Welcome to the three hundredth and twenty-seventh in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. This week, find out the amusingly low budget reason why only one member of the X-Men appeared on the Marvel cartoon adaptation of Secret Wars. Plus, did Human League really get their name from Judge Dredd comics? Finally, was Manitou Raven really supposed to be Apache Chief?
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COMIC LEGEND: All but one of the X-Men were scrapped from a planned appearance in the Marvel animated adaptation of Secret Wars because producers did not want to fly the voice actors to California.
During the 1990s, Marvel had two popular animated series by Fox, Spider-Man and the X-Men.
The teams crossed over in two Season 2 episodes of Spider-Man.
However, in a later season episode of Spider-Man, the producers tried to do an adaptation of Marvel's classic crossover series, Secret Wars.
They were not allowed to use the Hulk or She-Hulk because their rights were held by Paramount at the time (and Silver Surfer, too, but I dunno if they would have attempted to use him). However, every other Marvel character was open season, so the producers of Spider-Man figured that they would do Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men.
However, here is what they ended up with...
The Human Torch is there, too, just not in that picture.
So just Storm of the X-Men. Why was that?
Well, you see, the X-Men show was recorded in Canada and the Spider-Man series was recorded in Los Angeles. When the X-Men guest-starred in the Spider-Man episode, they flew the cast out from Canada to do their parts. However, after an entire episode had been written with the X-Men included, the Spider-Man producers were informed that the powers that be deemed it too expensive to fly the cast out for this crossover.
Luckily, producer John Semper knew that the voice of Storm from the first season of the show, Iona Morris, lived in Los Angeles. So the show was re-written so that Spider-Man had to pick one member of the X-Men and he chose Storm.