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Updated on January 15, 2017
Young Justice
Young Justice

Young Justice, Don't Call Them Sidekicks

The Young Justice animated series was every bit as good as The Avengers, Earth's Mightiest Heroes, but in a different way.

Young Justice was created by Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti and it airs on Cartoon Network.

Where the Avengers used mainly the Silver Age Marvel Heroes and updated the story lines, Young Justice had it's own "pocket dimension".

All the DC heroes we know and love were there, but sometimes in a slightly altered form.

The reason for this is that YJ took place in the fictional DC universe of Earth-16.

They are not the JLA of the Justice League or Justice League Unlimited cartoons, but you know, they may be even better.

One of the best scenes in the pilot episode "Independence Day" was the entire JLA showing up, and man did they look cool.

The animation was different than the Avengers, and I am hesitant to say it was better, but I wish the Avengers had the same animators.

The Young Justice members are....

Aqualad - Kaldur'ahm
Aqualad - Kaldur'ahm

Aqualad - Kaldur'ahm

This Aqualad is different from the one I knew back when I read comics in many ways.

One, he has different powers and two he is black.

Aqualad has super strength, durability, the ability to control water (hard water), and the ability to fire electricity through his hands.

This Aqualad you could actually see as a threat on land.

Because of his cool and calm demeanor, he is chosen as the leader of Young Justice in episode 4, "Drop Zone".

Robin - Dick Grayson
Robin - Dick Grayson

Robin - Dick Grayson

Thirteen year old Robin is also done pretty well in this series.

One of the cool things they have added to "The Boy Wonder" is that to me, he seems a bit ...crazy.

Well you'd have to be to hang around Batman wouldn't you?

He likes to disappear and sneak up on villains with a slightly maniacal laugh, Ala The Shadow.

Batman has forbidden Robin from revealing his secret identity to the group.

Kid Flash - Wally West
Kid Flash - Wally West

Kid Flash - Wally West

Again I like this because Wally West was "my" Kid Flash (or KF as Robin often calls him).

In YJ, Wally is fifteen and in a nod to the Justice League's Flash, he is a smart aleck and a flirt.

He also likes to collect souvenirs from missions.

Superboy

Superboy
Superboy

Like Aqualad Superboy is a different character than in the comics.

This Superboy is not a Kryptonian/human hybrid of Superman and Lex Luthor, but a sixteen-week-old clone of Superman.

I loved the nod to "Smallville" they did when one of the heroes asked Superboy why he didn't wear a costume and he replied "No capes, no tights".

So far it seems that he is powered more like the Golden Age Superman.

He can't fly, but can leap tall buildings in a single bound, he has at least a degree of invulnerability, super vision (but no heat vision) and super hearing.

I like this Superboy, but at times his personality seems almost like a rip-off of the Hulk from The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

One thing I like about this character is his desire to connect with "his father" Superman, and Supe's refusal to do so.

Miss Martian - M'gann M'orzz

Miss Martian - M'gann M'orzz
Miss Martian - M'gann M'orzz

Miss Martian, M'gann M'orzz or just plain Megan is the sixteen - year-old niece of Martian Manhunter.

Like MM, Megan runs the gambit of Martian abilities with telekinesis, telepathy, flight, shape shifting, but so far, she can't turn intangible.

Kid Flash has a crush on Megan, and in turn, Megan has a crush on Superboy.

She also has her own Martian bio-ship that they use to transport the team.

Artemis - Artemis Crock

Artemis - Artemis Crock
Artemis - Artemis Crock

Fifteen-year-old Artemis is the teams archer, filling in for Speedy who ditched them in the pilot episode.

Though Speedy does show up later as Red Arrow.

Being a bit of a smart aleck herself leads to friction between her and Kid Flash.

Zatanna - Zatanna Zatara

Zatanna - Zatanna Zatara
Zatanna - Zatanna Zatara

After showing up in the Young Justice episodes "Humanity" and "Secrets", Zatanna finally officially joins the team in the episode "Misplaced".

Like her father Giovanni Zatara, she is a magician, though I don't know if this Zatanna is skilled in sleight of hand and stage magic like her father or not.

This of course is not Zatanna's first appearance in the DCU, having appeared in Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League Unlimited, Smallville and Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

Interestingly, in the Batman Beyond episode "Out of the Past" she appears in a collection of Bruce Wayne's past loves and in "Humanity", Robin seems a tad interested in her.

Foreshadowing?

