Super Friends Season 2, Episode 12 – Magic Trick

This week it’s time to visit the Super Friends Magic Theater again!

Batman and Robin are here to teach us a trick, standing strangely side by side like a couple of robots:

Super Friends Magic Bots

Robin is showing us the “Mysterious Egg Trick,” and he needs a purse from the audience.

Wait, the audience? What? They’ve never had an audience before. I think this is an elaborate cover up to disguise the fact that we all know damn well that Batman and Robin own purses, I mean, “utility belts.”

“Robin tells me that he will empty the purse and then, after showing that the purse is empty, he will mysteriously find an egg in that purse.” – Batman, needing something to do, so he describes in excruciating detail exactly what we are about to see.

Actually, I found a much more interesting magic trick:

1. Robin empties the purse on to the table:

Super Friends Purse

 

2. And then, when they cut to the wide shot – ALL OF HER SHIT IS GONE:

Super Friends All Gone

MAGIC!!!!

And, just as Batman prophesied, an egg magically appears in the purse.

Super Friends Purse Egg

How did they do it?

“Before Robin even announced the trick, he gave me an egg.” – Batman

When Batman was checking to see that the purse was empty, HE was adding the egg! Amazing.

But here’s the kicker. Robin exclaims that they better get back to the show (the actual stories where they’re supposed to be saving people and things), and then they LITERALLY DISAPPEAR.

disappear

So you’ll teach us how to place an egg in a purse but an actual cool trick isn’t on the table, just like the volunteer’s purse contents. Whatever.

Also, shouldn’t you use a boiled egg? I think that would be an important tidbit to pass on to the small children who may try this trick.  But what do I know – I can’t magically vanish into thin air THANKS TO A CERTAIN CRIME FIGHTING DUO.

If you would like to see these shenanigans for yourself, Season 2 is available on DVD.

Super Friends Season 2, Episode 12 – “The Lionmen” Part 2

One million years ago, I posted part one of The Lionmen.

Here’s what happened in the first half of the story in case you forgot.

….A bunch of scientists tell the Super Friends that if they “got enough of the elements needed” they could make a “negative lens” to counteract the one that Lionex is using to split the Earth in to five delicious slices.

They only have two hours, MAYBE THREE, if they can slow down Lionex’s machine. Generally, if the Super Friends have hours to do something, they usually picnic or floss their teeth until about 10 minutes before the deadline, but this time they actually do fill the two-three hours with doing stuff.

When you need to be incognita, become a giant space amoeba.

Batman laments that they won’t be able to get back on the satellite Lionex has taken over, but Jayna has a plan! The Lionmen won’t think twice about a floating giant space amoeba! I didn’t really know much about these Giant Space Amoebas, so I looked them up. Here’s one it it’s natural habitat.

Zan informs us that “space amoebas are very common in their part of the universe.” Ok, thanks, Zan. Wonder Woman likes this plan because the amoeba is large enough to conceal Zan, Gleek, and herself.

The rest of the Super Friends go out in search of rare elements.

By the way, this is the status of the Earth

Super Friends Earth Status

Oh, yeah, that’ll slide right back into place with no real repercussions at all. No problem.

Back to the Amoeba

“We’re as close as we can get to the space station, we’ll travel inside Jayna from here.” - Wonder Woman, creating all new nightmares for us all.

I warn you, you can’t unsee this:

jayna-folds

That right there would be the last piece left in a Whitman’s Sampler.

As predicted, the Lionmen were not worried about the lavender butt with warts space amoeba.

Super Friends Amoeba

They all make it on board and can initiate Operation Slow Down the Lionmen’s Machine or Something.

Gleek really Gleeks up the plan.

Wonder Woman manages to capture Lionex in a soundproof room that also has the  communication system in it.

Super Friends Hair Talk

Wonder Woman uses the “Justice League Voice Duplicator” to get on the loudspeaker and tell everyone in Lionex’s voice to cease operations and turn off the Strata Ray. And it would have worked if it wasn’t for a stupid blue space monkey and his tail. He switches on the camera and everyone sees the Wonder Woman behind the curtain.

Wonder Woman is then hit with a freeze ray and Lionex orders the Strata Ray turned back on at double power. Way to go, guys!

Truth Beam

“Wonder Woman is interrogated with a truth beam and forced to reveal the plans to build an anti-lens” – Narrator

Super Friends Truth Beam

Lionex then dispatches his men to stop the Super Friends from finding the rare elements.

Sorry, guys.

Everyone defeats their Lionmen and then there’s a scene that looks like Superman is going to return some kittens to the pet store because Batman, Robin, and Aquaman aren’t ready for the responsibility.

Super Friends Lionmen Pets

There’s a lot of discussing the plans – Superman is going to turn the Lionmen into the authorities and then visit the scientists to get the anti-lens and the others are going to the space station to turn of the kryptonite force field. It’s not the most exciting of scenes, but it is nice to actually see them try and coordinate and plan every once in awhile.

Or, you could…

Back at the space station, Lionex is petrifying Wonder Woman in some sort of contraption and promises to display her in a museum back home. He leaves the room and The Wonder Twins hatch a plan to save her.

Super Friends Or

 

And it’s nicely wrapped up like some superheroes in a giant space amoeba.

