Hero High
GenreAnimation
Country of originUnited States
Production
Running time22 minutes
Production companyFilmation
DistributorWarner Bros. Television
Release
Original networkNBC
Original releaseOctober 3, 1981 (1981-10-03) –
April 21, 1982 (1982-04-21)

Hero High was a 1981–1982 cartoon and live action series created by Filmation that aired as part of NBC's The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam! It was about a high school where young superheroes were taught how to use their powers and fight crime.[1] Originally intended to be a new entry in Filmation's long-running line of Archie cartoon series, the 1981 series was altered at the last minute because the company's rights to the Archie characters had expired and new characters had to be created.[2]

26 episodes were produced, with 13 eight-minute stories and 13 twelve-minute stories.[3]

Main characters

Character Acted and voiced by: Powers/Abilities
A.W.O.L. Lou Scheimer Invisibility (partial or whole)
Brat-Man Erika Scheimer Seismic and concussive blasts through "super tantrums"
Captain California Christopher Hensel Flight via his semi-intelligent flying surfboard "Wipeout", "super-shine" smile
Dirty Trixie Maylo McCaslin "Dirty tricks" via gadgets in her "bag of tricks"
Giggler Laughing Hyena Mascot
Glorious Gal Rebecca Perle Flight, super strength, telepathy, clairvoyance (possibly other mental powers)
Misty Magic Jere Fields Mystical powers
Peter Penguin A penguin who could fly
Punk Rock Johnny Venocour Minor destructive sonic powers using a guitar and speakers. Super-speed while playing music (suggested in "Do the Computer Stomp")
Rex Ruthless John Berwick "Dirty tricks" via gadgets in his belt buckle.
Weatherman Jim Greenleaf Weather and natural disaster control, flight via clouds. Minor fire powers (suggested in "Off Her Rocker")

The Hero High Singing Group

The actors who voice the Hero High cartoon characters perform onstage as their characters each week in live-action song-of-the-week and comedy-sketch segments during the program.[3]

The Hero High Singing Group:

Guest characters

Occasionally, Captain Marvel and Mary Marvel from the Shazam! segments would appear as guest characters during the Hero High segments, along with Isis, an Egyptian superheroine originally created by Filmation for the 1975 series, The Secrets of Isis. Some of the Hero High characters would also appear during the Shazam! segments.

Episode list

Title Air date
1"The Art of the Ballot"September 12, 1981 (1981-09-12)
2"What's News"September 19, 1981 (1981-09-19)
3"Rat Fink Rex"September 26, 1981 (1981-09-26)
4"Do the Computer Stomp"October 3, 1981 (1981-10-03)
5"Malt Shop Mayhem"October 10, 1981 (1981-10-10)
6"Boo Who"October 17, 1981 (1981-10-17)
7"Cover Twirl"October 24, 1981 (1981-10-24)
8"My Job Is Yours"October 31, 1981 (1981-10-31)
9"Girl of His Dreams"November 7, 1981 (1981-11-07)
10"The Not So Great Outdoors"November 14, 1981 (1981-11-14)
11"Off Her Rocker"November 21, 1981 (1981-11-21)
12"Follow the Litter"November 28, 1981 (1981-11-28)
13"Jog-a-long"December 5, 1981 (1981-12-05)
14"He Sinks Starships"December 12, 1981 (1981-12-12)
15"Starfire, Where Are You?"December 19, 1981 (1981-12-19)
16"The Captives"December 26, 1981 (1981-12-26)
17"High Rise Hijinx"January 2, 1982 (1982-01-02)
18"Track Race"January 9, 1982 (1982-01-09)
19"A Clone of His Own"January 16, 1982 (1982-01-16)
20"Game of Chance"January 23, 1982 (1982-01-23)
21"The Umpire Strikes Back"January 30, 1982 (1982-01-30)
22"The Human Fly"February 6, 1982 (1982-02-06)
23"Big Bang Theory"February 13, 1982 (1982-02-13)
24"Law of the Pack"February 20, 1982 (1982-02-20)
25"A Fistful of Knuckles"February 27, 1982 (1982-02-27)
26"The Blow-Away Blimp"March 6, 1982 (1982-03-06)

DVD release

BCI Eclipse LLC (under its Ink & Paint classic animation entertainment label, under license from then-rightsholder Entertainment Rights) released Hero High: The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1 on May 8, 2007. The 2 disc set includes many special features. The episodes presented uncut, digitally remastered and in syndication order.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
Hero High: The Complete Series 26 May 22, 2007

Features:

References

  1. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 469–470. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  2. ^ Jim Hill Media: 2003-12-04
  3. ^ a b Scheimer, Lou; Mangels, Andy (2012). Creating the Filmation Generation. TwoMorrows Publishing. pp. 183–185. ISBN 978-1-60549-044-1.