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Legends of the Superheroes: the most bizarre video you'll see today

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 25th 2009 10:04AM
Since Ed McMahon passed away earlier this week, I figured I'd post this bizarre lost TV special he hosted in 1979. It was called Legends of the Superheroes, and it ran on NBC in 1978. It was basically a live-action version of The SuperFriends cartoon (with a laugh-track but without Superman and Wonder Woman). But this second episode was a roast. That's right, imagine The Dean Martin Roast only with superheroes like Batman and Green Lantern. The cast included Adam West, Burt Ward, Frank Gorshin, Howard Morris, Ruth Buzzi, Charlie Callas, and William Schallert.

(Here's video of the "Challenge" episodes.)

[Thanks to Shaun]

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What's sad is that I not only remember seeing this as a kid (and yes, when you're 7 it's the most amazing thing ever) but I also found a bought a copy off of ebay about 10 years ago just to prove to myself that it actually existed and that I hadn't made it up. It is truly horrendous. But now I feel compelled to dust off the old VHS tape and give it another viewing. I need to get my $30 worth...


June 25 2009 at 1:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow, I've actually seen this before. A friend of mine bought it on video at a comic book convention.


June 25 2009 at 1:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Freak Mojo


I knew it!!! I thought I remembered seeing a live action deal of the SF back in the day. I could just never remember the name to look it up. Now I can find it and hopefully catch the entire thing again... in all its low-tech glory :P

Ahhh... this was badass for a kid in 1978. Of course Electra Woman and Dyna Girl were hotter, but not as awesome.

June 25 2009 at 10:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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