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Defenders of the Earth 

Four of the greatest comic strip heroes join forces to battle Ming the Merciless.
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Series cast summary:
Loren Lester ...  Rick Gordon / ... 66 episodes, 1986-1991
Lou Richards ...  Flash Gordon 65 episodes, 1986-1991
Peter Renaday Peter Renaday ...  Mandrake the Magician 31 episodes, 1986-1991
Peter Mark Richman ...  Kit Walker / ... 31 episodes, 1986-1991
Dion Williams Dion Williams ...  L.J. 31 episodes, 1986-1991
Sarah Partridge Sarah Partridge ...  Jedda Walker 30 episodes, 1986-1991
Adam Carl ...  Kshin / ... 29 episodes, 1986-1991
Buster Jones Buster Jones ...  Lothar 29 episodes, 1986-1990
Diane Pershing ...  Dynak X / ... 26 episodes, 1986-1991
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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 <Sargebri@att.net>

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English

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8 September 1986 (USA) See more »

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Branioci Zemlje See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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When the show was first presented, Jedda Walker and Rick Gordon were going to be children of the opposite fathers their characters ended up with, The Phantom and Flash Gordon respectively. Rick's name was originally Kit. See more »

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Jedda Walker: Father, I don't understand?
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Underrated 80s cartoon starring King Features Syndicate's best superheroes!

Defenders of the Earth is an anomaly in superhero entertainment: it was produced during a time when superhero cinema was barely getting started (the Superman films were then still recent blockbuster smashes) and the concept of shared universes remained a strong-point in sci-fi novels rather than in regular movies or television. Defenders is oddly entertaining considering it's a superhero show that ISN'T from either MARVEL (which supplied the animation for this show) or DC Comics; these were superheroes from syndicated newspaper comic strips, not wholly comic-book oriented magazines. It's interesting that Defenders exists at all frankly; the 80s were a great time for Saturday-morning 'toons: Robotech, Transformers, GI Joe, Jem, He-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, ThunderCats, Ghostbusters, Duck Tales, the list goes on from there. So how does a show starring Flash Gordon, The Phantom and Mandrake the Magician compare to all those classics? It's watchable; cheesy admittedly but genuinely watchable nonetheless.

I give this time-capsule of a show 4/5 stars.


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