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The Marvel Super Heroes
Marvel Super Heroes
Beginning date September 1, 1966
End date December 1, 1966
Number of Episodes 65
Episodes
Writers Stan Lee
Steve Ditko
Jack Kirby
John Romita, Sr.
Joe Simon
Bill Everett
Larry Lieber
Don Heck
Jerry Siegel
Producers Robert L. Lawrence
Steve Krantz
Original Channel Syndication
Next Series Spider-Man

The Marvel Super Heroes was the very first animated venture based on characters from Marvel Comics. The series focused on Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, and Namor. The series ran for three months between September 1st and December 1st in 1966.

Story

The stories were lifted directly from the comics, now called the Silver Age of Comic Books, rather than adapting the stories. Just a few stories were changed to omit some characters or to bring closure to stories that continued in another comic.

Animation

The series was made by Grantray-Lawrence Animation. It was headed by Grant Simmons, Ray Patterson, and Robert Lawrence.

Because of the short production schedule, the series used xerography for animation. The animators used images from the actual comic books for crude animation. Today, that would be called motion comics.

Cast

Actor Role(s)
Sandy Becker
Arthur Pierce
Captain America
Max Ferguson Hulk
Paul Soles Rick Jones
Bruce Banner
Happy Hogan
Hawkeye
Attuma
John Vernon Iron Man
Namor
Glenn Talbot
Chris Wiggins Thor
Hawkeye
Kraven the Hunter
Grey Gargoyle
Byrrah
Carl Banas Bucky Barnes
Len Birman Hercules
Len Carlson Quicksilver
Loki
Vern Chapman Super Adaptoid
Bernard Cowan Narrator
Mandarin
Melter
Odin
Peg Dixon Jane Foster
Wasp
Pepper Potts
Enchantress
Scarlet Witch
Betty Ross
Lady Dorma
Lorelei
Black Widow
Gillie Fenwick Baron Zemo
Radioactive Man
Leader
Space Phantom
Tom Harvey Giant Man
Iceman
Chameleon
Super-Skrull
Paul Kligman Red Skull
Thaddeus Ross
Power Man
Mole Man
Krang
Ed McNamara Titanium Man
Swordsman
Henry Ramer Doctor Doom
Crimson Dynamo
Vashti

Actors voicing Captain America, Doctor Doom, Hulk, and Bucky also portrayed the characters in live-action segments. These were written by Jerry Siegel, most famous for helping to create DC Comics superhero Superman.

Episodes

See The Marvel Super Heroes Episodes.

Sixty-five episodes were produced. Each episode was comprised of three seven minute sections, totaling one-hundred and ninety-five segments. Each group of three would focus on one superhero tale. In between the segments were descriptions of the other four heroes.

The series aired in syndication, meaning it was not part of one series everywhere but the channel varied by city.

Each day featured a different hero: Captain America on Monday, Hulk on Tuesday, Iron Man on Wednesday, Thor on Thursday, and Namor on Friday.

Reception

Rotten Tomatoes ranked the series among its top one-hundred superhero series with this series at fifty-one above Big Hero 6 at one-hundred Spider-Woman at eighty-nine, Iron Man: Armored Adventures at eighty-six, Ultimate Spider-Man at eighty-three, Spider-Man Unlimited at seventy-three, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes at sixty-nine, The Super Hero Squad Show at sixty-eight, X-Men: Evolution at sixty-six, Fantastic Four at sixty-four, Avengers Assemble at fifty-eight, Guardians of the Galaxy at fifty-five and below Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends at forty-eight, The Spectacular Spider-Man at forty-six, Spider-Man at forty, Spider-Man at nineteen, and X-Men at five.[1]

Legacy

The 2008 Iron Man film from Marvel Studios features a big band version of the Iron Man segments theme song without lyrics. The original song is included on the soundtrack.

The comic Tony Stark: Iron Man #9 features a flashback that uses the iron Man segments theme song's lyrics.[2]

References

  1. 100 Best Superhero TV Shows of All Time at Rotten Tomatoes
  2. Tony Stark: Iron Man Pays Homage to a Classic Cartoon at Comic Book Resources

