These days, superheroes are everywhere, from prime-time TV to the big screen to everybody’s clothing.  When I was younger, though, about the only place you could routinely find the folks with capes was on Saturday mornings, as superhero cartoons ruled the airwaves.  ’90’s kids got their fix in the afternoons, with the X-Men and Darkwing Duck, but the youth of today have their pick of some of the best superhero cartoon series ever animated, as well as novelties like Underdog, The Super 6 and whatever Super-President was.  Still, trying to figure out which is top of the metaphorical pops is a difficult affair, leading to today’s cel-shaded query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would like to say ‘Space Ghost’ (or maybe something done by friend of Major Spoilers, Thomas Perkins), but my sentimental answer is ‘Justice League Unlimited’, asking: What is the BEST Superhero Cartoon in your mind?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

4 Comments

  1. Doug. When I look back, he was a normal kid and that made him a more plausible superhero to me. And of course Quail Man!

  2. BTAS for me. the production design, the music, the voice acting, the (relative) darkness in tone, real game changer for what kids’ animation could be. biff pow, comics aren’t just for kids anymore, etc.

  3. Concur on BTAS for the same reasons. The JLU ranks up there with the intricate plot lines, especially regarding the Question.

  4. Jarmo Seppänen on

    Justice League Unlimited is the one I remember being the best, not counting anything from anime department. Actual best is One Punch Man S1.

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