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[[caption-width-right:325:The M.M.M.S.[[note]]Merry Marvel Marching Society, true believer![[/note]] wants '''YOU!''']]
->''Meet [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk the sulky, over-bulky, kinda Hulk-y superhero]]\\
[[Comicbook/IronMan A two-fisted and electrically-transistored superhero]]\\
[[Comicbook/SubMariner An exotically neurotic and aquatic superhero,]]\\
The Marvel Super Heroes have arrived!\\
Super-powered from their forehead to their toes...\\
Watch 'em change their very shape before your nose!\\
See [[Comicbook/TheMightyThor a cane-striking superhero change to Viking superhero]]\\
[[Comicbook/CaptainAmerica A hum-dingin', real swingin', shield-flingin' superhero]]\\
They're the latest, they're the greatest, ultimate-est superheroes,\\
The Marvel Super Heroes have arr'''IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVED!'''''
-->--'''Main Theme'''

An AnimatedAnthology series from the 1960's featuring several Creator/MarvelComics superheroes, and one of the first to do so. It is remembered today mostly for its extremely limited animation (using xerography with the art from the original comics) and zany theme songs, but it also was the debut in animation for several major Marvel characters, particularly those from these series:
* ''Comicbook/CaptainAmerica''
* ''Comicbook/IronMan''
* ''Comicbook/TheMightyThor''
* ''[[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk The Incredible Hulk]]''
* ''[[ComicBook/SubMariner The Sub-Mariner]]''

The stories were all from the early comics, and so featured the origins of the heroes and most of their main enemies. The segments were short (about 7 minutes each) and were sold as a package, to be aired however the TV station wanted.

Contrary to popular belief, the SoBadItsGood songs were not written by Creator/StanLee. They remain {{earworm}}s to this day, with Iron Man's theme even receiving some new treatments for [[Film/IronMan1 his first live-action movie]]. (lyrics [[http://www.retroist.com/2009/03/06/complete-set-of-opening-credits-to-the-marvel-cartoons-of-the-1960s-with-lyrics/ here]] or [[https://web.archive.org/web/20120614101520/http://homepage.mac.com/jjbeach/einheri/music.html here]]).

For all that it is made fun of today, the series made the "Marvel style" of superheroes (which during UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks was relatively more serious than its rival Creator/DCComics') more popular, and inspired a line of {{Animated Adaptation}}s of other Marvel heroes, including [[WesternAnimation/SpiderMan1967 Spider-Man]] and the [[WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFour1967 Fantastic Four]].

Not to be confused with the [[VideoGame/MarvelSuperHeroes fighting game made by Capcom.]]