External Links

The Marvel Super Heroes
Main Heroes Bruce BannerCaptain AmericaHulkIron ManNamorThor
Other Heroes AngelBeastCyclopsHawkeyeGiant ManHerculesIcemanMarvel GirlOdinProfessor XQuicksilverScarlet WitchWasp
Villains AttumaBaron ZemoBlack WidowByrrahChameleonCrimson DynamoDoctor DoomEnchantressGlenn TalbotGrey GargoyleKrangKraven the HunterLeaderLokiLoreleiMandarinMelterMole ManPower ManRadioactive ManRed SkullSpace PhantomSuper AdaptoidSuper-SkrullSwordsmanThaddeus RossTitanium ManVashti
Others Betty RossBucky BarnesHappy HoganJane FosterLady DormaPepper PottsRick Jones
Hero Teams Allies for PeaceAvengers
Villain Teams Masters of Evil
Locations Atlantis
Main Crew Grant SimmonsJerry SiegelRay PattersonRobert Lawrence
Companies Grantray-Lawrence AnimationKrantz Films
Seasons Episodes
The Marvel Super Heroes Episodes
Captain America "The Origin of Captain America"/"Wreckers Among Us"/"Enter Red Skull" • "The Sentinel and the Spy"/"The Fantastic Origin of the Red Skull"/"Lest Tyranny Triumph" • "Midnight in Greymoor Castle"/"If This Be Treason"/"When You Lie Down With Dogs" • "Return of Captain America"/"The Search"/"To Live Again (Captain America)" • "Zemo and his Masters of Evil"/"Zemo Strikes"/"The Fury of Zemo" • "The Revenge of Captain America"/"The Trap is Sprung"/"So Dies a Villain" • "Let the Past be Gone"/"The Adaptoid"/"The Super Adaptoid" • "Coming of the Swordsman"/"Vengeance is Ours"/"Emissary of Destruction" • "Bitter Taste of Defeat"/"Sorcery Triumph"/"The Road Back" • "Doorway to Doom"/"When the Commissar Commands"/"Duel or Die" • "The Sleeper Shall Awake"/"Where Walks the Sleeper"/"The Final Sleep" • "The Girl from Cap's Past"/"The Stage is Set"/"30 Minutes to Live" • "The Red Skull Lives"/"He who Holds the Cosmic Cube"/"The Red Skull Supreme"
Hulk "The Origin of the Hulk"/"Enter the Gorgon"/"To Be a Man" • "Terror of the Toadmen"/"Bruce Banner: Wanted for Treason"/"Hulk Runs Amok" • "A Titan Rides the Train"/"The Horde of Humanoids"/"On the Rampage!" • "The Power of Dr. Banner"/"Where Strides the Behemoth"/"Back from the Dead" • "Micro Monsters"/"The Lair of the Leader"/"To Live Again (The Incredible Hulk)" • "Brawn Against Brain"/"Captured at Last"/"Enter the Chameleon" • "Within this Monster Dwells a Man"/"Another World, Another Foe"/"The Wisdom of the Watcher" • "The Space Phantom"/"Sting of the Wasp"/"Exit the Hulk" • "Hulk vs. Metal Master"/"The Master Tests his Metal"/"Mind Over Metal" • "The Ringmaster"/"Captive of the Circus"/"The Grand Finale" • "Enter Tyrannus"/"Beauty & the Beast"/"They Dwell in the Depths" • "Terror of the T-Gun"/"I Against a World"/"Bruce Banner is the Hulk" • "The Man Called Boomerang"/"Hulk Intervenes"/"Less than Monster, More than Man"
Iron Man "Double Disaster"/"Enter Happy Hogan"/"Of Ice and Men" • "The Death of Tony Stark"/"The Hands of the Mandarin"/"The Origin of the Mandarin" • "Ultimo"/"Ultimo Lives"/"Crescendo" • "The Mandarin's Revenge"/"The Mandarin's Death Ray"/"No One Escapes the Mandarin" • "Crimson Dynamo"/"The Crimson Dynamo Strikes"/"Captured" • "Enter Hawkeye"/"So Spins the Web"/"Triple Jeopardy" • "If I Die, Let it be with Honor"/"Fight On, For a World is Watching"/"What Price Victory?" • "The Moleman Strikes"/"The Dragon of Flames"/"Decision Under the Earth" • "The Other Iron Man"/"Death Duel"/"Into the Jaws of the Death" • "Cliffs of Doom"/"The False Captain America"/"The Unmasking" • "My Life for Yours"/"Black Knight's Gambit"/"Menace of the Monster" • "Dream Master"/"If a Man be Mad"/"Duel in Space" • "The Beauty and the Armor"/"Peril in Space"/"As a City Watches"
Thor "Trapped by Loki"/"Vengeance of Loki"/"Defeat of Loki" • "Chained Evil"/"Sandu, Master of the Supernatural"/"Enchanted Hammer" • "Enchantress and Executioner"/"Giants Walk the Earth"/"Battle of the Gods" • "At the Mercy of Loki"/"Trail of the Gods"/"Return to Earth" • "The Absorbing Man"/"In my Hands, This Hammer"/"Vengeance of the Thunder God" • "To Kill a Thunder God"/"The Day of the Destroyer"/"Terror of the Tomb" • "The Grey Gargoyle"/"The Wrath of Odin"/"Triumph in Stone" • "Mysterious Mister Hyde"/"Revenge of Mr. Hyde"/"Thor's Showdown with Mr. Hyde" • "Every Hand Against Him"/"The Power of the Thunder God"/"The Power of Odin" • "The Tomorrow Man"/"Return of Zarrko"/"Slave of Tomorrow Man" • "Enter Hercules"/"When Meet Immortals"/"Whom the Gods Would Destroy" • "The Power of Pluto"/"The Verdict of Zeus"/"Thunder in the Netherworld" • "Molto, the Lava Man"/"Invasion of the Lava Man"/"Living Rock" •
Namor "Peril in the Surface World"/"So Spreads the Net"/"The Unveiling" • "The Start of the Quest!"/"Escape to Nowhere"/"A Prince There Was" • "Not All my Power can Save Me!"/"When Fails the Quest"/"The End of the Quest" • "Atlantis Under Attack"/"The Sands of Terror"/"The Iron Idol of Infamy" • "The Thing from Space"/"No Escape for Namor"/"A Prince Dies Fighting" • "To Conquer a Crown"/"A Prince No More"/"He Who Wears the Crown" • "To Walk Amongst Men!"/"When Rises the Behemoth"/"To the Death" • "The World Within!"/"Atlantis is Doomed"/"Quest for X-Atom" • "Beware the Siren Song"/"Spell of Lorelei"/"Return of the Mud Beast" • "Ship of Doom"/"Fall of Atlantis"/"Forces of Vengeance" • "The Planet of Doom"/"To Test a Prince"/"To Save a Planet" • "Doctor Doom's Day"/"The Doomed Allegiance"/"Tug of Death" • "Let the Stranger Die..!"/"To Destroy a Tyrant"/"Save A City"
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