DC Comics’ Justice League superheroes will save the day as episodes from four classic Saturday-morning animated series from the ’70s and early ’80s air back-to-back in Boomerang’s first-ever Super Friends marathon. Cartoon Network’s classic toon outlet will spotlight more than 30 specially selected installments on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. (ET).
The series included in the marathon are The Challenge of the Super Friends (1978), The World’s Greatest Super Friends (1979), Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show (1984) and The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (1985). Batman, Robin, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, Apache Chief, Hawkman, Black Vulcan and other caped crusaders face down such Legion of Doom villains as Lex Luthor, The Riddler, Brainiac, Black Manta, Toyman, Giganta, Cheeta, Captain Cold, Scarecrow and Grodd the Gorilla in these spin-offs of the original 1973 Super Friends.
The Super Friends have returned on Cartoon Network this decade with various popular series including Justice League, Justice Unlimited and Legion of Super Heroes. The DC Universe line of direct-to-video animated features recently unleashed Justice League: The New Frontier, an adaptation of the award-winning graphic novel by Darwyn Cooke, and Happy Feet director George Miller has been trying to get a live-action Justice League movie off the ground for some time now. The effort was stalled in part by last year’s writer’s strike.