Challenge of the SuperFriends

Challenge of the SuperFriends

Airing immediately after SuperFriends, this show was meant to appeal to the more hardcore comic book fans. Instead of having random problems and creatures – as was the case in SuperFriends Challenge offered an equally adept (or is it inept) group of Super-villains, dubbed the Legion of Doom, to match the genius of the SuperFriends. The Legion was comprised of thirteen members (presumably the number thirteen was chosen because of its sinister implications; how else could you explain the Riddler on your team?), and headed by Superman’s arch-nemesis, Lex Luthor.

In a more than formulaic way, each episode has the Legionnaires staging an intricate plan that will optimistically lead to world domination. The beginning stages were nearly always to trick the SuperFriends, who invariably fell for whatever the Legion put in front of them, like a dog chasing its own tail; after the successful artifice, the Legion moved onto the final stages that were comprised of pulling off their evil plans. Usually at the eleventh-hour, the SuperFriends managed to escape the aforementioned ploy, and halt the wicked scheme underway. But, it wasn’t over yet! Right after the SuperFriends capture the Legion, they like to have a nice little gloat, at which time the Legionnaires – who are always prudent enough, if not insecure about their own abilities to achieve success, to possess a means of escape. Although several SuperFriends can travel at light speed, they always manage to calmly acquiesce to their escape, with a foreboding threat of putting the kibosh on their next sinister plan.

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Episode Info

Final: 1x16 -- The History of Doom (Dec/23/1978)

Lex Luthor creates a solar flare, which is used and it ends up destroying the earth. Now, aliens make a plan to restore the Earth by undoing Lex’s evil deed.
Buster JonesBuster Jones
voiced Black Vulcan
Dick RyalDick Ryal
voiced Captain Cold
Marlene AragonMarlene Aragon
voiced Cheetah
Michael Bell (1)Michael Bell (1)
voiced Bizarro/The Riddler
Michael RyeMichael Rye
voiced Apache Chief, Green Lantern
Olan SouleOlan Soule
voiced Batman
Ruth FormanRuth Forman
voiced Giganta
Stanley Jones (1)Stanley Jones (1)
voiced Lex Luthor
Stanley Ralph RossStanley Ralph Ross
voiced Gorilla Grodd
Ted CassidyTed Cassidy
voiced Black Manta, Brainiac

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Executive Producer: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Producer: Don Jurwich
Music Editor: Sam Horta, Joe Sandusky, Robert Talboy
Music Supervisor: Paul DeKorte
Post Production Supervisor: Joed Eaton
Animator: Emory Myrick, Kenneth Muse, Rick Leon (1)

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Recurring Guests

Michael Rye as Solivar (9 eps)
Shannon Farnon as Wonder Woman (9 eps)
William Callaway as Aquaman (8 eps)
Stanley Jones (1) as Lex Luthor / Manatoo (7 eps)
Ted Cassidy as Black Manta (7 eps)
Don Messick as Scarecrow (7 eps)
Casey Kasem as Robin (7 eps)
Olan Soule as Batman (6 eps)
Frank Welker as Toyman (5 eps)
Michael Bell (1) as Young Lex Luthor (5 eps)

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Classification: Animation
Genre: Animation General | Action | Super Heroes
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: ABC ( USA)
Airs: Saturdays at 09:30 am
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: September 09, 1978
Ended: September 15, 1979
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