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Television Super Friend
While El Dorado never appeared in a DC comic book, he plays an inportant role in Hanna-Barbera's Super Friends children's cartoon that aired on ABC in the 1980's. He first appears in Season 7's second short of it's second episode titled "The Alien Mummy" on October 3, 1981. The narrator says that El Dorado is accompanying Professor Naska and students through Aztec ruins in Mexico. El Dorado tells the group that those were the mysterious ruins of his people. During the field trip, El Dorado repels attacking alien invaders, but the group then falls under the mind-control of an alien mummy. After Wonder Woman and Superman catch word of the U.F.O. attack at the Hall Of Justice, the heroic duo travel to Mexico to investigate. Immobilized after the mummy turns the two of them into golden statues, Wonder Woman helps El Dorado telepathically break free of the mind control. El Dorado then teleports to the golden statues, brings them to the mummy, and distracts it with a holographic beast. El Dorado's diversion gives Superman enough time to break the mummy's power scource with his x-ray vision, which releases everyone affected by the alien technology. El Dorado leads the mummy back to its ship, then Superman sends them off on their way. El Dorado continues to appear in shorts, assisting Wonder Woman in defeating an art thief in Metropolis, and then thwarting Brainiac with Aquaman's help after the villiain cloned them. El Dorado then joins the Super Friends roster in 1984. One of El Dorado's most notable appearances is when and helps the team in "Darkseid's Golden Trap" and thwart Darkseid in his efforts to get golden kryptonite.
From the DC Universe Classic toy cardback:
Dressed in a costume that evokes the Aztek kings of long ago, El Dorodo uses his superpowers to aid the Superfriends in their worldwide quest for justice. Some speculate he is a descendant of Aztek sorcerers, empowered by their ancient magic and his people's warrior spirit. El Dorado has never revealed the source of his power, but his knowledge of ancient ruins in Mexico suggests a connection to the Aztek civilization.
No true origin was given for El Dorado's generous number of powers, which include:
- Casting illusions (courtesy of holographic vision)
- Teleportation (by wrapping himself and others up in his cape)
- The ability to fire lasers from his eyes
- Unarmed combat (displayed when he fought Kalibak)
- Super strength
Ability to make objects disappear
In 2011, El Dorado was made into a toy in Wave 18 of the 6-inch DC Universe Classics, along with fellow Superfriends Black Vulcan, Samurai, and Apache Chief.