Saturday, January 21, 2017

Animated World of DC Comics: Superman vs. Merlin's Magic Marbles (1966)

Growing up, most of us knew from reading comics or watching Superman on TV that the Man of Steel was vulnerable to Kryptonite. Somewhere along the way, perhaps after The New Adventures of Superman had ended, DC Comics editors decided that the Metropolis Marvel was also vulnerable to magic. Why else add a made-for-TV villain like the Warlock to Superman's Rogues Gallery?

Or, in this case, having Merlin, the mage of King Arthur's court, be a villain, recruited by Lex Luthor. Here's "Merlin's Magic Marbles":



As it happened, Merlin did not return, and has more often than not been presented as a heroic character since.

Rating: B.

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