Defenders of the Earth is an animated series which ran in syndication in 1986. Produced by Marvel Productions in association with King Features, the series followed the pattern of the long-running Super Friends animated series, by teaming up an assortment of King Features heroes and villains. Set in the year 2015, Flash Gordon was the leader of the group. Other members included the Phantom and Mandrake the Magician and his sidekick Lothar. New to the series were the youthful offspring or wards of each member: Rick Gordon, Flash's teenage son; Jedda Walker, the Phantom's daughter; Lothar Junior, known as L.J.; and Kshin, an orphaned Asian boy, rescued by Mandrake. Also accompanying the team was Zuffy, a cute alien and the team mascot. Another King Features hero, Princa Valiant, made a guest appearance in the episode "Terror in Time."

The principal villain, inevitably, was Ming the Merciless, re-designed slightly with green skin. He was alternately aided and hindered by Princess Aura and a new character, Ming's son Prince Krotan. Other villains included many of Ming's henchmen, and the Phantom's evil twin brother, Kurt Walker, newly created for the series. In the premiere episode, Flash learns that Ming is again planning to take over the Earth. He kidnaps Flash's wife (unnamed, but presumably Dale Arden). Flash organizes his friends and their children to rescue her, but she dies; however, her mind and soul ("essence") are stored in a crystal and restored as the Defenders' computer, Dynak X.

The series also spawned a four-issue Marvel Comics series and assorted video games. BCI released the series on DVD, in two sets, and the first episode was included as a bonus on Flash Gordon: The Complete Series.



  1. Escape From Mongo
  2. The Creation Of Monitor
  3. A Demon In His Pocket
  4. A House Divided
  5. Bits And Chips
  6. The Root Of Evil
  7. Cold War
  8. The Sleeper Awakers
  9. The Revenge Of Astra
  10. The Hall Of Wisdom
  11. The Mind Warriors, Part I
  12. The Mind Warriors, Part II
  13. The Lost Jewels Of Tibet
  14. The Evil Of Doctor Dark
  15. Diamonds Are Ming's Best Friends
  16. The Men Of Frost
  17. Battleground
  18. The Panther Peril
  19. Fury Of The Deep
  20. Family Reunion
  21. The Defense Never Rests
  22. Like Father, Like Daughter
  23. The Would Be Defender
  24. Doorways into Darkness
  25. Deal With The Devil
  26. Terror In Time
  27. Ming's Household Help
  28. The Starboy
  29. The Gods Awake
  30. The Ghost Walks Again
  31. The Book of Mysteries
  32. The Future Comes But Once
  33. Kshin And The Ghost Ship
  34. The Carnival of Dr. Kalihari
  35. The Mystery of the Book
  36. Flash Times Four
  37. The Frozen Heart
  38. Rick Gordon, One Man Army
  39. The Rites Of Zesnan
  40. Audie The Tweak
  41. Return Of The Sky Band
  42. Dracula's Potion
  43. One Of The Guys
  44. 100 Proof Highway
  45. The Time Freezer
  46. The Prince Makes His Move
  47. The Prince Triumphant
  48. The Prince Weds
  49. The Prince's Royal Hunt
  50. The Prince Is Dethroned
  51. Lothar's Homecoming
  52. Suspended Sabotage
  53. The Call Of The Eternals
  54. The Return Of Doctor Dark
  55. The Deadliest Battle
  56. The Necklace Of Oros
  57. Torn Space
  58. Ming Winter
  59. The Golden Queen
  60. The Gravity of Ming
  61. Flesh And Blood
  62. Drowning World
  63. The Adoption Of Kshin
  64. Street Smarts
  65. Ming's Thunder Lizards