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When purple things are pulsating on your mind, I'm the one whose clock you want to clean. Aiding is Sparky, the Astral Plane Zen Pup Dog from his mountain stronghold on the Northernmost Island of the Happy Ninja Island chain, this blog will also act as a journal to my wacky antics at an entertainment company and the progress of my self published comic book, The Deposit Man which only appears when I damn well feel like it. Real Soon Now.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Sparky: What you should be watching if animation matters to you - The Justice League (animated series) with the appropriate spoiler warnings for “the kids” - now that we've all read the primer ...

While Sparky loves to wax poetically about well written animation not for the kids - The Justice Leaque series simply rocks ... If an animated series have to give us animated “heroes” in spandex — this does it the way the Batman Animated Series did — the correct way not dumbing down to kids (ala “The Pet Goat”). It ranks up there with my favorite American show - The Venture Bros. It certainly is as high quality as the two Geneon shows I'll talk about next week — Samurai Champloo and Paranoia Agent.

The Justice League (animated series)

Justice League is an animated series about a team of superheroes which ran from 2001 to 2004 on Cartoon Network. It is based on the Justice League and associated comic book characters published by DC Comics.
Cover art for
Justice League Adventures #1, by Bruce Timm and Alex Ross, the
DC comic book series featuring the Justice League, but set in the continuity (and
style) of the Justice League animated series as opposed to the regular DC
Universe. It is a sister title to Batman Adventures (based on Batman: The Animated
Series) and Superman Adventures (based on Superman: The Animated Series).
Justice League Adventures ran for 34 issues from 2002-2004, before being
restarted under the title Justice League Unlimited (to match the recreation
of the television series as Justice League Unlimited). Though there was also
an earlier "universe" called the DCA universe (for Animated series continuity).


Animator Bruce Timm, having successfully adapted both Batman and Superman into animated television programs in the 1990s, took on the challenge of faithfully adapting the Justice League comic book. Ignoring the sidekicks, pets and silliness of the earlier Super Friends show, the line-up of this new JLA adaptation was created with two things in mind: To pay tribute to the original line-up of the Justice League of America while also reflecting racial and cultural diversity. Significantly, the well-known (but much-deprecated) superhero Aquaman was left out of the lineup (although he would be used on the show) in favor of a second female on the team - Hawkgirl - and the African-American Green Lantern John Stewart was used rather than either of the better-known modern-era Green Lanterns Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner, even though Rayner had appeared as Green Lantern in the Superman animated series. (In the second season, Rayner is described as a Lantern in training under Stewart's old mentor, explaining his absence. Both he and Jordan make appearances in Justice League Unlimited.)

In February 2004 Cartoon Network announced a follow-up series, Justice League Unlimited, which premiered on July 31. Justice League Unlimited features a greatly expanded roster of heroes, usually with only a few appearing in any given episode, although there are a few featuring just about the entire roster fighting against one giant enemy.


The seven founding members of the Justice League in the animated series are:


There were a total of 52 episodes, along with a two-part Static Shock crossover. Each episode fit into a half-hour block including commercials.


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