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The Super League of Justice Friends was an animated television series about a team of superheroes that ran from 1973 to 1986 on the ABC network as part of its Saturday morning cartoon lineup. Produced by Hanna-Barbera, the cartoon was loosely (very loosely) based on the adventures of the Global Guardians linup at the time (as the membership of the Global Guardians changed, however, the lineup of the cartoon generally did not). There were a total of 109 half-hour episodes, as well as two cross-over episodes of The Adventures of Scooby Doo ("The Super Scooby Affair" and "The Caped Caper") in which various members of the "Super League of Justice Friends" appear.


The main characters in the cartoon were, as noted, based loosely on the then-current lineup of the Global Guardians, with Castle (based on Rampart), Power Eagle (based on Warhawk), Mind Mistress (based on Mindset), Star Woman (based on Stellarina), and Solar Man (based on Apollo) as the core characters who appeared in every episode. Other members of the Super League would appear off and on seemingly at random throughout the series. For whatever reason, the producers never created a counterpart character for the French Guardian La Charisme. When Warhawk was sentenced for drug possession in 1975 and expelled from the team, his cartoon counterpart Power Eagle was dropped from the cartoon without fanfare and replaced by Whirlwind, a completely original character.


Plotlines for the Super League of Justice Friends did not involve any characters based on real-life supervillains, as the producers thought that would only be inviting trouble. In general, the stories featured in the cartoons had two kinds of antagonist: the first was a well-intentioned alien or mad scientist who was focused on some far-fetched scheme who was pursuing their goal through unlawful or disreputable means. Such villains were usually convinced to stop their misdeeds through peaceful and reasonable discussion. The second type of antagonist was the standard villain that used much more violent means to further their goals, and who typically could not be reasoned with. Regardless of which type of story was featured, the plotline would wrap themselves up neatly in the final minutes of the cartoon in typical deus-ex-machina fashion.


There was little attempt at continuity within the series, other than having a small handful of villains make repeat appearances in episodes whose stories had little to do with each other.

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