In 1966, Filmation successfully launched The New Adventures of Superman cartoon. It’s success led to a number of spin-off shorts and series. Between 1967 and 1969, Filmation produced a series of 18 shorts featuring The Atom, The Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, the Justice League, and the Teen Titans.
Growing up, I remember seeing these on the Bozo show and years later when they began running on Cartoon Network’s Boomerang in between shows I began recording them. A few episodes were recorded off of S-VHS tapes from a friend and cleaned up and enhanced. All in all, it’s a great looking set. Here’s hoping that Warner will release this series on DVD with extras similar to the New Adventures of Superman and the Adventures of Aquaman sets.
It’s little things like that image above that make comics so fun. Artists (and writers) insert all kinds of little references and in-jokes for perceptive readers to find. Some of them (like a Vulcan–from Star Trek– Green Lantern) make perfect sense.
The Green Lantern Corps is supposed to have a member from every sector in the galaxy, so a Vulcan GL Corp member makes sense. One little reference makes the comic universe seem so expansive and large and feel like anything can happen. For those that want to check his one-panel appearance, see Green Lantern 2nd Series (1976), Issue #90 – “Those Who Worship Evil’s Might.”
It’s seems that every few months there is a new, big thing in the comic book industry (at least Marvel and DC). After one event ends, another had better start soon or readers will disappear. Marvel quickly followed their Civil War with World War Hulk (and a similar slew of ancillary titles). DC’s Infinite Crisiswas followed by 52, which is being followed by Countdown.
And, just when I thought I was out, they sucked me back in…
With one image, the just released Green Lantern Sinestro Corps Special #1 revealed that it had more to do with Infinite Crisis (and other events) than I think anyone imagined. That one image above encompasses 20+ years of stories I’ve read (both recent and long ago). I think there is something to be said for forging ahead and changing everything the way Marvel is doing with their Civil War related fall-out. But, nostalgia feels good and DC is firing on all cylinders right now and I can’t wait to see where it leads.