Over at my website, Comics on the Brain, I take a look at 15 of my favorite cartoon title sequences. Now I'll be the first to admit that my list is just for me. It isn't the "Best Ever" or "World's Greatest" cartoon opening titles. They're just mine, as shaped by my own experience.

(And boy do I get aggravated by VH1's multi-part specials about the 100 greatest this and thats. They aren't the greatest. They're just the greatest according to the people they asked!)

But back to my favorites list. I grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, so my favorites are exclusively from that era. For one thing, you can bet there's some superheroes and others that I wish were turned into comics.

What are yours? Tell me in the comments here or at my own site.

Read my article "Top 10 Cartoon Title Sequences," and then let me know!

Want a couple of favorites to tide you over until your browser loads? Then try these:


Check out "The Visionaries," which comes in at No. 10 on my list. It was produced by Hasbro and Sunbow, a company largely affiliated with Marvel Comics.


Coming in at my No. 6 slot is "Galaxy High," a cartoon that is fondly remembered by me -- and has an international cult status -- despite only lasting 13 episodes!

As for the rest, well, just check out Comics on the Brain!

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Comment by Doc Beechler (mod-MD) on March 31, 2011 at 12:43pm
70s Scooby-Doo
90s Batman/Superman hour
Teen Titans Go!
Spongebob Squarepants
Fat Albert

Non-cartoon classic - Land of the Lost
Comment by Cavaliere (moderator emeritus) on March 31, 2011 at 1:18pm
Generally, I like cartoon themes that gives the basics of the show you're about to watch. The Jetsons, The Flintstones, versions of Scooby-Doo, even the cartoon Star Trek are all examples of this. That's not to say that I like all themes that fit that description. Spongebob Squarepants does but I find the song incredibly annoying. And, of course, there are theme songs that have no words at all but are still great to listen to like The Simpsons and Batman: The Animated Series.
Comment by Jeff of Earth-J on March 31, 2011 at 3:19pm

My top three:

Jonny Quest


The Flintstones

Comment by Figserello on March 31, 2011 at 6:34pm
60's Spider-man has to in the actual list of objectively great cartoon themes -it must be held in aw in the industry! - and the accompanying titles are lifted by that.

Simpsons score for having 2 new bits every time they show it.

I loved how Batman Beyond's theme owed something to the techno music of its day.

The titles sequence of Top Cat was way better than the cartoon itself.

The first X-men cartoon's theme-tune had a driving insistency that kind of grew on you. I still find myself humming it when things get tense!
Comment by Philip Portelli on March 31, 2011 at 8:43pm

Some picks not mentioned:

  • Battle of the Planets--I know it's Gatchaman now but then I loved the American version, even 7-Zark-7!
  • Superman--the WB version, it's stirring and inspirational
  • The Avengers--Disney XD, the first time I saw and heard it, I went "YEAH!"
  • Captain Planet--not a favorite series but a great opener.

BTW, I got the Flash Gordon DVD plus the Dungeons and Dragons one. A sound investment for $10! And I concur about Drak Pack, that's why I watched it, too! There was something similar in low-budget live action that I believe was titled Monster Squad.

Great list,  LJ, got some gems there! 

Comment by Figserello on March 31, 2011 at 9:06pm
Me and my sister loved watching the Flash Gordon cartoon every Friday night.  But it was probably long after 1979.  They seemed like complex long-running storylines to us at the time.  How does that show hold up today?
Comment by Figserello on March 31, 2011 at 9:08pm

Can't remember the theme/titles though, which is a bad sign given the subject of the thread.



Comment by Cavaliere (moderator emeritus) on March 31, 2011 at 9:34pm
JoE-J, I presume that by Spider-Man you mean "...does whatever a spider can." There has been many other Spider-Man cartoons, though. Maybe you do prefer a different one. The Spectacular Spider-Man theme is pretty good.
Comment by Figserello on March 31, 2011 at 9:45pm

He means the 60s one. 


It's a masterpiece.

Comment by Emerkeith Davyjack on March 31, 2011 at 10:22pm

...When I saw one of the Raimi Spider-Man movies (at a theater that was Sony-owned then , IIRC) , in the in-theater music just after the movie ended , they played a version of the 60s theme sung by a " modern " nightclub-lounge-swing singer .

  I don't believe that it was on the movie's soundtrack itself (the physical movie , I mean , not the soundtrack CD) .

  Does anyone else remember this one ???


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