30 April 2009

The Justice League: A Super Friendly Tour (Part 1)

Although the Justice League has really only been featured in three animated series, those series have at least TEN different titles. Throw in a direct-to-video Justice League feature set as a period piece and a couple failed live action projects and your mind will be officially boggled. At least mine was. So, I have decided to take this opportunity to offer a tour through the history of Justice League shows. Shall we begin?

The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure

The Justice League got their big break in 1967 as guest stars during the Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure, their first outing titled "Between Two Armies." The League was showcased in a total of three shorts that entered a rotation along with The Teen Titans, The Atom, The Flash, Hawkman, and Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) who all played second fiddle to the series' headliners Aquaman and Superman (Alas poor Aquaman... how the mighty have fallen).

This JLA line-up, aside from the Teen Titans, consisted of the rotating guest stars and the titular Superman and Aquaman. Notably absent were Batman and Wonder Woman but even more perplexing was the absence of Aquaman who only appeared in the title sequence. They were introduced as: The Justice League of America! The combined might and power of the Man of Steel and the Cosmic Crusader! The Winged Avenger--and the King of the Sea! The Tiny Titan, and the Scarlet Streak--all working together for good against evil as the Justice League of America!

Go ahead and watch the three episodes below.

Between Two Armies

Target Earth

Bad Day on Black Mountain

Availability: These shorts are available on the DC Super Heroes: The Filmation Adventures DVD, or you can just watch the embedded YouTube clips here for free.

Up Next: Super Friends

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