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Marvel Super Heroes (TV Show)

1960 Animated Cartoon starring Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, Iron Man and Submariner

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Poor Animation But Great Tales and a Whole Lot of Fun!

  • Sep 15, 2010
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Growing up in the 1960's and being a big fan of the Marvel comics,one of the first "must see" television programs that debuted daily was The Marvel Super Heroes cartoons.  At first I was a little disappointed because the line-up did not include my two favorite titles, Spiderman and The Fantastic Four, but the show allowed me to gain an appreciation of two of the lesser Marvel titles, namely Submariner (pronounced in the cartoon submaroner and not like a "submarine- r") and The Mighty Thor.

Each day of the week that had a different hero and each cartoon was taken directly from the comic book.  As a matter of fact they were so cheaply made that they took the actual artwork cels from the original comic art and made the characters mouths move.  To get a character to run they sometimes just moved the "still" character across the screen.  No matter, I hardly noticed as television cartoon animation during those days was no big deal.

The cartoons each had their own theme songs (I have included all the theme songs in the wiki page for those of you who may want to learn what the "actual" words were).  I loved the theme songs, especially the song to the Merrry Marvel Marching Society.  I later learned that if you joined the MMS, Marvel sent you a record with the song along with a membership card.  Those records might be pretty valuable today, especially if you have one in good condition.

The stories were better than most cartoon stories as they were taken exactly from the original classic comics.  One of my favorites was how Captain America was found floating in the ocean by the Avengers.  Apparently he and Bucky Barnes had been after Zemo (the villian with a mask glued to his head that maybe should have tried nail polish remover to get it off) had blown them up and Cap was frozen solid for over 20 years in suspended animation.

Hulk had a funny voice and he was always yelling "why?" and "you dare threaten Hulk?'  Tony Stark was very sophisticated and was always seeming to battle the Mandarin who had a Charlie Chan-like voice.  Captain America was off battling the Red Skull, while Thor seemed to be always fighting Mr. Hyde and The Cameleon.   Submariner also called Namor had his blue girlfriend, the Lady Dorma and the Hulk seemed to always be battling The Leader.

By today's standards these cartoons are probably laughable (I even remember when Thor spoke with his father, Odin, the artwork of Odin would change three times in the same scene), but the great storylines make them enjoyable and a treasure to have!

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A cartoon series from 1966 featuring five of the most popular super 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, making a total of 65 episodes. Each episode was divided into three seven-minute segments separated by a short description of one of the other four heroes featured in the series. Despite in being in color, it is still known for having very poor animation even for the low standard of the period.

cast & voices

  • Bernard Cowan: Hulk, various.
  • Peg Dixon: Betty Ross, Pepper Potts, Lady Dorma, Nurse Jane Foster, various.
  • Paul Kligman: Various.
  • Arthur Pierce: Captain America, various.
  • Paul Soles: Various.
  • John Vernon: The Sub-Mariner, Iron Man/Tony Stark, Maj. Glenn Talbot, various.
  • Chris Wiggins: Thor, various.
Theme songs

Opening song:

Meet the bulky, kinda sulky, kinda hulky super heroes.

Altruistic and electrically transistored super heroes.

An exotically neurotic and aquatic super heroes.

The Marvel superheroes have arrived!

Superpowered 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 swingin', shield-flingin' super heroes.

They're the latest, they're the greatest, ultimatest super heroes.

The Marvel superheroes have arrived!

The Mighty Thor

Cross the Rainbow Bridge of Asgard,

Where the ...
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