Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Animated World of DC Comics: Super Friends vs. The Mind Maidens (1977)

Talk about women's lib gone way wrong!

In this Super Friends adventure, the team is betrayed by Wonder Woman (Shannon Farnon) and Jayna (Louise "Liberty" Williams), who have been subjugated by Medulla, leader of "The Mind Maidens", bent on---wait for it---taking control of the world by making all men disappear.

Unfortunately, the entire episode is not available. What I can tell you is that it takes some quick thinking from Superman to foil Medulla's plot. The sight of Jayna dematerializing her brother, Zan, is just too much for words. Fortunately, that scene is not included in this clip:




Between Medulla and Hawkman's enemy, the Gentleman Ghost, this was as close as the team got to facing super-powered enemies during this season, but of course, that would soon change.

Rating: B.

3 comments:

magicdog said...

I do remember this one. It reminds me of an earlier adventure in which Josie & The Pussycats met some fema-nazis while cruising outer space. Since the womens' groups were raging at anything with a Y chromosome at the time (and still do apparently) it was inevitable we'd be seeing a female dominated society trying to wipe out all men folk.

Believe it or not this trope still gets dragged out in some later day toons. Danny Phantom was the last one I watched that had a similar premise - female villians making the men disappear, while the good female characters take them on.

magicdog said...

ETA: Justice League also used this one! The one where adopted Amazon, Aresia releases something which made men sick, in the hopes women would take over the world!

hobbyfan said...

I'm waiting for them to do one where they could make Rush Limbaugh disappear as part of the plot, but that's just me.

Seriously, if they wanted to rewrite the story now, they could expand the plot and have Medulla gain her powers thanks to an old JLA enemy they wouldn't suspect, like Green Lantern's foe, Hector Hammond, who had a mutated brain of his own, and.......