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The Best Comic Book Cartoons & Animated Shows  

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A lot of children's first introduction to comic book characters come in the form of animated television shows. Sure, nowadays we have big blockbuster films, live-actions shows, and an enormous amount of video games, but many comic book fans today can trace back the origin of the start of their obsession to comic book cartoons.

Some comic book shows liked to do their own thing and create original stories, but some of the most notable shows are the "X-Men" and "Batman" animated shows from the '90s that were as faithful as they could be to the original comic book storylines. 

Not all of them are well received. Shows like "Ultimate Spider-Man" and "Beware the Batman" have fans all riled up.

Here we have a list of all the greatest comic book cartoons ever made. We all have our favorites, but which one is the best? That's for all of you to decide. Make sure to vote up all your favorite comic book animated shows. 

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Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
Batman: The Animated Series is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero Batman. It was produced by Warner Bros. Animation and originally aired on the Fox Network ...more

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#6 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time #3 of 249 The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kidsfeaturing 13 Reasons Batman: The Animated Series Is Even Better Than The Comics

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Carl Lumbly, George Newbern, Phil LaMarr
Justice League is an American animated television series which ran from 2001 to 2004 on Cartoon Network. It is part of the DC animated universe. The show was produced by Warner Bros. Animation. ...more

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#22 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time #123 of 249 The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids #46 of 380 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time

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Christopher Daniel Barnes, Sara Ballantine, Roscoe Lee Browne
Spider-Man, also known as Spider-Man: The Animated Series, is an American animated television series based on the Marvel Comics superhero, Spider-Man. The show ran on Fox Kids from November 19, ...more

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#44 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time #93 of 249 The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kidsfeaturing 16 Behind-The-Scenes Facts From 'Spider-Man: The Animated Series'

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Antoine M. Dillard, Natasha L. Dillard
Justice League Unlimited was an American animated television series produced by Warner Bros. Animation and aired on Cartoon Network. Featuring a wide array of superheroes from the DC Comics ...more

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#59 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time #162 of 249 The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids #86 of 380 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time

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Will Friedle, Kevin Conroy, Lauren Tom
Batman Beyond is an American animated television series created by Warner Bros. Animation in collaboration with DC Comics as a continuation of the Batman legacy. Depicting a teenaged Batman in a ...more

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#58 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time #56 of 249 The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kidsfeaturing 16 Reasons Why Batman Beyond Is Actually the Best Take on Batman

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Sean Astin, Greg Cipes, Rob Paulsen
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an animated television series produced by Murakami-Wolf-Swenson and the French company IDDH. The pilot was shown during the week of December 14, 1987 in ...more

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#21 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Timefeaturing 15 Things You (Somehow) Never Really Knew About The Ninja Turtleslisted on Longest Running Animated Series

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Danica McKellar, Jesse McCartney, Nolan North
Young Justice is an American animated television series created by Brandon Vietti and Greg Weisman for Cartoon Network. Despite its title, it is not a direct adaptation of Peter David, Todd ...more

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#46 of 104 Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now #413 of 780 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watchfeaturing 12 'Young Justice' Fan Theories

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Hynden Walch, Scott Menville, Greg Cipes
Teen Titans is an American TV show based on the DC Comics characters of the same name, that premiered on Cartoon Network and The WB in 2003. It is based primarily on the run of stories by Marv ...more

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#349 of 780 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #14 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Timefeaturing The Best Villains the Teen Titans Have Ever Faced

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Tim Daly, Joseph Bologna, Dana Delany
Superman: The Animated Series is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics flagship character, Superman. It was produced by Warner Bros. Animation and originally aired on The ...more

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#125 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time #67 of 249 The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids #131 of 380 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time

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Alan Young, Russi Taylor, Terence McGovern
DuckTales is an American animated television series produced by Disney Television Animation. It premiered on September 18, 1987 and ended on November 28, 1990 with a total of four seasons and ...more

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#19 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time #2 of 249 The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kidslisted on Toon Disney TV Shows/Programs

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Eric Loomis, Brian Bloom, Colleen O'Shaughnessey
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! is an American animated television series by Marvel Animation in cooperation with Film Roman, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team the Avengers. The ...more

