Super Friends Season 2, Episode 10, Storyline A – “The Collector”
Original Airdate – November 5th, 1977
Short Synopsis: “Inside his remote Gothic mansion, millionaire inventor Newton Domehead is about to demonstrate his latest invention.” – Narrator
“My matter transfer camera is finally finished. With it, I can transform any object into a picture.” So, like Willy Wonka and his TV chocolate bar? Got it.
His plan is to take a bunch of pictures of important stuff and then store the pictures for safe keeping. Pretty much your typical tourist but also impeding future tourists.
Then there’s a montage of him taking away the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, Statue of Liberty, and just the top of the Capitol Building. Maybe he was worried he might accidentally get some members of Congress if he took all of it.
”Later, at the Hall of Justice”
Who would do such a thing, wonders Wonder Woman (haha, in this instance she’s Wonder Woman because she’s wondering!). “The Justice League computer may be able to tell us,” say the writers trying to squeeze a story into 7 minutes, I mean, Superman.
And with just the casual push of a couple colored buttons and the twirl of 1970s film reels, a name magically spits out – Domehead.
Superman and Wonder Woman “race to Newton Domehead’s estate.”
Oh, you KNOW he’s got a secret bookcase passage door.
No self respecting eccentric inventor who lives in a mansion would be caught dead without one.
The problem with awesome secret bookcase passages is that Superman can see them with his stupid x-ray vision.
Who guessed this would happen? All of you should have guessed.
Superman is instantly trapped in picture form. Wonder Woman manages to dodge the camera (never underestimate a woman’s ability to get out of the way of a camera if she doesn’t want her picture taken), but is then shut in the safe with all the pictures.
Domehead then heads out with two family members to Mt. Rushmore. He leaves all his pictures behind except for his most prized.
“I’ve got to get out of here fast and save Superman [AGAIN]” – Wonder Woman
FUN FACT: DID YOU KNOW: Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth can drill through a steel vault door? It can! AND did you know that through a little hole that it drilled, it can then wrap around a safe lock and try every conceivable code combination? IT CAN!
I gotta get me one of them lassos.
Domehead plans ahead, bitches.
Wonder Woman desperately searches for some kind of clue for where Domehead has gone, and the first thing she finds is an amazingly helpful itinerary.
What I’m DYING to know is, what is the size picture he plans to print for Rushmore!?
Later, at Mt. Rushmore
An action sequence that could be straight out of North by Northwest (if it were a poorly executed 70s children’s cartoon and not a classic Hitchcock film) commences, with Wonder Woman throwing her lasso around and dodging pictures left and right.
When Domehead threatens to rip the picture of Superman in half, Wonder Woman, who has gotten her hands on the camera, sends the reverse ray or something and then Superman is back to normal.
And then, after all that awesome work of doing pretty much all the work, Wonder Woman is shoved off of Jefferson’s nose with an airplane ladder.
Flung off like some kind of super booger. Superman swoops in and saves her.
Then, as they are trying to escape, Superman catches up with the Domeheads and turns them into the authorities.
Superman and Wonder Woman have a laugh over some weird joke about how the Domeheads would have done well in show business because they have a great disappearing act. You know, cause of the camera.
And then there’s also a weird lecture about not stealing giant monuments that can’t really be moved anyway and keeping them in picture form because it’s not fair to everyone else. You know, because that’s one of the important lessons you learn growing up.
If you would like to see these shenanigans for yourself, Season 2 is available on DVD.