Thursday, November 1, 2007

1970's Flashback: Isis

And you thought that Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman was the only "hottie" superheroine from the disco decade. Actress Joanna Cameron was equally appealing in the Saturday morning live-action kids show - The Secrets of Isis - which was broadcast by CBS for a single year, running from September 1975 to October 1976.

Thousands of years ago, Egyptian Queen Hatchupset was given an amulet by her Royal Wizard. This amulet empowered the queen with the powers of the goddess Isis; to command the elements of sky and earth. Flash forward to present time (1970's that is) young science teacher Andrea Thomas found this lost amulet while on an archaeological dig. She found that she was heir to the "Secrets of Isis." By bearing the necklace that had the amulet, and calling out the phrase "OH MIGHTY ISIS" Andrea was transformed into Isis. As Isis, she could "soar as the falcon soars, run with the speed of gazelles, and command all the elements of sky and earth." In order to invoke her powers, she had to recite incantations. Her most famous incantation - "Oh zephyr winds which blow on high, lift me now so I can fly" - assisted her in taking flight. She also had control of animals, fire, water, etc. Her powers were usually used to help teach young people she came in contact with, a moral lesson. Her associates, Rick Mason, Cindy Lee, Dr. Barnes, and later, Rennie Carroll, were oblivious to her dual identity. Isis was seen as the female counterpart to Shazam (Captain Marvel) and they had a few crossover episodes to each other's shows.

Isis' first appearance in comics was in Shazam! #25 (Sept-Oct. 1976). She later received her own TV tie-in book the following month, the series ran for two years. The eight issue run by DC Comics began in October (1976) and ended January (1979). All stories featured the Andrea Thomas character from theFilmation tv series; the comic book was written by Jack C. Harris and drawn by Mike Vosburg.

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