Cartoons Do It Better

14 Jul

Tonight, I saw The Amazing Spider-Man, the top ranked movie at the moment. It was a good movie and was very entertaining. However, this is the second installment of Spider-Man in recent years, and both face a problem. It doesn’t matter who stars – Tobey Macguire or Andrew Garfield. It doesn’t matter if it’s in 3-D or on IMAX. It doesn’t matter how many cameos Stan Lee has. No Spider-Man can compete with this one.

I grew up watching reruns of the 1960s cartoon version of the superhero. The background was frozen, and the characters barely moved. But, I couldn’t wait to see what villain would show up next. The Green Goblin was my favorite.

He had an awesome flying cycle and threw flaming jack-o-lanterns. At least, they looked like jack-o-lanterns to me.

However, the coolest part was the theme song that stuck into the minds of kids everywhere. So cool, it was covered by The Ramones. You know the beat, and you know the words.

Spider-Man, Spider-Man

Does whatever a spider can:

Spins a web, any size,

Catches thieves just like flies–

Look out: Here comes the Spider-Man.

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 Spider-Man.

In the chill of night

At the scene of a crime

Like a streak of light

He arrives just in time.

Spider-Man, Spider-Man

Friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

Wealth and fame He’s ignored

Action is his reward.

To him, life is a great big bang up

Wherever there’s a hang up

You’ll find the Spider-Man.

And remember, the cartoon is always IN COLOR.

4 Responses to “Cartoons Do It Better”

  1. Andrew Petcher July 14, 2012 at 11:29 #

    I remember that but it was never one of my favourites. Top of my list was Batman with Adam West and Burt Ward which still gets regular reruns here in the UK. Ask me for a favourite US cartoon and it would have to be Top Cat or the Flintstones!

    • surroundedbyimbeciles July 14, 2012 at 14:40 #

      My favorite cartoon of all time is Thundarr the Barbarian. Adam West as Batman is awesome. Great villains.

  2. Numero Uno July 17, 2012 at 01:47 #

    Though I remember the song I don’t remember following the Spider-man cartoon religiously. My favorite was somehow Courage the Cowardly Dog. i don’t know somehow not many people like it 😦
    Nice Post.

    • surroundedbyimbeciles July 17, 2012 at 02:52 #

      That’s a good one. Another favorite was Starblazers. Thanks for commenting.

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