Challenge of the Superfriends

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Challenge of the Superfriends
Challenge of the Superfriends-Logo.jpg
Premiere September 9, 1978
Finale December 23, 1978
Network ABC
Style 60-minute animated superhero
Company Hanna-Barbera Productions,
DC Comics
Distributor Warner Bros. Television
Seasons 1
Episodes 16
(List of episodes)
Origin USA

Challenge of the Superfriends is an animated superhero that aired on ABC.

The plots for the first segment were, at the time of its initial airing, arguably the best effort to portray comic book heroes in animated television shorts. As originally aired, this season consisted of two half-hour segments. The first of these was an adventure with Superman, Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and the Wonder Twins, similar to those that had aired the previous season in The All-New Super Friends Hour. Thanks to these episodes being shown using the opening credits of The All-New Super Friends Hour in syndication, the second segment along being used with the Challenge of Super Friends opening, and confused references to the show it is often mistakenly believed that the first and second segments were two separate shows.

The second segment of this season featured the Legion of Doom, a team of thirteen recurring foes, the Super Friends' worst enemies. Every episode would feature battles between the thirteen supervillains of the Legion of Doom and the eleven superheroes of the Justice League of America. The Legion of Doom dwelled in a murky swamp and launched their attacks for global conquest from a sinister looking, swamp-based, mechanical, flying headquarters, called the Hall of Doom (which also resembled Darth Vader's helmet) as a suitable contrast with the Super Friends' gleaming Hall of Justice.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Danny Dark Superman 1
Olan Soule Batman 1
Shannon Farnon Wonder Woman 1
Casey Kasem Robin 1
Computer 1
William Callaway Aquaman 1
Bizarro 1
Jack Angel The Flash 1
Hawkman 1
Samurai 1
Michael Rye Green Lantern 1
Apache Chief 1
Marlene Aragon The Cheetah 1
Michael Bell Riddler 1
Ted Cassidy Brainiac 1
Black Manta 1
Ruth Forman Giganta 1
Buster Jones Black Vulcan 1
Stan Jones Lex Luthor 1
Don Messick Scarecrow 1
Vic Perrin Sinestro 1
Stanley Ralph Ross Gorilla Grodd 1
Dick Ryal Captain Cold 1
Jimmy Weldon Solomon Grundy 1
Frank Welker Toyman 1

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
ABC
Season One September 9, 1978 December 23, 1978 16

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
The First Season July 6, 2004 2

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Volume 2 May 24, 2005 2

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Episode Collections
Challenge of the Superfriends: Attack of the Legion of Doom June 1, 2004 1

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Challenge of the Superfriends: United They Stand June 1, 2004 1

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