The Marvel Superheroes

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(ended 1966)

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The Marvel Superheroes

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This cartoon series, characterized by extremely limited animation, features five of the most popular super-powered heroes from Marvel Comics: the Incredible Hulk, the Mighty Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, and the Sub-Mariner, each of whom is the star of 13 episodes, adding to a total of 65. All episodes are divided into three seven-minute segments separated by a short description of one of the other four heroes featured in the series. The Incredible Hulk, into whom scientist Bruce Banner changes whenever excited, angered, or bombarded by gamma rays from a machine, frequently combats the Leader, a villainous genius with a gamma-ray-mutated brain. Captain America's foe, the Red Skull, opposes him in World War II Europe, where Captain America's original self, Captain Steve Rogers, is stationed as a soldier. Thunder-God Mighty Thor's evil brother, Loki, concocts nature-twisting schemes in his vain effort to vanquish Thor, Thor's human half, Dr. Donald Blake, and Thor/Blake's love, Nurse Jane Foster. Multi-millionaire Tony Stark and his electronically powered alter-ego, Iron Man, battle industrial spies, saboteurs, and an Oriental megalomaniac named the Mandarin. And as Prince of the sunken continent of Atlantis, Namor, the Sub-Mariner, acts to defend his kingdom against evil invaders. Programming Schedule: Monday: Captain America Tuesday: The Invincible Iron Man Wednesday: The Incredible Hulk Thursday: The Mighty Thor Friday: Namor, the Sub-Mariner The Marvel Superheroes Theme Song Meet the bulky, kinda sulky, kinda hulky super hero. Altruistic and electrically transistored super hero. An exotically neurotic and aquatic super hero. The Marvel Super Heroes have arrived! Super powered from their foreheads to their toes, Watch them change their very shape before your nose. See our cane-striking super heroes change to Viking super heroes. Our zinging', real swinin', shield flingin' super heroes. Their the latest, they're the greatest, ultimatest super heroes. THE MARVEL SUPER HEROES HAVE ARRIVED!moreless
Arthur Pierce

Arthur Pierce

Captain America, Various

Paul Soles

Paul Soles

Various

Chris Wiggins

Chris Wiggins

Thor, Various

John Vernon

John Vernon

The Sub-Mariner, Iron Man/Tony Stark, Maj. Glenn Talbot, Various

Bernard Cowan

Bernard Cowan

Hulk, Various

Paul Kligman

Paul Kligman

Various

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  • The Marvel Super Heroes was a syndicated series that was stared to a large degree as an answer to the Superman Cartoons launched on CBS. They were poorly animated compared to Superman--but the scripting was MUCH better!moreless

    8.7
    When CBS announced they would come out with an animated Superman series--it evidently occurred to the folks at Marvel that they were missing out on a lucrative market! The fact that they RE-acted instead of planning their series independently probably had a lot to do with the fact that their version had limited animation and only a syndicated deal instead of a network contract like their competitor D.C. (Detective Comics--home of Superman and Batman). Their scramble to get something on the air quickly no doubt led to a much smaller budget,also contributing to the aforementioned limitations. Their STRENGTH, however, was their willingness to convert plots almost verbatim from the comic book pages--leading to stories that were vastly superior to the Superman--and later--the Superman/Batman animated series.Even though I was still a pre-teen, I found the Marvel series fascinating--Iron Man--The Hulk--Thor--

    The Sub-Mariner (Prince Namor) and (of Course) Captain America were great fun to watch--and having 4 characters instead of 2 had much more variety--moreso--when they used old AVENGERS Comics plots in some of the Captain America episodes (since C. America was leader of the group)--which gave viewers a chance to see Hawkeye, Giant Man (also known as Ant Man earlier) and the Wasp (his wife)and a few other heroes in addition to the 4 lead characters. It also had the distinction of being the first animated superhero show to feature a group of heroes , instead of the usual loner or hero and sidekick combo (predating D.C.'s SuperFriends by at least a year.) I had read a few Marvel comics before this--but the TV show really made me into a steady consumer of the Marvel Line! I would recommend this series to anyone--either children who would like to see great stories and experience

    the early influences on their parents or grandparents--and its great nostalgia for older folks who don't read comics much anymore!moreless
  • This show got me into fandom

    7.0
    When I was ten years old, I was aware of Superman and Batman, but I had never heard of Marvel comics. Then one Sunday afternoon, the Merry Marvel Marching Society premiered on a local channel in Los Angeles. This of course was long before the days of cable, back in 1966/67. I was instantly transfixed and despite the fact that there was little or no animation; there was something about the show that moved me. Perhaps it was just radio with pictures, but it didn\'t matter to me. The voices, the music, something about it appealed to my ten year old brain. I immediately hunted down marvel comics. For a year or so, I lived, breathed and eat comic books. But the fad died down, and come 1968, I stopped collecting. But at the back of my brain, I always wondered, did the invisible girl ever have her baby? About five years later when I was in high school, I started collecting again, this time in earnest. I started going to comic book stores, and conventions, and then to more general conventions. I met my wife at one such convention, and a lot of my closest friends. Periodically I rewatch some of the old episodes of this show, with a new understanding. You can actually tell which issues were used to make the show. But despite the cheese facture, there was genuine heart. Not too bad for a largely forgotten cartoon.moreless
  • Episode list holes
    I've found some errors in episode list:ep.10 (Sub-Mariner) & ep.14 (Thor) are missing in the list.What's about them?
    03/10/08
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  • Does anyone know...
    ...if any of these old shows are still syndicated anywhere?  I'd love to see the ones I haven't.  And I'm still holding out hope...
    09/15/07
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