April 3, 2012

Flash(back): Animated Anthem

Category: Flash History, Media — By @ 12:42 am

This is the intro for the Flash segments that ran during the Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure (1967-1968). Filmation produced three Flash cartoons in which the Flash and Kid Flash battled original evildoers including a giant mutated bug (The Chemo Creature, seen here), a mad scientist in a robot suit (Professor Crag), and an alien speedster (The Blue Bolt). Sadly, he didn’t actually “conquer the barriers of time and space” in any of the segments they produced.

Warner Bros. released all the non-Superman/Aquaman sequences on DVD a few years back, and I reviewed the set a couple of months after this blog went online.

Even setting aside the image quality, you can see that it’s a very different style from modern shows like Justice League Unlimited and Young Justice, or even Super-Friends.

Incidentally, one of the Green Lantern shorts is the one where Hal Jordan gets hit in the head by an angry bird.

Update: I couldn’t help it: I posted a second video.

If you’re interested in super-hero cartoon intros, you’re in for a treat. Fifteen blogs are getting together for Animated Anthem Day. Check out the rest of these superhero title sequences!

Thanks to Diabolu Frank for organizing the event and The Irredeemable Shag of Firestorm Fan for inviting Speed Force to participate.