The Kid Superpower Hour with Shazam! series, which aired in 1981 on NBC Saturday mornings." It was made by Filmation Productions and it was a whole hour.
First Segment: Hero High
The Hero High segment focused on the adventures of super powered teenagers in high school that are learning how to be superheroes. They have all the typical teenage activities, rivalries and events, but modified for their powers and skills.
The seven main students were:
- Captain California - Christopher Hensel
- Glorious Gal - Becky Perle
- Weatherman - Jim Greenleaf
- Misty Magic - Jere Fields
- Awol (a kid who could disappear) -[?]
- Bratman (little boy who cried & threw super tantrums) - Erika Scheimer
- Peter Penguin (a trench-coat wearing bird ala Harpo Marx) -[?]
- Giggler the hyena (who hanged with Rex & Trixie) -[?]
- Police Chief Hardy (Misty Magic's uncle who ran the police force) -[?]
Second Segment: Shazam!
The companion segment, Shazam!, focuses on the adventures of the Marvel Family.
Together they were given the powers of six great gods and heroes and whenever they say the name of the ancient wizard, "Shazam", they are transformed into the mightiest mortals. So amazing and sudden is the change that most people don't even realize what has happened.
Billy draws on the power of:
Mary draws on the power of:
- Selena - Grace
- Hippolyta - Strength
- Ariadne - Skill
- Zephyrus - speed
- Aurora - beauty (invulnerability of body)
- Minerva - Wisdom (invulnerability of mind)
Billy and Mary Batson and their friend, Freddy Freeman, are ordinary kids who have a wonderful secret and a great responsibility – to battle the sinister forces of evil. For Freddy to transform into Captain Marvel Jr., he must say the name of his favorite superhero, "Captain Marvel" to call the magic lightning. Together with Billy and Mary, they fight the threats to the world.
- Billy Batson / Captain Marvel - Burr Middleton
- Mary Batson / Mary Marvel - Dawn Jeffory
- Freddy Freeman / Captain Marvel Jr. - Barry Gordon
- Tawky Tawny (a talking tiger in a business suit) - Alan Oppenheimer
- Uncle Dudley - Alan Oppenheimer
- Dr. Sivana - Alan Oppenheimer
- Mr. Mind - Alan Oppenheimer
- Black Adam (the renegade Marvel) - Lou Scheimer
- There were two cartoons per week, one at their high school while another had them solving cases with Chief Hardy.
- There's also 4 live action segments featuring the seven Hero High characters.
- One would be the song of the week while
- The other three would be sketches that had corny jokes (think of it as either Laugh In Jr. or Hee Haw Jr.)
When Filmation had this idea, they wanted to use the Archie characters & title it Super Archies (Punk Rock & Misty Magic would've been the outside characters). But they lost the rights to Archie, they had to restructure the show.
- The "live-action" segments featured the stars of Hero High as a seven-member rock band. The kids performed comedy skits with Laugh-In-style jokes, then cut loose with a musical number. The odd combination lasted only one season, after which the two superhero camps made an amicable split.