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"The Marvel Superheroes - 50th Anniversary" Talkback (Spoilers)

Discussion in 'The Marvel Animation Forum' started by JabarR, Jun 4, 2016.

  1. JabarR

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    This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Marvel Superheroes. Produced by GrantRay/Lawrence Animation and Krantz Films, the series featured 5 of Marvel Comics most popular superheroes: Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Prince Namor: The Sub-Mariner, The Mighty Thor and Iron Man. The animation used for the series was mostly from comic books with very little movement, but with great stories. Come voice your opinion about the series.

     
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    Like anyone I am impressed with how the respective characters have gone through in TV either changes in costume, voices or in-depth character, and how they would make more and more TV series of Iron Man, or Hulk the results have been truly great after 50 years for the Marvel cartoons.
     
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    I have a soft spot for these shows. The animation is very limited and most of the stories are very dated now but they do have some charm. I revisit the shows from time to time (I recently re-watched some of the Captain America segments before seeing "Civil War"). Pretty interesting that Cap's show was aired on Mondays, the first in the line-up making him basically the first Marvel character to get his own cartoon.

    My favorites are probably the Mighty Thor segments, I just find them the most exciting ones. The Namor ones are my least favorites, I think they're kind of boring. Overall it might not have aged too well, but I think the Marvel Super Heroes Show still deserves some praise as it was the start of Marvel's animated series.

    I was actually planning on starting an anniversary thread for the show, with reviews for each segment in September (the month the show started airing, back in 1966).
     
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  4. JabarR

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    You can do your reviews here, even post some pics or vids if you want.
     
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    It can be a fun series for me to revisit from time to time. There's something about those early comic adaptations (60s FF and Spider-Man, Fleischer Superman, Filmation Batman, etc) that just seem to bring the feel of those comics to life for me and this show did that as well. Marvel Super Heroes was pretty much a series of motion comics with a lively radio play to back it but sometimes that works.

    One part of the series that I think deserves some credit were those catchy themes/jingles. They're just such fun songs that it's kind of hard not to hum along or anything when you hear them. http://www.filmmusicsociety.org/news_events/features/2015/071415.html

    My favorite episodes tend to be Captain America episodes or any episode that featured more than one Avenger or the whole team (Cliffs Of Doom, The Coming of the Swordsman, Zemo and The Masters of Evil, etc). I've had a fondness for Captain America's WWII adventures probably from the moment that I bought The Origin Of Captain America/ Midnight In Greymoor Castle on VHS as a kid, and I always had fun with the "modern" Cap stories as well.

    Iron Man, Thor and Namor's adventures were all pretty fun as well. The Mandarin episodes are a bit tough for me to get through anymore. I haven't seen as much of The Hulk stories for whatever reason but there's still time to.
     
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    I don't really have the time to start writing reviews now, but I have gone pretty in-depth for most of the episodes in some of my retrospectives:

    Namor the Sub-Mariner in Animation - A Retrospective

    I talked about the other segments (mostly focusing on the villains) in these threads:

    Red Skull in Animation - A Retrospective
    Leader in Animation - A retrospective
    Mandarin in Animation - A Retrospective
    Loki in Animation - A retrospective
     
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    One thing that you could say in their favor was that most stories were taken strait from the comics.
     
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    The show had some neat commercial bumpers, too, from what I've seen.

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    It's pretty funny how John Vernon went from playing heroes like Iron Man and Namor to playing antagonists like Thunderbolt Ross or Rupert Thorne in Batman TAS. I guess you really "die a hero or live long enough to become the villain".

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    Speaking of Namor.................................







    Does anybody have these shows on DVD?
     
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    Is this the same John Vernon who played the Dean in Animal House?
     
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    Yes. Yes, it is.

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    Yes.
     
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    I know I'm 18 days late with this, but Sept. 1 marks the official 50th anniversary of The Marvel Superheroes

     
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    History Of Comics On Film Part 20 (The Marvel Super-Heroes)

     
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    They are pure cheese - but I like me some cheese.
     

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