In 1994, Marvel Entertainment Group produced "The Marvel Action Hour," a one-hour animation block that aired on Saturday mornings, and featured "Iron Man" and "The Fantastic Four."
"Iron Man" chronicled the adventures of billionaire Tony Stark and his armored alter-ego battling the forces of evil led by the nefarious Mandarin. Other heroes accompanied Iron Man in his adventures: War Machine, Hawkeye, Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter), Scarlet Witch, and the alien Century. The team was inspired by the comic book "Force Works," which also launched in 1994.
Iron Man and his allies
The Mandarin was not alone either: Dreadknight, Blizzard, Hypnotia, Grey Gargoyle, and MODOK, among others, served him as minions, and helped him make Iron Man’s life miserable.
Each episode presented a 26-minute adventure with a brief introduction by Stan Lee. The Rainbow Animation Group was in charge of the production during the show's first season; Koko Enterprises took over on the second year. A toy line and a comic book series complemented the program. A total of 26 episodes were produced, until the show was cancelled at the end of its second season in 1996.
Iron Man, the Armored Avenger