Friday, July 26, 2013

Super Cartoons: Introduction

Saturday mornings, the best part of the week. Even before I discovered the comic books that would eventually become my obsession, the earliest memory I have of superheroes is that of Saturday morning cartoons. It was 1980, but even today there are two sounds that are still vivid in my mind from those innocent times: the starry scene transition accompanied by "Meanwhile at the Hall of Justice," and the morphing "Wonder Twin powers: activate!" fist bump effect. That's right, SuperFriends was my first exposure to characters and stories I would cherish for the rest of my life.

Meanwhile, at the Hall of Justice...

A couple of years later, I would be introduced to Spider Man and his Amazing Friends, which opened a whole new universe for me; the Marvel heroes were the competition to DC's SuperFriends, but I quickly found them just as fun and charming. As time passed, re-runs of older shows from the 70's and even the late 60's expanded my fascination for superheroes, until inevitably I came across comic books, and the rest is history.

Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends

Then came the 90's, and with them the birth of the DC Animated Universe and the explosion of Marvel TV shows that X-Men ignited and has not stopped since. These newer shows were less campy than their predecessors, and characterization became a huge ingredient of the productions, just like it happened in comic books.


Superheroes not only protect those in need, save the helpless, and fight the evildoers; they transport us to worlds beyond reality, and immerse us in adventures that deep inside we all wish we could be a part of. This blog is a homage to the hundreds and hundreds of tales the art of animation has given us over the decades starring the characters of DC and Marvel. Amazing, fantastic, legendary, world's greatest or mightiest; whatever we want to call them, Superheroes rule!


2 comments :

  1. Great post. My first brush with superheroes was Amazing Friends and I'd always read kids comics but it was X-Men that really got me into the capes genre and basically changed the course of my life forever!

    Best of luck with the new blog.

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  2. Thank you for your comment and for supporting this new project in Twitter; it is really appreciated! The next post is almost ready to go up: an overview of the Captain America cartoon from 1966.

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