The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure
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|The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure|
|Format||Animated television series|
|Directed by||Hal Sutherland|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producer(s)||Allen Ducovny|
|Running time||60 Minutes|
National Periodical Publications
|Original run||1967 – 1968|
|Preceded by||The New Adventures of Superman|
The Adventures of Superboy
The Batman/Superman Hour
|Related shows||Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder|
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The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure was a Filmation animated series that aired on CBS from 1967 to 1968. Premiering on September 9, 1967, this 60-minute program included a series of six-minute adventures featuring various DC Comics superheroes.
Each episode consisted of new segments from the existing series, The New Adventures of Superman and The Adventures of Superboy, as well as outings for Aquaman and his sidekick Aqualad. Superman fans generally regard it as the second season of The New Adventures. As a part of The New Adventures, it is notable for containing some of the final work done by Bud Collyer, the voice actor who had originated the roles of Superman and Clark Kent on radio. It also included a rotating series of 'guest star' cartoons featuring the Atom, the Flash and Kid Flash, the Green Lantern, Hawkman and new shorts from The Adventures of Superboy. The Justice League of America (Atom, Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman and Superman) and Teen Titans (Speedy, Kid Flash, Wonder Girl and Aqualad) were also featured in team adventures.
Many of the shorts were penned and script-edited by DC Comics employees. Bob Haney and George Kashdan — the writing-editing team who were then producing the original version of the Teen Titans comic book — were prolific on the series, taking on nearly all the "guest star" cartoons. Mort Weisinger, editor of all Superman comic titles during the 1960s, served as script editor for the shorts featuring Kal-El. This use of comic writers on the television series tended to make them "a very faithful adaption to the comic book mythos". Even so, there were some elements which were novel to the cartoons — such as secondary characters in the Hawkman, Green Lantern and Atom shorts. Likewise there were occasional omissions, like Robin's complete absence from the Teen Titans shorts.
This series marked the animation debut of nearly all of its featured characters and teams. The exceptions were Superman and his supporting cast, who had been previously immortalized in the iconic 1940s Superman shorts (and later in the The New Adventures of Superman), and the Superboy characters, seen in the previous season of The Adventures of Superboy.
In 1968, the show's three main components were again divided amongst other shows. New Superman/Superboy segments were moved to the Batman/Superman Hour. Meanwhile, new Aquaman shorts aired as a part of Aquaman, a 30-minute version which also provided a home for further cartoons featuring characters drawn from the wider DC Universe.
The show continued to evolve a narrative format that had been started with the original Superman radio show. Specifically, it featured a narrator who served to both compress and dramatize the storytelling. Whereas the first season of The New Adventures of Superman had featured longtime radio narrator, Jackson Beck, Superman/Aquaman was the first to feature actor Ted Knight, who had made his Filmation debut as the narrator of the "Adventures Of Superboy" segment late in the previous season of The New Adventures. He would become the main voice used in the narration of DC cartoons for over a decade. He remained the unofficial "voice of DC" even during the first year the cartoons were produced by Hanna Barbara under the Super Friends banner.
Aquaman (and Aqualad)
- Marvin Miller as Aquaman
- Jerry Dexter as Aqualad
- Diana Maddox as Mera / Queen Vassa
- Ted Knight as Imp / Tusky / Black Manta / Various Villains / Narrator
Thirty-six Aquaman segments were produced:
- Pat Harrington, Jr. as Atom, Speedy
- Cliff Owens as The Flash
- Tommy Cook as Kid Flash
- Gerald Mohr as Green Lantern
- Paul Frees as Kairo
- Vic Perrin as Hawkman
- Bud Collyer as Superman (in Justice League segments)
- Jerry Dexter as Aqualad (in Teen Titans segments)
- Julie Bennett as Wonder Girl
The Flash (and Kid Flash)
Justice League of America
Aquaman episodes can currently be seen as part of Cartoon Network's Boomerang. In 1985, Warner Home Video released eight selected Aquaman episodes of the series on VHS in the "Super Powers" video collection, along with Batman, Superboy and Superman. These videos were rereleased in 1996 and are out of print. On October 23, 2007, Warner Home Video released The Adventures of Aquaman: The Complete Collection on DVD in Region 1; the 2-disc set features all 36 Aquaman segments from the series, as well as special features.
Warner Video also released DC Super Heroes: The Filmation Adventures on August 12, 2008. The double DVD set features 18 cartoons starring Hawkman, Green Lantern, The Flash, The Atom, the Teen Titans, and the Justice League of America. The collection was released in Region 2 on October 13, 2008.
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