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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Legends of the Superheroes - 1979

It occurred to me a few days ago--I complain a lot about Aquaman being bumped off various projects in favor of Captain Marvel, especially in the 1970s. But sometimes that works in Aquaman's favor--case in point:
Yes, that's Green Lantern, Hawkman, Black Canary, and Captain Marvel laughing uproariously at the racist comedy stylings of Ghetto Man, from the second Legends of the Superheroes TV special (Warners has banned all embedding of clips from the show, so click here to see this video and other segments from the show).

If for some reason you feel the need to own this, go right ahead and click away:

Thank you, Hanna Barbera, for leaving Aquaman out of this!


Earth 2 Chris said...

It's funny how this show has gone from near-urban myth to actual DVD release. I never expected an official version to be out. Only the Star Wars Holiday Special is more infamous...and cheesy.

I remember you writing in to Back Issue about an article on this show. You brought up the same thing I was thinking Rob: How could they just gloss over Ghetto Man? Richard Pryor wouldn't have done that skit.


Wings1295 said...

I have such vague memories of watching this way back then. Must have seemed awesome to my little kid eyes!

Neal P said...

I remember catching a few minutes of this when it first aired and just being completely embarrassed. By the late 70s, comic books had been taking on serious issues for almost a decade, but the general public still saw comics through the lens of the Batman TV show. I guess it was fun for little kids, but to a 14-year-old comic fan, this was beyond cringe-worthy.

Luis said...

I have a very poor quality bootleg of this but I will be getting the official release.