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SUPERMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES - YEAR TWO

"BLASTS FROM THE PAST" PART I
407014

Superman (series star TIM DALY) decides to release Mala (recurring guest star voice LESLIE EASTERBROOK), a Kryptonian criminal, from the Phantom Zone. When Mala continues her criminal activity, Superman tries to send her back. But Mala escapes with the Phantom Zone Projector and releases Krypton's most notorious traitor, Jax-Ur (recurring guest star voice RON PERLMAN).

Additional Guest Star Voice Talent:
CLANCY BROWN Lex Luthor
LAUREN TOM Angela Chen
VICTOR BRANDT Professor Hamilton

LOG LINE
"BLASTS FROM THE PAST" PART I (407014)...After Superman releases Mala, a Kryptonian criminal, from the Phantom Zone, she frees Krypton's most notorious traitor, Jax-Ur.
(97/98-YR.2)

"GHOST IN THE MACHINE"
407015

Brainiac (recurring guest voice COREY BURTON) returns for revenge. In a battle with Lex Luthor (recurring guest star voice CLANCY BROWN), Brainiac attempts to force Lex to build him a new body. Superman saves the ungrateful Lex and stores Brainiac in the LexCorp computer.

Additional Guest Star Voice Talent:
LISA EDELSTEIN Mercy Graves
LAURI FRASER Secretary
MICHAEL HORSE Sky Sentry Operator

LOG LINE
"GHOST IN THE MACHINE" (407015)...Brainiac attempts to force Lex Luthor to build him a new body.
(97/98-YR.2)

"ACTION FIGURES"
407016

An amnesiac Metallo (recurring guest star voice MALCOLM McDOWELL) travels to a volcanic island and, in his confusion, becomes a superhero to a pair of young children. But he regains his true personality when Lois Lane (series star DANA DELANY) and Superman arrive to investigate. And then the volcano erupts!

Additional Guest Star Voice Talent:
GEORGE DZUNDZA Perry White
DAVID KAUFMAN Jimmy Olsen
LAUREN TOM Angela Chen
ERNIE HUDSON Professor Felix

LOG LINE
"ACTION FIGURES" (407016)...An amnesiac Metallo travels to a volcanic island and, in his confusion, becomes a superhero to a pair of young children.
(97/98-YR.2)

"BLASTS FROM THE PAST" PART II
407017

Intent on conquering the world, Jax-Ur (recurring guest star voice RON PERLMAN) and Mala (recurring guest star voice LESLIE EASTERBROOK) send Superman into the Phantom Zone, and then destroy the Projector. Lois and Professor Hamilton (recurring guest star voice VICTOR BRANDT) must rescue the Man of Steel.

Additional Guest Star Voice Talent:
COREY BURTON Brainiac
GEORGE DZUNDZA Perry White
RON GLASS News Anchorman

LOG LINE
"BLASTS FROM THE PAST" PART II (407017)...When Jax-Ur and Mala send Superman into the Phantom Zone, Lois and Professor Hamilton must rescue him.
(97/98-YR.2)

"LIVEWIRE"
407018

Controversial radio show host Leslie Willis (recurring guest star voice LORI PETTY) is turned into a being of pure electricity and begins her media-crazed rampage to drain Metropolis' power and kill Superman.

Additional Guest Star Voice Talent:
GEORGE DZUNDZA Perry White
DAVID KAUFMAN Jimmy Olsen
BRAD GARRETT Bibbo
CAM CLARKE Sid Melkin

LOG LINE
"LIVEWIRE" (407018)...Controversial radio show host Leslie Willis is transformed into Livewire, an evil being of pure electricity.
(97/98-YR.2)

"TARGET"
407019

A one-time mentor to Lois Lane, Edward Lytener (recurring guest star voice ROBERT HAYS) wants the gratitude Lois never showed him, as well as her undivided attention. But when Edward threatens Lois, Superman rescues her.

Additional Guest Star Voice Talent:
CLANCY BROWN Lex Luthor
JONATHAN HARRIS Julian Frey
ROBERT ITO Awards Presenter

LOG LINE
"TARGET" (407019)...Lois' one-time mentor, Edward Lytener, wants the gratitude Lois never showed him.
(97/98-YR.2)

"IDENTITY CRISIS"
407020

Superman encounters Bizarro (also voiced by series star TIM DALY), an imperfect genetic double of the Man of Steel, who tries to take Superman's place as Metropolis' hero.

