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Not my Marvel Action Hour

There have been a lot of Marvel cartoons, but it was pretty sparse for actual Marvel characters in 1989, apparently. Prior to this there was of course Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends and the Hulk, and there were also Fantastic Four cartoons and even a Spider-Woman cartoon. But in 1989 poor Spider-Man had to contend with Robocop and the Dino-Riders, the latter of whom are admittedly almost by definition cool, but i've never heard of them (and who is that dude in the "rear view mirror"? He looks like Dr. Demonicus.).

It seems the Pryde of the X-Men pilot would occasionally run during this slot as well, so that's something.

A few years after this Marvel gets back into the swing of things with the X-Men cartoon and a new Spider-Man cartoon and then Hulk, Fantastic Four and Iron Man shows, all of which were, relatively speaking, more faithful to the comics than anything that had come before (except when they literally cut images out of the comics and had them talk to us), but it seems for a brief period your Marvel cartoon options were limited.

By fnord12 | September 6, 2014, 9:45 PM | Comics


Tis true, there wasn't any decent Marvel cartoons back in 89. Still, that line-up looks good. We had Dino Riders but not Robocop here in the UK. I'd also would have loved to have seen Silverhawks. Damn,that cartoon looked amazing!

i loved Silverhawks. the main bad guy rides a giant squid. that's the definition of awesome

but even i have to admit that Bluegrass was lame as hell.

The guy that voiced Mon*star voiced Mum-ra "The Ever-living." He didn't even bother to change the voice.

Well we still had Muppet Babies made by Marvel over on CBS by this point...and being the Henson fan I am (and not knowing any better...but it was still a good show...)

Luckily by this point we're a few years from the '90s X-Men show, even if admittedly its retelling Lee/Kirby and Claremont stories with Jim Lee/Liefeldian art and characters looking back.

Which, to be fair, is also what Harras was going for in the X-books themselves, at least until the cartoon itself inspired a new story, the Age of Apocalypse. (But was it really new? I have a theory I'll share in some upcoming 1989/1990 comments.)