Legends of the Superheroes (1979)

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A teamup of some of DC Comics' greatest superheroes together, for 2 specials: a race to stop the united supervillains' plot to destroy the earth, then later a roast in tribute to all of the heroes hosted by Ed McMahon.

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Jeff Altman ...
 Weather Wizard (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Sinestro (2 episodes, 1979)
Gabriel Dell ...
 Mordru (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Dr. Sivana (2 episodes, 1979)
Mickey Morton ...
 Solomon Grundy (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Retired Man / ... (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Robin (2 episodes, 1979)
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A'leisha Brevard ...
 Giganta (2 episodes, 1979)
Garrett Craig ...
 Captain Marvel (2 episodes, 1979)
Howard Murphy ...
 Green Lantern (2 episodes, 1979)
Danuta Rylko Soderman ...
 Black Canary (2 episodes, 1979)
Bill Nuckols ...
 Hawkman (2 episodes, 1979)
Rod Haase ...
 The Flash (2 episodes, 1979)
Barbara Joyce ...
 Huntress (2 episodes, 1979)
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The adventures of many of DC Comics greatest superheroes and villians. In the first episode, The Challenge, the superheroes must race against time to stop the diabolical supervillians' plot to destroy the world. In the second episode, The Roast, the superheroes pay tribute to Batman and Robin in the form of a roast which even the villians attend. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@rogers.com>

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Produced by Hanna-Barbera, this is a live action version of The Super Friends cartoon, specifically Challenge of the SuperFriends (1978). See more »

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Tongue In Cheek (Super) Hero Worship
23 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

VERY LIGHT AND humorously framed, the series (only 2 episodes) was more of a lampoon of the Super Hero genre; rather than a genuine adaptation of the comics page to the small screen. The featuring of well known comic book characters and lesser 4 colour luminaries.

DONE IN VIDEO tape, rather than film, the two episodes had the appearance of a "live" program. The use of special effects was added and dressed up things to appear as much like a real comic book as could possibly be. Sound effects enhanced the precedents, completely immersing our senses in every area.

AS THIS WAS rendered in a very humorous manner, one might expect that the costuming, casting and characterizations to be of a lesser grade than more "serious" films and TV Series. Well, it wasn't so.

IT IS INDEED ironic that such a strange hybrid and difficult to classify series would be the first to bring so many characters (both Heroes and Villains) to "life" on the screen. Among those premiering in the medium of TV were:

Green Lantern (Howard Murphy), Black Canary (Danuta Rylko

Soderman), Hawkman (Bill Nuchols) and The Flash (Rod Haase).

AND THE VILLAINS:

Weather Wizard (Jeff Altman), Sinestro (Charlie Callas), Mordru

(Gabriel Dell), Dr. Sivana (Howard Morris) and Solomon Grundy

(Mickey Morton).

BECAUSE THE SCREEN Rights to DC's number one super-hero, Superman, were tied up in the productions of SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE and SUPERMAN II, the Man of Steel wasn't present in these two productions. In his place was Captain Marvel (Garret Craig). It is interesting that the former real rival to Superman, adversary in the Courts and copyright feature of Fawcett Comics would be "substituting". But the rights to "the Big Red Cheese" had been purchased by DC several years prior.

OUR FAVOURITE ASPECT of these two "specials" was their part in bringing back some folks to reprise roles that they made famous. We are referring to casting Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman & Robin; which of course, they had done over a decade earlier.

JOINING IN WITH the original "Dynamic Duo" of Television was Mr. Frank Gorshin, returning as Edward Nigma, better known as the Riddler.

ALTHOUGH THESE TWO programs were well received and served to indoctrinate a new generation of young 'uns in the tradition of the Comic Book Super Hero, two was their critical mass; as the idea self-destructed, never to be resurrected.

BOTH MY BUDDY, Schultz and me liked it! So what was the problem with you other Bozos?


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