Over the years, we’ve seen many versions of our favorite superheroes on television screens. From Superman’s black-and-white serials to Spider-Man’s mid-1970’s adventures, we’ve watched our favorite heroes change and adapt to the times. However, it’s time to prepare to see them as we never have before. Marvel Anime: X-Men and Marvel Anime: Iron Man are back on G4 with all new adventures and available on DVD April 24th. Presented in an awesome artistic anime style, the Warren Ellis-scripted reimagings of the classic Marvel heroes are huge hits in Japan and a must-see for fans of the Marvel universe.
In honor of this release, let’s have a look at some of our favorites throughout the years.
Before becoming the cultural phenomenon he is today, Iron Man made the leap from comic to cartoon. The 1966 animated series followed the exploits of genius inventor and billionaire playboy Tony Stark, as he balanced the rigors of world-saving and just chilling out and having a good time. Plus, listen to that intro song. I know that he’s sampled it in the past, but Ghostface Killah needs to work it into more tracks. It’s just precious.
Thor was always a bridesmaid and never a bride before last summer’s blockbuster version. Relegated to supporting roles, the Son of Odin appeared in the television movie The Incredible Hulk Returns. This was meant to serve as a pilot for Thor‘s own television series but the plans did not come to fruition.
The Spider-Man we know and love experienced a minor overhaul in Japan. In this late 70’s series, a young motorcycle racer who accepts a blood transfusion from an alien from Planet Spider. This blood co mingles with his, granting him the awesome powers of Spider-Man. And just because this takes place in Japan, he of course pilots the giant robot Leopardon, which he uses to fight over sized monsters.
Also, a samurai cuts a house cat in half in spectacular fashion.