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Sci-Fi TV Not Not on DVD : Legends of the Superheroes
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© Joe Crowe
October 14, 2010

"Wait till we get back to the Batcave." -- Batman

In 1979, two TV specials had dozens of DC superheroes and villains in live action: On Legends of the Superheroes, Adam West, Burt Ward, and Frank Gorshin did their roles from the 1966 Batman show, along with 1970s TV sitcom comedians in full, accurate costume.

I exploded.

Now it's on DVD. You can buy it from the Warner Archive site right here.

It's never been available anywhere except bootleg tape tables at conventions. I found a VHS copy the first time I went to a sci-fi convention.

I've relayed the knowledge of this thing every chance I got, for years. Like the Native Americans, I passed it down through oral tradition, since it never came out anywhere else.

I wrote this about it.

Green Lantern and Sinestro will be in a big-blowout theater movie, but they were in live action for the first time here. Old-timey TV comedian Charlie Callas played Sinestro. Superhero trivia is good for you.

At Dragoncon in September 2010, I showed it at a a movie night. One month later, the Warner Archive folks announced it was coming to DVD. Here's that story

Apparently, this means I am a mover and a shaker. My tastes predict the next hottest thing, even if it takes 31 years. You're welcome.

Legends of the Superheroes is goofily, campily great. I love it. The knowledge of a Playboy Playmate in a Black Canary costume has rested with me, until now.

RevolutionSF's Joe Crowe is on the RevolutionSF twitter, acting like some kind of big shot. Thanks a lot, Warner Archives. The RevolutionSF staff will never hear the end of this.

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