The Marvel Action Hour
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|Marvel Action Hour|
The Marvel Action Hour
|Also known as||MAH|
|Genre||Animation / Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi|
|Developed by||Marvel Entertainment Group
New World Entertainment
|Directed by||Marshall Johnson|
|Creative director(s)||Johnson Hose|
|Presented by||Stan Lee|
|Voices of||Iron Man cast
Fantastic Four cast
|Narrated by||Stan Lee|
|Theme music composer||Keith Emerson|
|Opening theme||The Marvel Action Hour (by A. Freeklem)|
|Ending theme||The Marvel Action Hour (by A. Freeklem)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||Iron Man
|Executive producer(s)||Avi Arad
|Location(s)||Kaufaum Astoria Studios, Manhattan, New York City|
|Cinematography||Johnson A. Goodson|
|Camera setup||Caption Setup|
|Running time||60 minutes (including commercials)|
|Original channel||First-run syndication|
|Picture format||Dolby Digital Surround Sound|
|First shown in||39. minutes|
|Original run||September 24, 1994 – February 24, 1996|
|Preceded by||Fantastic Four|
|Followed by||Iron Man|
|Related shows||Iron Man
Marvel Action Hour was a syndicated television block from Marvel Films featuring animated adaptions of Marvel comic book heroes the Fantastic Four and Iron Man. The Marvel Action Hour debuted in 1994. The Marvel Action Hour lasted two seasons before being cancelled.
The first half of the hour was an episode of Iron Man; the second half an episode of Fantastic Four (many episodes of which were direct recreations of episodes from the original 1960s series). During the first season, Stan Lee was featured speaking before each show about characters in the following episode and what had inspired him to create them.
The show underwent a notable modification when broadcast on the BBC in the United Kingdom; because the BBC does not feature commercial breaks, the two shows that made up the Marvel Action Hour would actually only have totaled about forty minutes, and so episodes of the 1980s Incredible Hulk series were added between the two original shows to bring the whole bundle up to the promised hour in length. The Stan Lee segments were, however, dropped.
Both the Fantastic Four and Iron Man were radically retooled for the second seasons, sporting new opening sequences, improved animation, and more mature writing, though the introductions by Stan Lee were shortened and now against a green screen displaying various production paintings from both shows.
- Fantastic Four (1994 TV series)
- Iron Man (TV series)
- New World Communications - Generally, New World owned television stations broadcast The Marvel Action Hour along with generally Fox, WB, UPN, or independent stations in markets where New World did not own a station.