summer journal comics: henry’s heroes

I’ve talked about this before here, but I wanted to make sure I had it in a comic. Henry loves Masters of the Universe, the Fleischer Brothers/Famous Studios Superman cartoons, and recently he’s been watching a lot of old Spider-Man cartoons. Funnily enough, we don’t watch the Spidey cartoons form 1967; I find them to be pretty unwatchable. No, Henry (and Elliot) go in big for Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, the cartoon series that aired on NBC in the Eighties.

I was too young for that one when it was originally on, but I’ve watched a couple of episodes with the boys and it’s not horrible. As a superhero comic book fan, I would have appreciated how many guest starts the show accommodated if I had seen it then. Via Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, the boys are now fans of Thor, Captain America, and The X-Men. In particular, the show seems to be X-Men crazy, with a bunch of episodes focusing on them. I know Marvel had been trying like crazy to get an X-Men cartoon series off the ground at the time… perhaps this was their sneaky, backdoor way of getting the characters into cartoons.

(I should also point out, theme-wise, we’re only four comics into the summer and this is the SECOND strip about my kids watching old superhero cartoons. THEMES!)

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2 Responses to “summer journal comics: henry’s heroes”

  1. “I was too young for that one when it was originally on, but I’ve watched a couple of episodes with the boys and it’s not horrible. ”

    Man I remember getting up every Saturday morning for that show! Man I feel old now! I thought you and I were around the same age!

    Have you guys ever watched the Original XMen pilot cartoon, Pryde of the X-Men? Best take on the X-Men done ever in my opinion… but I might be biased by nostalgia…

    • Christopher Pearce Says:

      I saw Pryde of the X-Men YEARS ago… one of our local stations in NY (WPIX, I think) showed it one random Saturday afternoon. That one single pilot holds up better than the hundred-odd episodes of the X-Men cartoon from the 1990’s!

      I think it’s likely unintended, but mark my words- fifteen years from now, there will be SO many more Marvel Comics fans than any other superhero property, precisely because all their cartoons are available for instant viewing on Netflix.

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