Rocket - Raquel Ervin

Rocket - Raquel Ervin
Rocket - Raquel Ervin

And now I get to add the final member of season one of Young Justice, Rocket (Raquel Ervin).

(Though you know I may break down and put Red Arrow in here yet)

You may or may not be familiar with Rocket as she started out as a character from DC's Milestone Comics imprint.

She was the partner of Icon, well actually she convinced Icon to become a superhero and take her on as a side-kick.

Sorry...partner.

Rocket actually shows up several times in Young Justice before she is made a member of the Team in "Usual Suspects," when Icon joins The League.

She is voiced by voice actor Kittie, aka Kali Troy.

The Young Justice Team

The Young Justice Team
The Young Justice Team

Young Justice is formed by the JLA to be a covert operations team under Batman's wing (so to speak).

Batman is their mission controller, Red Tornado pretty much babysits them (or he did until Captain Marvel showed up), and Black Canary serves double duty, training them in combat and being the team counselor.

Young Justice  - Happy Harbor
Young Justice - Happy Harbor

One really cool thing (to me at least) is that the JLA gives Young Justice their old secret cave headquarters outside of the small town of Happy Harbor, Rhode Island.

Yes, if you are new to comics you may not realize that at one time the JLA was based out of Rhode Island.

Pretty cool huh?

Even cooler is that the Hall of Justice and Watchtower both also exist in the universe.

Young Justice
Young Justice

Episode Guide

1. "Independence Day"

2. "Fireworks"

3. "Welcome to Happy Harbor"

4. "Drop Zone"

5. "Schooled"

6. "Infiltrator"

7. "Denial"

8. "Downtime"

9. "Bereft"

10. "Targets"

11. "Terrors"

12. "Home Front"

13. "Alpha Male"

14. "Revelation"

15. "Humanity"

16. "Failsafe"

17. "Disordered"

18. "Secrets"

19. "Misplaced"

20. "Coldhearted"

21. "Image"

22. "Agendas"

23. "Insecurity"

24. "Performance"

25. "Usual Suspects"

26. "Auld Acquaintance"

Young Justice Season two is rumored to debut in Jan-Feb 2012, at earliest.

Season 2 will be titled Young Justice: Invasion.

Young Justice Teaser Poster for Season 2 - Teaser Poster for Season 2

Young Justice Season 2
Young Justice Season 2

Here is the teaser poster for season 2, "Invasion"

Young Justice Photo Gallery

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Aqualad - Kaldur'ahmArtemis - Artemis CrockMiss Martian - M'gann M'orzzRobin - Dick GraysonSuperboyKid Flash - Wally WestZatanna - Zatanna Zatara
Aqualad - Kaldur'ahm
Aqualad - Kaldur'ahm
Artemis - Artemis Crock
Artemis - Artemis Crock
Miss Martian - M'gann M'orzz
Miss Martian - M'gann M'orzz
Robin - Dick Grayson
Robin - Dick Grayson
Superboy
Superboy
Kid Flash - Wally West
Kid Flash - Wally West
Zatanna - Zatanna Zatara
Zatanna - Zatanna Zatara

Avengers take note....

...this is how you do a theme song and opening credits

More Young Justice Pics

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The heroes and the sideki...I mean "partners".Artemis takes aimAqualad and his cool water weaponsMiss Martian mental link upSuperboy gets angryThe team in civies.Superboy meets Superman. I really think Supes should be nicer to the kid.Green Arrow and SpeedyMegan at the con in her shipSuperboy really gets angry
The heroes and the sideki...I mean "partners".
The heroes and the sideki...I mean "partners".
Artemis takes aim
Artemis takes aim
Aqualad and his cool water weapons
Aqualad and his cool water weapons
Miss Martian mental link up
Miss Martian mental link up
Superboy gets angry
Superboy gets angry
The team in civies.
The team in civies.
Superboy meets Superman. I really think Supes should be nicer to the kid.
Superboy meets Superman. I really think Supes should be nicer to the kid.
Green Arrow and Speedy
Green Arrow and Speedy
Megan at the con in her ship
Megan at the con in her ship
Superboy really gets angry
Superboy really gets angry

The Best of Young Justice

Okay, who is your favorite Young Justice character?

Who is your favorite Young Justice character?

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Young Justice in the Comics
Young Justice in the Comics

Young Justice in the Comics

The original idea for the Young Justice animated series came from the Young Justice comic book launched in June of 1998 with the issue Young Justice: The Secret.

This was followed by the regular series starring Superboy, Robin and Impulse.

