Cartoons and comic books are a match made in entertainment heaven. The irresistible combination has been around for decades but the 1990s was the golden age for this genre.
From Saturday morning staples to those that made getting ready for school easier, here are 4 of our favourite comic book cartoons of the 1990s.
While Spider-Man has appeared in several animated series since his creation by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko back in 1962, the 90s Spider-Man was one of the best animated series to ever grace the small screen. Written by John Semper Jr and produced by the Marvel Films Animation, the series ran for five seasons (from November 19, 1994 to January 31, 1998) and a total of 65 episodes that chronicled Peter Parker’s college years at Empire State University and his superhero alter ego tasked with defending New York City from classic villains including the Green Goblin, the Lizard, Doctor Octopus, Mysterio, Venom, the Kingpin, and the Hobgoblin.
Batman: The Animated Series
The four-time Emmy Award-winning animated series based on DC’s Batman is arguably one of the best comic book cartoons ever. Featuring Kevin Conroy as the voice of Bruce Wayne and Batman and Mark Hamill as The Joker, Batman: The Animated Series was developed for Fox Kids by Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski and ran for 2 seasons and 85 episodes. It followed the Caped Crusader as he battled classic villains terrorising Gotham City. This included The Joker, Mr Freeze, Scarecrow, Penguin, and Two-Face.
This colourful comic book cartoon centred on arguably the greatest superhero squad. Based on the 1963 Marvel Comics creation of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, The X-Men animated series provided was all about intense action scenes, vibrant characters, unique villains, interesting yet serious storylines and colours! It ran for 5 seasons and 76 episodes and left no subject off the table, including the iconic Dark Phoenix saga and other serious topics that would be considered quite mature for the intended audience.
Sabrina: The Animated Series
Sabrina the Teenage Witch has her roots in the Archie Comics series, going back to the 1962 creation of Sabrina Spellman by writer George Gladir and designed by artist Dan DeCarol. The adventures of Sabrina, her aunts Hilda and Zelda, and her cursed cat Salem were given the animated series treatment in 1999 with Sabrina, The Animated Series. Running for one season (65 episodes), this series was a prequel to the 1996 live-action show, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, and followed a 12-year-old Sabrina Spellman as she navigated her way through middle-school, using her magic to solve problems, borrowing spells from the Spookie Jar and getting up to all sorts of mischief with friend Harvey.