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Birdman is a flying superhero created by Hanna-Barbera as part of Birdman and the Galaxy Trio. Birdman is assisted by his eagle companion, Avenger. Birdman's only weakness is that he loses strength when away from sunlight for an extended period of time.

Backstory

Birdman is an ordinary human endowed by the sun god Ra (although this origin is only vaguely and briefly implied during the series; his real name is given as Ray Randall) with the ability to 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, and now works full time fighting crime, assisted by his eagle sidekick Avenger.

In addition to the abilities he received from Ra, Birdman also possesses the power of flight, thanks to the giant wings which sprout from his back. His sole weakness is that he must periodically recharge his super powers through exposure to the sun’s rays, a weakness that is exposed in nearly every episode. His trademark is his battle cry of "Biiiiirdman!!" when he goes into battle.

Later appearances

Birdman appeared in issues 1 through 7 (April 1968–October 1969) of the Hanna-Barbera Super TV Heroes comic book, published by Gold Key Comics. He was joined in issue 2 by the Galaxy Trio (their first appearance together).

Birdman was revived by Cartoon Network, first as a substitute host on Space Ghost Coast to Coast, and then more successfully as a defense lawyer on Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law.

In 1997, Birdman was featured in issue #5 of DC Comics' Cartoon Network Presents: Toonami comic book series.

As of 2016, Birdman is among the 1960s heroes in the Future Quest comic book series.

Casting history

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