Additional Guest Star Voice Talent:
LISA EDELSTEIN Mercy Graves
ROBERT ITO Dr. Teng
RYAN O'DONOHUE Boy #1

LOG LINE
"IDENTITY CRISIS" (407020)...Superman encounters Bizarro, an imperfect genetic double of the Man of Steel.
(97/98-YR.2)

"MXYZPIXILATED"
407021

To prove he's cleverer, an imp named Mxyzptlk (guest star voice GILBERT GOTTFRIED) comes from another dimension to play mind games with Superman. To get Mxyzptlk to return home, Superman must make the imp say his own name backwards. But then the imp changes the rules. Superman must now make Mxyzptlk say his own name backwards twice. While eluding the imp (who has turned into a missile), Superman gets him to spell his name backward twice with skywriting, banishing Mxyzptlk forever.

Additional Guest Star Voice Talent:
DAVID KAUFMAN Jimmy Olsen
SHELLEY FABARES Martha Kent
MIKE FARRELL Jonathan Kent
SANDRA BERNHARD Gsptlsnz

LOG LINE
"MXYZPIXILATED" (407021)...To prove he's cleverer, an imp named Mxyzptlk challenges Superman to make the imp say his own name backwards--twice.
(97/98-YR.2)

"SPEED DEMONS"
407022

The Flash (guest star voice CHARLIE SCHLATTER) teams with Superman to confront Mark Mardon (guest star voice MIGUEL FERRER), AKA "The Weather Wizard," who holds Metropolis hostage with the threat of unleashing a killer hurricane.

Additional Guest Star Voice Talent:
DAVID KAUFMAN Jimmy Olsen
CARL LUMBLY Mayor
MARION ROSS General Richter
LARRY CEDAR First Mate

LOG LINE
"SPEED DEMONS" (407022)...The Flash teams with Superman to confront "The Weather Wizard."
(97/98-YR.2)

"DOUBLE DOSE"
407023

Livewire (recurring guest star voice LORI PETTY) teams with Parasite (recurring guest star voice BRION JAMES) to confront and defeat Superman.

Additional Guest Star Voice Talent:
JOSEPH BOLOGNA Dan Turpin
JIM MESKIMEN Janitor

LOG LINE
"DOUBLE DOSE" (407023)... See synopsis
(97/98-YR.2)

"SOLAR POWER"
407024

Edward Lytener (recurring guest star voice ROBERT HAYS) returns as "Luminus," a light technology-based villain, who turns the sun red in order to drain Superman of his powers.

Additional Guest Star Voice Talent:
DAVID KAUFMAN Jimmy Olsen
VICTOR BRANDT Professor Hamilton

LOG LINE
"SOLAR POWER" (407024)...See synopsis
(97/98-YR.2)

"BRAVE NEW METROPOLIS"
407025

Lois falls into a parallel Metropolis where Superman and Lex Luthor work together as dictators to hold the city in an authoritarian grip of forced justice.

Additional Guest Star Voice Talent:
LISA EDELSTEIN Mercy Graves
VICTOR BRANDT Professor Hamilton
DAVID KAUFMAN Jimmy Olsen
LAUREN TOM Angela Chen
JOSEPH BOLOGNA Dan Turpin

LOG LINE
"BRAVE NEW METROPOLIS" (407025)...Lois falls into a parallel Metropolis where Superman and Lex Luthor are dictators!
(97/98-YR.2)

"MONKEY FUN"
407026

Superman fights a genetically altered King Kong-sized monkey.

Additional Guest Star Voice Talent:
DAVID KAUFMAN Jimmy Olsen
VICTOR BRANDT Professor Hamilton
JOANNA CASSIDY Maggie Sawyer
JOSEPH BOLOGNA Dan Turpin
BRAD GARRETT Bibbo
DEAN JONES Col. Sam Lane
MAE WHITMAN Young Lois

LOG LINE
"MONKEY FUN" (407026)...See synopsis
(97/98-YR.2)

"THE PROMETHEON"
407027

A giant humanoid creature with incredible strength falls to Earth and threatens the planet. Superman must fight the evil creature and send it back into outer space.

