“Oh, my Queen,” said the Royal Sorcerer to Hatshepsut, “with this amulet you and your descendants are endowed by the Goddess Isis with the powers of the animals and the elements. You will soar as the falcon soars, run with the speed of gazelles, and command the elements of sky and earth.”
3,000 years later, a young science teacher dug up this lost treasure, and found she was heir to The Secrets of Isis!!
“The Secrets of Isis” was a live-action show produced by Filmation. The program premiered in September of 1975 and ran for two years until 1977, with a total of twenty-two episodes. The show ran as a partner to “Shazam!” in “The Shazam!/Isis Hour”
In the show, Andrea Thomas, a high school teacher, finds an ancient amulet during an archeological dig in Egypt. The amulet recognizes her as an heir to ISIS and allows her to open the box the amulet rests inside.
Whenever Andrea needs to become Isis she reveals the amulet around her neck and recites an incantation, “O Mighty Isis!”. Much like Billy Batson calling, “Shazam!!
If you’re curious where “The Secrets of Isis” fits in with other live-action female-led superhero television shows; “The Secrets of Isis” first aired two months before “Wonder Woman”, which premiered in November of 1975. And it beat “The Bionic Woman” as well as The Krofft Supershow’s “Electra Woman and Dyna Girl” by a year.
However, “The Secrets of Isis” wasn’t the first weekly live-action series to star a female super hero. That honor goes to the 1955 syndicated program, “Sheena Queen of the Jungle”.
Following the live-action series, Isis starred in another Filmation production, this time animated. “The Freedom Force” which debuted in 1978 as a segment in “Tarzan and the Super Seven”. In the series Isis and other heroes, were gathered from around the globe to battle evil. The series was short-lived with only five episodes being produced.
In 1981 Isis made an another animated appearance on the “The Kid Superpower Hour with Shazam!” when she visited “Hero-High” for the day.
Isis’s debut in comics was in October of 1976 as a guest character in “Shazam!” #25. Within a month after appearing in Shazam’s comic, Isis was given her own series, “The Mighty Isis”.
Her comic tied-in with the television series starring the tv shows main character, Andrea Thomas, a school teacher and heir to the power of Isis, as well as the supporting cast.
Her comic book ran for eight issues ending roughly when the the TV show was cancelled.
In 2006 a DC character by the name similar to Andrea Thomas, Adrianna Tomaz, was created and given the name, Isis. She was introduced as a supporting character for Black Adam. In this origin-story, instead of being an heir to the power of Isis, she receives the power after Black Adam retrieved the amulet of Isis from the tomb of his long dead wife and then asked Captain Marvel, who was Keeper of the Rock of Eternity, to give her the power. So really this newer Isis is a different character altogether.