Episode Number: 1a
Season Episode Number: 1a
Voices: John Vernon (Namor), Bernard Cowan (Narrator, Lord Vashti), Peg Dixson (Lady Dorma), (Mrs. B), (Freddie), (George), (Police Officer), (Police Captain), (Helicopter Pilot).
Plot: A strange compulsion draws Namor to the surface world. A mysterious old woman has has him tracked down by her two stooges.
Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Namor is not my favourite superhero. I find that I can't really identify with him, and most of the time he is portrayed as a jerk. But this episode paints him in a bit of a different light, which I will talk more about in chapter three.
I tried my hardest to find out which comic this episode was taken from, but I couldn't find it. I even asked a few people whom I consider to be Sub-Mariner experts, but no luck. Namor has been around since Marvel Comics #1 in 1939, back when Marvel Comics was called Timely Comics. He had his own title throughout the 40s and 50s, but by the look of the drawings in this series, it would be his adventures in Tales to Astonish in the 60s that would be adapted to animation.
My guess is that this episode was made specifically for this series. They may have lifted drawings from issues here and there, but the compositions of the frames, the beautiful backgrounds, and the increase in the amount of animation make the Sub-Mariner segment stand out above the other segments of the Marvel Super Heroes and lead me to believe that this is new content. Plus there is the matter of Namor's attitude toward the surface, which I'll mention in chapter three.
If anyone can correct me on this and point me toward the comic this episode is from, please leave a comment!