"Their mission: To fight injustice, right that which is wrong and serve all mankind."
Several years after the brief Filmation's vision of a group of Superheroes working together, the famous Hanna-Barbera Studios acquired the rights to the DC Comics characters and teamed up Superman, Batman, Robin, Aquaman and -finally- Wonder Woman with Junior Superfriends Wendy, Marvin and Wonder Dog.
The series featured five of the top DC Comics characters, and most of the line-up of the Justice League of America, though the name was simplified to a more friendly "Super Friends." In this first incarnation, the World's greatest superheroes were accompained by three Scooby-Doo-like characters that provided the comic relief for the series: Marvin, an enthusiastic young boy who was always using a green towel as a cape; Wendy, the leader of the heroes trainees and the one with the brains, and Wonder Dog, an obvious Scooby-Doo surrogate. Their base of operations was the Hall of Justice where they received trouble-alerts supplied by Colonel Wilcox. The show also featured cameos appearances by Flash, Green Arrow and Plastic Man.
With Alex Toth, the designer of the vast majority of Hanna-Barbera's other superheroes in the 1960s, supervising a team of Australian animators, the series premiered on ABC in the fall of 1973 and was one of the few Saturday morning series to receive regular primetime promotion. Battling well-meaning, but misguided, enviromental critics, the series ran for two seasons before cancellation in 1975. It was brought back by ABC as a midseason replacement in January, 1976.
In this hour-long series, Wonder Woman made her official debut as a regular character in a series. Due to a non-violent approach the series lacked of very much action scenes. With a moralistic approach heroes used their powers to save lives and made emphasis on brain-power instead of super-powers. There were no super-villains and each story featured sort of a lesson.
Featured SUPERFRIENDS: Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman and Aquaman with Junior Super Friends Wendy, Marvin and Wonder Dog.
Featured VILLAINS: Generic villains like mad scientists and alien invaders: Sir Cedric Cedric, Glacians, Professor Baffles, Dabny and Darby, Dr. Shamon, Leila LaBon, Dr. Pelagian, Noah Tall, Dr. Rebos, King Plasto, Maximus and Minimus Mole, The Raven, Dr. Gulliver, Dr. LeBon, The Watermen.
Number of Episodes: 16 episodes. Broadcast Network: ABC. Running Time: 60 minutes.
Broadcast History: Premiered on September 8, 1973 and ran through August 30, 1975. Rebroadcast on ABC as a half-hour series: February 7, 1976 through September 3, 1977. Syndication premiere: 1986.
Executive Producers: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera. Associate Producer: Lewis Marshall. Creative Producer: Iwao Takamoto. Director: Charles A. Nichols.
Story Consultants: Carmine Infatino, E. Nelson Bridwell, Julius Schwartz, Iwao Takamoto.
Story: Fred Freiberger, Bernie Kahn, Ken Rotcop, Art Weiss, Willie Gilbert, Dick Robbinsa, Henry Sharp, Marshall Williams.
Story Direction: Bernard Atkins, Chuck Couch, Clark Haas, George Jorgensen, George Singer, Irv Spector, Howard Swift.
Art Director: Alex Toth. Animation Supervisors: Alex Toth, Rudy Zamora.
Animation: Jim Davis, Richard Dunn, Cam Ford, Peter Gardiner, Sue Gilcrist, Gerry Grabner, Richard Jones, Cynthia Leech, Ray Nowlan, Vivian Ray, Joe Shearer, Stan Walker.
