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The World's Greatest Super Friends

The World's Greatest Superfriends is an American animated television series about a team of superheroes which ran from September 22, 1979, to September 27, 1980, on ABC. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and is based on the Justice League and associated comic book characters published by DC Comics.

The World's Greatest Superfriends
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Also known asSuper Friends IV
GenreAdventure
Superhero
Created byE. Nelson Bridwell
Carmine Infantino
Julius Schwartz (consultants)
Based onJustice League
by
Gardner Fox
Written byJeffrey Scott
Bob Kane
William Moulton Marston
Joe Shuster
Jerry Siegel
Directed byRay Patterson
Oscar Dufau
Carl Urbano
George Gordon
Creative director(s)Iwao Takamoto
Voices ofMichael Bell
William Callaway
Danny Dark
Shannon Farnon
Casey Kasem
Olan Soule
Liberty Williams
Narrated byWilliam Woodson
Theme music composerHoyt Curtin
Composer(s)Hoyt Curtin
Paul DeKorte
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s)Don Jurwich
Editor(s)Nancy Massie (color key)
Running time30 minutes (including commercials)
Production company(s)Hanna-Barbera Productions
DC Comics
DistributorWorldvision Enterprises (1979–1980)
LBS Communications[1] (1983–1988, syndication)
Warner Bros. Television Distribution (1983–present, syndication)
Release
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 22, 1979 –
September 27, 1980
Chronology
Preceded byChallenge of the Super Friends
Followed bySuper Friends

SummaryEdit

This particular incarnation of Super Friends relied heavily on folklore and classic fairy tales for plots. One episode in particular, "The Lord of Middle Earth", was inspired by the novel The Lord of the Rings, in which the team journeys to Middle-earth to save the inhabitants from an evil wizard. The series also borrowed from (then) contemporary politics, as the main villain Kareem Azar in "Rub Three Times for Disaster" is almost a carbon copy of the late Iranian religious leader Ayatollah Ruholla Mussaui Khomenei (1900–1989).

Some fans refer to this season as the "Absentee Super Friends season", as a number of the episodes have members who only appear in cameos, or not at all.

"Rub Three Times For Disaster" - Full group appears.

"Lex Luthor Strikes Back" - Zan & Jayna (the Wonder Twins) are seen only in cameos at the beginning and end of the episode. They spend the rest of the episode visiting their home planet of Exor.

"Space Knights of Camelon" - Full group appears.

"Lord of Middle Earth" - Full group appears, but the Wonder Twins are only seen at the beginning and end of the episode, and briefly in the middle.

"Universe of Evil" - The "evil" versions of the Wonder Twins are only seen in a group shot.

"Terror At 20,000 Fathoms" - Superman has a brief cameo at the beginning, and states he must fly to Saturn and meet Wonder Woman, who isn't seen at all.

"The Super Friends Meet Frankenstein" - Aquaman and the Wonder Twins are not seen this episode, they are visiting the city of Atlantis.

"The Planet of Oz" - Batman, Robin and the Wonder Twins are only seen at the very beginning and end of the episode.

