THE FILMATION FILES: Going deep on one of the strangest superhero stories from the studio’s catalogue…
Finding Filmation’s The Adventures of Superboy cartoons is not a particularly simple task: Except for a relatively brief period on the short-lived DC Universe streaming app — and a Super Powers-branded VHS tape in the ’80s that included only a few selections — the cartoons have never been regularly available, physically or digitally.
But if you dig through the web a bit you can find a number of episodes, though the quality isn’t particularly great. The hunt, however, is worth it because the Superboy cartoons are some of the most gleefully entertaining installments in the Filmation DC superhero oeuvre.
The wackiest? 1967’s The Terrible Trio by DC scribe Leo Dorfman. No, we’re not talking about Batman’s Terrible Trio. We’re talking three Smallville bullies who get their comeuppance thanks to the Boy of Steel’s especially harsh — and pretty much illegal — treatment of them.
All I have to say is that the highlight involves a planet of rampaging vegetable people. Actually, I have a lot more to say about it — and so does John S. Drew — on our latest Filmation Files episode of The World’s Greatest Super Friends Podcast.
Click here for a listen. You’ll dig it, I promise. And then you’ll start jonesing for a big, alarmingly aggressive salad.
— THE FILMATION FILES INDEX of Features and Podcast Episodes. Click here.
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