Additional Guest Star Voice Talent:
DAVID KAUFMAN Jimmy Olsen
VICTOR BRANDT Professor Hamilton
CHARLES NAPIER General Hardcastle

LOG LINE
"THE PROMETHEON" (407027)...When a huge creature with incredible strength falls to Earth, Superman must return it to outer space.
(97/98-YR.2)

"FATHER'S DAY"
407028

Kalibak (recurring guest star voice MICHAEL DORN), son of Darkseid (recurring guest star voice MICHAEL IRONSIDE), arrives in Metropolis to kill Superman and prove his ability as a warrior to his father.

Additional Guest Star Voice Talent:
GEORGE DZUNDZA Perry White
DAVID KAUFMAN Jimmy Olsen
BRUCE WEITZ Bruno "Ugly" Mannheim
SHELLEY FABARES Martha Kent
MIKE FARRELL Jonathan Kent
ROBERT MORSE Desaad

LOG LINE
"FATHER'S DAY" (407028)...See synopsis
(97/98-YR.2)

"THE HAND OF FATE"
407029

A dormant spirit released from an ancient artifact invades a petty thief, creating a monster named Karkull (guest star voice TED LEVINE). With the assistance of Doctor Fate, Superman confronts the monster.

Additional Guest Star Voice Talent:
DAVID KAUFMAN Jimmy Olsen
JOANNA CASSIDY Maggie Sawyer
JOSEPH BOLOGNA Dan Turpin
JENNIFER LIEN Inza
CREE SUMMER Psychic Girl
ED GILBERT University Guard
DORIAN HAREWOOD Ron Troupe

LOG LINE
"THE HAND OF FATE" (407029)...Superman confronts a spirit who has invaded a petty thief, creating a monster named Karkull.
(97/98-YR.2)

"BIZARRO'S WORLD"
407030

While visiting Superman's Fortress of Solitude, Bizarro witnesses the demise of Krypton. Believing this is his own past, Bizarro constructs a replica of Krypton in downtown Metropolis with the intent to blow it up in the same manner that Krypton exploded.

Additional Guest Star Voice Talent:
LAUREN TOM Angela Chen
JOANNA CASSIDY Maggie Sawyer
JOSEPH BOLOGNA Dan Turpin

LOG LINE
"BIZARRO'S WORLD" (407030)...See synopsis
(97/98-YR.2)

"PROTOTYPE"
407031

A superstrong mechanical suit of armor poses a threat to both the villains and the innocent citizens of Metropolis.

Additional Guest Star Voice Talent:
MICHAEL DORN John Henry Irons
CYNTHIA GIBB Trish Mills
JOANNA CASSIDY Maggie Sawyer
CAM CLARKE Older Thug

LOG LINE
"PROTOTYPE" (407031)...See synopsis
(97/98-YR.2)

"THE LATE MR. KENT"
407032

As Clark Kent rushes to save an innocent man from dying in the gas chamber, he is involved in an auto accident and thought to be dead. Clark secretly emerges from the crash to find the man who deserves to be in the gas chamber--Detective Kurt Bowman (guest star voice EDDIE BARTH).

Additional Guest Star Voice Talent:
SHELLEY FABARES Martha Kent
MIKE FARRELL Jonathan Kent
JOELY FISHER Lana Lang
DAVID KAUFMAN Jimmy Olsen

LOG LINE
"THE LATE MR. KENT" (407032)...As Clark Kent rushes to save an innocent man from the gas chamber, he is involved in an accident and is thought to be dead.
(97/98-YR.2)

"APOKOLIPS...NOW!" PART I
407033

Darkseid (recurring guest star voice MICHAEL IRONSIDE) brings his battle against Superman to Earth. When all looks hopeless, Orion (guest star voice STEVE SANDOR), an escapee from Apokolips' fire pits, teams with Superman to defeat Darkseid.

