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The Super-Friends (Reboot) by Vederick The Super-Friends (Reboot) by Vederick
Well, THIS came out of nowhere. :O_o:


So, I'm an "idea guy", right? This is one such idea I had rattling around for a while now: a reboot (or maybe this is one of the instances where calling it a "re-imagining" would actually WORK) of the Super Friends.

The gist is simple: Lex Luthor was messing around with Superman's DNA again (as he is wont to do) and combines it with material from "select" individuals (uncovering their identities is one of the show's underlying mysteries; NO, it's not the Justice League - too easy ;) ) in order to produce human embryos, each possessing one class of the man-of-steel's legendary abilities, boosted through careful modification to degrees even surpassing the hero's own to be harvested and transplanted into Lex (because he's evil like that).

FORTUNATELY (or unfortunately) he's discovered and apprehended by (a less straight-up evil but still hardcore and morally gray) Amanda Waller and A.R.G.U.S who decides to place them into foster families (loyal agents of A.R.G.U.S but who also come to genuinely love them) in the hopes of raising them to be the perfect, ultra-patriotic hero team she's always wanted (like the Ultimen but without the whole 'constantly dying clones' thing). While she originally intends for them to undergo special "conditioning" regimens, one James Harper - who in this incarnation will also be an A.R.G.U.S agent; an older, "wise grandpa" type (think "Max" from Ben-10) as well one of the only people who isn't afraid of her (which she respects...to an extent) - convinces her to let them be raised more-or-less like normal kids, as treating them like tools would put them on the same level as Luthor.

ANYWAY add 16-or-so years and powers rapidly growing beyond what they or their foster parents can cover up and it's time for Harper to come back - appointed by Waller to be their "Guardian" (haw-haw) to bring them in and help them realize their potential and become the heroes they were born to be (in a manner of speaking).

UGH, I could say so much more but there's no room and I gotta tell you who they are (hero names are NOT final, lemme know if you have any ideas in that regard :wave:). From left-to-right:


"Chase" / hyper, cheerful, impulsive / SUPER SPEED  [Costume: "Electric Red" Superman - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superman… ]
Moves and reacts at superhuman velocities. Can also tap into the speed-force.


"Sky-Light" / soft-spoken, empathetic, friend-to-all / ENERGY-FIELD MANIPULATION   [Costume: "Eradicator" Superman - dc.wikia.com/wiki/Eradicator_(… ]
Can control her personal "gravimetric field" allowing her to fly at high speeds and deflect projectiles. Can also project in conjunction with her own bio-electric energy as an offensive measure. If in tight proximity or physical
contact can even manipulate the fields of other objects, altering their relative weight for easy handling or to use as makeshift projectiles.


"Pierce" / highly intelligent, strategist, a bit of an inferiority complex, team leader / SUPER PERCEPTION  [Costume: "Godfall" - samquixote.blogspot.com/2014/1… ]
Like Superman he can view the ENTIRE Electromagnetic spectrum. However he can also see through lead and visual illusions (even magical or chemically induced), also heat-vision. Other sensory inputs (hearing, smell, etc.) are likewise superb.


"Knock-Out" / brusque, tomboyish, recklessly brave, (over)eager to prove herself / SUPER STRENGTH  [Costume: 90's Superboy - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superboy… ]
Pretty much self-explanatory; tremendous physical power and stamina and nigh invulnerable. Healing factor.


"Gut-Buster" / jokester, big eater, unflappable, modest / SUPER CONSTITUTION (Wasn't quite sure what else to call it :shrug: )  [Costume: Superboy Prime (slightly modified and minus cape) - static3.comicvine.com/uploads/… ]
Abilities include (but are not limited to): Super-ventriloquism, Perfect Vocal Mimicry, Sonic Shout, Arctic Breath, Fire Breath, Toxic Breath, immunity to poisons/venom/toxins. Matchless survivability; can consume virtually anything and convert it to energy and survive in the most extreme of environments (including alien atmospheres and the vacuum of space).


All the Friends single abilities are as strong as Superman's and have to potential to become even greater than his with time and training. While only Knock-Out has his full strength and damage resistance they're all stronger/faster/more durable than normal humans (so they can handle the kind of punishment the story needs them to while still being vulnerable enough to keep an element of risk). They all lack Superman's weakness to magic and green kryptonite; instead they'll each be weak to a different color of kryptonite, making it next to impossible to incapacitate them all at once since those kinds are very rare (but of COURSE they'll end up running into them because what fun would it be otherwise? =D ).

Though the suits they wear are lifted from Superman's storied history, the in-universe explanation is that they come up with the designs themselves.

