SAN DIEGO, DAY 1: DC Direct Unleashes Super Friends, Birds of Prey in 2002

Fri, August 2nd, 2002 at 12:00am PDT

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Beau Yarbrough, Columnist

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While Micronauts, GI Joe, Thundercats, the Transformers and Robotech ride the wave of nostalgia comics, to date, DC Comics' own Super Friends has been left in the 1970s. Until now.

[DC Direct Figures]DC Comics fans attending Comic-Con International in San Diego Thursday got a first peek at a set of four Super Friends action figures shipping in April from DC Direct. The figures -- Superman, Lex Luthor, Wonder Woman and the Cheetah -- accurately recreate the styling of the classic Saturday morning cartoon, and feature Super Friends stands and a larger amount of points of articulation than some previous DC Direct figures. A series of Super Friends marquettes will also begin appearing in April 2003, beginning with Superman and Batman, but also including Robin, Wonder Woman and Aquaman.

[Birds of Prey Action Figures]DC Direct wasn't only looking backwards for inspiration this year: The company also showed off a trio of action figures based on the "Smallville" television show, six modern Superman figures -- including Superman, Bizarro, Brainiac 13, Supergirl, Cyborg Superman and Doomsday -- and a deluxe Birds of Prey action figure set, including a modern age Black Canary, the Huntress and Oracle (in a wheelchair and with a laptop computer).

In contrast to previous years, new non-action figure items were in short supply, although DC Direct did have a pair of Wonder Woman bookends -- featuring Wonder Woman and the Cheetah pulling on the Amazing Amazon's golden lasso through an open bank vault door.

 
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