Super Friends
Super Friends.jpg
The opening title screen for the first Super Friends series
Also known asSuper Friends I
Science fiction
Created byE. Nelson Bridwell
Carmine Infantino
Julius Schwartz (consultants)
Based on
Written byJack Cole
Gardner Fox
Mort Weisinger
Directed byCharles A. Nichols
Creative directorIwao Takamoto
Voices ofSherry Alberoni
Norman Alden
Danny Dark
Shannon Farnon
Casey Kasem
Ted Knight
Olan Soule
John Stephenson
Frank Welker
Narrated byTed Knight
Theme music composerHoyt Curtin
ComposersHoyt Curtin
Will Schaefer
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes16
Executive producersWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
ProducerIwao Takamoto
Running time60 minutes (including commercials)
Production companiesHanna-Barbera Productions
National Periodical Publications
DistributorTaft Broadcasting
Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original networkABC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original releaseSeptember 8 (1973-09-08) –
December 22, 1973 (1973-12-22)
Followed byThe All-New Super Friends Hour

Super Friends is a 1973[1] animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera and National Periodical Publications. It is based on the Justice League comic books, and is the first incarnation[2] of the Super Friends series. Wendy Harris, Marvin White, and Wonder Dog from the show also appeared in the HBO Max original series Jellystone!.

Main characters

Super Friends first aired on ABC on September 8, 1973, featuring DC superheroes Superman, Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman.[3] Superman, Batman and Aquaman had each previously appeared in their own animated series produced by Filmation, and voice talent from these prior programs was brought over to work on the new show. Shortly before the Super Friends series was developed, Superman and Wonder Woman also guest-starred in two episodes of The Brady Kids, while Batman and Robin appeared in two episodes of The New Scooby-Doo Movies.

In addition to the superheroes, a trio of sidekicks was introduced, each being new characters not drawn from the comic books: Wendy Harris (voiced by Sherri Alberoni), Marvin White (voiced by Frank Welker), and Wonder Dog, none of whom had any special abilities (save Wonder Dog’s unexplained intelligence and ability to talk). Wendy and Marvin were depicted as detectives and/or superheroes in training.

Format and episode formula

Each episode would begin with the heroes responding to an emergency detected by the massive TroubAlert computer that was situated within the Hall of Justice which served as the headquarters of the team. Colonel Wilcox, a U.S. Army official, was a recurring character who would work as a government liaison to the Super Friends during emergencies.

As such conflicts are often ultimately resolved with the antagonists persuaded to adapt more reasonable methods to achieve their aims with the assistance of the heroes. Natural disasters triggered by human (or alien) activity were often shown, and environmental themes featured strongly in the program.

Guest stars

Some guest stars from the broader Justice League were featured during this season including the Flash, Plastic Man, and Green Arrow.

Plastic Man made his animated debut in a cameo appearance in the episode "Professor Goodfellow’s G.E.E.C." voiced by Norman Alden. Superman calls him in to extract a mouse from a computer system.

Green Arrow appeared in the episode "Gulliver's Gigantic Goof" and was voiced by Norman Alden. He was referred to as a "Staunch member of the Justice League of America."



This first run of Super Friends, consisting of sixteen one-hour episodes that were rerun several times, concluded on August 24, 1974. At this point, the series was cancelled and did not appear on the fall lineup for 1974.

Home media

Warner Home Video (via Hanna-Barbera Productions, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Family Entertainment) released Super Friends! - Season One, Volume One on DVD in Region 1 on January 5, 2010. Volume One was a 2 disc set of the first eight episodes of the series at a retail price of $26.99. the Season One, Volume One set of the original 1973 series of Super Friends was presented in its original, uncut hour-long version, just as they originally aired on ABC.[4] On July 20, 2010 they released Volume Two which was also a 2 disc set and contained the remaining eight episodes of the series.


Main article: List of Super Friends episodes


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  2. ^ Woolery, George W. (1983). Children's Television: The First Thirty-Five Years, 1946-1981, Part I: Animated Cartoon Series. Scarecrow Press. pp. 275–278. ISBN 0-8108-1557-5. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  3. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 802–804. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  4. ^ "Super Friends DVD news: Press Release for Super Friends - Season 1, Volume 1". Archived from the original on 2016-08-15. Retrieved 2016-06-01.