Superman makes it to the space station with minutes to spare, plugs in the anti-lens, and it magically puts the Earth back together like it hadn’t been completely ripped apart.

Wait, as far as I could tell, they gave Lionex a lecture and then sent him on his merry way back to his galaxy. Say what? I guess they couldn’t stand to see that fabulous head of hair behind bars.

If you would like to see these shenanigans for yourself, Season 2 is available on DVD.

Amazing and Interesting Updates

1. Last week when Tom and I were on a walk, we saw a lady literally walking and reading a book. She was also walking on the wrong side of the road (this bothers me immensely). This is how people cartoons fall down manholes. I thought maybe she would be a cartoon as she approached, but when she passed us, she was clearly a three dimensional human.

This is what she looked like but she WASN'T a drawing or cartoon.

This is what she looked like but she WASN’T a drawing or cartoon. I don’t mean to confuse anyone further but I wanted a visual for this post.

2. Recently we were eating dinner with my sister’s family and my niece complained that she was still hungry even though she still had food on her plate. My sister said she can have more salad if she’d like and she said, “Yes, I want more salad, but just the cheese part.” I think that pretty much sums up all of existence.

3. I found my Super Friends DVD! Guess where it was? No. Try again. Ok, I’ll just tell you – IT WAS IN THE TRASH. The only two scenarios I can think of are that either it was precariously balanced on the sofa arm and fell into the trash, OR the DVDs became self-aware and, realizing that they were a Super Friends DVD collection, put themselves in the trash. The good news is they were not harmed in the week and a half they were stuck in the bottom of a trash can.

4. The bad news is there still may not be a Super Friends this week because I have my fourth cold in as many months. I’ve been blessed with a sore throat for this cold and if there’s anything that makes me a big ol’ baby who feels she’s too ill and feeble to do a Super Friends post, it’s a sore throat. WHAT IS THE POINT OF A SORE THROAT? I get it, I’m sick. The fever couldn’t beat it so it went away – sore throat, fuck you, you don’t need to remind me I don’t feel well. Boo hoo, you’re smothered in snot – ALL OF ME IS SMOTHERED IN SNOT, you aren’t special!

5. Sorry, I get a little carried away in my hatred of sore throats. I would say it’s my least favorite symptom, but I’ve never had lesions or boils or coughed up blood so I’m not really ready to commit to that/am superstitious.

6. I hope everyone is having a great week and I’ll hopefully be back in the swing of things next week.

I would make a perfect Super Friend.

You guys, I can’t find my Super Friends DVD. I needed to get the post done today (Thursday) because we have family visiting starting this evening and I won’t have time to do it.

The DVDs have their case and then an “outer sleeve” that holds that case. I have the outer sleeve. I can’t find the one that actually has the DVDs. The outer sleeve spent the week safely tucked away on the floor and I thought that’s where the DVDs were but when it came time to load up the DVD only the lowly, lonely sleeve was to be found. I’m sure while I was cleaning up yesterday, I put the DVDs “somewhere safe” where I would know where they were just like I did with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs four years ago. I don’t think they’ll be missing that long but they’re not going to show up in time to write a post by Saturday (these stupid posts take hours and hours). I yelled into the outer sleeve “where are your contents!!!” but I got no reply.

I feel super terrible since last week was a cliffhanger and I know you’re all dying to find out whether the Earth was split into five pieces and Earthlings were sold off as slaves or if that didn’t happen. If anyone would like to come over and help me look just let me know.

In a semi-related story – my niece was looking at the sleeve and I told her who everyone was, including Wonder Woman. My nice said, “I’ve seen her somewhere before! Does she like juice?”

I said something like, “Uhhh, I guess.”

So now I’m wondering how Wonder Woman and juice are related and how my niece knows this or if she was just making casual conversation.

Anyhow, my deepest apologies. I will spend the rest of the week searching for the DVDs and should be back up and running next week.

1980 JC Penny Christmas Catalog – The Year of the Mime Model

I was looking around wishbookweb.com, which I love to do a disturbing amount, and decided to flip through the 1980 JC Penny Christmas Catalog. Here’s what I found.

First of all, it is very obvious this cover was just a photo-op (or painting-op) for Santa because what the hell is he going to do with that big brush smothered in red paint? Give the doll a Joker smile?

Phony Santa

 

 

Next, what a welcoming sight. You just don’t see many modeling opportunities for conjoined twins these days (or maybe since they aren’t identical they were voluntarily conjoined – was that a thing in the 80s?):

Rare Models

 

I would seriously not want to run into these two in a dark alley, or really anywhere. I guess my best approach would be to grab that big bow on the lady with the bun’s shirt – maybe swing her around with it:

1980 JCPenny Christmas page069

1980 JCPenny Christmas page106

 

I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s worth repeating – there are not enough photos in catalogs nowadays of kids who hate the product being advertised. I will never get tired of angry child models:

1980 JCPenny Christmas page203

You know what’s disappointing? Ordering your child a playhouse and when it arrives finding out that an important accessory isn’t included:

1980 JCPenny Christmas page391

 

And last, here’s another relic from early 1980s modeling – the mime-trapped-in-a-box pose.  With a fashionable outfit like this one, surely someone will come along and break her free – maybe the wrench wielding maniac?

1980 JCPenny Christmas page078