Amazon had them on sale for less than $10 each, so last week, I ordered the last two incarnations of Super Friends
from the early 1980s - The Legendary Super Powers Show
and Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians
- on DVD. These two seasons were tailored to tie-in with Kenner's popular DC "Super Powers" action figure line, hence the prominence of the term in both titles.
Both shows featured Jack Kirby's Darkseid as the major villain and had slightly
more sophisticated stories than previous incarnations of the Super Friends
franchise. In the Galactic Guardians
run, Hanna-Barbara's artists switched from the original Alex Toth
character designs to new ones by Jose Garcia-Lopez
, giving it a fresher look; it was also the first Super Friends
show to have full half-hour (well, 20 minute, really) episodes each week instead of two 10-minute stories per installment.
I missed these seasons when they originally aired on Saturday mornings (I was in Art School by then), but I'm looking forward to enjoying some Old School super-hero 'toons over the next week or two.