSeptember 22, 1984 (1984-09-22)
A small-time thief named Benny finds an ancient lamp during a robbery. Batman and Apache Chief apprehend the crook, but observing from a distance is Mxyzptlk. He decides to get into the act by playing the part of a genie, who zaps the crook away and from that point forward the two go on a crime spree. Batman gets the last laugh on Mxyzptlk, though.
81a4a"The Case of the Shrinking Super Friends"John BatesSeptember 29, 1984 (1984-09-29)
Lex Luthor invents a shrinking ray and uses it on the Hall of Justice. The older members of the Justice League had earlier flown off to fight a mission in space, leaving behind the junior members like Robin, the Wonder Twins and Gleek, and Firestorm. Luthor succeeds in shrinking the Hall of Justice and it's up to the now miniature Super Friends to save the day before the senior members of the group return from space.
81b4b"The Mask of Mystery"Glenn LeopoldSeptember 29, 1984 (1984-09-29)
Lex Luthor uses a clumsy fan of the Super Friends to destroy them. The fan Sidney Wanamaker, a school mate of Firestorm's alter-ego, Ronald Raymond, creates his own secret identity called Captain Mystery. He taps into the Hall of Justice files and shows up to help the Super Friends but winds up causing more harm than good. Luthor notices this and kidnaps Captain Mystery and intends on using him in his plot. It's up to the Super Friends to rescue Captain Mystery and capture Lex Luthor.
825"Darkseid's Golden Trap"Alan Burnett & Jeff SegalOctober 6, 1984 (1984-10-06)

Part I : At an intergalactic auction, Darkseid and his crew set their eyes on gold kryptonite. It's the only chunk of gold kryptonite, which can permanently strip away all of the powers that Superman enjoys on Earth. Black Vulcan, Wonder Woman, and Firestorm infiltrate the auction under disguise as ice creatures. They plan on bidding high and taking the gold kryptonite before it can fall into enemy hands, but Darkseid soon realizes their plan.


Part II : Darkseid catches onto the trick and plots an elaborate scheme to expose Superman to the gold kryptonite that he won. El Dorado, Batman, and Superman travel to the Moon of Games to confront Kalibak about which star has Darkseid imprisoned Black Vulcan, Wonder Woman, and Firestorm. El Dorado hatches a plan with the help of Batman. Darkseid shows up unexpectedly, as El Dorado had feared, and Darkseid throws the gold kryptonite at Superman.
83a6a"The Island of the Dinosoids"Marc Scott ZicreeOctober 13, 1984 (1984-10-13)
Ronald Raymond, Apache Chief, Robin, and Wonder Woman get caught up in an island mystery when a science experiment goes awry after Batman and Professor Stein went missing when on their way to the Tokyo Science Expo with Professor Stein's Omnicaster. A scientist named Dr. Dan Corwin had walked into what is referred to as a Geneto Beam and is turned into a Dinosoid, which means half-human/half-dinosaur. His partner flees and hides in the jungle; it's up to the estranged scientist, as well as Ronald, Robin, and Apache Chief to track down the evil scientist and transform everyone back to normal.
83b6b"Uncle Mxyzptlk"Kimmer RingwaldOctober 13, 1984 (1984-10-13)
The Wonder Twins accidentally expose Superman to Red Kryptonite which turns him into a 6-year old kid. Throughout the episode the Wonder Twins, Firestorm, and Samurai have to babysit the kid whom they have nick-named super brat. Mr. Mxyzptlk does not make things any better with his practical jokes and pranks.
84a7a"The Case of the Dreadful Dolls"Rich FogelOctober 20, 1984 (1984-10-20)

Dollmaker, uses clay dolls and voodoo black magic to command the real Super Friends to commit crimes. A few of the Super Friends do not fall victim and must rescue the others from Dollmaker's spell.

Note: Originally, Toyman was to be the villain of the episode, but was replaced by the cartoon exclusive Dollmaker due to being off-limits.[4]
84b7b"The Royal Ruse"Rich FogelOctober 20, 1984 (1984-10-20)
Darkseid uses a royal princess from Tyron-7 to lure the Super Friends into a trap. He promised her that if she delivered the Super Friends that her planet would be spared from his wrath. However, as things are more apt to do, the plan does not necessarily follow that path and soon the princess learns that she was a pawn in Darkseid's ultimate plot: to banish Tyron-7 into the negative universe. A projector turns the Super Friends to stone and it's up to the princess and her father to free the Super Friends and stop Darkseid.
85a8a"The Village of Lost Souls"Douglas BoothOctober 27, 1984 (1984-10-27)

Brainiac uses his star ship and his mental powers to take control of a small village. He turns people into zombie-like creatures who he enslaves to mine and work for him. Brainiac eventually takes control of the Wonder Twins who set out to capture Wonder Woman. This succeeds but would later backfire when Apache Chief grows 50 feet tall and rattles the Starship, which causes the ice block {Zan} around Wonder Woman to break. Freed, Wonder Woman destroys Brainiac's mind control machine which returns the Wonder Twins back to normal. Later on Apache Chief, the Wonder Twins, and Wonder Woman are on hand to stop Brainiac and save the village.

Note: This episode is the final appearance of the Wonder Twins and Gleek.
85b8b"The Curator"Glenn LeopoldOctober 27, 1984 (1984-10-27)

Remlar, a villain from another galaxy, travels the universe in search of buildings and people to put on display in an intergalactic museum. Superman, Firestorm, and Samurai must figure out a way to stop Remlar and return the historical monuments and people to their rightful place.

Note: This is the final episode to use the orange title card, and the final episode to use the original Hall of Justice and character designs.

Home media

DVD name Ep No. Release date
The Complete Series 16 August 7, 2007

See also

References

  1. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 802–804. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  2. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 606–610. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  3. ^ Waid, Mark. Audio Commentary, "The Wrath of Brainiac" Episode, Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show, The Complete Series Region 1 DVD Set Disc 1.
  4. ^ Commentary for "The Case of the Dreadful Dolls" on the DVD Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show.
  5. ^ Cyrenne, Randall (2007-09-30). "Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show: The Complete Series • Animated Views". Animated-views.com. Retrieved 2016-06-01.

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