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Cartoons: Iron Man (1966)
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Marvel Comics' superhero had his own TV cartoon series in
1966. It was animated in the same way as the Captain America
series from that year. Although the animation was cheap with very
little movement and mostly still images, the stories were good and
featured all the wild villains from the Iron Man comics that you could
hope for. John Vernon was the voice of Iron Man aka billionaire
industrialist Tony Stark. Vernon did TONS of work in voiceovers
and acting. You might remember him best as the crusty dean from
the legendary comedy film "Animal House." He had a strong voice
which was perfect for an Iron Man. I think if the animation was a
bit more realized, this series could have lasted much longer. The
drawings for the still images, however, were all very good.
Although the "Captain America" series was good, I think "Iron Man" had
a much more interesting premise because there was more to his
background story than Cap's, and he had a variety of major villains to
fight while Captain America just had the Red Skull. The idea of a
man in an armor suit fighting villains, many of them wearing armor
suits, makes this show worth watching within itself.