06 March 2013

Super History of Superman: The New Adventures of Superman (1966-9)

While attempts to revive a live action Superman failed, The New Adventures of Superman brought an animated and in color Man of Steel to to televisions. The series consisted of 68 short (6 minute) segments packaged together during animation blocks of programming. Since some of the segments combined for double length adventures, there were actually 60 complete tales during the series run. In 1966-7 the segments were aired with segments from The Adventures of Superboy. During 1967-8, the Superman segments aired as part of the Superman / Aquaman Hour of Adventure (which included Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Atom, Teen Titans, Justice League, and Superboy segments). In 1968-9, Supes was packaged with Batman in the Batman / Superman Hour.

Animated in the fine cost cutting Filmation tradition, The New Adventures of Superman took quite a hit in animation quality from the earlier big budget theatrical shorts. And as zany as some of the first incarnation plots were, Superman's New Adventures upped the ante. As covered episode by episode in the Crisis of Infinite Episode feature, there was a lot to like in this series (Top 5 Picks) which included such classic Superman foes as Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Mr. Mxyzptlk, the Prankster, Toyman, the Parasite, and the forgotten not so classic Warlock.

Not all of the episodes were spectacular, but every now and then, the patient viewed got a treat like Superman taking a punch from Superboy.

Check back next week for another chapter in The Super History of Superman.

1 comment:

  1. In this superman faced a new villiane THE WARLOCK who carried a staff with this gem on it when superman crushed the gem warlock lost his powers. and the episode BIRDMEN OF THE LOST VALLEY the Birdmen asved Jimmy Olson and the pilot where their helicopter lost power