"Challenge Of The Super Friends" proved to be a groundbreaking series in many ways, but, unfortunately, Hanna-Barbera decided to go back to basics the following season. "The World's Greatest Superfriends" featured the core group of Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Robin and Aquaman, once again joined by Exxorian superhero-trainees Zan, Jayna and their pet monkey Gleek.
The hour-long series was basically made up of re-runs of previous series plus eight newly-produced episodes, most of them loosely based on recognizable literature works.
"The World's Greatest Superfriends" pre-empted the "Plastic Man" animated series, a character which was previously featured as a guest-superhero in the original "Super Friends" series.
Featured SUPERFRIENDS: Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Zan, Jayna and their pet-monkey Gleek.
Featured VILLAINS: Kareem Azaar, Lex Luthor, Mal Havok, Captain Nimoy, Dr. Frankenstein, Mr. Mxyzptlk.
Number of Episodes: 8 episodes.
Broadcast Network: ABC.
Running Time: 60 minutes.
Broadcast History: Premiered on Saturday, September 22, 1979 and ran through September 27, 1980.
Executive Producers: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera. Producer: Don Jurwich.
Directors: Ray Patterson, Carl Urbano, Oscar Dufau, George Gordon.
Creative Producer: Iwao Takamoto.
Characters Design: Jack Kirby, Curtis Cim, Mike Sekowsky.
Story/Story Editor: Jeffrey Scott.
Story Direction: Rick Hoberg, Will Meugniot, Don Sheppard, Emilie Kong, Larry Latham.
Recording Director: Don Jurwich. Graphics: Iraj Paran, Tom Wogatzke. Title Design: Bill Perez. Musical Director: Hoyt Curtin. Musical Supervisor: Paul DeKorte. Key Layout: Terry Morgan, John Tucker. Layout Supervision: Don Morgan.
Layout: Greg Bombeck, Jack Huber, Tom Coppola, Greg Martin, Susan Crossley, Gale Morgan, Gwen Fitzgerald, Barry Hoffman, Al Wilson.
Animation Supervision: Bill Keil, Jay Barbry, Bob Boe. Assistant Animation Supervision: Rick Leon.
Animation: Robert Alvarez, Frank Andrina, Colin Baker, Anne MArie Bardwell, Ed Barge, Tom Barnes, Max Becraft, Bob Bemiller, Richard Bowman, Bob Bransfeud, James Brummett, Oliver Callahan, Rudy Cataldi, Roger Chiasson, Steve Clark, Richard Coleman, John Comming, Jessie Cosio, Gabor Csupo, Zeon Drvush, Daniel De La Vega, Elaine Despurs, Charles Bowers, Joan Drake, Judith Ann Drake, Marcia Fertig, Hugh Fraser, Al Grivoto, Charles Gammage, Miguel Garcia, Fernando Gonzalez, Jeff Hall, Terry Harrison, Bob Hathcock, Fred Hellmich, Charles Howell, Bill Hutten, Volus Jones, Mario Julio, Rick Leon, Hicks Lokey, Michael Longden, Ernesto Lopez, Tony Love, Mircea Manta, Mauro Mauressa, Burt Medall, Ken Muse, Constantin Mustatea, Sean Newton, Margaret Nichols, Eduardo Olivares, Margaret Parkes, Lester Pegues Jr., Delfino ramirez, Harry Rasmussen, William Rechios, Morey Reden, Mitch Rochon, Tom Mueger, Joel Seidel, Mark Simon, Ken Southworth, Leo Sullivan, Robert Taylor, Barry Temple, Dave Tendlar, Richard Trueblood, Robert Tayler, Carlos Vincenzi, John Walker, Allen Wilzbach.
Background Supervisor: Al Gmuer.
Backgrounds: Lorraine Andrina, Fernando Arce, Grega Battes, Datio Campanale, Gil Dicicco, Dennis Durrell, Martin Forte, Fla Ferreira, Bob Gentle, Al Gmuer, Ann Guenther, Tom Hames, James Hegedus, Eric Weschon, James Hickey, Michael Humphries, Bill Proctor, Vivien Rhyan, Jeff Richards, Jeff Riche, Andy Philipson, Cal Titus, Dennis Vemizelds.
Checking And Scene Planning: Cindy Smith. Xerography: Star Wirth. Ink And Paint Supervision: Alison Victory. Sound Direction: Richard Olson, Bill Getty.
