Total Nerd The Best Comic Book Cartoons & Animated Shows  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite animated TV shows based on comics!

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. 

What are the best comic cartoons?

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Batman: The Animated Series 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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Spider-Man 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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Justice League 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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Batman Beyond 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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Justice League Unlimited 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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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 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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Young Justice 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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Teen Titans 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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Superman: The Animated Series 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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DuckTales 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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The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes 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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The Tick 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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Wolverine and the X-Men 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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X-Men: Evolution 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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Spawn 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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The New Batman Adventures 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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The Spectacular Spider-Man 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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Static Shock 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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The Batman 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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Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends 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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Ultimate Spider-Man Drake Bell, Chi McBride, Ogie Banks Ultimate Spider-Man is an American animated television series based on the Spider-Man comics published by Marvel Comics, including some elements of Marvel's Ultimate line of books. The series is ...more

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Super Friends 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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Spider-Man Jane Lynch, Mona Marshall, Linda Gary Howerton Spider-Man is an American animated TV series based on the popular Marvel Comics character of the same name.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an American 3D rendered computer animated television series that premiered on Nickelodeon September 29, 2012. It is the third animated Teenage Mutant Ninja ...more

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The Boondocks 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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Marvel's Avengers Assemble Fred Tatasciore, Roger Craig Smith, Troy Baker Avengers Assemble is an American animated television series based on the fictional Marvel Comics superhero team the Avengers, which has been designed to capitalize on the success of the 2012 ...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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Green Lantern: The Animated Series 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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X-Men: Pryde of the X-Men Stan Lee, Frank Welker, Kath Soucie X-Men: Pryde of the X-Men is an animated television pilot originally broadcast in 1989 on the Marvel Action Universe television block, featuring Marvel Comics’ mutant superheroes the X-Men. The ...more

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Iron Man Stan Lee, Jim Cummings, Jennifer Hale Iron Man, also known as Iron Man: The Animated Series, is an American animated television series based on Marvel Comics' superhero Iron Man. The series aired from 1994 to 1996 in syndication as ...more

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Spider-Man Larry D. Mann, Len Carlson, Chris Wiggins Spider-Man was an American animated television series that aired from September 9, 1967, to June 14, 1970. It was the first animated adaptation of the Spider-Man comic book series, created by ...more

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) Sean Schemmel, Eric Stuart, Michael Sinterniklaas Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an American animated television series, mainly set in New York City. It first aired on February 8, 2003 and ended on February 28, 2009. The series marked the ...more

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Spider-Man Unlimited Rino Romano, Kathleen Barr, Paul Dobson Spider-Man Unlimited is a short-lived American animated series featuring the Marvel comic book superhero Spider-Man. Unlimited premiered in 1999, but, although it had fair ratings, was ...more

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Men in Black: The Series Keith Diamond, Charles Napier, Patrick Pinney Men in Black: The Series, also known as MIB: The Series and Men in Black: The Animated Series, is an American animated television series that originally aired on The WB's Kids' WB programming ...more

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WildC.A.T.S. Linnea Sage, Sarah Seeds, Lacey Jeka WildC.A.T.s is a half-hour animated television series based on the comics series of the same name. WildC.A.T.s is about the universal war between two prehistoric alien races. One of the races is ...more

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Batman: The Brave and the Bold Diedrich Bader, John DiMaggio, James Arnold Taylor Batman: The Brave and the Bold is an American animated television series based in part on the DC Comics series The Brave and the Bold which features two or more super heroes coming together to ...more

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Superman (1941) The Superman animated cartoons, commonly but somewhat erroneously known as the "Fleischer Superman cartoons" were a series of seventeen animated Technicolor short films, produced by ...more

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Fantastic Four Stan Lee, Brian Austin Green, Chuck McCann Fantastic Four, also known as Fantastic Four: The Animated Series, is the third animated television series based on Marvel's comic book series of the same name. Airing began on September 24, ...more

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X-Men Anime Norm Spencer, Cathal J. Dodd, Lenore Zann   X-Men, also known as X-Men: The Animated Series (Fox Kids, 1992) is an American animated television series based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. The show features X-Men similar in look and ...more

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Spider-Man: The New Animated Series Neil Patrick Harris, Lisa Loeb, Ian Ziering Spider-Man: The New Animated Series is an American animated television series based on the Marvel comic book superhero character Spider-Man. It ran for only one season of 13 episodes, starting ...more

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The Incredible Hulk Stan Lee, June Foray, Michael Bell The Incredible Hulk is an animated television series based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. The series ran for 13 episodes on NBC in 1982, part of a combined hour with Spider-Man ...more

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Challenge of the Super Friends Elizabeth Montgomery, Richard Chamberlain, Casey Kasem Challenge of the Super Friends is an American animated television series about a team of superheroes which ran from September 9, 1978, to December 23, 1978, on ABC. The complete series was ...more

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Silver Surfer Jennifer Dale, Colin Fox, Camilla Scott Silver Surfer, also known as Silver Surfer: The Animated Series, is an animated television series based on the Marvel Comics superhero created by Jack Kirby. The series aired for one season on ...more

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The Adventures of Batman Casey Kasem, Ted Knight, Olan Soule The Adventures of Batman is an animated television series produced by Lou Schiemer's Filmation studios. It showcased the 12-minute Batman segments from The Batman/Superman Hour, sometimes broken ...more

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The World's Greatest Super Friends Casey Kasem, Michael Bell, Olan Soule The World's Greatest Superfriends is an American animated television series about a team of superheroes which ran from September 22, 1979 to September 27, 1980 on ABC. It was produced by ...more

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Legion of Super Heroes Wil Wheaton, Kari Wahlgren, Yuri Lowenthal Legion of Super Heroes is an American animated television series produced by Warner Bros. Animation that debuted on September 23, 2006, and is based on characters owned by DC Comics. The series ...more

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Duckman Jason Alexander, Gregg Berger, Nancy Travis Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man is an American adult animated sitcom that aired on the USA Network from March 5, 1994 to September 6, 1997. It was created and developed by Everett Peck. The ...more

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Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show Casey Kasem, Adam West, Frank Welker Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show is an American animated television series about a team of superheroes which ran from 1984 to 1985 on ABC. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera and is ...more

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The Maxx Tony Fucile, Barry Stigler, Amy Danles The Maxx is an American comic book series created by Sam Kieth and published originally monthly by Image Comics, then was collected in trade paperback collections from DC Comic's Wildstorm ...more

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The New Adventures of Batman Adam West, Burt Ward, Melendy Britt The New Adventures of Batman is an animated series produced by Filmation in 1977 featuring the DC Comics superheroes Batman and Robin, and Batgirl. The current distributor is Warner Bros. ...more