Character Designs: Alex Toth, Jerry Eisenberg. Musical Director: Hoyt S. Curtin. Music: Will Schaefer. Musical Supervision: Paul DeKorte. Music Editor: Richard Allen. Production Supervisor: Victor O. Schipek. Titles: Iraj Paran. Dialogue Director: Wally Burr. Layout: Robert Smitt, Monty Wedd. Background Styling: F. Montealegre, Albert Gmuer. Backgrounds: Graham Linley. Sound Direction: Richard Olson, Bill Getty. Supervising Film Editor: Larry Cowan. Effects Editors: Sam Gernette, Terry Moore. Negative Consultant: William E. DeBoer. Post Production Supervisor: Joed Eaton. Camera: Joe Dugonics, Wayne Smith. Distributors: ABC (1973-76) / Cable Network Features / LBS Communications Inc. / Warner Bros. Television.
Based upon the characters appearing in Justice League of America magazine published by National Periodical Publications, Inc.
A Hanna-Barbera Production produced at Eric Porter Studios.
© 1973 Hanna-Barbera Productions / National Periodicals Productions.
DANNY DARK [Superman]. OLAN SOULE [Batman / Jonathan Kent]. CASEY KASEM [Robin / Trouble-alert Computer / Jor-El]. SHANNON FARNON [Wonder Woman / Martha Kent]. NORMAN ALDEN [Aquaman / Green Arrow / Plastic Man]. SHERRY ALBERONI [Wendy / Lara]. FRANK WELKER [Marvin / Wonder Dog]. TED KNIGHT [Narrator / Flash].
THE POWER PIRATE: An alien from the planet Traum is stealing Earth's energy resources to power his planet - until the Super Friends stop him.
THE BAFFLES PUZZLE: The mysterious Professor Baffles is making money and valuable objects disappear - until the Super Friends unravel his puzzle and stop him.
PROFESSOR GODDFELLOW'S G.E.E.C.: Professor Goodfellow invents a computer capable of running everything in the world, freeing people from work. When it begins to malfunction, the Super Friends have to convince him that it's not natural for people to be inactive all the time.
THE WEATHER MAKER: A scientist hopes to shift the Gulf Stream from its regular position to warm his country, Glacia, but the Super Friends stop him and help him find another way.
THE WEATHER MAKER: Dr. Pelagian's War. A marine scientist fights pollution by creating natural disasters to force three industrialists to stop polluting.
THE WEATHER MAKER: The Shamon U. Dr. Shamon is using a giant magnet and laser gun to mine gold from space, unaware that his actions are causing strange mists that make things grow or shrink to fall to Earth.
TOO HOT TO HANDLE: An alien from the plant Solar Terrarium moves the Earth out of its orbit and closer to the sun so his people can move from their own freezing planet. He is stopped by the Super Friends and guest hero The Flash.
THE ANDROIDS: A misguided scientist uses androids to try to sabotage the space program, but the Super Friends stop him.
THE BALLOON PEOPLE: A family of aliens from the planet Baloonia leave their polluted plant for a home on Earth. When they are kidnapped, the Super Friends must rescue them.
THE FANTASTIC FRERPS: King Plasto steals raw plastic powder to create Frerp, a special plastic which he uses to confound the Super Friends.
THE ULTRA SCAM: A pair of scientists, believing that gold is the root of all evil, set out to destroy it with a blue beam, until the Super Friends stop them.
THE MENACE OF THE WHITE DWARF: The evil scientist Raven, an old enemy of Superman's escapes from prison to take revenge.
THE MYSTERIOUS MOLES: Disappearing air conditioning units lead the Super Friends into a subterranean world discovered by a pair of spelunkers. They are forced to fight the creatures of that world, animated trees and rocks.
GULLIVER'S GIGANTIC GOOF: Dr. Hiram Gulliver shrinks all adults - including the Super Friends- to 2 inches tall to help the population problem. The Super Friends, along with Green Arrow, have to return things to normal.
THE PLANET SPLITTER: An eccentric scientist steals diamonds to power a device capable of splitting a planet in half, intending to tow half of it to Earth as a second moon.
THE WATERMEN: Aliens from a water planet steal the silicon from Earth's oceans, upsetting the ecological balance and creating a red tide. The Super Friends stop them and help them find a new source of silicon.
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