Appearing as part of a 60 minute back-to-back programming block known as the Marvel Action Hour the two toons took to the airwaves for what can only be described as an hour of boredom. Well, sort of...
So why post about it? Well, despite it's pretty obvious flaws it did have a couple of things going for it. Before I get to those, why not check out a sample of some screen shots!
In the UK the series was broadcast on BBC1, a TV channel that does not show commercials. With both episodes of Iron Man and Fantastic Four lasting for approximately 40 minutes the BBC needed to draft in another toon to make up the running time. Step forward the 1982 Incredible Hulk cartoon to fill in the gap.
Unfortunately the BBC decided not to pick The Marvel Action Hour up for a second season (probably for the best as they would have run out of Hulk episodes) so UK fans didn't get to see season two unless they had access to satelitte TV. This sadly meant that some didn't get to see the improvements that were made during year two of both cartoons.
Below are some screen shots from the revamped title sequence for season two of Fantastic Four, which was far superior to the first season in every way. The scripts were aimed at an older demographic, the animation was revamped and although still not perfect, both Fantastic Four and Iron Man were a heck of a lot more fun.