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#173 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time #183 of 380 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #121 of 487 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

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Mark Hamill, Micky Dolenz, Brad Garrett
The Tick: The Animated Series is an American animated television series adaptation of the New England Comics superhero, The Tick. The series debuted September 10, 1994 on the Fox network's Fox ...more

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#143 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time #94 of 249 The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids #91 of 380 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time

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Steve Blum, Jim Ward, Nolan North
Wolverine and the X-Men is an American cartoon series by Marvel Animation. It is the fourth animated adaptation of the X-Men characters, the other three being Pryde of the X-Men, X-Men: The ...more
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Tara Strong, Kevin Conroy, Robert Costanzo
The New Batman Adventures is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero Batman, and is a continuation of Batman: The Animated Series. It was produced by Warner Bros. ...more

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#407 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time #100 of 249 The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids #112 of 487 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

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Scott McNeil, Meghan Black, Christopher Judge
X-Men: Evolution is a Canadian-American animated television series about the Marvel Comics superhero team X-Men. In this incarnation, many of the characters are teenagers rather than adults. The ...more

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#127 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time #114 of 249 The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kidslisted on Kids' WB TV Shows/Programs

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Keith David, Richard Dysart, Dominique Jennings
Todd McFarlane's Spawn was an animated television series which aired on HBO from 1997 through 1999. It was based on the Spawn comic series from Image Comics. was nominated for and won an Emmy in ...more

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#511 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time #197 of 487 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #72 of 233 The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History

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Josh Keaton, Lacey Chabert, Joshua LeBar
The Spectacular Spider-Man is an American animated television series based on the superhero character published by Marvel Comics and developed for television by Greg Weisman and Victor Cook. In ...more

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#191 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time #220 of 380 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #797 of 1,177 The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time

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Phil LaMarr, Jason Marsden, Kevin Michael Richardson
Static Shock is an American animated television series produced by Warner Bros. Animation. It is part of the DC animated universe. It was animated at the Slightly Offbeat Productions Studios in ...more

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#354 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time #221 of 249 The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids #309 of 380 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time

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Sherry Alberoni, Norman Alden, Danny Dark
Super Friends is an American animated television series about a team of superheroes, which ran from 1973 to 1986 on ABC as part of its Saturday morning cartoon lineup. It was produced by ...more

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#136 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time #42 of 249 The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids #43 of 380 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time

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Dan Gilvezan, Kathy Garver, Frank Welker
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends is an American animated television series produced by Marvel Productions starring established Marvel Comics characters Spider-Man and Iceman and an original ...more

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#152 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time #53 of 249 The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kidsfeaturing 'Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends' Is, Hands Down, The Best Adaptation Of Spider-Man

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Rino Romano, Alastair Duncan, Evan Sabara
The Batman is an animated television series produced by Warner Bros. Animation based on the DC Comics superhero Batman. It ran from September 11, 2004 to March 22, 2008, on the Saturday morning ...more

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#122 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time #124 of 249 The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids #113 of 487 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

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Jane Lynch, Mona Marshall, Linda Gary Howerton
Spider-Man (Marvel Productions, 1981) is an American animated TV series based on the popular Marvel Comics character of the same name. This version of the super hero featured Peter Parker (Ted ...more
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The Incredible Hulk Mark Hamill, Luke Perry, Lou Ferrigno
The Incredible Hulk is an American animated television series starring the Marvel Comics character the Hulk. It ran two seasons, for 21 episodes, on the television network UPN from 1996 to 1997. ...more
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Regina King, John Witherspoon, Gary Anthony Williams
The Boondocks is an American adult animated sitcom on Cartoon Network's late-night programming block, Adult Swim. Created by Aaron McGruder, based upon McGruder's comic strip of the same name, ...more

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#719 of 780 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #118 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time #80 of 487 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

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Josh Keaton, Kevin Michael Richardson, Jason Spisak
Green Lantern: The Animated Series is an American computer-animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero Green Lantern. The series aired on Cartoon Network, as part of their ...more

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