30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #24: Your Favorite Cartoon

As I’ve mentioned before the X-Men: The Animated Series was my primary introduction to X-Men and Marvel. Although there was an animated series for the Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man and Fantastic Four as well. The series debuted in 1992 and ended in 1997. The series spanned 5 seasons and 76 episodes. The first thing that I will always remember about the series is the theme song that was composed by Ron Wasserman. The show had the line up from Cyclops’s Blue Team, that featured Cyclops, Wolverine, Rogue, Storm, Beast, Gambit, Jubilee, Jean Grey, and Professor X.

The series focused on social issues like divorce, Christianity, the Holocaust and AIDS. Of course as a child a lot of this stuff was over my head, but had some impact on my views of the world. Many of the series story arc’s were original, several of the story-lines were direct adaptations of comic book events. In season 1 the series adapted, “Night of the Sentinels,” “Enter Magneto,” “Captive Hearts,” “Come the Apocalypse,” and “Days of Future Past.” Season 2 saw the adaptation of, “Whatever It takes,” “Weapon X,” “Legacy Virus.” Season 3 adapted my all time favorite arc the “Phoenix Saga,” and the “Dark Phoenix Saga.”

The series fell apart (in my opinion) after this season with season 4 & 5 focusing on “One Man’s Worth” and the “Phalanx Covenant.” Overall, this series marked a moment in my and many other lives became familiar with Marvel and comic books. The series had tremendous influence on me and presented X-Men as being more people with cool powers. It also has a lot of humor (which was mostly Wolverine one liners). I would recommend this series to anyone (up to season 3 (LOL)), you can stream the series on Hulu. If you want to read another take on the series effect check out this article.

8 responses to “30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #24: Your Favorite Cartoon”

  1. One of my fave cartoons of the time. I missed the later seasons, but from the sounds of it that was a good thing.

    1. LOL. Yeah, I didn’t really like the last 2 seasons, but the first three are amazing.

  2. Yeah, gotta give it to 90’s X-Men. It made me an X-Men and Marvel fanboy. Unfortunately, it hasn’t aged well. If I need an animated X-Men fix I look to later series.

    1. They changed the animation too much.

  3. It’s always really close between this one and Avengers EMH. I’d give the latter the slight edge for Marvel, but 90’s X-Men is a close second. It really introduced me to that part of the Marvel universe and is still my favorite version of many characters like Rogue, Cyclops, and Wolverine.

    1. I think it was a gateway to many into the Marvel universe. I hope one day they create another animated series. I think it would get better ratings.

  4. Definitely one of my favorite cartoons and one of the more progressive ones too!

    1. Definitely.

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