Defenders of the Earth (1986– )

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Four of the greatest comic strip heroes join forces to battle Ming the Merciless.

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Series cast summary:
 Rick Gordon / ... (66 episodes, 1986)
Peter Renaday ...
 Mandrake the Magician (31 episodes, 1986)
 Kit Walker / ... (31 episodes, 1986)
Sarah Partridge ...
 Jedda Walker (30 episodes, 1986)
 Flash Gordon (30 episodes, 1986)
Dion Williams ...
 L.J. (30 episodes, 1986)
Buster Jones ...
 Lothar (29 episodes, 1986)
 Kshin / ... (28 episodes, 1986)
Diane Pershing ...
 Dynak X / ... (25 episodes, 1986)


When Ming the Merciless returns to wreak havoc, he immediately hunts down the man who caused him to lose his throne in the first place, Flash Gordon. In the process, Ming captures and kills Dale Arden Gordon, but not before she transfers her essence into a special crystal. Flash then gathers together a force made up of The Phantom, Mandrake the Magician and his assistant Lothar. Also joining the heroes are Flash's son Rick, The Phantom's daughter Jedda, Lothar's son L.J. and Madrake's adopted son Kshin. Rick then invents a super computer using the crystal with his mother's essence. Joining Ming is his son Crotan. Written by Brian Washington <>

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Release Date:

8 September 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Branioci Zemlje  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In order to prevent his Mongolian appearance to open the door to the character being seen as racist due to his villainous nature, Ming the Merciless' appearance was recreated as a more alien and rather inhuman one. See more »


[repeated line]
The Phantom: By jungle law, the ghost who walks calls forth the power of ten tigers.
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27 August 2001 | by (Alexandroupolis,Greece) – See all my reviews

A quite good '80s cartoon.The music is good.Most characters are rather boring except:1)Ming the Merciless.The ruler of Mongo and would-be conqueror of Earth.Witiful and inspiring.This guy should have his own series.He always has plans to keep his opponents occupied.No defeat actually influences him much.He seems to believe he has time.2)The Phantom,apparently Phantom the 22th,practicaly the star of this series.Intelligent and mysterious.3)Jedda Walker,the Phantom's daughter and heir.Equaly intelligent and mysterious with powers developing. The episodes that revolve around the Walkers are the best.They examine some aspects of the Phantom's legend:1)Each Phantom passes his mantle to a descentant of him.What happens when they are more than one leaving?In a flashback episode we have young Phantom facing his own older brother for the right to inherite his father.His brother almost kills him.How many times has such fight among the Walkers happened?2)The Walkers are no saints.The older brother is still alive trying to kill his brother and niece in order to obtain the title that should be his own long ago,he was the strongest.To fulfil his goal he has alied with Ming.The family genes can provide super criminals as well as superheroes.3)Jedda has to make her father understand that her being a female doesn't disqualify her as the next Phantom.This son to son tradition seems to be currently based on male sobinism.4)Another issue is what kind of influence do the Walkers have on Bengala and through what means are they planning to keep it? This should have featured only the Walkers not the rest.It should be seen by anyone who is interested in The Phantom Who Walks.

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