Additional Guest Star Voice Talent:
JOANNA CASSIDY Maggie Sawyer
JOSEPH BOLOGNA Dan Turpin
BRUCE WEITZ Bruno "Ugly" Mannheim
VICTOR BRANDT Professor Hamilton
LARAINE NEWMAN Toby Raines

LOG LINE
"APOKOLIPS...NOW!" PART I (407033)...When Darkseid battles Superman on Earth, Orion, an escapee from Apokolips' fire pits, teams with Superman to defeat him.
(97/98-YR.2)

"HEAVY METAL"
407034

Superman pairs again with John Henry Irons, AKA Steel (recurring guest star voice MICHAEL DORN) to defeat a modified and improved Metallo (recurring guest star voice MALCOLM McDOWELL).

Additional Guest Star Voice Talent:
LAUREN TOM Angela Chen
BRAD GARRETT Bibbo
CREE SUMMER Natasha
MATT LANDERS Robber
VERNEE WATSON-JOHNSON Female Neighbor

LOG LINE
"HEAVY METAL" (407034)...See synopsis
(97/98-YR.2)

"APOKOLIPS...NOW!" PART II
407035

Steppenwolf (guest star voice SHERMAN HOWARD), a hunter from Apokolips, joins Darkseid (recurring guest star voice MICHAEL IRONSIDE) in his battle to take over Earth, which results in the death of Dan Turpin (recurring guest star voice JOSEPH BOLOGNA).

Additional Guest Star Voice Talent:
DAVID KAUFMAN Jimmy Olsen
STEVE SANDOR Orion
JOANNA CASSIDY Maggie Sawyer
VICTOR BRANDT Professor Hamilton
LARAINE NEWMAN Toby Raynes
MICHAEL DORN Kalibak

LOG LINE
"APOKOLIPS...NOW!" PART II (407035)...Steppenwolf, a hunter from Apokolips, joins Darkseid in his battle to take over Earth.
(97/98-YR.2)

"WARRIOR QUEEN"
407036

Maxima, Queen of Almerac (guest star voice SHARON LAWRENCE), desires Superman as a potential mate. She kidnaps the Man of Steel and takes him to her home planet, where she prepares to marry him. Superman teaches Maxima that she can't simply capture a husband but must earn his love during a courtship.

Additional Guest Star Voice Talent:
MIGUEL FERRER De'Cine
LAUREN TOM Angela Chen
SHANNON KENNY Sazu
RENE TAYLOR Lucille
JACK CARTER Harry
BRAD GARRETT Lobo

LOG LINE
"WARRIOR QUEEN" (407036)...Maxima, Queen of Almerac, kidnaps Superman and takes him to her home planet, where she prepares to marry him.
(97/98-YR.2)

"LITTLE GIRL LOST" PART I
407037

While Superman explores deep space, he finds a teenage girl who is the last survivor of a civilization that was destroyed when Krypton exploded. He brings her to Earth where she discovers that she possesses superpowers like Superman's. Wanting to prove herself, Supergirl (recurring guest star voice NICHOLLE TOM) single-handedly confronts Granny Goodness (recurring guest star voice EDWARD ASNER) and Intergang.

Additional Guest Star Voice Talent:
DAVID KAUFMAN Jimmy Olsen
MIKE FARRELL Jonathan Kent
SHELLEY FABARES Martha Kent
CAROLYN SEYMOUR Kala In-Ze
AL ROKER Weatherman
SCOTT MENVILLE Trouble

LOG LINE
"LITTLE GIRL LOST" PART I (407037)...Superman finds a teenage girl who is the last survivor of a civilization that was destroyed when Krypton exploded.
(97/98-YR.2)

"LITTLE GIRL LOST" PART II
407038

When Granny Goodness (recurring guest star voice EDWARD ASNER) and the Female Furies capture Superman, Supergirl (recurring guest star voice NICHOLLE TOM) must rescue him. She must free him before a deadly comet that has been unleashed by Darkseid (recurring guest star voice MICHAEL IRONSIDE) destroys Earth.

Additional Guest Star Voice Talent:
DAVID KAUFMAN Jimmy Olsen
DIANE DELANO Stompa
ANDREA MARTIN Mad Harriet
SCOTT MENVILLE Trouble
CLYDE KUSATSU Dr. Cornell
SHELLEY FABARES Martha Kent
MIKE FARRELL Jonathan Kent

LOG LINE
"LITTLE GIRL LOST" PART II (407038)...When Superman is captured by Granny Goodness, Supergirl must rescue him before Darkseid destroys Earth.
(97/98-YR.2)

"WORLD'S FINEST" PART I
407039

Joker (recurring guest star voice MARK HAMILL) steals a statue made of solid Kryptonite and makes a deal with Luthor to kill Superman. But Joker's plan is jeopardized when Batman (recurring guest star voice KEVIN CONROY) arrives to warn Superman that his life is in danger.