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!!This cartoon provides examples of:
* SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon: Because the show has segments for five superheroes and gives each hero's segment 13 episodes, there are 65 episodes altogether.
* AbortedArc: The series for the most part avoided leaving storylines hanging and primarily stuck to adapting stories that were self-contained, but the ''Hulk'' segments had two episodes that ended on a cliffhanger that was ignored by the next installment and never resolved because of the comic stories where they were resolved never being adapted.
** "Terror of the Toad Men/Bruce Banner: Wanted for Treason/Hulk Runs Amok" had Bruce Banner find a solution to his transformations by creating a hideout to enter whenever night comes, relying on Rick Jones to let him out in the morning after his transformation wears off. By the next episode, this solution is forgotten and Banner is back to struggling to keep his transformations into the Hulk under control.
** "Within This Monster Dwells a Man/Another World, Another Foe/The Wisdom of the Watcher" has the ending narration mention that the Hulk is unable to change back into Bruce Banner. The next episode disregards this detail and has Bruce change into the Hulk and back with no problem.
* TheAbridgedSeries: Some ''WesternAnimation/MarvelMashUp'' segments feature {{Gag Dub}}s of this show.
* AdaptationDyeJob:
** The episode adapting Hulk's origin story portrays him as green instead of gray, to match later comics.
** Iron Man's Mark II armor gets colored red and gold in one of Hulk's episodes, when originally it was entirely gold-colored. While this makes it look a little closer to Iron Man's other suits, it also creates an inconsistency with the episode adapting the first appearances of Pepper Potts and Happy Hogan, which shows the armor in its accurate color.
* AdaptationNameChange: The adaptation of the Hulk's origin story renames the Gargoyle as the Gorgon.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Pepper Potts has no freckles or bun in the episode adapting the first comic in which she appeared.
* {{Angst}}: Every hero had some: The Hulk for being hunted, Captain America for outliving his loved ones, Thor for being forbidden to love a mortal, and Iron Man for always being near death. (Prince Namor the Submariner also complained a lot but he really had few reasons to.)
* BigBad: Some of the segments had the hero's archenemy in the comics serve as the most frequently recurring or most prominent villain.
** The Red Skull in ''Captain America''
** The Mandarin in ''Iron Man''
** Loki in ''The Mighty Thor''
* BraggingThemeTune: The theme songs all boast about how awesome the heroes are.
* ClipArtAnimation: The series basically took the artwork from the comics, and added moving mouths and limbs, spoken dialogue and sound effects. Still, considering the artwork was from people such as Creator/JackKirby, it was still impressive to see.
* EndingTheme: ''"You belong, you belong, you belong, you belong to the Merry Marvel Marching Society..."'' Heard only in prints that retain a full end credit reel.
* ExpositoryThemeTune: The Hulk's theme contains two or three lines about the accident that gave Banner his powers.
* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: Not that much, but when compared to many other western superhero cartoons (such as ''[[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 He-Man]]'') definitely.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: The studio apparently could not secure the rights to any ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' characters, other than Doctor Doom. Because of this, a ''Sub-Mariner'' vignette featuring Doom replaced Reed and his companions with the first five Comicbook/{{X-Men}}, albeit with their team's name changed to, "The Allies For Peace."
* LimitedAnimation: This cartoon was notorious because of the fact that they just photocopied the artwork of the original comics, what little animation there is being limited mainly to the characters' mouths moving when they talk as well as the occasional eyes blinking and arms flailing.
* NarratingTheObvious: Like most Silver Age comics, most of the exposition gets delivered through narration and dialogue, and the characters have a tendency to narrate their own actions.
* NeverSayDie: Averted. The segments explicitly have characters use the words "die" and "death" where appropriate and even have some characters get killed off.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: The Grey Gargoyle doesn't sound French.
* OffModel: Characters are occasionally shown with mistakes in their coloring and inconsistency in character designs. The most notable offenders are Odin and Loki in the ''Mighty Thor'' segments, who frequently change physical appearances between shots.
* {{Origins Episode}}s: Among the main heroes, played straight only for Captain America and Hulk. Namor's origin story, instead of getting adapted directly, became told in flashback. Iron Man and Thor each started their series with episodes that did not retell their origins at all.
* RememberTheNewGuy: The Captain America segment featuring the Masters of Evil has Iron Man recognize the Black Knight and the Melter even though the former appeared much later in Iron Man's own segments and the latter made no appearances in the Iron Man episodes at all.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Motion Comics.
* TruerToTheText: AdaptationDyeJob, AdaptationalAttractiveness and LawyerFriendlyCameo aside this is an extremely faithful adaptation of the original comics in comparison to what came before it, in the case of Captain America, and after it, in the case of everyone else save Namor (however, ''[[WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes]]'' is almost the closest to this series in the terms of a very faithful adaptation of the Creator/MarvelComics series as well as the superhero team ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'' and the Mainstream Marvel comics in general).
* VocalDissonance: Especially if viewers come in expecting voice-acting reminiscent of modern Marvel cartoons and movies.
* WhenSheSmiles: The usually grouchy Hulk is seen smiling and laughing in the show's closing sequence accompanied by the song "The Merry Marvel Marching Society".

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