This week, we were lucky enough to have Adam Barnhardt join us for the Team-Up. Adam is the creator of the Scout Comics book Sh*itshow and the upcoming Keepers of the Cosmos. Adam also writes at Comicbook.com, where he covers Marvel, comics and Mountain Dew!
If the rollout of Disney+ and the past two years have taught us anything, it’s that we’re more than ready to reboot Gargoyles. The show itself instantly trended once the service launched and now, it’s beginning to dominate collecting circles each time a new toy is released. It was the first of its kind — a dark and gritty series with a world that was intricately crafted and story arcs that lasted any number of episodes. In a world where IP is king, and Hollywood runs on reboots, reimaginations, and continuations, there’s little reason to not bring Gargoyles back into the mix.
As a huge fan of Marvel’s space side, I would love to see a revival of the Silver Surfer animated series. The 1998 series has its charm and I have a lot of nostalgia for it, thanks to the great voice cast (James Blendick as Galactus!) and the many references to Stan Lee and Moebius’ series. I would love to see a series about Galactus’ herald again, especially since What If…? appealed to me a lot in terms of style and portrayal of cosmic scale. Silver Surfer in a similar animation technique would look insane. Especially since this concept allows for different visual plays and animation techniques. One series that I have in my mind as a potential foundation for animation would be the Silver Surfer: Black series by Donny Cates and Tradd More. This kind of psychedelic and surreal imagery would look great in an animated series that could creatively portray the philosophical dimension of the Silver Surfer story.
I’m gonna have to go with another ‘90s show in Spider-Man: The Animated Series as that was not only the Spider-Man of my youth but also some of the first serialised television programming I remember watching. The series showed a great progression in it’s version of Peter over its 5 seasons and covered a great array of comic stories. It also showed an early version of translating the Marvel comics team-ups to screen in a crossover with X-Men: The Animated Series in Season 2. It also featured a couple of memorable multiversal crossovers in Season 5 with Secret Wars and an early version a Spider-verse story which it mashed together with the Clone Saga which started in the comics at the same time, resulting in the ‘90s Peter meeting Stan Lee in ‘our world’ which blew my young mind. Occasionally the ambient themes of the series still pop into my head so I would love to see a return of that or at least see what became of Spidey in that world through X-Men ‘97 perhaps.
An animated series is love to see revived on Disney+ would be Gravity Falls. Whether it be a film or another season I’d like to see those characters return and explore even more of the secrets behind the town. I feel like show needed quite prematurely and still had a lot more room to breath. If they were to bring it back it would be cool to see a bit of a time jump, with adult Dipper and Mable returning to Gravity Falls after all those years.
I grew up in the 80s when Saturday morning cartoons ruled. I could wake up and get a couple solid hours of cartoons in before my Mom rolled out of bed: Smurfs, Voltron, Jem (my God was Jem so cool!), Thundercats, Transformers, He-Man and my absolute favorite (which I almost always actually watched on weekday mornings before school) G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. We got 95 glorious episodes that brought almost every one of my action figures to life but it was Doctor Mindbender usurped control of Cobra from Cobra Commander that shit got real. The animated series embraced the surreal aspects of the comics and line of action figures in a way the incredibly disappointing efforts at bringing the characters to life in live-action have been to scared to do and the pinnacle of that was in the beginning of season two when they introduced Serpentor. Seeing that bad sum’bitch flying around in his air chariot, carrying the DNA of the world’s greatest conquerors was the high point of the series and among my favorite memories of cartoons as a kid. With the people in charge of the live-action rights incapable of understanding that G.I. Joe isn’t a franchise that needs to be “grounded in realism”, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero is the best version where likely to ever get, so bringing it back with all of its wild ideas is the best bet for the future of the franchise.
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One of the more unsung animated series in comic book lore was Green Lantern, as we followed the adventures of Hal Jordan and Kilowog through space. The series only went one season and had a fascinating story with Hal and Kilowog welcoming Razer, a character with shades of gray to the team. The series chronicled battles with the Red Lanterns Corp who was trying to eliminate Green Lanterns. The animation was smooth and the story was sound. The characters were so fun and full of life I’d love to see that series brought back to the screen. Considering the live action Green Lantern series that’s coming, it wouldn’t be a bad companion.
The original Teen Titans animated series from the mid-2000s will always be one of my favorite series of all time. Maybe I’m not giving enough credit to the Powerpuff Girls, but I think for me Teen Titans is the reason I ever fell in love with superheroes and their stories. Plenty of it was silly, but they also had some dark storylines from the comics like Judas Contract and introducing Trigon. Deathstroke was only known as “Slade” but he was pretty damn great and is still one of my favorite villains of all time. Unfortunately, Teen Titans got the Teen Titans GO! treatment, so a genuine revival seems like it’s been off the table for a while.
If Marvel Studios wants to revive X-Men: The Animated Series, why not bring back even more of the Marvel Animated Universe and revive Spider-Man: The Animated Series as well? Yes, there’s already an animated MCU spider-series on the way, but if history has taught us anything, it’s that people will take as many versions of the web-head as they can swallow. If the X-Men series picks up where the old show left off, a new Spider-Man cartoon could serve to move the universe forward. I would start the series decades after the end of the last season, with Peter and MJ’s daughter Mayday taking up the mantle as Spider-Girl. Throw in an arc for Miles and use elements of both the MC2 and Ultimate comics to create an original and fresh new take on the Spider-Man mythos.