Saturday, June 16, 2012

Animated World of DC Comics: Superman vs. The Men From A. P. E. (1966)

Meet the Allied Perpetrators of Evil (A. P. E.): The Warlock, a made-for-TV villain; Lex Luthor, the team founder and leader; The Toyman (Winslow Schott), the last guy you want to buy toys from for your kids; The Prankster, who looks nothing like his original appearance in the comics (Oswald Loomis, you see, had a gap tooth and is stout), as he looks more like a British thug who is out of place in Metropolis. The goal, of course, is to eliminate Superman. Good luck with that, gentlemen.

A. P. E. would have two go-rounds as a unit, and this is the first one.

Typical fare of the period. Not on board with the pseudo-European accent given to Luthor, as he was as American as apple pie. Moldy apple pie, that is.

Rating: B.


magicdog said...

Ever wonder why Kryptonite, a supposed rare mineral seemed to be possessed by everybody & his brother in old Superman cartoons? It started to be a joke after a while!

hobbyfan said...

Seems to me that at the time, Superman didn't have any other weaknesses aside from Kryptonite and magic, and Warlock didn't appear often enough to be a major threat. Maybe Luthor was supplying green K to anyone that needed it off-camera?

Seriously, though, it did get tiresome, but then, without the green K, every Superman toon would've been repetitive for a different reason.