When it came to Batman: The Brave and the Bold, there was nobody bolder than Aquaman. Aquaman has gone through many changes over the years, and this version takes some elements from a mix of them. Short blonde hair, beard, orange shirt, green tights and gloves, bolstered by the voice acting of John DiMaggio, best known as Bender from Futurama. On request, I’m having a look at a couple of the episodes he appeared in today.
Although the DC and Marvel shows I’ve looked at recently have been from the eighties, I thought I’d quickly have a look at a show from the last ten years that did golden age comic book stories with a new twist. Batman: The Animated Series is the stuff of legend, and Batman Beyond luckily was easily accepted as the follow-up to it, but the first non-BTAS show, The Batman, met with a lot of criticism before being appreciated for what it was. This has since opened the gates for newer takes on the Dark Knight, with Batman: The Brave and the Bold being the show to follow it.
For the uninitiated, the concept of the show is that Batman ALWAYS teams up with a hero (or villain on occasion!) to fight an enemy, as per the old The Brave and the Bold comic. In the style of James Bond, there’s also always a pre-credits mini-episode, nine times out of ten unrelated to the main episode, and a feeling of fun throughout.
However, cartoony appearance and sense of humour aside, the show wasn’t shy about doing some serious stories, much like how Galactic Guardians gave us The Fear. That was actually the motivator for doing this review, to look at the episode where they did their take on the Batman origin story, plus some other great episodes too.
Enough yapping, to the episodes!
Review for Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show
Previously, on Super Friends…
Well, last time I looked at the Super Friends universe it was to focus on the cool Galactic Guardians show with episodes like The Fear and The Death of Superman. That was effectively the second season to this one, which was heavily influenced by the Super Powers Collection toyline and into the “toy show” era launched by He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. I won’t venture any further back, Scott can have the likes of the Voodoo Vampire and Keelhaul Kelly to himself, I’ll stick with the New Gods of Apokolips and the regular Superman baddies.
It’s eight episodes, split into two segments to make sixteen, but two Darkseid-centric episodes are two-parters, so it’s fourteen stories. Enough Steiner maths, to space!
Well, as my review of The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians got some likes and there were requests for reviews of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, I figured I’d give them a shot. The show came out in 1981, alongside the solo Spider-Man show, and ran for three seasons, spanning 24 episodes. Today, I’m just going to look at season 2, the shortest season, from 1982. Three episodes, each focusing on the origins of Spidey and his two college roommates/partners in crime fighting, Iceman and Firestar. Don Glut (prolific animation writer and pretty much the “father” of the Dinobots) handled the Iceman and Spidey episodes and Christy Marx, head writer for Jem, handled Firestar.
The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians
by Dave Newman
As a thank you to Scott for finally reviewing the GREEK DEATH MATCH, I thought I’d start from the other end of the Super Friends TV series as he’s promised/threatened to pick up with the Wendy and Marvin shows (lame!). Here, we’ve got Darkseid and THE FEAR!, so let’s go!