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September 1973 - August 1974, ABC

Hanna-Barbera Productions

Theme Song: Super Friends

 
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he Super Friends animated cartoon was an adaptation of the Justice League of America comic book title published by DC Comics. Like the comic book series, Super Friends teamed up some of DC Comics' most recognizable superheroes to better combat threats no one superhero could face alone. Membership included Superman, Batman & Robin, Wonder Woman and Aquaman. To appeal to the younger audience, three superheroes-in-training were added to the roster, namely Wendy, Marvin and their pet Wonder Dog.

 

The team was based out of a stylish headquarters called the Hall of Justice. They were notified of disaster or criminal activity via their supercomputer, called TroubAlert, which came complete with a giant TV and video conferencing screen. Many of their debriefings came directly from U.S. Army official Colonel Wilcox.

 

 

Unlike future versions of the Super Friends, in the show's initial season costumed criminals weren't the order of the day. Stories dealt mainly with scientists who created advanced technology to take over the world or commit crimes (or technology that was supposed to be beneficial but inadvertently went awry). The show's hour-long format afforded plenty of time to showcase each of the superheroes, but they rarely fought as a group. Normally, either one of the heroes was sent to deal with an emergency call or several members responded then split up before they went into action. Much screen time was devoted to Marvin, Wendy and Wonder Dog, who had no real superpowers of their own. Marvin was always eager to prove himself, but his superheroing abilities were never on par with his enthusiasm and he spent much of his time filling the role of comic relief. Wendy was more useful, having a knack for deciphering clues and coming up with the answers to unsolved questions. Wonder Dog acted more like a human who couldn't speak than a dog, often attempting to communicate by gesturing and uttering unintelligible, half-formed words.

 

The show initially lasted for one season, with a short hiatus before episodes were aired as reruns in 1976. In the years following, many incarnations of the show were created with different titles, formats and rosters. Other versions of the show included The All-New Super Friends Hour (1977), Challenge of the Super Friends (1978), The World’s Greatest Super Friends (1979), The Super Friends Hour (1980), Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show (1984) and The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (1985).

 
   

 

Cast

Superman

Danny Dark

Aquaman

Norman Alden

Batman

Olan Soule

Robin

Casey Kasem

TroubAlert Computer

Casey Kasem

Wonder Woman

Shannon Farnon

Wendy

Sherry Alberoni

Marvin

Frank Welker

Wonder Dog

Frank Welker

Colonel Wilcox

John Stephenson

Narrator

Ted Knight

 

 

 

 

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