The Dennis Marks Collection, 1963-1991, contains outlines, treatments, scripts, and other production materials for children’s
cartoons from studios like Hanna-Barbera, Filmation, Marvel, and DC.
Dennis Marks was born on August 2, 1932 in New York City to parents who worked in vaudeville. After graduating with a bachelor’s
degree from Duke University, he served in the Navy as a public information officer on the Lexington.
Marks began his career in entertainment as a lyricist in New York, before being approached to write for children’s cartoons
adapted from Hearst comic strips, such as Barney Google and Snuffy Smith and Beetle Bailey. He also wrote on The Jackie Gleason
Show and produced Wonderama before transitioning almost entirely to animated productions like The Beatles and Batfink. Marks
worked extensively for Filmation Associates in the1960s and 1980s, writing on the DC shows The Adventures of Batman, Aquaman,
Hawkman, and Justice League of America, and animated adaptations like The Lone Ranger.
In the 1970s, he worked for Hanna Barbera on Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space and the Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan.
In the 1980s, Dennis Marks was hired by Marvel Productions to develop a new show for Spider-Man, called Spider-Man and His
Amazing Friends. Along with writing and producing for the show, Marks voiced the character of Green Goblin. He also developed,
produced, voice acted, and wrote for The Incredible Hulk, Dungeons & Dragons, and Transformers.
Marks moved on from Marvel in 1983 because of disagreements with the networks. He resumed his work with Hanna-Barbera, writing
on network reboots like The Flintstone Kids, Tom and Jerry Kids, home video releases like The Greatest Creation, and his only
work to receive a theatrical release, Jetsons: The Movie (1990).
Outside of his career in television, Dennis Marks was a lifelong comics fan and avid magician, performing frequently at the
Magic Castle in Hollywood. He died of pancreatic cancer on January 10, 2006 at age 73, and is survived by his daughter, Amanda.