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Perspective

This wiki is written in an "in-universe" perspective. Any "out-of-universe" info or "real world perspective" info is written in an article’s Background Information, unless the article is referring to something in the real world, such as the articles for Adam West or Keith David. Articles such as those should be marked with a "Real world perspective" template.


Articles

Creating a new article from scratch can be a very daunting task. To help you get started, we have provided templates to use as guidelines for you to copy and paste into articles:

SuperFriends Templates

Internal links add to the cohesion and utility of The SuperFriends Wiki by allowing readers to deepen their understanding of a topic by conveniently accessing other articles. These links should be included where it is most likely that readers might want to use them; for example, in article leads, the beginnings of new sections, table cells, and image captions.

Tense: Plot summaries on individual episode pages are written in present-tense narrative. This should be maintained unless obvious years or past events are mentioned. (Adapted from Wikipedia)

Shorter articles not needing a stub template should contain a short bio and a picture of object, etc. (Adapted from Wikipedia)

There are various ways of writing 'SuperFriends', but for the purposes of this wiki in order to have uniformity, all instances of the word 'SuperFriends' should be spelled thusly.

- Michael Mogg, founder


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Superfriends Canon

The Superfriends canon in a 'strict, narrow or specific sense' is forged from the following sources:

(1) Hanna Barbera’s SuperFriends TV Show (1973-1985)
(2) The SuperFriends Comic Book (1976-1981)
(3) The SuperPowers Comics (1984-86)
(4) The SuperPower Mini-comics (1984-85).

In a 'general or broad sense,' canon could refer simply to anything that's 'related' to the above criteria. E. Nelson Bridwell the writer of the SuperFriends Comic Book from 1976-81 made frequent notes in the 'letters column' to events going on in the known DC Universe (Earth-One) comic books at that time. There are also multiple such references to 'other comics' outside of Earth-One, including Earth-Two, Earth-X and Harvey Comics. However, later episodes of SuperFriends and also DC books made it impossible for the SuperFriends to exist on Earth-One. Due to the obvious fact that the two Earths were in different universes, fans dubbed the SuperFriends Universe as Earth-1A. Bob Rozakis suggested the name Earth-B[1] for the universe that the SuperFriends franchise took place. Some people included DC's humor comics (like the the Inferior Five) as part of Earth-B. The Official Crisis on Infinite Earth Crossover Index however, placed these incompatible "Earth-One" comic stories or humor comics on Earth-Twelve. This Crossover Index also formally establishes that Super Powers Vol. 1 (1986), Vol. 2 (1985-1986) and Vol. 3 (1986) as well as the Super Powers Collection (1984-85) happened on what is called Earth-Thirty-Two. Although this is the official designation, we at the SuperFriends wiki reject this designation in part, as it also includes post-crisis stories such as, DC Challenge #5–12 and Batman: The Last Angel, 1994.

Lastly, we also embrace a loose continuity with the Crisis on Infinite Earths of 1985, because the events depicted in 'Super Powers, Volume Three' (1986) are post-crisis. Having said that, it should be noted that this Super Powers series significantly departs from previously established Earth-1A canon. Thus, presenting a potential divergent timeline. These discontinuities and the broad understanding of the SuperFriends universe explained above, can be explained via hypertime, which is a variation of the Multiverse concept that existed in DC Comics before the Crisis and was created by Mark Waid and Grant Morrison. Not only does hypertime present a way to fix continuity errors, it is used to explain 'shared, cross-dimensional experiences.'

These connections would of course be conjecture.


References

  1. Earth-B was eventually expanded to out of continuity "Earth-One" stories edited by Murray Boltinoff, written by Bob Hancy or E. Nelson Bridwell, and/or appeared in Brave and the Bold and World's Finest Comics. (Official Crisis on Infinite Earth Crossover Index)
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