Superman#75 was not the first story ever told concerning the Man of Steel assuming room temperature. There were several classic Silver Age stories about the subject and it was sometimes used as a plot device in the Bronze Age and Post Crisis era. Even The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians, the final season and iteration of the Super Friends, took a run at it.
I really enjoyed this episode. Actually I enjoyed most of the final two seasons/iterations of the Super Friends. Then as now I love the Super Powers line of toys and I dug the fact that they shifted from the Alex Toth designs to a more Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez look. This episode was written by Alan Burnett who would go on to work as a writer and/or producer on Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond and on a whole bunch of the recent direct-to-dvd DC animated films. The story is rather heavy for an eighties Saturday Morning cartoon and holds up rather well, especially Firestorm’s end of it.
The opening narration of the episode reminds me of the opening narration of the BBC Superman Lives/Superman: Doomsday and Beyond audio drama. It was also cool to see everyone wearing armbands. I wonder if this is where the creative teams got the idea to have the heroes in the DCU wear black armbands during the time of Funeral For a Friend.
I need to look into that.
I also need to buy this on DVD at some point. I am missing several of the Super Friends related box sets.
Next time: More animated Death of Superman.
More to follow…