Before he became a defense lawyer
, Birdman was the headliner of Birdman and the Galaxy Trio
, part of Hanna-Barbera
's brief Super Hero
cycle in the mid-1960s.
Birdman is a Winged Humanoid
that can fly, shoot solar rays from his fists and project "solar shields" to defend himself against attacks. He was recruited by a top-secret government agency, Inter-Nation Security. Together with his eagle companion, Avenger, They Fight Crime
wherever he is sent by his superior, Falcon-7. Birdman had one weakness: He gradually lost his strength if he is away from direct sunlight for an extended period. The villains often exploited this by capturing Birdman and keeping him in a poorly lighted room
The Galaxy Trio, stars of the backup segment, consisted of Vapor Man, who could turn his body into any kind of gas; Meteor Man, who could enlarge his fists or any other part of his body, and Gravity Girl, who could make people and objects seem lighter or heavier. Together, They Fight Crime
and patrol space in their cruiser Condor One maintaining order working for his superior, the Chief of the Galactic Patrol law enforcement agency.
Tropes in Birdman and the Galaxy Trio:
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Birdman, to DC Comics' Hawkman.
- Amplified Animal Aptitude: Avenger was pretty smart for an eagle. He also wore a collar with a communicator in it.
- Egyptian Mythology: Birdman received his powers from the Egyptian Sun God, Ra (thus the bird and sun motifs).
- Evil Counterpart: Vulturo, to Birdman.
- Eye Patch Of Power: Falcon-7 wore one.
- Gravity Master: Gravity Girl.
- Human Aliens: Most of the races in Galaxy Trio.
- Light 'em Up: Most of Birdman's powers were, unintuitively, light-based (see Egyptian Mythology for the reason). He also did have bird-like wings and Super Strength, though.
- The Power of the Sun: The source of Birdman's powers.
- Red Right Hand: Every villian shows a physical defect or tip-off to their monstrous nature except Hannibal the Hunter. Medusa was also a beautiful woman, but had green skin.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Gravity Girl is the princess of her home planet, but chooses to explore the galaxy as a superhero and leave the ruling to the rest of her family.
- The prince of the Maja Raja saves the day when he gives Birdman a diamond from his turban that he says came from the sun god, Ra.
- Semantic Super Power: Vapor Man can do pretty much anything by making a gas, like freeze vapor, acid vapor, etc.
- Size Shifter: Meteor Man.
- Something Person: Birdman, Vapor Man and Gravity Girl. Subverted with Meteor Man, whose powers had nothing to do with meteors.
- Standard Powerup Pose: The title character adopts this pose when he recharges his solar energy by bathing in sunlight.
- Super Hero Origin:
- Birdman received his powers from an Egyptian god.
- Both Vapor Man and Gravity Girl have powers that are common for their species.
- Super Smoke: Vapor Man.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Birdman losing power from lack of sunlight. Makes you wonder why his enemies didn't act at night more often.
- Winged Humanoid: Birdman, Vulturo, Birdboy, and Birdgirl.