Long before their recent successes with the Avengers and the various solo hero movies of the last five years, Marvel did not have a lot of luck at getting their properties made into feature films. But they did have some TV success in the late 1970's with The Incredible Hulk and (briefly) The Amazing Spider-Man. The Hulk got a resepctable five season run on CBS, while Spider-Man faced more trouble from ever changing time slots than supervillains in his single season.
But while the prognosis for both series was looking good - CBS tried for a hat trick with this pilot film about Marvel's Sorcerer Supreme. It strayed too far from the source material and had to make do with 70's TV special effects - but as a kid I was glued to my set that night!
Here's Doctor Strange from the comics:
And here he is in the movie:
|It's in the ballpark, but goes a little too disco for me...|
|The outfit on the VHS cover is better - and look! There's Jessica Walter from|
Arrested Development as the villainess Morgan LeFay!
The ratings for the TV movie were not very good - so no series for Dr. Strange. Sadly, this also put the kibosh on pilots being developed for The Submariner and The Human Torch.
So we watched Spider-Man until he was cancelled and then had to make do with the Hulk - which at least was a pretty good show - though I would have given my eyeteeth for them to have thrown The Rhino in for a big two part battle royale episode!
Well, until the Eye of Agamotto falls into the Flames of the Faltine - you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!