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The Best Comic Book Cartoons & Animated Shows 

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Updated April 1, 2019 60.2k votes 3.9k voters 46.4k views 101 items

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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.

Premiered: 1992

Genres (Tv): Crime, Children's television series, Superhero fiction, Adventure film, Action, + more

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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13 Reasons Batman: The Animated Series Is Even Better Than The Comics #27 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #34 of 732 The Best Cartoons of All Time

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Christopher Daniel Barnes, Sara Ballantine, Roscoe Lee Browne

Premiered: 1994

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Action, Science Fiction, Animated series

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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16 Behind-The-Scenes Facts From 'Spider-Man: The Animated Series' #54 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #37 of 732 The Best Cartoons of All Time

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Carl Lumbly, George Newbern, Phil LaMarr

Premiered: 2001

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Superhero fiction, Action, + more

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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#49 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #40 of 732 The Best Cartoons of All Time #13 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

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Will Friedle, Kevin Conroy, Lauren Tom

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Suspense, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, + more

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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16 Reasons Why Batman Beyond Is Actually the Best Take on Batman #118 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #64 of 732 The Best Cartoons of All Time

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Antoine M. Dillard, Natasha L. Dillard

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Children's television series, Superhero fiction, Adventure film, + more

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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#98 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #76 of 732 The Best Cartoons of All Time #41 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

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Sean Astin, Greg Cipes, Rob Paulsen

Premiered: 1987

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Adventure film, Comedy, + more

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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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Fan Theories #8 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Timelisted on Longest Running Animated Series

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Danica McKellar, Jesse McCartney, Nolan North

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Animation, Action/Adventure, Procedural drama, Children's television series, + more

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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12 'Young Justice' Fan Theories #564 of 807 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #190 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time

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Hynden Walch, Scott Menville, Greg Cipes

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Teen situation comedy, Children's television series, Superhero fiction, + more

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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Teen Titans Is The Greatest DC Superhero Cartoon Ever Made, Fight Me #333 of 807 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #90 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time

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Tim Daly, Joseph Bologna, Dana Delany

Premiered: 1996

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Superhero fiction, + more

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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#131 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #117 of 732 The Best Cartoons of All Time #76 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

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Alan Young, Russi Taylor, Terence McGovern

Premiered: 1987

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Mystery, Comedy-drama, + more

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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#5 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #9 of 732 The Best Cartoons of All Time #8 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

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Eric Loomis, Brian Bloom, Colleen O'Shaughnessey

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Children's television series, Adventure film, Action, + more

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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#235 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #199 of 732 The Best Cartoons of All Time #117 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

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Steve Blum, Jim Ward, Nolan North

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Drama, Children's television series, Superhero fiction, + more

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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#122 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #127 of 732 The Best Cartoons of All Time #99 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

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Mark Hamill, Micky Dolenz, Brad Garrett

Premiered: 1994

Genres (Tv): Animation, Satire, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Comedy, + more

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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#150 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #183 of 732 The Best Cartoons of All Time #103 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

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Scott McNeil, Meghan Black, Christopher Judge

Premiered: 2000

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Children's television series, Adventure film, Action, + more

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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#152 of 732 The Best Cartoons of All Time #85 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #33 of 61 The Best Wolverine Versions Of All Time

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Tara Strong, Kevin Conroy, Robert Costanzo

Premiered: 1997

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Suspense, Children's television series, Superhero fiction, + more

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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#268 of 732 The Best Cartoons of All Time #123 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #7 of 23 The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time

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Josh Keaton, Lacey Chabert, Joshua LeBar

Premiered: 2008

Genres (Tv): Animated cartoon, Action, Science Fiction, Animated series

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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#224 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #203 of 732 The Best Cartoons of All Time #288 of 590 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time

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Keith David, Richard Dysart, Dominique Jennings

Premiered: 1997

Genres (Tv): Animation, Suspense, Drama, Horror Film, Superhero fiction, + more

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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#327 of 732 The Best Cartoons of All Time #193 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #56 of 201 The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History

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Phil LaMarr, Jason Marsden, Kevin Michael Richardson

Premiered: 2000

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Adventure film, Action, + more

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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#277 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #217 of 732 The Best Cartoons of All Time #257 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

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Rino Romano, Alastair Duncan, Evan Sabara

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Suspense, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, + more

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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#116 of 732 The Best Cartoons of All Time #104 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #11 of 23 The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time

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Dan Gilvezan, Kathy Garver, Frank Welker

Premiered: 1981

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Children's television series, Science Fiction, Fantasy

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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'Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends' Is, Hands Down, The Best Adaptation Of Spider-Man #166 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #177 of 732 The Best Cartoons of All Time

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Sherry Alberoni, Norman Alden, Danny Dark

Premiered: 1973

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Animated series, Fantasy

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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#75 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #155 of 732 The Best Cartoons of All Time #178 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

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Jane Lynch, Mona Marshall, Linda Gary Howerton

Premiered: 1981

Genres (Tv): Animation, Adventure film

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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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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#163 of 732 The Best Cartoons of All Time #235 of 590 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time #153 of 1,318 The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows

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Drake Bell, Chi McBride, Ogie Banks

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Children's television series, Adventure film, Comedy, + more

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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#210 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #168 of 732 The Best Cartoons of All Time #129 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

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Josh Keaton, Kevin Michael Richardson, Jason Spisak

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Children's television series, Adventure film, Action, + more

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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#258 of 732 The Best Cartoons of All Time #14 of 23 The 23 Greatest DC Animated Shows Of All Time #359 of 571 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time