Koete Posted March 17, 2009 Report Share Posted March 17, 2009 Suavestar brought up starting a favorite superhero cartoons thread in the Batman: The Brave and The Bold thread and I thought I'd kick it off. This isn't a thread about which superhero cartoons are the best critically, but which ones are your personal favorites. For me: 1. Batman: The Animated Series - BTAS was just plain cool. The animation was like no other cartoon, the villains were creepy, and Batman was, well, cool. I still remember having the crap scared out of me by the Two-Face reveal at the end of the first episode of that two parter. And the movie! That absolutely blew me away when I was a kid. In fact, the Phantasm was probably my favorite villain back then just because he had such a wicked costume. And the cartoon led into other interests. I got more into comics with the Batman Adventures comic and I went crazy for the action figures. I can't tell you how many different versions of Batman I had, but I know I had Robin, Man-Bat, Clayface, Two Face, Joker, and Scarecrow. I still have my BTAS Batmobile, although it's missing a wheel. I missed a lot of the adult themes back then, but caught them now years later, which is almost like watching them all over again. It's because of this cartoon that Batman became one of my favorite superheroes and why I'm such a geek today. 2. Spider-Man: The Animated Series - This cartoon hit me a lot like BTAS. While it wasn't as dark or well animated as BTAS, it's emphasis on Peter Parker as much as Spider-Man really appealed to me. Spider-Man also had a great rogues gallery and while his comic version may be overexposed, the way Venom was portrayed in the cartoon was excellent. The Alien Costume three parter was one of the highlights of my cartoon watching youth and still holds up today. While some people didn't care for it, I really liked the overarching nature of each season, especially the Neogenic Nightmare season and the last one with the Six Forgotten Warriors and Secret Wars. And like BTAS, I was totally crazy for Spider-Man toys. Never got that cool Mega Goblin Glider though. With BTAS I had the perfect dark, stylish superhero cartoon and with Spider-Man I had the perfect light, soap opera superhero cartoon. 3. Spider-Man '67 Season 1 - I wasn't around when these were on the air, but I did catch them on the DVD release from a few years back. While the animation is a bit crude by modern standards, the first season of the late sixties Spider-Man cartoon adapted a number of great Silver Age stories and utilized many of his classic villains. Sure, you get some really goofy villains like Parafino and Dr. Noah Boddy, but this cartoon is just a ton of fun. While there were a few half hour cartoons, most of the episodes consisted of two 15 minute cartoons, which gave you more bang for your buck. You also got a nice dynamic with a cast of Peter Parker, Betty Brant, and J. Jonah Jameson. All three of their voice actors are quite good in their roles, with Peter Parker and Spider-Man having two seperate voices by the same voice actor. Now the first season was produced by Gantray-Lawence, with the two remaining seasons being produced by Ralph Bakshi. Those are pretty close to unwatchable, with most of the episodes being made up of Spider-Man swinging. But for the first season at least, it's a really fun superhero cartoon. 4. Batman: The Brave and The Bold - Man, is this cartoon a blast! It took me a couple episodes, but by episode 3 (the first one with Aquaman of course), I was hooked. While I like some episodes more than others, I think each one is solid and enjoyable. The teaser and main story set up means more bang for your buck on the hero and villian front. And of course, how can you beat the outrageous B&B Aquaman? Or the pulls-a-rocket-launcher-out-of-pants Joker? It's an instantly classic superhero cartoon and one that I hope continues for a long time. 5. Challenge of The Super-Friends - I didn't catch this in its first run, but I did see it during the Golden Age of Cartoon Network. When Cartoon Network first came on the air, we didn't have it, but my grandparents did. The Super Friends cartoons were probably my first exposure to superheroes, with the Challenge series standing out the most. In fact, I still have a tape lying around of Challenge cartoons that was recorded at my grandparents. Say what you will about how goofy it was, there were a lot of heroes and villains in there to be exposed to. While it's not the best superhero cartoon in the world, it was the one that got me interested in them and for that it has a special place in my geek heart. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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