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DC Comics Super Heroes – The Filmation Collection (Atom/Flash/Green Lantern/Hawkman/Justice League Of America/Teen Titans/Warner Animation DVD/1967)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: B     Episodes: B



Along with their hit versions of Superman, Aquaman (both on DVD and reviewed elsewhere on this site) and Batman, Filmation’s contract with DC Comics included bringing additional characters to life in shorts that were part of the rotation of The Superman/Aquaman Adventure Hour when the shows were being rerun together.  Only three episodes of each (less than 9 minutes each) were made, but they have never been released on home video and have been rarely seen.


It is not only the animated debut of many of the characters, but in most cases the first time they appeared on screen anywhere and despite budget limits, do a great job of capturing the characters in the glory of their 1960s comebacks.  The Atom was a newer character, The Flash was in his popular revised form sometimes joined by Kid Flash (whose colors were the reverse of his usual print and action figure form), Green Lantern and Hawkman were decent versions of their new selves and both team comics were represented.  Justice League Of America included Superman, but not Batman, while Teen Titans were here with their original team of Kid Flash, Aqualad, Speedy (despite no Green Arrow in any of the Filmation shows) and Wonder Girl (despite no Wonder Woman in any of the Filmation shows) and hold up well.


Amusingly some innocent moments inspired the Saturday Night Live/TV Funhouse/Robert Smigel animated spoof The Ambiguously Gay Duo, but these were also derived from the classic comics very closely and you can see their close resemblance to the recent Justice League – The New Frontier animated feature, meaning they are just as relevant today as ever.  They are must-see (and for serious fans, must own) Superhero animation that are minor classics of the genre.


The 1.33 X 1 image on all the shorts look good, but some are a little softer than we would have liked and need some work.  Color looks good at least and very good at its best, typical of the Technicolor-processed work that helped put Filmation on the map.  The Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono is cleaner in most cases than expected, though all the shorts still show their sonic age.  Extras include previews for other DVD releases, a Lego Batman preview and the outstanding 40-minutes featurette Animation Maverick – The Lou Scheimer Story about the amazing force behind the company that gave DC and so much more classic life on the small screen.



For more on DC Comics and Filmation Animation, try these links:


Justice League – The New Frontier DVD


Blu-ray/HD-DVD Combo



Adventures Of Superman (1966) New Adventures Of Batman (1977)



Adventures Of Aquaman (1966)




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