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Subj: Cartoon Fun 21: Iron Man - Hulk Buster
Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 at 03:03:55 pm EST (Viewed 249 times)
Marvel Comics were quite popular in the 90's and that popularity extended to the world of cartoons. One of those cartoons was Iron Man in 1994 as part of the Marvel Action Hour. Iron Man/Tony Stark was voiced by Robert Hays(Airplane!) and the show featured Avengers West Coast and Force Works characters War Machine, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch and Spider-Woman. "Hulk Buster", from the second season, featured a guest appearance by The Hulk, who also had a show at the time.
The Leader has found the location of one of the Mandarin's lost rings which would allow him to travel through time. His plan is to go back to when the Gamma bomb transformed the Bruce Banner into the Hulk and take his place, giving him the Hulk's incredible strength. Iron Man, Rhodey and Julia Carpenter, as well as Banner, however, are at the site investigating strange flashes of light that are being caused by time rift causing rays eminating from the ring when it's exposed to sun light. Iron Man, Hulk and Leader all try to get the ring, and Iron Man and Hulk wind up battling through the time stream as Iron Man, in his Hulk Busting armor, tries to reason with the child like beast. Meanwhile, Rhodey tries to thwart the Leader and get his friends back to the right time. Things work out, Iron Man and Hulk become friends, and the Leader is beaten, but the Mandarin regains his ring and his own plans begin to take shape.
There was always something about this show, which I could never quite put my finger on, that didn't catch my attention. I watched it, but not as religiously as Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four or Batman. Based on this episode, I'd have to say that it was very up and down. On the plus side, the episode focused on the Hulk's origin(though they omitted the classic Kirby gamma irradiated Banner panel), and showcased a few different Iron Man armors. Though they didn't actually meet, the thought of the Leader and the Mandarin being in the same plot was intriguing. The Hulk was on character and the action was pretty good. On the negative, Julia Carpenter's plight through the time rift is kind of silly. The Iron Man/Hulk battle was ok, but not the epic clash you'd hope for. I've never cared for the Leader's voice acting, or the 90's look.
Overall, though, this was a fun cartoon. Made me want to watch the two following episodes, "Hands Of The Mandarin" which closed out the series.
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