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Mighty Thor CartoonOn Monday evening September 19, 1966. The Marvel Superheroes Cartoon Show debuted on WOR TV 9, airing the ARP Films cartoons.

Channel 9 became the first NYC based TV station to air these cartoons, which were based on Marvel comic book's most popular Superheroes: Capt. America, The Incredible Hulk, Ironman, The Mighty Thor and Prince Namor, The Sub Marinier. Sandy Becker was the voice of Capt. America.

The show was set against the backdrop of an orbiting space station and hosted by a guy in a silvery spacesuit with a flowing black cape, known as Captain Universe.

Captain Universe would engage his visitors to his spacestation in games, craftmaking, science experiments, stories, read viewer mail, informational segments and interview guest performers and personalities in between the reruns of the cartoons.

To this day, I still don't know the name of the fellow who played Captain Universe, his acting credits or what has become of him.

WOR continued to air The Marvel Superheroes Cartoon Show until Channel 9 shot down its space station on Friday, April 7, 1967.


"The actor who played Captain Universe, if memory serves me correctly, was NY area's Clay Cole."
-Seth Jerchower

 

"This is with regard to Captain Universe, the fellow who hosted those Marvel cartoons on WOR-TV Channel 9 in 1966-67. Seth Jerchower has identified him as Clay Cole, but that's not correct. Clay Cole was 'way too famous (and prosperous) in 1966 to have played a cartoon show host. Clay Cole was a WPIX Channel 11 guy, whose popular "Clay Cole Show" ran on WPIX from about 1963 to 1968. It was a spin-the-records kind of show, much like American Bandstand, but hipper.

"I don't have a clue as to who played Captain Universe. He was youngish, dark-haired, and had a good voice. He may have been an announcer at the station. I don't remember ever seeing him again."
-- Best, Brad

 

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