Here’s one of the more bizarre View-Master reel sets in my collection. It was issued to promote the short-lived live action series Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, which ran for just 16 episodes in 1976. It was one of the segments aired during the first season of The Krofft Supershow, which itself only lasted for two years.
Electra Woman and Dyna Girl followed the adventures of two comely reporters for Newsmaker magazine — Lori/Electra Woman (Deidre Hall) and Judy/Dyna Girl (Judy Strangis). Over the course of the series the pair battled an array of colorful villains like the Pharaoh, the Sorcerer, Glitter Rock, Ali Baba, Spider Lady, and the Empress of Evil. The segments seemed to be a none-too-subtle homage to the Batman TV show from the ’60s, as you’ll see in this clip of the opening theme.
Funky and full of helpful back story! Anyway, here’s the first of three reels from the Electra Woman and Dyna Girl View-Master set (H3 002, ©1977 for those keeping score).
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#1 – “Spider Lady has returned,” said Frank.
“Um Frank, you’ve got some barbecue sauce on your tie,” said Dyna Girl.
#2 – “We’ll lure Electrawoman into our trap!”
Superman’s weakness is kryptonite. Daredevil’s weakness is powerful sound. Electra Woman’s? That’s right — the mandolin.
#3 – Spider Lady’s web caught Electrawoman!
To be fair, they had already lulled her to sleep with some gentle folk music. The ropes were just an extra precaution.
#4 – But she freed herself with the ElectraComp.
She asked the computer what she should do and it told her, “Just get up. The ropes aren’t even tied!”
#5 – “Welcome to my parlor!” said Spider Lady.
“Seriously, do I have anything in my teeth?”
#6 – With ElectraComp gone, Lori was helpless.
So wait, Electra Woman loses her fancy wristwatch and is suddenly helpless? I’m starting to see why she was foiled by a pile of ropes.
#7 – She was held in Xerograph by force field.
I just noticed that Electra Woman’s costume spells “Ew” on the front. Probably not very intimidating to villains I imagine.
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