I got to watch the Superfriends last night at Cartoon Network and I can't help but also remember the Marvel Cartoons that also showed at about the same time in Channel 2 (I think it was about 1987 or 88 I think) I was still in Grade 1 and it was shown daily at around 4pm, where it was to be followed by the Superfriends, along with G-Force, She-Ra among others.
The cartoons were a brainchild of Marvel Comics that goes as far back as the late 1960s among those cartoons that I've been watching back in the days were The Submariner, Captain America, Iron-Man, The Mighty Thor and later on The Amazing Spiderman. The late 60's animation of the Marvel Comics superheroes suffered from low production values and relied on voice-over narration for most of the action. On the plus side, the majority of the artwork and layouts came from Jack 'The King' Kirby, the original artist and co-creator.
Just the same those cartoons are the closest things that cartoon program versions of comic books that would come close to the stories that are featured in the comic books. Aside from that what I remember as cool in those cartoons were their snappy theme songs for which I've devoted a portion of my time here at work to surf their lyrics and for your enjoyment I'd be devoting the rest of this post to those lyrics.
When Captain America throws his mighty shield,All those who chose oppose his shield must yield.If he's lead to a fight and a duel is due,Then the red and white and the blue'll come through.When Captain America throws his mighty shield.
Doc Bruce Banner,Belted by gamma rays,Turned into the Hulk.Ain't he unglamo-rays!Wreckin' the townWith the power of a bull,Ain't no monster clownWho is that lovable?It's ever lovin' Hulk! HULK!! HULK!!"
Tony StarkMakes you feelHe's a cool execWith a heart of steel.As Iron Man,All jets ablaze,He fights and smite'nWith repulsor rays!A blaze of power! Iron Man!Amazing armor!Iron Man!
The Mighty Thor
Cross the Rainbow Bridge of Asgard,Where the booming heavens roar,You'll behold in breathless wonderThe God Of Thunder, Mighty Thor!
Stronger than a whale He can swim anywhere He can breathe under water and go flying through the air The Noble Sub Mariner Prince of the deep So, beware you deadly demonsLord Namor of Atlantis, is the Prince of the Deep.
Spiderman, Spiderman, Does whatever a spider can Spins a web, any size,
Catches thieves just like flies
Look Out! Here comes the Spiderman.
Is he strong? Listen bud, He's got radioactive blood.
Can he swing from a thread Take a look overhead
Hey, there There goes the Spiderman. In the chill of night
At the scene of a crime Like a streak of light He arrives just in time.
Spiderman, Spiderman Friendly neighborhood Spiderman
Wealth and fame He's ingnored
Action is his reward.
To him, life is a great big bang up
Whenever there's a hang up
You'll find the Spider man.
There is also The Fantastic 4 but I opted not to include the cartoon since it does not include a cool theme song it just has this lousy narrator telling of the Fantastic 4's origin.