Friday, August 9, 2019

Show Notes Episode 6-10: Legends of the Superheroes

*The specials aired January 18, 1979 (The Challenge) and January 25, 1979 (The Roast) on NBC at 8:00 P.M.  January 19 saw the premiere of Captain America on CBS. Click here for our look at the Cap movies!

*As we mention, Warner Archive released these on DVD years ago as a Manufactured on Demand package. Actually, were they released...or did they escape? [RIM SHOT]

*Special credit to Marc Tyler Nobleman for the excellent work he did on his great blog Noblemania. He tracked down many of the participants of Legends of the Superheroes and conducted invaluable interviews. Check out his site for a closer look at these remarkable superhero shows!

*Here's a look at the actress who plays Giganta, Aleshia Brevard, born Alfred Crawford.

*Was Charlie Callas really banned from The Tonight Show for shoving Johnny Carson? The Carson estate claims it's an urban legend, and The New York Times, in adding a correction to its obit of Callas, goes so far as to outright state it did not happen. However, as this article's comments show, people do remember Callas shoving Carson. The same piece has a Carson rep refute the story. However, the footage isn't available, as far as we can tell, and isn't that the one sure way Carson Enterprises could refute the tale--by releasing the footage?  Mark Evanier adds some perspective here, including an intriguing alternate theory.

*Mordru's battle with the JLA, JSA, and the Legion of Super Heroes is in the original Justice League of America #147 and #148.

*Which is the better phrase from the specials: "Joy of the oppressed, wonder of the multitudes," or "Superheroes disperse!"

*There is no truth to the rumor that Retired Man is being developed as an Arrowverse spinoff for the CW network.

*To learn more about Brad "Ghetto Man" Sanders, check out this 1989 Chicago Tribune piece.

*We may not have known much about Alfie Wise, who plays The Atom, but according to Rotten Tomatoes, he was evidently some sort of good luck charm to film luminary Burt Reynolds. Though his movie appearances were usually nondescript (this description could also apply to the actor's participation in such busted TV pilots as Call Her Mom and Young Tom Christian), Wise could always count on a moment or two to shine whenever cast in a Reynolds vehicle.

*Green Arrow was in the first season of the Super Friends cartoon series, getting a prominent role in the episode Gulliver's Gigantic Goof.

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