February 13, 2016

TARZAN AND THE SUPER 7: SUPERSTRETCH AND MICROWOMAN

TARZAN AND THE SUPER 7: SUPERSTRETCH AND MICROWOMAN
(CBS, September 16, 1978-January 1, 1979)


Filmation Associates

MAIN CAST:
Ty Henderson – Superstretch/Chris Cross
Kim Hamilton – Microwoman/Christy Cross
Howard Morris – Lt. Buzz Tucker

            For the 1977 season, Filmation paired up the second season of Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle with reruns of The New Adventures of Batman in a block called The Batman/Tarzan Adventure Hour. With the show block being successful, Filmation decided to use the two established shows as a hook to bring audiences in for some new content.

Superstretch stretching.

In 1978, they renamed the block Tarzan and the Super 7 (the Super 7 referencing the seven different shows featured) and expanded it to an hour and a half. Along with Tarzan and Batman, Filmation included the additional segments of The Freedom Force, Jason of Star Command, Manta and Moray, Superstretch and Microwoman, and Web Woman. Another segment, Sunlight and Starbright, was planned but never produced.

Microwoman and Trouble.

Superstretch and Microwoman focused on the first pair of married African-American crime fighting partners on Saturday morning. Scientist Chris Cross (Ty Henderson) discovered a formula that would allow him to stretch his body into any shape and gave his wife, Christy (Kim Hamilton), the ability to shrink to microscopic size. Together they fought crime as Superstretch and Microwoman, with the help of their dog Trouble, whom Christy rode when she shrank. Unlike other superheroes, the pair never wore costumes; although they did wear matching slacks and sweaters that were capable of changing shape with their bodies.

Promo for the segment.

The block debuted on September 9, 1978 on CBS, but only five of the included segments aired each week. Superstretch and Microwoman would alternate its place with Web Woman every Saturday. After the block’s debut, DC Comics sued Filmation for copyright infringement, claiming Superstretch and Manta and Moray were blatant rip-offs of their characters Plastic Man and Aquaman, respectively. Filmation had previously produced an Aquaman cartoon in association with DC, and was in talks to produce a Plastic Man series (made instead by Ruby-Spears Productions). The courts found in favor DC in both a 1980 decision and a 1986 appeal. As a result, no new segments were produced for Superstretch and the series had never seen release to home media.

EPISODE GUIDE (dates are approximate):
“Bad Things Come in Small Packages” (9/16/78) - NO SYNOPSIS AVAILABLE

“The Ringmaster” (9/30/78) - NO SYNOPSIS AVAILABLE

“The Toymaker” (10/14/78) – NO SYNOPSIS AVAILABLE

“Future Tense” (10/28/78) - NO SYNOPSIS AVAILABLE

“Phantom in the Sewers” (11/11/78) - NO SYNOPSIS AVAILABLE

“Shadow on the Swamp” (11/25/78) - NO SYNOPSIS AVAILABLE

“The Great Candy Bar Caper” (12/9/78) - NO SYNOPSIS AVAILABLE

“The Superstretch Bowl” (12/16/78) - NO SYNOPSIS AVAILABLE

“Superstarch and Magnawoman” (12/30/78) - NO SYNOPSIS AVAILABLE

“Sugar Spice” (1/13/79) - NO SYNOPSIS AVAILABLE

“Gnome Man’s Land” (1/27/79) -  NO SYNOPSIS AVAILABLE

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