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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.

News Break: Superman Bi!

Crimes against humanity and other exciting news this week! Superman is now bisexual, parents are domestic terrorists, and more will be covered in tonight‘s episode of We Lie To You News! More from AwakenwithJP.

They’ll Never Be Happy!

None of the Leftist activists groups are quite as pushy or as adamant as the LGBT activists. Now, practically every superhero or superwoman is coming out as gay, bisexual, lesbian or some other extremist sexual flavor. You wouldn’t know it listening to the LGBT activists. They are always pushing for more, and decrying heterosexuals. More from Mark Dice.

Superman: The ‘Mo Of Steel

Faster than a buzzing dildo! More powerful than a Mazda Miata! Able to leap tall linebackers in a single thrust! RazorFist reacts to the newly “bisexual” Superman.

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.


Universe Of Evil

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

Hanna-Barbera’s take on the Justice League of America were kinda’ phoning it in by the end of the Disco Decade. Although the WORLD’S GREATEST SUPERFRIENDS had a full hour time slot (albeit as the 8AM curtain-jerker), only eight half-hour episodes were made for the series. The rest was recycled from earlier Super Friends shows.

I picked this one because it features a concept that has been recurring since the DC Multiverse was established in the early 1960s, and which has been beaten like the proverbial deceased equine in recent years… Alternate versions of our superheroes — including Superman, Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman and Aquaman — who are, in fact, villains. From October 1979. More from the Old Horseman.

Wanted: The Super Friends

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

As we covered in recent weeks, the DC comic book superheroes came to TV animation in the ’60s, being the project that got Filmation off the ground. In 1973, Hanna-Barbera took over (mostly) and softened the superhero elements to try and satisfy the killjoy TV censorship groups by adding a big dollop of SCOOBY-DOO elements to create the SUPER FRIENDS series.

In 1977, they dropped the meddling Earth kids and their dog (who were surprisingly useful despite lack of superpowers) and replaced them with Vulcan-looking space teenagers and their blue monkey (who managed to be frequently useless despite having formidable superpowers) for the ALL-NEW SUPER FRIENDS HOUR. Covered that one while on the subject of hot Jungle Girls several weeks back. It’s how we got onto this tangent.

The following year, we got CHALLENGE OF THE SUPER FRIENDS. This incarnation brought the show much closer to comics than the earlier HB takes had been, with more action, references to alter-egos, back-stories, and actual bad guys. The first half of each show resembled the previous series’ segments. The second half featured the conflict between a larger Justice League roster and the Legion of Doom; a group of comic book villains organized by Lex Luthor and including Cheetah (with razor-sharp claws), Braniac (whose mind-games are deadly), Scarecrow (who is… uh… made of straw?), and Solomon Grundy (who wants pants too)!

During its network run, the whole program ran under the “Challenge of the Super Friends” title. For a while, the show was expanded to 90 minutes by folding-in material from the previous “All-New Super Friends Hour.” Later, for syndicated reruns, the first-half segments (which didn’t feature the LoD) were run with the 1977 series opening, while the LoD second-half segments retained the “Challenge” opening. From Sept. 1978. More from the OldHorseman.

Force Phantom

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

Last week, we wandered into the realm of Hanna-Barbera’s SUPER FRIENDS. The various series in that franchise were a bit of a departure for HB, featuring characters owned by DC Comics. The studio’s closest competition in TV cartoons, Filmation, was more into licensed properties. In fact, they had pretty much made their start doing DC superheroes themselves.

Filmation’s 1960s DC superhero cartoons featured the JUSTICE LEAGUE, TEEN TITANS, with all their members, villains, and associated characters. They were produced in association with DC editorial, so they closely resembled the comic books. This would ultimately be the downfall of the shows, as the rock ’em, sock ’em action was decried by killjoy busybodies who were already wrecking TV in the late ’60s. (This is why the ’70s Super Friends series are so laughably neutered that actual super-villains weren’t even included in the first few iterations.)

As one might expect, Filmation’s DC superhero ‘toons started at the top, with SUPERMAN himself. Here seen in his first made-for-TV short from 1966. More from the OldHorseman.


Cartoons: Satanic Propaganda

Did you know many of the Saturday morning cartoons we loved as children were actually full of Satanic symbolism? That’s right. We thought Superman, Batman and He-Man were all super-heroes, but they were meant to indoctrinate us, and push Satanism over Christianity. More from Mag Bitter Truth.

Lex Luthor Makes His Debut

Let’s go back to the 1978 movie Superman, where we catch our first glimpse of the supervillain Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) in his own underground lair. He’s preaching about the supremacy of land, while ensconced in a hideout some 200 feet below the surface of Park Avenue in New York City.  Valerie Perrine co-stars as Eve Teschmacher from the shadow organization Leviathan and Ned Beatty as Otis.

In the original comic books, we learned how Eve grew up in North Carolina, where she served as Junior Miss North Carolina. In her high school years, she spent her summers working at a children’s theme park as a bunny mascot.

According to the Arrowverse Wiki, “A woman of prodigious intellect, Eve went to college early and studied at Yale University. However, when she was 16, both of her parents died, leaving Eve depressed, desperate, and piled with debt. In this time, Eve was recruited by the mysterious organization known as Leviathan, who promised to fix all of her problems if she joined them. Later at Yale, Eve studied nuclear physics with Jen Steinmetz-O’Grady. She graduated at the top of her class, majoring in physics and literature. At some point in her life, Leviathan ordered Eve to get close to Lex Luthor so he could ‘move the needle.'”

More to come.

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The Killer Bunny attacks in the 1975 satire Monty Python and The Holy Grail.

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Pumpkin (Tim Roth) and Honey Bunny (Amanda Plummer) decide to rob the patrons of a diner in the 1994 thriller Pulp Fiction.

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Bunny The Killer Thing, a 2015 thriller from Finland. The plot introduces a group of Finnish and British people who get stuck at a cabin when they are attacked by a creature with a monster-sized dick that is half human, half rabbit. The tagline warns, “It is coming after your pussy!”

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