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Marvel Superheroes: The Incredible Hulk

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Original Air Date:
1966
Channel:
Syndication
Prod. Co.:
Grantray-Lawrence Animation
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Bruce Banner/Hulk - Bernard Cowan, Paul Sols
Betty Ross - Peg Dixon
General Ross - Paul Kilgman
Major Talbott - John Vernon
Rick Jones - Bernard Cowan, Paul Sols
 
The Marvel Superheroes consisted of five different segments, each starring a well-known superhero from a particular Marvel comic-The Sub-Mariner, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, and Thor.

One of the more recent creations was The Incredible Hulk, a creation of Marvel Comics founder Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby. The green-skinned Hulk was really Dr. Bruce Banner, a scientist who had helped develop a new bomb that used gamma rays to destroy its target. After accidentally being caught in the blast, Banner found himself transformed into a giant green creature with unbelievable strength. There were only two drawbacks: First, the good doctor had no control over his transformation, and second, when Banner became the Hulk, he retained none of his alter ego’s intelligence or memories, essentially becoming a completely different (and angrier) person. While the Hulk usually ended up fighting simply to protect himself, the general public saw him as a threat.

In order to meet the demands of presenting so many characters each week, the stories were told in a cliffhanger format, requiring fewer scripts. The creators also saved time through the use of Xerography, a process developed for Disney's 101 Dalmatians that allowed animators to copy pencil sketches directly onto animation cels, thereby saving them from having to redraw any scenes. While this technique resulted in a severe stiffness of the characters and almost no movement, it allowed the animators to churn out regular battles between our heroes and their super-powered nemeses.

Despite the limited animation, The Marvel Superheroes won its share of loyal fans. Namor, Captain America, and Thor continued to appear in later Marvel cartoons, and The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man later got shows of their own.
 
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