John Vernon, A second Iron Man, Tedious animation, A lack of effort involved
Written by: Do you really care?
Directed by: Are you even reading this?
Pepper Potts – “I was afraid to hope.”
WHAT IS IT? It’s an episode of the 1966 Iron Man cartoon, which just like The Mighty Thor, was taken from the (sort of anthology show) The Marvel Superheroes; an animated series that featured the likes of Captain America, Prince Namor, the Hulk and Thor.
GOOD IDEA/BAD IDEA: Did you not read the Cut The Crap of The Mighty Thor toon?
Oh well… Here we go again then. Iron Man was one of five cartoons that appeared on a rotational basis (ie a different cartoon appearing each weekday) under the umbrella series The Marvel Superheroes. Like all of the other toons in the show Iron Man wasn’t awful, however the stories were pretty basic and the animation was just plain lazy, making it all pretty unimpressive stuff. In this particular episode, everyone’s favourite armoured alcoholic has to save the day when a new Iron Man takes over and calamity ensues. Oh it’s nail biting stuff.
WHAT’S THE STORY?
In the Animated Budget Marvel Universe Tony Stark aka the Invincible Iron Man is feeling a little bit under the weather. There could be a number of reasons for this; including the fact that he has a life threatening heart condition, he’s secretly an armoured avenging superhero, or because he’s an alcoholic and spends most of his days pissed as a fart! However on this occasion it’s more to do with the fact that he lives in the Animated Budget Marvel Universe, a vile and destitute place where only those with really bad luck seem to exist.
So with Tony feeling a bit dickey, his body guard/best friend/bitch for hire Happy Hogan suggests that he take over as Iron Man whilst his boss is out of action. Tony agrees and so Happy straps on the suit and takes to the skies as the new Iron Man! However becoming the Armoured Avenger has one very huge drawback and that’s the fact that Iron Man has many enemies, including the deadly Mandarin, who kidnaps Happy and knocks him about a bit. This makes Tony feel a bit crappy about the whole situation and so he heads off to Mandarin HQ to tackle the mean son of a bitch!
Upon arrival he tells Happy to head home and then sets about having a punch up with the Mandarin. This lasts for… well, longer than it really should do considering the crappy animation available, but thankfully it all comes to an end when Mandy gets out his disintegrator ray which pisses Iron Man off into concluding their confrontation. With things all sorted and Happy home and safe, Iron Man kicks back and has a beer… or 27.
ALCO-FLOPS: *According to Iron Man the reason he drinks so much is to dull the pain of living in the Animated Budget Marvel Universe. There are of course claims that he drinks so much because he’s a certified pisshead.
*The Mandarin doesn’t drink at all… apart from a shot of rum… and a lager chaser at Christmas.