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Defenders of the Earth 

Four of the greatest comic strip heroes join forces to battle Ming the Merciless.




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Series cast summary:
Loren Lester ...  Rick Gordon / ... 66 episodes, 1986-1991
Lou Richards ...  Flash Gordon 65 episodes, 1986-1991
Peter Renaday Peter Renaday ...  Mandrake the Magician 31 episodes, 1986-1991
Peter Mark Richman ...  Kit Walker / ... 31 episodes, 1986-1991
Dion Williams Dion Williams ...  L.J. 31 episodes, 1986-1991
Sarah Partridge Sarah Partridge ...  Jedda Walker 30 episodes, 1986-1991
Adam Carl Adam Carl ...  Kshin / ... 29 episodes, 1986-1991
Buster Jones Buster Jones ...  Lothar 29 episodes, 1986-1990
Diane Pershing ...  Dynak X / ... 26 episodes, 1986-1991


When Ming the Merciless returns to wreak havoc, he immediately hunts down the man who caused him to lose his throne in the first place, Flash Gordon. In the process, Ming captures and kills Dale Arden Gordon, but not before she transfers her essence into a special crystal. Flash then gathers together a force made up of The Phantom, Mandrake the Magician and his assistant Lothar. Also joining the heroes are Flash's son Rick, The Phantom's daughter Jedda, Lothar's son L.J. and Madrake's adopted son Kshin. Rick then invents a super computer using the crystal with his mother's essence. Joining Ming is his son Kro-Tan. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Release Date:

8 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Branioci Zemlje See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In order to prevent his Mongolian appearance to open the door to the character being seen as racist due to his villainous nature, Ming the Merciless' appearance was recreated as a more alien and rather inhuman one. See more »


[repeated line]
The Phantom: By jungle law, the Ghost Who Walks calls forth the power of ten tigers.
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Edited into Hollywood Burn (2006) See more »


Defenders of the Earth
Music by Rob Walsh and Tony Pastor
Lyrics by Stan Lee
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Dream Team
18 August 2005 | by mrphantasmSee all my reviews

80's really were a creative era and Defenders are a good example of the cartoons of that decade. The Defenders of the Earth were a team that united some characters such as The Phantom, Flash Gordon and Mandrake all of them are classics of the comic-strips. The whole idea of getting them together was great but this cartoon also had good and interesting stories that also had the unavoidable moral-message to young kids. And also all of them were the source of inspirations for the superheroes that came with the birth of Superman.

The premise is simple and it was already successful with shows such as GI.Joe and others, a group a brave men gather their forces to fight the threat of the Day. In this case the group of brave men is formed for fabulous creations of geniuses such as Alex Raymond and Lee Falk. But they also have to take care of their young children (they wee added to had characters more down to earth and young), teaching them and trying to keep them away from trouble. Anyway Mandrake and the rest were the star and the favorites. Lothar is an interesting case he was portrayed as the obvious strong guy but he also was much more intelligent than previous incarnations. The need of change is rooted in be more politically correct because the modern times have had trouble with the previous status quo of Lothar. The nemesis in this case was Ming who is probably one of the best fictional villains.

Even comparing this classic to some of today's cartoon it has energy and a good pace that if it is given a chance could capture the attention of a new generation of children who want to see adventures and heroes.

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