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|"Legend of the
|Superfriends special episode
||January 18-25, 1979
Legends of the Superheroes is a NBC
live-action version of Super Friends and was an umbrella title for
two one-hour Hanna-Barbera TV specials based on the
Friends cartoon show that aired on NBC in January 1979. The specials were produced
like standard variety shows of the time: on videotape, and with a laugh track.
It starred Adam West
and Burt Ward, reprising
their roles as Batman and Robin from the
live-action Batman TV series. It also had a
large ensemble cast of other DC Comics superheroes that included Garrett Craig as Captain Marvel, Howard
Murphy as Green
Lantern, Bill Nuckols as Hawkman, Barbara Joyce as The
Huntress, Rod Haase as The Flash, Alfie Wise as The Atom
and Danuta Rylko Soderman as the Black Canary.
Barbara Joyce as the Huntress from Legends of the
Superman and Wonder Woman did not
appear on the show because both of those characters were already
being used elsewhere: Superman was in the beginnings of his movie
franchise, and Wonder Woman still had her own live-action
Notable guest stars in the two specials included Frank Gorshin
reprising his role as The Riddler from Batman, Howard Morris as Dr.
Dell as Mordru, Charlie Callas as
Sinestro, Jeff Altman as the Weather Wizard,
Ruth Buzzi as Aunt
Minerva, Mickey Morton as Solomon Grundy, June Gable as Rhoda
Rooter, Pat Carroll as Hawkman's Mother,
A'leshia Brevard as Giganta,
Schallert playing the Scarlet Cyclone (more commonly referred
to as "Retired Man") and Brad Sanders as "Ghetto Man". Ed McMahon played
himself, hosting the celebrity super-hero roast.
In the first episode, the
Justice League of America (Batman, Robin, Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Captain Marvel, Huntress and Black Canary) reunite at the Batcave to
celebrate elderly retired superhero Scarlet Cyclone's birthday. The
party is interrupted by the Legion of Doom (Riddler, Weather Wizard, Sinestro, Mordru, Dr. Sivana, Giganta and Solomon Grundy), who announce
they spread deadly bombs on several places, and the heroes must
follow clues to find them. It's all, actually, a trap to make the
heroes drink Mordru's de-powering potion, which succeeds, but the
heroes face off the villains even so, disarm the bombs and recover
their powers. Only after the whole battle is gone, and the heroes
have retrieved, does Scarlet Cyclone arrive to give his aid.
The second episode was a celebrity roast of the superheroes hosted by Ed McMahon.