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Greg B
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http://youtube.com/watch?v=YIWXV1K_6pE&mode=related&search=

If you want to scream with laughter check out this vid of an episode of the 1960s version of The Mighty Thor.

Look at how many times characters change costumes from sentence to sentence. Dig also the dialogue as written by Stan Lee. Hats off to him. Movies nowadays don't even come close to this stuff. [Smile]

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First MST3K, then Borat, now this?!? I was trying to cut back on youtube.
But thanks! I remember watching these as a kid in the 80s long before I really knew who Jack Kirby was.
my favorite parts:
The "Singing in the Rain"-esque lip-syncing when he transforms and starts to talk to her in the hospital bed.
and
"I only know that you leave me, and each time it breaks my heart." Run Thor! She's clingy!

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Online somewhere I read some really cool horror stories about the production of MARVEL SUPER HEROES. Wish I could find the link...

MINORITEAM copped its style completely, but MARVEL SUPER HEROES is much funnier. So is crib death.

MARVEL SUPER HEROES had amazingly stirring theme music for a cheapo cartoon, coupled with the most graceless and banal lyrics ever. I found 'em as MP3s and I listen to them all the time. The intros are on Youtube, but as we speak they're being taken down. Since the announced GOOGLE purchase of Youtube, there's been a regular Operation Condor goin' on over there.

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Jennifer Hachigian Jerrard
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quote:
Online somewhere I read some really cool horror stories about the production of MARVEL SUPER HEROES. Wish I could find the link...
If you get a chance, browse through a copy of Shamus Culhane's Talking Animals and Other People. Pages 442-428 cover Culhane's experience working on The Mighty Thor in 1967.

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Greg B
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All of us old timers were members of:

The Merry Marvel Marching Society!!!!

Anyone who wasn't a member missed out!

Those animated toons were the bomb back in the day. Of course they were crude but the voice talent and music and sound effects just rock. People still sing the theme songs to this day.

Jack Kirby's designs are still scary and powerful. The storytelling makes them irresistable and once you start you can't stop!

Stan Lee is literally a marvel. For him to come up with these names and stories and lines are just astounding. Now he's an old man, rich, popular and watching his creations hit the silver screen. He can say that his love story of Peter and Mary Jane are two of the top ten films of all time. He's written romance, sci-fi, horror, comedy, and it's there on the screen now big time and from a comic book at that! He's one of a kind for sure.

I adore these Marvel animated shows. They just rock. You can hear em' from like a block away like when I was a kid and everybody tuned in. You could hear THOOM! POW! KEERRACK! from every house.

I was so blown away recently when I found out us NY kids' beloved Sandy Becker was the voice of Capt. America. Sandy Becker did kids shows and they were a joy to kids and adults.

Now I look at them and I get just as big a thrill as then.

In the Thor clip, his last line is a riot! Try saying that line to a chick and see if she doesn't wanna marry you.

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Greg B
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"Til the Universe crumbles, my heart is ever thine!"

Is that line a riot or what? Thor says that at the end of the clip with blaring music to accompany it. How did Stan Lee get away with that stuff?

Just priceless!

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http://youtube.com/watch?v=5fCY2bprXMs&mode=related&search=

And LO! A Kirby Among Us!

This is a short clip of a tribute to Jack Kirby. The art is still as powerful.

Nothin' beats the work Stan and Jack did.

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Greg B
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http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ry45awpmyMk&mode=related&search=

Now here's the contrast. The new 'Ultimate Alliance' game for PS2. I will be busy for a year now that this game is out.

They should have had Stan Lee write the dialogue [Smile]

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Charles
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Stan Lee is going to be appearing at Golden Apple Comics on Melrose in LA this coming Wednesday morning November 1.

http://www.animationnation.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=6;t=000363

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Christian
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Stan the Man, that's all I can say. I really admire that he's still interested in his characters.
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I have to say that i was more familiar with the 60's 'Spider-Man' than i was with the 'Marvel Superhero' toons. (They were produced by the same studio) Granted, i do remember seeing them, and the crude animation really stood out. I do remember an 'Iron Man' episode where he was frozen by someone. (Jack Frost?) I can't seem to find it on YouTube at the moment, though.
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Dang! I have to work so I'll miss Stan! It would be 30 years since the first time I met him and he autographed a cartoon I did. I got his autograph, John Buscema's, Floyd Patterson, Muhammed Ali's, all on the same toon and some others. I used to carry that toon all over and get autographs on it.

Just looking at where Marvel has come after all those years is just astounding. Can't wait for the 50th anniversary. They should be putting out some awesome books and products then. Just six years away!

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Graphiteman
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IIRC that's John Vernon, the dean from Animal House doing Thor's voice. I remember sitting around at lunch at Delaney's and friends studio, watching those marvel cartoons and someone mentioning it becasue Vernon had just done a voice for Delaney.
I think the writing is good on those cartoons just like the comics.
The bad animation never ceases to amaze me, though.
When I see stuff like that it loooks like twice as much work to make it that bad than doing it right.

