The Swingin' Sound Of Sixties Marvel

by MJ Hibbett & Frankie Machine

Spider-man 01:06
Batman 01:04
Hulk 00:20
Mighty Mouse 01:27


'WandaVision' was not the first TV show to give catchy theme tunes to Marvel superheroes - that was 'The Marvel Superheroes', a cartoon series from 1966 that featured theme tunes for Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and The Hulk. These songs have since been sampled by MF Doom and Ghostface Killah, re-interpreted for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and are now the subject of a new EP from MJ Hibbett and Frankie Machine.
'The Swingin' Sounds Of Sixties Marvel' features eight versions of superhero theme tunes, including those for 1967's 'Spider-man' and 'Fantastic Four' cartoons. They were originally recorded for a forthcoming presentation at Birkbeck College's 'Transitions 9 - New Directions In Comics Studies' conference, which will see MJ and Frankie discussing how these songs capture the spirit of Marvel comics during this time and comparing them to other theme tunes such as 'Mighty Mouse' and 'Batman'.
The presentation originated in MJ's PhD research - a thesis being undertaken at Central St Martins called 'Doctor Doom In The Marvel Age (1962-1987): An Empirical Approach To Transmedia Character Coherence' - but is a joint effort between the pair. Frankie and MJ have performed together for over 20 years in MJ Hibbett & The Validators, but remarkably this is their first release as a duo.
'The Swingin' Sound Of Sixties Marvel' is released via Bandcamp on Friday 2 April 2021 and will be presented at the Transitions conference during the following week.


released April 2, 2021


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MJ Hibbett & The Validators have performed live on Radio One, had a Record Of The Year in Rolling Stone, an Album Of The Day on 6Music, released one of the first ever viral videos, toured the UK and Europe, featured in an Edinburgh Fringe Festival show, and recorded a science fiction rock opera, all while maintaining their complete independence from outside record labels. ... more

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