14 May 2009

The Justice League: A Super Friendly Tour (Part 3)

In 1977, the Super Friends series, having gained a fan base in reruns, was revitalized and retitled.

The All New Super Friends Hour

Gone from this team were Wonderdog, Wendy, and Marvin but the kid factor was replaced with Batman's sidekick Robin and the Wonder Twins Zan and Jayna with their space monkey Gleek. The twins hailed from the planet Exxor and although junior heroes, they got to participate in the adventures. Their powers were activated when the twins touched each other and said, "Wonder Twin powers, activate!" Zan could transform into anything made of water and Jayna could be any animal. Gleek occasionally used his prehensile tail to reach objects.

The All-New Superfriends Hour was structured in four segments. The first featured a team-up between two "Friends." The second segment showcased the Wonder Twins. The third and main event featured the whole team, and the fourth segment introduced a guest hero. The fifteen hour long episodes included guests Black Vulcan, Apache Chief, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Rima the Jungle Girl, The Atom, Green Lantern, Samurai, and The Flash. This series also featured villains from the comic books including Black Manta and Gentleman Ghost.

Between segments there were additional short spots with members of the Super Friends giving basic safety lessons, providing basic first aid advice, demonstrating magic tricks, and presenting a two-part riddle featuring the week's primary plot line.

Availability: The All-New Superfriends Hour

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