Well it started with them, but their ranks grew fairly quickly.

The book ran until the 2003 mini-series Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day.

After that, the members formed two new teams, the Teen Titans and Outsiders.

Of course with DC's new revamp, I guess all that never happened.

Young Justice - Cartoon Network
Young Justice - Cartoon Network

But, in 2011, a tie in comic series was released that was based on the TV show.

As a matter of fact, two of the writers of the show, Greg Weisman and Kevin Hopps wrote issue #0 and returned in #7.

This series follows the continuity of the Young Justice animated series with Superboy, Aqualad, Artemis, Robin, Miss Martian and Kid Flash.

The stories in the new series take place in between the episodes of the television show.

Young Justice Stats - The official bios on the team

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Aqualad - Kaldur 'AhumArtemis - Artemis CrockKid Flash - Wally WestMiss Martian - M'gann M'orzz - Megan MorseRobin - Dick GraysonSuperboy - Conner Kent
Aqualad - Kaldur 'Ahum
Aqualad - Kaldur 'Ahum
Artemis - Artemis Crock
Artemis - Artemis Crock
Kid Flash - Wally West
Kid Flash - Wally West
Miss Martian - M'gann M'orzz - Megan Morse
Miss Martian - M'gann M'orzz - Megan Morse
Robin - Dick Grayson
Robin - Dick Grayson
Superboy - Conner Kent
Superboy - Conner Kent

Young Justice Guest Stars...Including The Flaming C!

Of course besides the YJ regular cast, we have an array of DC Superstars that show up regularly on the show.

And the animation makes some of these heroes look the best they ever have on the small screen.

So far we have had the entire JLA, specifically Batman (of course), J'onn J'onzz (Martian Manhunter), Red Tornado, Black Canary, Captain Marvel and Zatara.

But we have had other heroes that show up like Red Arrow/Speedy, Zatanna Zatara and Madame Xanadu.

But perhaps the most unusual guest star is....The Flaming C!

Yes Conan O'Brien "kinda" guest stars on Young Justice in his own way.....

The Flaming C!

Again With The Flaming C!

More really cool cameos on YJ include Wendy Harris and Marvin White (Remember the original Super Friends?) Mal Duncan (Vox, Guardian, Hornblower, and the Herald) and Karen Beecher (Bumblebee), Bibbo Bibbowski (probably only known to die-hard Superman fans), Dr.Fate, Icon (you had to look quick) and Barbara Gordon among many. many others.

Face it, the show is a smorgasbord of inside jokes.

There was even a shout out to the old House of Secrets series in one episode.

Aqualad and Superboy
Aqualad and Superboy

The People That Bring Young Justice To Life

Young Justice's great animation goes a long way to bring the characters to life, but without the proper voice actors the characters just wouldn't click....

Jesse McCartney as Robin

Yes this is the same Jesse McCartney that appeared as JR Chandler on All My Children. He was also in Dream Street, and did the voices of Roxas and Ventus in the Kingdom Hearts video game series.

Nolan North as Superboy (and Superman)

Like Jesse he has Soap connections, having appeared in the General Hospital spin-off series, Port Charles.

He has done a ton of video games like Prince of Persia, Batman: Arkham City, Final Fantasy XII, Assassin's Creed, Call of Duty: World at War and Call of Duty: Black Ops, Transformers: War for Cybertron, and Portal 2.

Besides video games you may remember him as Cyclops in Wolverine and the X-Men, Madara Uchiha in Naruto: Shippuden and Raphael in TMNT.

Khary Payton as Aqualad

In an unusual Young Justice connection, Khary voiced Cyborg in the old Teen Titans series.

He's also worked on Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, G.I. Joe: Renegades, and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance.

And like Jesse and Nolan, he has a Soap connection, appearing as Dr. Terrell Jackson on General Hospital.

Jason Spisak as Kid Flash

Jason hasn't done as many live action roles (only NCIS and Lie To Me), but he has appeared in over seventeen video games, eight animated series and he's a computer programer.

Danica McKellar as Miss Martian

If you are a long time TV viewer, you may remember Danica as Winnie Cooper in the television show The Wonder Years.

Yep, that's her.

But she's also had three books on The New York Times bestseller list.

Her DCU involvement goes all the way back to voicing Freida Goren on Static Shock.

Stephanie Lemelin as Artemis

Canadian actress Stephanie Lemelin has appeared in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Me, Myself and Irene.