Thoughts? :?
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Derracias-35 Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Eradicator? Are you? O_O
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bkno Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
Where all the good Superman animated shows have gone?!!! Waaaah! 
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Vederick Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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I've heard he can be tough to write for sometimes because he was pretty much designed to be the definition of "overpowered". That's part of the benefit of the new "Super-Friends"; splitting up the powers and forcing them to need to work together to achieve maximum combat potential - dealing with each other's differences and weaknesses - gives them more potential obstacles to overcome as characters and could help make them interesting to watch.
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bkno Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
Can you explain which color of Kryptonite it's the specific weakness of each member of the Super Friends, please?
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Vederick Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The colors of kryptonite run the entire spectrum and beyond; basic ROYGBIV as well as 'special' forms coloring black, white, gold and MORE, so even just assigning a COLOR to a particular Friend isn't as easy as it sounds. As for the effect I'm thinking since they're part all human maybe it won't be able to kill any of them (at least not for a GOOD while) but weaken them significantly as well as provide one of the MANY other delightfully quirky effects or colored kryptonite, including (but not limited to):

Going crazy
Rapid aging
Turning evil
Creating a doppelganger of oneself (usually evil but not  necessarily always)
Loss of superpowers
Amnesia
Shrinking
Growing
Gaining additional powers
Swapping brains/personalities with someone
Transforming into some kind of creature/animal.

The alternate colors haven't been seen/used very often so I don't feel that their nature is written in stone so much that we couldn't pick the colors/effects at our discretion for this new show, so from here it's really just a matter of deciding who'd it'd be the funniest to see undergo what and then pick a color for it. You could even come up with NEW effects. =D
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bkno Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
Will there be a team of Kryptonite-powered bad guys? 
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Vederick Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What, like some kinda "Metallo Force"? Each with a different colored kryptonite core in their chests so they end up looking like one of those evil Power Ranger teams or som- :omg:

Nope. We're done: that is definitely what it's gonna be. =D
Thanks! :meow:
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bkno Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2017
I'd love to see that!
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Vederick Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great! =D
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Newworlds117 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a really cool concept! I totally watch this. It kind of reminds me of the original concept for Captain marvel, a team of heroes each with a different superpower.
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Vederick Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting, thanks! :nod:
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Wildlordzero Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2016
Looks like de Dynamo 6 comic book.
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Vederick Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What's that?
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Wildlordzero Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016
Dynamo 58(sorry i added a number) is a comic book published by the Image Comics,the history is:

After the death os the Captain Dynamo( a Supeman expxy) his wife discover that he was having affairs and this resulted in 5 children, after finding then she train the 5 to became heroes, and each one of the have one os theis father power, so one ca fly other have laser vison, one is super strong, one is a shapeshifter and one can read minds.
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Vederick Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Huh, neat. =D
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Sword-King Featured By Owner Edited Nov 21, 2016
The only problem I see is the idea that their powers could one day surpass Superman's powers.

I don't read many American comics, but my understanding is that Superman's powers are virtually limitless.
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Vederick Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Superman's powers are only as "limitless" as his writers need them to be to accomplish the story they set out to tell at any given time; he can still get his butt handed to him whenever drama demands it. Still, you make a fair point. :nod:

When I say they can "surpass" him it's all relative; in a way they already have because they can do things he can't: Superman's fast but he doesn't have the speed-force like Chase does (I don't think), it's similar for Sky-Light's field-energy powers, Gut-Buster's fire and toxic breath and even Pierce's vision (I planned for him to develop a form of 'Omega Beam' down the line). Alone they're each substantial heroes in their own right, so when they work together it's even more so.

...Not that I think they could beat Supes in a fight - not even if they all ganged up on him in perfect sync (they'd probably try that at least once in the show just to see how they'd do; he might even ASK them to try it =D ).

But who knows? Maybe one day... ;) 
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SweetDream87 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
COOL!!! I like for a change that the girl out number the boys X) I mean, superMAN is a dude himself, so… XD
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Vederick Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for noticing =D
I've nothing against the 'typical' format but I don't see why this couldn't work. :shrug:
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SweetDream87 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
yeah :) I like it :)
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NuvaPrime Featured By Owner Edited Nov 21, 2016  Student General Artist
Ooooooooooh, cool! I like how you incorporated various Superman family costumes into the team's design; The Eradicator, Lana Lang Superwoman, Connor Kent Superboy, Superboy-Prime... um, Spider-Boy-? [Shrugs] Anyway, this really seems like something DC Rebirth would come out with, and it sounds like a great cartoon!