CharactersEdit

EpisodesEdit

CastEdit

  • Marlene Aragon - Wicked Witch of the Worst-kind (in "The Planet of Oz")
  • Michael BellZan, Gleek, Hellion (in "Lex Luthor Strikes Back"), Gore (in "The Super Friends Meet Frankenstein"), Logan (in "Space Knights of Camelon"), Henchman (in "Rub Three Times for Disaster"), Evil Gleek (in "Universe of Evil"), Frightened Citizen (in "The Super Friends Meet Frankenstein")
  • William CallawayAquaman, Orville Gump (in "Lex Luthor Strikes Back"), Evil Aquaman (in "Universe of Evil"), Frightened Dreadsylvania Citizen (in "The Super Friends Meet Frankenstein")
  • Danny DarkSuperman, Rebel (in "Space Knights of Camelon"), Soldier (in "Rub Three Times for Disaster"), Evil Superman (in "Universe of Evil"), Carron (in "Terror at 20,000 Fathoms")
  • Shannon FarnonWonder Woman, Lois Lane (in "Lex Luthor Strikes Back"), Camelon Villager (in "Space Knights in Camelon"), Evil Wonder Woman (in "Universe of Evil"), Sergeant Ritter (in "Universe of Evil"), Dorrell (in "Terror at 20,000 Fathoms"), Dr. Pali (in "The Super Friends Meet Frankenstein")
  • Pat Fraley - Sir James (in "Space Knights of Camelon"), Rebel (in "Space Knights of Camelon")
  • Bob Holt - Taskmaster (in "The Lord of Middle Earth"), Gorka (in "The Lord of Middle Earth), Captain Nemoy (in "Terror at 20,000 Fathoms"), Wizard of Oz (in "The Planet of Oz")
  • Stan Jones - Lex Luthor (in "Lex Luthor Strikes Back"), Kareem Azar (in "Rub Three Times for Disaster"), Fortress Guard (in "Rub Three Times for Disaster"), Submarine Captain (in "Rub Three Times for Disaster"), Computer Override Circuit (in "Terror at 20,000 Fathoms"), Dr. Frankenstein (in "The Super Friends Meet Frankenstein"), Frightened Citizen (in "The Super Friends Meet Frankenstein")
  • Casey KasemRobin, Henchman (in "Rub Three Times for Disaster"), Evil Robin (in "Universe of Evil")
  • James Reynolds - African Leader (in "Terror at 20,000 Fathoms"), Mivor (in "Terror at 20,000 Fathoms")
  • Stanley Ralph Ross - Frankenstein Monster (in The Super Friends Meet Frankenstein"), Super Monster (in "The Super Friends Meet Frankenstein"), Mal Havoc (in "The Lord of Middle Earth"), Genie of Olam (in "Rub Three Times for Disaster")
  • Michael Rye - King Arthur 7 (in "Space Knights of Camelon"), Ogar (in "Space Knights of Camelon"), Henchman (in "Rub Three Times for Disaster"), Scientist (in "Rub Three Times for Disaster")
  • Olan SouleBatman, Dr. Simms (in "The Super Friends Meet Frankenstein"), O'Brien (in "Rub Three Times for Disaster"), London Citizen (in "Rub Three Times for Disaster"), Evil Batman (in "Universe of Evil"), Android Batman (in "Terror at 20,000 Fathoms"), Joseph's Friend (in "The Super Friends Meet Frankenstein"), Magic Mirror (in "The Planet of Oz")
  • Vernee Watson-Johnson - Uninversity Scientist (in "Universe of Evil")
  • Frank Welker - Spider Creature (in "The Lord of Middle Earth"), Mister Mxyzptlk (in "The Planet of Oz"), Crows (in "The Planet of Oz"), Wild Boars (in "The Planet of Oz"), Hour Glass Cult Members (in "The Planet of Oz")
  • Liberty WilliamsJayna, Kana (in "Terror at 20,0000 Fathoms")
  • William Woodson – Narrator, The Sultan of Zagdad (in "Rub Three Times for Disaster"), Vol (in "Lex Luthor Strikes Back"), Warden McGee (in "Lex Luthor Strikes Back"), Little William (in "Space Knights of Camelon"), Poor Camelon Villager (in "Space Knights of Camelon"), Baldiskam (in "The Lord of Middle Earth"), South American Villager (in "Universe of Evil"), Air Force General (in "Terror at 20,000 Fathoms), Joseph (in "The Super Friends Meet Frankenstein"), Dreadsylvania Official (in "The Super Friends Meet Frankenstein")

DC Super FriendsEdit

The main title theme for the direct-to-video original animation DC Super Friends: The Joker's Playhouse (2010) is from the World's Greatest Super Friends.

Home media releasesEdit

The complete season four was released on DVD titled The World's Greatest Super Friends: And Justice for All as a Target exclusive on April 23, 2013. It was scheduled to be a general retail release ("at all sellers who decide to participate") starting November 12, 2013.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Lexington Broadcast's "4th Network"" (PDF). Channels of Communications. October 1983. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  2. ^ "The World's Greatest Super Friends DVD news: Announcement for The World's Greatest Super Friends - Season 4: And Justice For All". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 2013-09-08. Archived from the original on 2016-08-15. Retrieved 2016-06-01.

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