Marvel Productions

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Marvel Productions
Founded 1981
Dissolved 1996
Notable Works Transformers
Muppet Babies
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero

Marvel Productions was a production company owned by Marvel Comics. They focused on animated TV series, although they also produced some TV specials and movies.

The company started in 1981 when Friz Freleng retired from DePatie-Freleng Enterprises and that company was sold to Marvel Comics and renamed to Marvel Productions. In 1997, Marvel Comics filed for bankruptcy, and were bought by Toy Biz. One of the cost-cutting moves the new ownership did was to close down Marvel Productions. The back catalog was sold to Saban Entertainment, which has since been sold to The Walt Disney Company.

While the company was around, they made some of the most popular animated shows of the 80's, including Transformers, Muppet Babies and G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. They also made some shows based on the parent company's characters, including Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, The Incredible Hulk, and Fantastic Four.

List of Shows

Title Format Buyer Year(s)
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends Animated superhero NBC 1981–1983
The Incredible Hulk Animated superhero NBC 1982–1983
Meatballs and Spaghetti Animated comedy CBS 1982–1983
Dungeons & Dragons Animated fantasy CBS 1983–1985
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Animated action Syndication 1983–1986
Muppet Babies Animated children's CBS 1984–1991
Transformers Animated action Syndication 1984–1987
Jem Animated children's Syndication 1985–1988
Defenders of the Earth Animated action Syndication 1986–1987
My Little Pony and Friends Animated children's Syndication 1986–1987
Inhumanoids Animated action Syndication 1986
Fraggle Rock Animated children's NBC 1987
Dino-Riders Animated action Syndication 1988
RoboCop: The Animated Series Animated action Syndication 1988
Rude Dog and the Dweebs Animated comedy CBS 1989
X-Men Animated superhero (pilot only) Syndication 1989
Peter Pan and the Pirates Animated fantasy FOX 1990–1991
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes Animated comedy FOX 1990–1992
Space Cats Animated action NBC 1991
Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars Animated action BBC 1991–1992
Biker Mice from Mars Animated action UPN 1993–1996
Iron Man Animated superhero Syndication 1994–1996
Fantastic Four Animated superhero Syndication 1994–1996