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This article is written from the Real World perspective Stan Lee
The Marvel Super Heroes
Marvel Super Heroes
Beginning date September 1, 1966
End date December 1, 1966
Number of Episodes 65
Writers Stan Lee
June Patterson
Don Christensen
Jewell Schubel
Jim Carmichael
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
Previous Series None
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

Recurring 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
Edward 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.

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