Monday, May 12, 2008

Challenge of the Super Friends

  • Episode Guide
  • Theme Song

    Challenge of the Super Friends is probably the most popular incarnation of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon. This season debuted on September 9, 1978 on ABC.

    The one-hour program was made up of two half-hour segments. The first thirty minutes carried on the traditional Super Friends stories with Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Robin, Aquaman and the Wonder Twins as they brought campy justice to mad scientists, bank robbers and aliens from outer space. This segment is simply known as Super Friends

    The second, and more popular half of the show was called Challenge of the Super Friends and featured the core team, minus the Wonder Twins, and joined by more heroes like Green Lantern, Flash and Hawkman. Three ethnic heroes, Apache Chief, Black Vulcan and Samurai, were created to bring some cultural diversity to the team, but nowadays the stereotypes boarder on racist.

    Challenge introduced the Saturday morning crowd to thirteen super-villains, most of whom had never appeared in a cartoon before. Led by Lex Luthor, the Legion of Doom consisted of Black Manta, Giganta, Toyman, Riddler, Bizzaro, Scarecrow, Captain Cold, Cheetah, Solomon Grundy, Gorilla Grodd, Brainiac and Sinestro.

    It was a clash of the titans which lasted for sixteen action-packed episodes.

    Main Cast

    Apache Chief - Michael Rye
    Aquaman - Bill Callaway
    Batman - Olan Soule
    Black Vulcan - Buster Jones
    Flash - Jack Angel
    Gleek - Michael Bell
    Green Lantern - Michael Rye
    Hawkman - Jack Angel
    Jayna - Liberty Williams
    Narrator - William Woodson
    Robin - Casey Kasem
    Samurai - Jack Angel
    Superman - Danny Dark
    Wonder Woman - Shannon Farnon
    Zan - Michael Bell


    Superboy - Danny Dark
    Hall of Justice Computer - Casey Kasem

    Bizzaro - Bill Callaway
    Black Manta - Ted Cassidy
    Brainiac - Ted Cassidy
    Captain Cold - Dick Ryal
    Cheetah - Marlene Aragon
    Dr. Varga - Henry Corden
    Giganta - Ruth Forman
    Gorilla Grodd - Stanley Ross
    Lex Luthor - Stan Jones
    Mr. Mxyzptlk - Frank Welker
    Nar-Tan - Stanley Ross
    Riddler - Michael Bell
    Scarecrow - Don Messick
    Sinestro - Vic Perrin
    Solomon Grundy - Jimmy Weldon
    Torahna - Henry Corden
    Toyman - Frank Welker
    Vartoo - Don Messick
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