Samurai
Samurai on Super Friends.
Publication information
First appearanceThe All-New Super Friends Hour
"Volcano"
Created byHanna-Barbera
In-story information
Alter egoToshio Eto
SpeciesMetahuman
Team affiliationsSuper Friends
Justice League
PartnershipsApache Chief
El Dorado
Black Vulcan
Abilities

Samurai is a Japanese superhero in the Super Friends animated television series. His real name is Toshio Eto. He was one of the later additions to the team along with other ethnically diverse heroes in an effort for the show to promote cultural diversity. The visual design of the character was created by cartoonist Alex Toth. His voice actor is Jack Angel. In addition to being a prominent figure in several other animated shows, Angel also did the voice for The Flash and Hawkman.

Samurai appears in The All-New Super Friends Hour, Challenge of the Superfriends, Super Friends (1980), Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show, and The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians. Besides being inserted to create diversity, Samurai, in a sense, took the place of Red Tornado with whom he shares similar wind-based abilities. After sporadic guest appearances, Samurai grew into a prominent team member in the series' later seasons.

Samurai appeared in the third volume of the DC Comics mini-series Super Powers. He also had an action figure in the Super Powers Collection line produced by Kenner. A character resembling Samurai appeared in a double page spread in the Infinite Crisis hard cover trade collection. The actual Samurai made his first appearance in the comics several years later during the Brightest Day event.

Fictional character biography

Origin

His real name is Toshio Eto, and he was a history professor prior to becoming a superhero. One day, Eto was struck by a beam of light sent by the New Gods of New Genesis, who were trying to create more superheroes to defend the world from Darkseid. Although Eto briefly ran wild with his new powers, the New Gods explained their intent to him and he vowed to become a superhero.[1]

Comics

Samurai made DC comics appearances during the Justice League/Justice Society of America crossover featured in the Brightest Day event. Toshio appears as one of the heroes driven insane by Alan Scott's Starheart powers, and is shown using his winds to destroy the city of Tokyo. He is defeated and knocked unconscious by Jesse Quick and Congorilla.[2]

Prior to Samurai's appearance in Brightest Day, an alternate version of the character named Toshio was introduced into the DC Universe in the Justice League of America 80-Page Giant one-shot. This version was an actual samurai from Japan in the 13th century, who was granted mystical abilities by a sorceress. After a brief battle with the time-displaced Superman and Doctor Light, Toshio teamed up with the heroes to defeat Steppenwolf.[3]

In the Watchmen sequel Doomsday Clock, Samurai is a member of Japan's superhero team called Big Monster Action.[4]

In other media

Television

Film

Merchandise

References

  1. ^ Samurai Archived 2007-01-01 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Justice League of America (vol. 2) #46 (August 2010)
  3. ^ Justice League of America 80-Page Giant #1 (2009)
  4. ^ Doomsday Clock #6 (July 2018). DC Comics.
  5. ^ OAFE - DC Universe Classics 18: Samurai review