Western Animation / The Marvel Super Heroes

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An Animated Anthology series from the 1960's featuring several Marvel Comics 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:

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 So Bad, It's Good songs were not written by Stan Lee. They remain earworms to this day, with Iron Man's theme even receiving some new treatments for his first live-action movie. (lyrics here or here).

For all that it is made fun of today, the series made the "Marvel style" of superheroes (which during The Silver Age of Comic Books was relatively more serious than its rival DC Comics') more popular, and inspired a line of Animated Adaptations of other Marvel heroes, including Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four.

Not to be confused with the fighting game made by Capcom.

This cartoon provides examples of:

  • The Abridged Series: Some Marvel Mash-Up segments feature Gag Dubs of this show.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
    • 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.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: 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.)
  • Bragging Theme Tune
  • Clip-Art Animation: 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 Jack Kirby, it was still impressive to see.
  • Ending Theme: "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.
  • Expository Theme Tune: The Hulk's theme contains two or three lines about the accident that gave Banner his powers.
  • Family-Unfriendly Violence: Not that much, but when compared to many other western superhero cartoons (such as He-Man) definitely.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: The studio apparently could not secure the rights to any Fantastic Four characters, other than Doctor Doom. Because of this, a Sub-Mariner vignette featuring Doom replaced Reed and his companions with the first five X-Men, albeit with their team's name changed to, "The Allies For Peace."
  • Narrating the Obvious: 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.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: The Grey Gargoyle doesn't sound French.
  • Origins Episodes: 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.
  • Spiritual Successor: Motion Comics.
  • Truer to the Text: Adaptation Dye-Job, Adaptational Attractiveness and Lawyer-Friendly Cameo 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, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes is almost the closest to this series in the terms of a very faithful adaptation of the Marvel Comics series as well as the superhero team The Avengers and the Mainstream Marvel comics in general).
  • Vocal Dissonance: Especially if viewers come in expecting voice-acting reminiscent of modern Marvel cartoons and movies.