The Invincible Iron Man - The Death of Tony Stark & The Crimson Dynamo VHS
This installment of Marvel Comics cartoons features the invincible Iron Man. In The Death of Tony Stark, a laser beam emitted from a mysterious satellite orbiting the Earth destroys the home of wealthy industrialist Tony Stark. Iron Man's alter ego has obviously dodged the strike but cannot disprove the rumor that Stark is dead until he confronts the culprit, the Mandarin. In The Crimson Dynamo, Iron Man faces Soviet electrical genius Professor Vanko, who has designed his own suit of crimson armor in order to defeat Iron Man as the first step to destroying the ultimate capitalist, Stark Enterprises. These stories, rather dated in their cold-war depiction of the Chinese and the Soviets, are each divided into three six-minute serial-type segments. The animation is minimal, restricted mostly to camera zooms and moving limbs and mouths, punctuated by Batman-style sound effects ("Wham!"). Other heroes in this series include Sub-Mariner, Spider-Man, Captain America, the Hulk, and Thor. --David Horiuchi
- Package Dimensions : 7.32 x 4.19 x 1.12 inches; 6.13 Ounces
- Director : Ralph Bakshi, Chuck Harriton
- Run time : 45 minutes
- Release date : July 4, 2000
- Date First Available : October 26, 2006
- Actors : John Vernon, Peg Dixon, Paul Soles, Bernard Cowan
- Studio : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
- ASIN : 6305251495
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John Vernon is great voicing Tony Stark. Sure the animation is basic, but the story sort of makes up for it. Before 'Dr.Evil', there was The Mandarin! Yea, he's a bit exaggerated, especially when he says he's a Karate' master (altho him being Chinese, I would think the Mandarin would say 'Kung Fu Master' instead.)
Iron man was charging up 'energy' anywhere he could with wires, LONG before USB cables. heh heh
The cartoons on this tape, "The Crimson Dynamo" and "The Death Of Tony Stark", were adapted from the stories in TALES OF SUSPENSE #46 (Oct'63) and #61-62 (Jan-Feb'65). These can be found reprinted in ESSENTIAL IRON MAN Vol.1 (in B&W) or IRON MAN Masterworks Vols.1 & 2 (in color), for anyone wanting to compare the 2 versions. The latter story, in particular, is a major highlight of the early career of Iron Man, as he faces off against his #1 arch-enemy, the would-be world-conqueror and Fu Manchu-wannabe, The Mandarin. All the art on these episodes was done by DON HECK, who was, to my eyes, the "definitive" I.M. artist (even though Jack Kirby tended to do the covers).
Voices were supplied by John Vernon as Tony Stark (later famous for such films as DIRTY HARRY, THE OUTLAW JOSIE WALES and especially ANIMAL HOUSE) as well as Peg Dixon as Pepper Potts & Paul Soles as Happy Hogan. Dixon & Soles would later supply the voices of Betty Brant & Peter Parker (among others) when G-L did the SPIDER-MAN series in 1967, and continue in those roles when Krantz Films (with Ralph Bakshi) took over in '68 after G-L went bankrupt.
Personally, for such short cartoons, I'd have thought they could have fit the ENTIRE Iron Man series on one tape!