The Marvel Action Hour

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Marvel Action Hour
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The Marvel Action Hour
Also known as MAH
Genre Animation / Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi
Developed by Marvel Entertainment Group
Marvel Films
New World Entertainment
Genesis 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)
Composer(s) Van Cilburn
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes Iron Man
Fantastic Four
Executive producer(s) Avi Arad
Stan Lee
Producer(s) Glen Hill
Editor(s) John Freeman
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
Audio format THX
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
Fantastic Four
External links
Production website

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.

Season 2[edit]

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.

In most markets, the second season was known as Marvel Action Universe (with the addition of Biker Mice from Mars), which was the name of a previous syndicated programming block in the late 1980s.

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