September here and the August poll has come to a close. Last month we asked what is the best classic series. The results were varied with all the choices getting some votes but in the end just one came out ahead.
- Getting the top spot with 16.7% of the votes was the 1981 Spider-Man series. The series was the second to focus on the wallcrawling hero. While it only lasted one season, it was notable as being one of the first to take a serious focus on the superhero genre. It was also the first to connect to other concurrently airing animated series creating the first animated universes.
- Tied for second with 11.9% of the votes were the 1967 Spider-Man, Fred and Barney Meet the Thing, and Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. The 1967 series was the first Spider-Man series and Marvel's second animated show. It's remembered for its campy nature and early adaptations of beloved characters, as well as one of the most iconic theme songs in television history. Amazing Friends was the series that aired concurrently with the 1981 series, and shared several ties with it. It's fondly remembered for its more light-hearted tone along with the creation of Firestar. Fred and Barney is one of the more interesting choices as it's usually forgotten except to note how bad it was. The series had little to do with the Fantastic Four, or even the Flintstones, though some fans have found it so bad it's enjoyable.
- Coming in third with 9.5% of the votes were The Marvel Super Heroes, the 1967 Fantastic Four, the 1978 Fantastic Four, Spider-Woman, and The Incredible Hulk. The Marvel Super Heroes was Marvel's first series, though it was cheaply animated being what is now called motion comics. However, since it directly adapted the comics it was praised for being the most faithful. The first Fantastic Four was similar to the original Spider-Man series from the same year, though it did not attain the same level of success. The second Fantastic Four series was known mostly for the creation of the character of H.E.R.B.I.E. since the rights for Human Torch was tied up leading to numerous urban legends about fears of kids lighting themselves on fire. Spider-Woman was the first animated series to focus on a female superhero though has been generally forgotten. The Incredible Hulk was the green giant's first animated series, coming soon after the success of the live-action Bill Bixby-Lou Ferrigno show. While not fondly remembered, it was praised for its serious tone and above-average animation.
Be sure to check out this month's poll. Marvel Studios has teased that the entire cast of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be part of What If...?. We ask, if the upcoming series brought in the live-action series which would you choose: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Inhumans, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher, Runaways, or Cloak & Dagger?