We started the week talking about the Super Powers Collection action figures. Seems like a good idea to keep that Super Powers love flowing! In 1985 the Super Friends cartoon was rebranded as The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians. This wasn’t the first time the cartoon title had been changed, but it was the final time. Eight episodes were produced for the 1985-86 season, thus ending fourteen years of Super Friends adventures.
Our good friend Jon from FIZZIT, a Firestorm-themed blog sent me scans of the coolest thing! Jon happens to own several original Firestorm pages and has been kind enough to allow me to publish scans of them here. This time around Jon send me copies of The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardian model reference sheets! What’s a model sheet? Well, here is the definition from Wikipedia:
In animation, a model sheet, also known as a character board, character sheet, character study or simply a study, is a document used to help standardize the appearance, poses, and gestures of an animated character. Model sheets are required when large numbers of artists are involved in the production of an animated film to help maintain continuity in characters from scene to scene, as one animator may only do one shot out of the several hundred that are required to complete an animated feature film.
On a show as massive as Super Friends, model sheets were vitally important to ensure consistency! Overall the document was 78 pages. Jon sent us scans of 10 Firestorm-related pages. One thing to note in these is Firestorm’s hair. When Firestorm premiered in the previous season, Superfriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show, his hair looked like molded plastic and didn’t move. In this subsequent season, Firestorm’s hair moved and flowed.
Check out these super-cool pages below! The first one has Ronnie Raymond, Professor Stein, and Samurai all standing together! That’s so friggin’ cool!
I love that Ronnie Raymond and Professor Stein each received two model sheets of their own! That’s how much they rock!
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