As a kid I though the animation was partially cut outs being wiggled under the camera via popsicle sticks. I still think some of it is.

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Dennis Woodyard
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Hi guys,

Just in case you miss my post in the gallery forum here a link to my Dragonfly Game Flipz version of the Ultimate Marvel Alliance Game opening and other game Trailers:

Marvel Ultimate Alliance Flip Book
http://www.gametrailers.com/umwatcher.php?id=17004

Killzone 2 Animated Flip Book
http://www.gametrailers.com/umwatcher.php?id=16173

Unreal Tournament 2007 Animated Flip book
http://www.gametrailers.com/umwatcher.php?id=16308

Halo Animated Flip Book
http://www.gametrailers.com/umwatcher.php?id=16736

I love those old Marvel animations mainly because they used the Kirby art and you could see the same drawing on the TV set as on your well-worn comic page (pre-bag and boarding era). I still prefer the Marvel cartoons over over the DC Superfriends.

The work of Stan and Jack was the fountain of inspiration I drink from as a budding teenage artist. My first art ambition was to be a Marvel comic book artist, period! Not neccessary for the fame and fortune (which over the year I've come to learn that comic artist have it harder than even animation guys) but I wanted to be like Jack Kirby and maybe influence a young shy kid to draw and dream as he did to me. I never made it as a Marvel artist (I've got a nice rejection letter from the '70's to prove it) but I hope I did pass on a little of that spirit on to other through the animated shows I worked on. These include Thundrcats, Gargoyles, Men in Black, and recently some storyboard work on the Ultimate Avengers 2 DVD.

But to be honest guys, I worked on two non-Marvel Stan Lee based shows, Stripperella, and another yet to be released animated direct to video, and they both left a lot to be desired as far as originality and creativity. Stan is "the man" , but he is not the "man" he used to be. And I for one don't expect him to be. No one can live up that kind of legacy, forever.

I will alway wish him well, so don't take this a slam against him. (No, I never met him face to face but we passed each other on an elevator a couple of times.)

I think the strength of the Marvel characters that Stan , Jack, and all others started, is the sum total of all the long line of creative spirits who work on those characters year in and year out.

I'm sure the Marvel characters will outlive the memory of us all.

Peace.

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Scott Shaw!
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Here in Los Angeles, back in the 1960s, the various MARVEL SUPER HEROES cartoons aired as part of KHJ Channel 9's brilliant SHRIMPENSTEIN show. Its host, the great Gene Moss (co-writer of all the ROGER RAMJET episodes -- which SHRIMPENSTEIN ran against!) introduced the shorts with the preface, "And now, kids, here are the cartoons that set back animation one hundred years...!" Seriously!

That said, the MARVEL SUPER HEROES remain my favorite Marvel adaptations to animation. They may be cheesy, but good voice direction and talent, good timing and the artwork of Kirby, Ditko, Heck, Colan and the other Marvel cartoonists of the day make 'em the most faithful adaptations ever!

I'd like to see someone make NEW animated adaptations with this approach....with digital technology, the results could be pretty darn good!

Aloha,

Scott!

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John Vernon did voice work for other Marvel based shows beyond the 60's cartoons. Particularly the ones from the mid 90's.
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I gotta agree with Shaw! on that one.

Being as I'm old enough to remember when they aired originally on WOR TV channel 9 in NY. Marvel Comics was still new and I recall how people were terrified of The Red Skull.

I'm glad Shaw! mentioned Don Heck and Gene Colan.

I have the Capt. America collection of those shows. They so rock. Sandy Becker who did his voice was a hero to us kids back then. He treated us like we were worth something. He really cared about kids.

Yes, John Vernon did many of the voices of the heroes.

I remember the boy crazy girls of the 60's then and the only way we could watch the MMMS ( merry marvel marching society ) was when Iron Man was on. The girls thought he was hot. I can't recall how many times someone got backhanded for singing a Marvel theme song during choir practice.

I have to admit that even with all the fancy shmancy computer special effects and whoziwhatsis this and that, they still don't come anywhere near the coolness and power of those Jack Kirby books. When those old books were printed right they looked GOOD!

Anyone know where to get the DVD set of the old Marvel toons?

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Marcus Moore
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Bernard Cowan's voice (and voice direction on Marvel Heroes, Spiderman and Rocket Robin Hood) is a defining part of my childhood. It was a great surprise to me that all the voice work for those shows was done up here in Canada by CBC Radio vetrans. I've been lucky enough to work with a couple people from that esteemed group. All class!

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Hey scott - Here's an example of someone doing an updated version of the Marvel stuff. It's the Metal Gear Digital Graphic Novel for the Playstation Portable (PSP), only. I have this and it's pretty cool. It's a adaptation of the Ashley Wood comic books of Metal Gear Solid the very popular video games. Check out the video:

http://www.gametrailers.com/gamepage.php?fs=1&id=2738

I like to hear we you guys think of this.

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Does Clancy Brown's Lex Luthor sound just like John Vernon's Iron Man or what?
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