Also, the reworking of the 'Super-Friends' name? Clever, very clever!
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Vederick Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's the second time I've heard Superwoman mentioned. I haven't been reading Rebirth; I guess she's come back in a big way? :?
Anyhoo, she wasn't who I was modeling. It's (L-to-R)

Electric Red - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superman…
Eradicator - dc.wikia.com/wiki/Eradicator_(…
Godfall - samquixote.blogspot.com/2014/1…
90's Superboy - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superboy…
Superboy Prime (slightly modified and no cape) - static3.comicvine.com/uploads/…

Maybe I'll put this in the description....:nod:
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dth1971 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
I guess Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman have no bit parts...

And who remembers Wendy, Marvin, Wonder Dog, the Wonder Twins, Gleek the Monkey, Black Vulcan, Samurai, Apache Chief, and El Dorado which were created for the Hanna-Barbera Super Friends incarnations?
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Vederick Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those big-name guys might cameo, of course, but I'd need them to keep their distance so as not to overshadow the new Friends. 

As for the others, since like you said they were created specifically FOR the original "Super Friends" show I'd definitely want them to appear - maybe in a episode a piece - and become "honorary Friends" (showing up when needed thereafter) but not actually join the main team (similar to the "Honorary Titans" initiative from the original Teen Titans show). :)
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bkno Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
I'd love that everyone in the "honorary Friends" are about the same age as the "Super Friends".
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UniversesCollideInc Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
This would make an awesome show! So many ways to play around with the lore and so many possible plots; whoever is weak to black Kryptonite is going to have a terrible time though. Never saw "Smallville" (though hope to watch it someday) but just reading future Lois' Noodle Incident dialogue about Blue, Red, Green and Black kinda unnerves me; not even sure we ever find out why Black "was a disaster".
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Vederick Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I thought so, too. =D

I was trying to resemble the style of the "Teen Titans" since that's more the tone I was going for (serious action but legitimate fun) than say, 'Young Justice' (which had it's levity but was a bit too much grimmer overall for my tastes).

p.s.
There's also white, purple, pink, clear (no radioactive effect but can still cut kryptonian flesh) and even "mixed" kryptonite (which can have different effects depending not only on which colors you mix but who specifically you use it on) - so yeah, plenty of episode possibilities. :nod:
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UniversesCollideInc Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
You're welcome.
My biggest grip with "Young Justice" was the ending of Season 2; and that was more because they didn't even bother to confirm anything than how it ended. I'm excited about the now confirmed Season 3 since there have been statements about a certain aspect of the finale getting reversed that can happen now.
And neat. Plus there's also the possibility of having episodes where they interact with other DC characters, including possibly even sidekicks of the Leaguers for one reason or another.
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That sounds like it would be an awesome reimaging. Seeing each of Supes powers separated and put into different kids is rather clever, as is making each one weak to a different color of Kryptonite.
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Vederick Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm happy you think so. =D
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Gunnut51 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I'd give it a shot.
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Gadgetboy197 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016
This is an awesome pitch man, I would tune in to this every time it was on if this was a show. I wonder how superman himself or the justice league would react to these super teens. Of course batman would be the skeptic, but I feel like superman would be very welcoming, in a way they are Kryptonian he could even help them master they're respective powers. Man this idea is just so cool.
Also eradicator, early superboy, new 52 superwoman, superboy prime, and godfall
Keep up the good work. :)
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Vederick Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually I was using the "Electric Red" Superman (from an older event);  I didn't know about the new 52 superwoman until you mentioned it - though I can see why you got confused. =D 
Electric Red Superman 1 by Superman8193
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Gadgetboy197 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
Oh yeah I forgot about him.Sweating a little... 
I was reading the new superwoman and it came to mind.
Also I checked out your page and you have alot of awesome work there.:)
I would also like to ask do you take requests, because I've been working on a story and I've been
trying to get some artwork done for it. I f your interested that is.
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Vederick Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ordinarily I'd love to but I've got a bunch of life stuff I need to sort out and I haven't even finished the requests I already have on my docket. :cry:
If you haven't found someone by the time I'm free again (which'll be a considerable while, probably) I'd be happy to talk more about it but for now you'd be better off looking elsewhere. :shrug:
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Gadgetboy197 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
Thank You for replying and letting me know. :)
I will continue my search elsewhere do you have any suggestions 
or know anyone.
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Vederick Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry, no :cry:
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Gadgetboy197 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
Okay thanks :)
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AntonioRenteria Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Student Artist
I'd watch this if it were a real show.
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Vederick Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Me too! :)  ...but I guess that went without saying. :roll:
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, this is excellent.
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Vederick Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! =D
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome.

And very good ideas for the powers; Superman has enough super-abilities for a whole team!!
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Vederick Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, true that. =D
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