|And so went the call to arms of The Super Globetrotters, Hanna-Barbera’s second animated incarnation of the famed basketball team. No longer content with battling the Washington Generals, this time around the fun-loving Globetrotters, in usual slapstick mode, were presented as basketball-toting superheroes, sent out by the “Crime Globe” to battle evil throughout the world for the good of all mankind.
Sans their most famous player, Meadowlark Lemon, the Globetrotters were led by Curly Neal and his alter ego “Sphere Man." Also in tow were players Geese Ausbie (a.k.a. “Multi Man”), Nate Branch (“Fluid Man”), Twiggy Sanders (“Spaghetti Man”), and Sweet Lou Dunbar as “Gizmo Man,” sporting what may have been the largest afro ever seen on a children’s cartoon. The players developed their super powers, complete with the ability to fly, after Nate found a secret amulet.
You've got to give the Globetrotters credit; even after a hard day of bringing super criminals to justice, they always had enough energy left for a zany game of hoops at the end of each episode. Two months into the show’s run, the Globetrotters matched forces with a giant lizard and formed The Godzilla/Globetrotters Adventure Hour.