Additional Guest Star Voice Talent:
ARLEEN SORKIN Harley Quinn
LISA EDELSTEIN Mercy Graves
BOB HASTINGS Commissioner Gordon
ROBERT COSTANZO Detective Bullock
JOSEPH BOLOGNA Dan Turpin
EFREM ZIMBALIST, JR. Alfred
JOHN CAPODICE Ceasar Carlini
BRAD GARRETT Bibbo
SHANNON KENNY Female Terrorist

LOG LINE
"WORLD'S FINEST" PART I (407039)...Joker steals a statue made of solid Kryptonite and makes a deal with Luthor to kill Superman.
(97/98-YR.2)

"WORLD'S FINEST" PART II
407040

Joker (recurring guest star voice MARK HAMILL) kidnaps Lois in order to lure Superman to his death. Batman's (recurring guest star voice KEVIN CONROY) intervention saves the day and, soon after, Lois tells a heartbroken Clark that she will be transferring to Gotham City in order to be with Bruce Wayne. The move is postponed when Joker unleashes killer robots to attack Batman while Superman rescues a sinking ocean liner.

Additional Guest Star Voice Talent:
ARLEEN SORKIN Harley Quinn
LISA EDELSTEIN Mercy Graves
JOSEPH BOLOGNA Dan Turpin
EFREM ZIMBALIST, JR. Alfred
GEORGE DZUNDZA Perry White

LOG LINE
"WORLD'S FINEST" PART II (407040)...When Joker kidnaps Lois in order to lure Superman to his death, Batman's intervention saves the day.
(97/98-YR.2)

"WORLD'S FINEST" PART III
407041

Lois's romance with Bruce Wayne (recurring guest star voice KEVIN CONROY) disintegrates when she discovers that he is Batman. Meanwhile, Luthor attempts to dissolve his partnership with Joker (recurring guest star voice MARK HAMILL), but Joker kidnaps him. When Joker uses the powerful new Lexwing aircraft to attack Metropolis, Superman and Batman must work as a team to stop the remainder of Luthor's killer robots.

Additional Guest Star Voice Talent:
ARLEEN SORKIN Harley Quinn
LISA EDELSTEIN Mercy Graves
LAUREN TOM Angela Chen

LOG LINE
"WORLD'S FINEST" PART III (407041)...Lois's romance with Bruce Wayne disintegrates when she discovers that he is Batman; meanwhile, Joker kidnaps Luthor.
(97/98-YR.2)


YEAR 2 - 1997/98 SEASON
RUNNING NUMBER - EPISODE TITLE - EPISODE ORDER NUMBER
01. BLASTS FROM THE PAST, PART I - 407014
02. BLASTS FROM THE PAST, PART II - 407017
03. THE PROMETHEON - 407027
04. SPEED DEMONS - 407022
05. LIVEWIRE - 407018
06. IDENTITY CRISIS - 407020
07. TARGET - 407019
08. MXYZPIXILATED - 407021
09. ACTION FIGURES - 407016
10. DOUBLE DOSE - 407023
11. SOLAR POWER - 407024
12. BRAVE NEW METROPOLIS - 407025
13. MONKEY FUN - 407026
14. GHOST IN THE MACHINE - 407015
15. FATHER'S DAY - 407028
16. WORLD'S FINEST, PART I - 407039
17. WORLD'S FINEST, PART II - 407040
18. WORLD'S FINEST, PART III - 407041
19. BIZARRO'S WORLD - 407030
20. THE HAND OF FATE - 407029
21. PROTOTYPE - 407031
22. THE LATE MR. KENT - 407032
23. HEAVY METAL - 407034
24. WARRIOR QUEEN - 407036
25. APOKOLIPS...NOW! PART I - 407033
26. APOKOLIPS...NOW! PART II - 407035
27. LITTLE GIRL LOST, PART I - 407037
28. LITTLE GIRL LOST, PART II - 407038
- TOTAL OF 28 EPISODES -


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