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Saturday, November 12, 2011

"Super Friends" Super Post!

Batman: The Animated Series wasn't the only series to contribute a lot of DC canon, Super Friends introduced its fair share of concepts as well.  But what's interesting is that these additions don't start happening until the 90s and 2000s, around the same time that kids who grew up watching the show would be old enough to work their childhood memories into the stories they told.  Make of that what you will.

Wendy, Marvin, and Wonder Dog

Wendy Harris, Marvin White, and Wonder Dog first appeared on the Super Friends episode "The Power Pirate" (1973).  Wendy and Marvin first appeared in comics (Teen Titans #34, May 2006) as Wendy and Marvin Kuttler, twins that are tenth-level geniuses and the caretakers of Titans Tower. They were later joined by Wonder Dog in Teen Titans #62 (October 2008), who turned out to be a demonic monster.

The Wonder Twins


The Wonder Twins first appeared in the first episode of The All-New Super Friends Hour (segment: "Joy Ride" (1977)).  Their first appearance in comics was Extreme Justice  #9 (October 1995).

Gleek

Gleek, the pet alien monkey of the Wonder Twins, first appeared in the first episode of The All-New Super Friends Hour (segment: "Joy Ride" (1977)), alongside the Wonder Twins.  His first appearance in comics happened as a member of the Super Friends in the "Crisis One Million" section of DC One Million 80-Page Giant #1 (August 1999).

Black Vulcan

Black Vulcan made his first appearance in the first episode of the All-New Super Friends Hour (segment: "The Whirlpool" (1977)).  His only comics appearance so far was as a member of the Super Friends in the "Crisis One Million" section of DC One Million 80-Page Giant #1 (August 1999).

Apache Chief

 Apache Chief made his first appearance in the second episode of the All-New Super Friends Hour (segment: "The Antidote" (1977)). His first comics appearance was as a member of the Super Friends in the "Crisis One Million" section of DC One Million 80-Page Giant #1 (August 1999, see Black Vulcan's entry). He later appeared in mainstream continuity - in an altered form - as Manitou Raven, starting in JLA #66 (July 2002).

Samurai

 


 Samurai debuted in the eighth episode of The All-New Super Friends Hour (segment: "Volcano" (1977)). His first comics appearance was as a member of the Super Friends in the "Crisis One Million" section of DC One Million 80-Page Giant #1 (August 1999, see Gleek's entry).  His first appearance in mainstream continuity was a cameo in a group shot in the Infinite Crisis #5 section of the Infinite Crisis hardcover (December 2006), while his first full appearance was in Justice League of America #46 (August 2010). Another version of Samurai (using his same first name, Toshio) appeared in Justice League of America 80-Page Giant #1 (November 2009) as a samurai in 1223.


In addition to characters, several other things first appeared in Super Friends:

Hall of Justice

The Half of Justice first appeared as the Super Friends headquarters in the Super Friends animated series (1973).  It was introduced into comics in Justice League of America #7 (May 2007) as one half of the JLA's new headquarters (the other half being the Satellite Watchtower).

Legion of Doom (team name)

The Legion of Doom first appeared in 1978's Challenge of the Super Friends as a team made up of the Super Friends' worst enemies.  A team by the same name appeared in Extreme Justice #17 and #18 (June and July 1996), a separate team using the name appeared in Teen Titans #98 and #99 (July and August 2011), and a third team was the focus of Flashpoint: Legion of Doom #1-3 (June-August 2011), but all three teams simply used the name; their line-ups did not reflect the Super Friends roster at all.

Hall of Doom

The Hall of Doom now has its own page. Check it out here!

Giganta's powers

Originally, Giganta just had super strength; that is, until Challenge of the Super Friends (1978), when she gained the ability to change size as well.  This ability first manifested in comics in the issue Wonder Woman #126 (October 1997).

5 comments:

  1. For Samurai, would his appearance in the Super Powers comic book series drawn by Jack Kirby himself not actually count as his first appearance in comic books? Very impressed by everything researched here btw

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  2. Thanks! And great question. That's on me because I didn't explain it as well as I could have. So here goes: I'm only worried about in-continuity appearances. The Super Powers tie-in comic is completely separate from other DC comics. The DC One Million 80-page giant is in continuity, but the Samurai is from an alternate universe, so I included it but also included his first appearance in the main universe. But *that* was as a somewhat different character in the past with a different look, so I also included his first appearance in the present with his regular look.

    I hope that makes sense; these can get complicated sometimes (see my upcoming post on trying to figure out the different versions of the Batman Beyond characters).

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  3. Does the Legion of Doom showing up in Alex Ross' Justice count as canon immigration since it takes place in a different continuity?

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  4. I wouldn't count it, but others might.

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  5. Two things:
    1: I love how Samurai just shows up in Brightest Day with no explanation as to who he even is. Samurai was in the DCU the whole time! Didn't you notice?
    2: On a more serious note I really want the Hanna-Barbera Super Friends characters to show up in Rebirth, but that's probably not going to happen.

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