George Rears The Super Friends. It's funny how it all leads back to them.
Today, as the entire world celebrates the release of the New Frontier DVD release (They are going nuts in Quraq, I hear), I figured it was time for a confession.
I came into comics because of the Super Friends. There. It's out. I remember watching them back in 1973. The most memorable thing about the show to me was the cool instrumental theme song--I remember before we moved overseas I asked my Dad if he could "write the music down" so I could hum it whenever I wanted. My Dad tried his best, but instead of hearing me reciting lyrics, he had to try to write down me singing "Duhhhh-Duh-Duh-Duhhh-Duh-Duh-
Duh-Duh-Duhhhhhh". That didn't work out so well.
My Super Friends were the Wendy and Marvin era. If I remember correctly it was only the original five: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Robin. These days, I can't remember any specific image or episode. I just remember I loved it. Watching these episodes made me familiar with the characters, so I guess that explains why I gravitated to DC when I bought comics off of the rack.
Ironically, I didn't make the connection between the Justice League and the Super Friends until years later. I always thought of the Justice League as Flash, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, and the Atom...besides, Wonder Woman (at that time) and Robin weren't members of the JLA.
When we lived overseas, I remember wishing the American station would pick up The Super Friends, but they never did. Eventually, we got the Super Friends comic, which I did not enjoy. It was too childlike! Of course I didn't realize I had changed more than the Super Friends had.
Returning to America, I did get to see some of the Super Friends, except now they had shape changing aliens instead of Wendy and Marvin. There were more members--they had the whole Justice League plus Black Vulcan and Apache Chief...and some Samurai dude. That was pretty cool. Still, they never got to fight the villains. No punches thrown. It wasn't allowed on Saturday morning TV. By the time I got to see these cartoons, my window of opportunity was up. I had outgrown the Super Friends.
The cool thing is I'll always have happy mis-remembrances of the 1973 Super Friends. I'll remember incorrectly the galactic battles with super villains, and I'll falsely recall the awesome slugfests that apparently only exist in my mind.
I don't think any of the real early episodes from this era are out on DVD yet, so I think my implanted memories are safe.
So today, go out and celebrate New Frontier Day! We’ve come a long way in the last thirty-five years, and thankfully, so has comic book animation.