Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Twenty Third Dimension




Season: 1
Episode Number: 3
Season Episode Number: 3
Production Number: Unknown
Airdate: Unknown

Writer: Dennis Marks
Director: Hal Sutherland

Voices: Ted Knight (Narrator, Denno, Raffo, Police, Radiotron, Prisoners, Proton People), Gilbert Mack (Hawkman).

Plot: Hawkman is teleported to the Twenty Third Dimension where he must save some prisoners and find a way to get back home before aliens from Jupiter take over Earth!

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Out of the three Hawkman episodes that were made for the Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure in 1967, this one is the best. While the other two were quite dull, this one comes up with a much more original story that is interesting and more exciting.

Part of the reason may be that this episode was written by Dennis Marks, rather than the usual George Kashdan who often reused the same plot for many of the stories in the Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure despite being an actual comic book writer.

Dennis Marks started his career in the early 60s and has written for cartoons all the way up into the mid 90s. Along with his Filmation work, Marks has also contributed stories for other superhero shows such as Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (in which he was also the voice of the Green Goblin), The Incredible Hulk (1982), and Batman: the Animated Series. He has also written for everything from Tom and Jerry to Flintstones Kids to Transformers. Marks passed away in 2006.

Narrator Ted Knight often pulls double duty in these cartoons, but it sounds to me like he voices all the characters other than Hawkman. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Fans of Hawkman probably consider this set of three episodes to be a shining moment in Hawkman history. After all, it is the only time that Hawkman ever starred in his own show. And seeing that Warner Bros. and DC Comics don't push the character as much as they probably should, Hawkman will probably never get his own series again.

DVD Releases:
  • DC Super Heroes: The Filmation Adventures

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