Camera: Jerry Mills, Ross Avery, Bob Berry, Allen Childs, Marc Debraurt, Candy Edwurds, Curt Hall, Mike Kane, Roy Wilde, Brandy Whittington, Jerry Whittington.
Supervising Film Editor: Larry C. Cowan.
Dubbing Supervisor: Pat Foley.
Music Editors: Sam Horta, Robert Talboy.
Effects Editors: Eileen Horta, Joseph L. Reitano, Kerry Williams.
Show Editor: Gil Iverson. Negative Consultant: William E. DeBoer. Production Manager: Jayne Barbera. Post-Production Manager: Joed Eaton.
Distributors: ABC-TV / LBS Communications Inc. / Warner Bros. Television.
© 1979 Hanna-Barbera Productions / DC Comics.
DANNY DARK [Superman]. OLAN SOULE [Batman]. CASEY KASEM [Robin]. SHANNON FARNON [Wonder Woman]. BILL CALLAWAY [Aquaman]. MICHAEL BELL [Zan / Gleek]. LIBERTY WILLIAMS [Jayna].
RUB THREE TIMES FOR DISASTER: Kareem Azaar is a ruthless thief on the Planet Zaghdad who has stolen the Magic Lamp of Olam, which contains the power of an evil genie. Kareem uses the Genie's power to take over the planet and banish the Sultan into the world of the Genie's lamp. When the Super Friends arrive to do battle, Superman and the Wonder Twins wind up in the lamp leaving the other heroes to take on Kareem's forces.
LEX LUTHOR STRIKES BACK: Lex Luthor escapes from prison to concoct his newest scheme aided by his dimwitted assistant Orville Gump. Luthor traps the other Super Friends and forces Superman to a showdown. Luthor has made a deal with some sun creatures to turn the sun red robbing Superman of his powers. But when the sun creatures start to set the whole Earth ablaze, Luthor may need the Super Friends to save his skin as well as the Earth.
SPACE KNIGHTS OF CAMELON: While rescuing a small planet from a giant meteor, Superman is knocked unconscious, hurled into deep space and awakens on the Planet Camelon to a loss of memory. When some rebels discover his strength, they believe he is the powerful leader to over throw the king, Arthur 7. Superman becomes the Black Knight of Camelon and leads the rebel forces on a conquest of the planet. The rest of the Super Friends have their work cut out for them in trying to restore Superman's memory.
THE LORD OF MIDDLE EARTH: What starts off as a camping trip for the Wonder Twins turns into a nightmarish adventure in Middle Earth when the Super Friends must battle a black magic sorcerer named Mal Havok who has taken over the troll kingdom. Mal Havoc uses his magic to turn the Super Friends into trolls. With their powers reduced, Batman and Wonder Woman accompany the troll king on a mission to free Middle Earth of the evil sorcerer.
UNIVERSE OF EVIL: In a parallel universe, the Super Friends are super villains. When Mount Vesuvius erupts in both worlds, Superman and his evil counterpart are blown into opposite worlds. While Superman has to fight his evil comrades and find a way back to his own world, his evil counterpart battles the real heroes and begins his plan to conquer the Earth.
TERROR AT 20,00 FATHOMS: The evil Captain Nimoy plots to use nuclear warhead missiles to sink continents below the sea where he plans to rule. Nimoy is aided by an android duplicate of Batman to help him out, but with Superman and Wonder Woman away on a space mission, the Super Friends are aided by Superman's tiny Kandorian friends from the bottle city of Kandor.
SUPER FRIENDS MEET FRANKENSTEIN: The evil Dr. Frankenstein resurrects Frankenstein's momster to reign teror on Dreadsylvania, but when Batman and Robin put it out of commission, the evil mad doctor concocts a new plan. Batman is captured, followed by the captures of Superman and Wonder Woman. Dr. Frankenstein creates a super monster with their super strengths and abilites comined. With all of Europe in danger, Robin is acquired the same super powers to battle the super monster in order to restore his colleague's powers.
PLANET OF OZ: A giant tornado hits Metropolis and picks up the Hall of Justice and transports it to the land of Oz where Superman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman are forced to follow the Yellow Brick Road when they discover that the impish Mr. Mxyzptlk is behind this fictional world. The imp even turns the heroes in to look alikes the characters of Oz.
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