Her father is former National Hockey League goaltender Réjean Lemelin and her husband is martial artist A. J. Draven.

Lacey Chabert as Zatanna

You know, this might possibly be the hottest cartoon cast ever assembled.

And adding to their hottness is Lacey Chabert as Zatanna.

She's probably best know for Mean Girls and Party of Five, but Lacey has done a lot of voice work as well including being the first Meg on Family Guy, Gwen Stacy on The Spectacular Spider-Man and Eliza Thornberry on The Wild Thornberrys.

Kali Troy (Kittie) as Rocket

She almost has a superhero name anyway so Kali Troy is already half-way there with Rocket.

Kali's lent her voice to several acrtoons including W.I.T.C.H., American Dragon: Jake Long, Spawn: The Animation and The Boondocks.

The Voice Actors of Young Justice

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Khary Payton as Aqualad (I swear I think they based Aqualad on him!)Danica McKellar as Miss Martian (Hellllo Megan!)Jason Spisak as Kid FlashJesse McCartney as RobinNolan North as SuperboyStephanie Lemelin as ArtemisLacey Chabert as ZatannaKittie (Kali Troy) as Rocket
Khary Payton as Aqualad (I swear I think they based Aqualad on him!)
Khary Payton as Aqualad (I swear I think they based Aqualad on him!)
Danica McKellar as Miss Martian (Hellllo Megan!)
Danica McKellar as Miss Martian (Hellllo Megan!)
Jason Spisak as Kid Flash
Jason Spisak as Kid Flash
Jesse McCartney as Robin
Jesse McCartney as Robin
Nolan North as Superboy
Nolan North as Superboy
Stephanie Lemelin as Artemis
Stephanie Lemelin as Artemis
Lacey Chabert as Zatanna
Lacey Chabert as Zatanna
Kittie (Kali Troy) as Rocket
Kittie (Kali Troy) as Rocket

Young Justice Guest Star Voice Actors

Besides the "Regulars" we have a lot of other notable guest stars....

Bruce Greenwood as Batman

Jeff Bennett as Red Tornado

Crispin Freeman as Red Arrow/Speedy

Rob Lowe as Captain Marvel

Kelly Hu as Cheshire

Vanessa Marshall as Black Canary

Kevin Michael Richardson as J'onn J'onzz

Jeff Bennett as Red Tornado

Oded Fehr as Ra's al Ghul

George Eads as Barry Allen

Phil LaMarr as Aquaman

Alan Tudyk as Green Arrow

Lacey Chabert as Zatanna Zatara

Rene Auberjonois as Mark Desmond

Alyssa Milano as Poison Ivy

Arnold Vosloo as Kobra

Brent Spiner as Joker

Danny Trejo as Bane

Sarah Shahi as Killer Frost

No New Young Justice Episodes Until February 2012?

Teletoon, Cartoon Network Schedule Update For Young Justice

Both Teletoon and Cartoon Network have released respective schedule details for the month of January 2012, including Young Justice episode updates.

The Canadian network Teletoon has released schedule details for January 2012, including press information for new episodes of Young Justice slated to debut during the month. While complete specific episode details will not be available for Teletoon until next week, below is the overall description provided by the network.

Full article here:

Young Justice episode updates

Young Justice Production Update

According to Greg Weisman, Young Justice Season Two is wrapped up already!

"Today we recorded (most) of Young Justice episode 220, i.e. the final episode of Season Two. We had a nice little cast party today, which is bittersweet, of course, since we don't know if we're merely taking a break with a pickup coming some day - or whether this is it."

You can read it all here

Young Justice Production Update

Maggie Q as Wonder Woman on Young Justice!

Wonder Woman - Young Justice
Wonder Woman - Young Justice

TV Guide has a report that Maggie Q will be voicing Wonder Woman in Young Justice!

Are we slowly getting JLU 2.0 or what?

"Great Hera, this is some awesome casting news. Nikita star Maggie Q has lassoed the role of Wonder Woman in the Cartoon Network series Young Justice. Though the character has been seen in the background of past episodes of the superhero show, she will have her first speaking part in the March 24 episode ("Agendas")."

Full Story Here

Khary Payton (Aqualad) Interview at Comic Book Movie.com

In an interview at CBM, Khary Payton reveals that he and the rest of the cast have been released from the TV adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Oeming's Powers.

And talks a little about Aqualad and Young Justice.

Comic Book Movie.com

Young Justice Action Figure Line Canceled

Cool Toy Review is reporting that due to poor sales, Mattel has announced they will not continue producing and distributing toys based on the Young Justice animated series to retail outlets.

