A deep dive into some of the most entertaining DC cartoons ever…
Filmation’s DC superhero cartoons have been part of my fandom since just about the beginning.
To this day, I can remember sitting cross-legged on the floor at my babysitter Marilyn Tagliaferri’s house, watching The Adventures of Batman and Robin on New York’s Channel 5.
This was the early ’70s, when the cartoons had already left CBS’ Saturday morning line-up for the world of weekday syndication. My recollection is that TV Guide used to list the show as simply Superheroes and each episode would feature the first part of a Batman story, an Aquaman segment, then the finale of the Batman story. Or perhaps some combination thereof, since there were Batman single-parters too.
Years went by and eventually I got to see Superman, Superboy and the rest of the heroes who made their way into Filmation’s stable: the Atom, the Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, the Justice League of America and the Teen Titans.
Welcome to THE FILMATION FILES — a new, recurring feature that looks at the various and sundry cartoons produced in the ’60s by the kitschy animation studio. Primarily, we’re talking about Aquaman and the rest of what Filmation called “the super superheroes.” (Superman and Superboy will probably come farther down the line.)
Now, you’ll find THE FILMATION FILES in two places, much like you did our coverage of the Batman cartoons: As time goes on, I’ll be posting columns and whatnot here at 13th Dimension. But John S. Drew and I are at it again as well, this time at our World’s Greatest Super Friends Podcast, where we’ve begun alternating episodes between the Super Friends and Filmation. (You can find the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher and other platforms. You can also click here to get it directly.)
But if you’re looking to follow it all — and why wouldn’t you? — this post will be a repository of links as we progress through the wondrous, often off-model world created by Lou Scheimer and co. (And what’s great is that all the Aquaman and “super superhero” cartoons have been beautifully remastered on the DC Universe app.)
So keep on coming back to THE FILMATION FILES!
— Podcast: Aquaman — Menace of the Black Manta. Click here.
— THE FILMATION BATMAN Index. Click here.
— The Wonderfully Cheesy World of Filmation’s JUSTICE LEAGUE. Click here.