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Buster Jones, Voice Actor on ‘Super Friends,’ Dies at 71

Buster Jones, an actor on Hanna-Barbera’s “Super Friends” cartoon, which ran on ABC on Saturday mornings from 1973-86, died on Sept. 16 in North Hollywood, Calif. He was 71.

He is probably best known from his role as Black Vulcan on “Super Friends.”

The actor also voiced Blaster in “The Transformers,” Doc in “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero” and Winston Zeddemore in “The Real Ghostbusters” (subbing in for Arsenio Hall) and later in “Extreme Ghostbusters.”

While “Super Friends” featured the superheroes of the DC comicbook world, Jones’ character Black Vulcan was a creation of Hanna-Barbera.

Edward L. “Buster” Jones was born in Paris, Tennessee. “I got out of Paris by playing music,” he told Marc Tyler Nobleman in a 2011 interview.

Jones went to Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee, then played in a series of bands, including in London.

He was a disk jockey in Washington, D.C., before he got into acting.

Jones did live-action work when he could, appearing in 1972 film “The Marshal of Windy Hollow,” a 1974 episode of “The Six Million Dollar Man,” the 1979 TV Movie “Captain America” and a 1987 episode of “Hill Street Blues.” He also did voice work for the video film “G.I. Joe: The Movie.”

 

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