As popular as YJ is, this really doesn't make any sense to me.

Read more here:

Cool Toy Review

"Artemis" in Sophia Grace & Rosie's Royal Adventure (2014)
"Artemis" in Sophia Grace & Rosie's Royal Adventure (2014)

Another Live Action Artemis - Evelyn Sharp in Season 5 of Arrow

Madison McLaughlin will be Evelyn Sharp in Season 5 of Arrow as Artemis.
Evelyn was the young vigilante in Arrow's Season 4 episode "Canary Cry" who dressed up like Black Canary.
This is the second time that Artemis has been brought to life.
The first time (kinda) was in Sophia Grace & Rosie's Royal Adventure (2014) pictured above.
All this may bode well for a Young Justice return.

Young Justice Season 3 Coming To Netflix?

Is it possible that we might actually finally get a Season 3 of Young Justice?

"Young Justice season 3 might be coming to Netflix. Reports reveal that the animated series might be revived soon."

You can find out more here....

Yes...it IS Happening

“Young Justice,” the popular Cartoon Network show featuring a group of teen heroes from the DC Universe, is returning to the air....soon.
Warner Bros. has announced that production has begun for the third season of the animated series.

Young Justice Season 1- Best/Funniest Moments

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      Jhangora LM 6 years ago

      Will try to watch this series, the characters look interesting. Thanx a lot for the introduction.

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      ImmatureEntrepr 6 years ago

      Thanks for the mention! Love, love, love this cartoon and the lens as well. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Awesome lens! I loved the JLA comics and the spin offs of them, so I will be sure to check out the cartoon. I'm not much on cartoons usually for the comics because I like the stories I know... But I did like that XMen one where everyone was in High School. There's been so many XMen cartoons I forget the name though. Teen Titans was good though, my kids loved that one also!

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      Matie 5 years ago

      My favorite characters is definitely Superboy, I can't wait when they air new episodes on August!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      this is definitely an awesome show. i highly recommend it to people that are in to this sort of thing (action/superhero/building story arc style writing, etc)!

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      superbob17 lm 5 years ago

      Good lens. I will have to check out Young Justice myself now.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Great lens. I love super heroes.

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      Paul Turner 5 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

      Love this show! Great job.

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      elpereles 5 years ago

      I need to see the Avengers cartoon, but I see the New Thundercats and Young Justice. Really nice cartoons with interesting plots. It is nice that to see the American Cartoons learn something from the Japanese Anime. Adding interesting plots and showing to the world that cartoons aren't just for kids or to sell toys.

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      BlogsWriter 5 years ago

      Interesting characters and exciting story - I need to watch this.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens. I haven't seen this show all that much. THink my son would love it. Very well put together lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love the show! Robin's my fave. This page is wonderfully done!

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      elpereles 5 years ago

      In the Second Season of Young Justice is based 5 years after last episode of the 1rst season. Robin (Dick Grayson) now is Nightwing, Superboy is still Superboy (but now Superman sees him like a little brother), more members, and Aqualad fathers is revealed to be a classic Aquaman foe.

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      elpereles 5 years ago

      The Young Justice heroes made a big conspiracy to discover the true behind everything. I will not be surprise after see Godfrey that the real enemy behing everything is Darkseid.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      the first time i saw it ,i fell in love.

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      DMVAgent 4 years ago

      wew.. more actions on young justice league! I watch this every extra time of mine, thanks for sharing this. :))

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      sonnydayze 4 years ago

      Cool Show

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      Gabriel 4 years ago from U.S.

      Awesome. Definitely something I want to see. I don't have Cartoon Network or any paid programming so got to get the season dvds.

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      elpereles 4 years ago

      Nice TV show, but all this pause and stand by are killing the interest. DC has something great in their hands and it is just getting it go away.

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      Sabre1000 4 years ago

      @elpereles: You are exactly right.

      Check out my YJ Invasion Lens for some ideas on what to do about that.

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      mikes-cool-stuff 4 years ago

      I love this cartoon, I'm glad it's back and I watch it every Saturday morning. Great lens. Also thanks for liking another one of my lenses.

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      ChimpWithKeyboard 4 years ago from East coast of England in the county of Suffolk

      Cool cartoon, but I wish the night scenes weren't so dark that I have difficulty seeing what's happened.

      Hey, why so little love in the above poll for Miss Martian and Zatanna? Personally, I think they're the best characters.

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