WOW! I can not believe it has been 40 years since the Super Friends first aired on tv. While the storytelling was a bit clunky, I still loved watching them every Saturday morning with my bowl of cereal and in the tents/fortresses I built. I had recently watched on dvd several episodes of The Challenge of the Super Friends which was amazing for all the amount of heroes and villains to showcase at that time. I thought of it as the movie version of the Avengers for its time; yes it was that exciting. This was at least more in keeping with the comics that I was reading at the time.
As the seasons progressed, I had always wondered by Wendy, Marvin and Wonderdog was later replaced by Zan, Jayna, and Gleek. While the wonder twins were okay, I just cringed by the notion than Zan’s water based powers were lame. I mean at least Aquaman can talk to fish and other sea creatures which is something Zan can not do. Even Cartoon Network joked years back about the same thing. The quick animated short had Zan talking about his water powers and how he could be taking out by a sponge and it didn’t have to be an evil sponge to boot. Still, with all the faults, I still watch it today when I get the chance.
We don’t know for sure what the title of the upcoming Batman-, Superman- and Ben Affleck-populated “Man of Steel” sequel will be. But we’re pretty sure what it won’t be. It won’t be “Super Friends.”
“Super Friends,” for those having a senior-geek moment, was the name of the Saturday morning cartoon series which celebrates its 40th anniversary on Sunday. The show drew on the then-biggest names in the DC Comics universe, and, also, yes, introducing “bumbling idiots” Wendy, Marvin, and Wonder Dog, and later the equally reviled Jan, Jayna, and Gleek. It was lesson-dispensing, teamwork-praising, and, for a time, the only superhero game in town for impressionable Generation X-era viewers.