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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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 »


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Flash Gordon with the Phantom fight Ming.
10 August 2001 | by (San Diego, CA) – See all my reviews

Defenders of the Earth gathered hero like Flash Gordon and the Phantom to fight Ming and his forces. However the Defenders had kids or something, Flash has a son named Rick. The Phantom has a daughter with the black panther or puma. Then there's a magician and some guy with rope and there are two more kids too. A lot of this show revolves around the kids, similar to the Mister T cartoon. It's your typical cartoon with kids. They fight, get into trouble, then find a lesson in it all.

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