Some of you may remember the Marvel Action Hour from back in the 90s — a block of superhero cartoon programming featuring Iron Man and the Fantastic Four. Here’s part of a terrible episode of the Iron Man show (fast-forward to 7:30 for Spider-Woman’s ridiculous daughter and her awful voice acting):
See? Comedy gold. And if you live in the US, now you can stream these unbelievable cartoons on Netflix’s Watch Instantly service by going to the page for Iron Man: The Complete Animated Series.
But here’s the catch — even though Netflix doesn’t label the shows correctly, this so-called “Iron Man animated series” is ACTUALLY the entire Marvel Action Hour! That means hokey live-action introductions by Stan Lee for each episode, not to mention the “We’ll Be Right Back” commercial intros and outros!!!
Why Netflix chose to just call it Iron Man and not the Marvel Action Hour is beyond me… but hey, the fact is that these episodes are there, so I recommend watching them while you can. As far as I know, this is the first time you’ve ever been able to watch the Marvel Action Hour in its entirety outside of broadcast syndication (or some sort of bootleg collection).
Recently, I started watching the Iron Man half of the show on DVD, and man did I get some good laughs. In fact, I talked about it on the AudioShocker Podcast #177. Give that podcast a listen if you want to find how just how bad the Iron Man cartoon really is (answer = really bad).
Also, this means that the infamous Johnny Storm rap song is now streaming on Netflix. I’m not sure which episode this is from, but I’m sure you can figure it out on your own pretty easily. If you’re a fan of early 90s hip hop like A Tribe Called Quest, you’re gonna love this:
It’s hot, right? The beat’s surprisingly good.
EDIT: The Human Torch rap is from the “The Mole Man” episode. It’s bundled with Season 1 Episode 8 of Iron Man, “The Defection of Hawkeye,” on American Netflix Watch Instantly.