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Hey kids (of all ages), it’s Saturday Morning Cartoon time again!

Before we got sidetracked with all the holiday festivities, I’d been using the Saturday slot to look back at the many animated incarnations of DC Comics’ JUSTICE LEAGUE characters on TV, starting with the Filmation ‘toons of the 1960s, progressing to Hanna-Barbera’s SUPER FRIENDS of the ’70s and ’80s. That show went through multiple formats and titles, as we’ve covered here on the channel.

This final version was the SUPER POWERS TEAM: GALACTIC GUARDIANS. It actually boasted some better writing and animation than we’d become accustomed-to from the series. I usually feature the first episode of each season, but this time I skipped-ahead to get us to the one and only appearance of the Joker in any of the Super Friends programs. It also introduces the Royal Flush Gang in their first animated appearance from October 1985. More from the OldHorseman.




The Bride of Darkseid

Hey kids (of all ages), it’s Saturday Morning Cartoon time again!

After getting Filmation Studios off the ground with TV cartoons in the ’60s, the DC superheroes (mostly) transitioned to Hanna-Barbera for the Super Friends dynasty of the ’70s and ’80s. We’ve covered SUPER FRIENDS, The ALL-NEW SUPER FRIENDS HOUR, CHALLENGE OF THE SUPER FRIENDS, The WORLD’S GREATEST SUPERFRIENDS, and started the ’80s with SUPERFRIENDS.

By this point, HB had enough episodes from the assorted series to package a show for syndication. ABC wasn’t crazy about filling a Saturday Morning slot with a franchise that was on every day in key markets, so they dropped the Super Friends from the ’83-’84 lineup. They were back on the network the following year. FCC rules regarding use of children’s programming as long-form toy commercials, which had been enacted back in the late sixties, were being relaxed (as demonstrated by HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE as well as G.I. JOE, etc.) and DC /Kenner had a new line of action figures to sell. So I presume ABC got the cartoon on the cheap.

SUPER FRIENDS: THE LEGENDARY SUPER POWERS SHOW added Firestorm to the line-up, and pitted the Justice League against the New God Darkseid, his minions and accomplices. (Not only was the rock-faced Big Boss badly nerfed here, but rendered mighty thirsty for Wonder Woman. Not that I blame him, but seems rather out of character.)

Adam West, star of the live-action BATMAN series from the ’60s as well as Filmation’s NEW ADVENTURES OF BATMAN animated series from the ’70s,  takes over voicing the Caped Crusader in this program. Olan Soule, who had done the character starting for Filmation in the ’60s and carried-on through all the Hanna-Barbera versions to this point, became the voice of Firestorm’s brainier half. From 1984. More from the OldHorseman.




 

Bigfoot, Ice Demon And Makeup

Hey kids (of all ages), it’s Saturday Morning Cartoon time again!

After getting Filmation Studios off the ground with TV cartoons in the ’60s, the DC superheroes (mostly) transitioned to Hanna-Barbera for the Super Friends dynasty of the ’70s and ’80s. We’ve covered SUPER FRIENDS, The ALL-NEW SUPER FRIENDS HOUR, CHALLENGE OF THE SUPER FRIENDS, and The WORLD’S GREATEST SUPERFRIENDS. Now we start a new decade with simply SUPERFRIENDS.

The format was three new short cartoons per show, coupled with material recycled from previous incarnations of the franchise to fill-out an hour.

The competence level of our long-john clad protagonists is pretty embarrassing in this era. Worst of all the teenage Wonder Twins. Seriously? Attacked by a giant Ice Creature and you “Shape Of” a tiny woodpecker and “Form Of” a monkey-sized jackhammer to mildly annoy the murderous monster?! Why not a fire-breathing dragon and a cloud of superheated steam to end that sucker?!?! From September 1980. More from the OldHorseman.




 

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