Eric Lewald is the showrunner of X-Men: The Animated Series, and according to him the 1990s is the period which reintroduced the superheroes into the mainstream.
“I’ve come to see X-Men: TAS, along with [the] more beautiful sibling Batman: The Animated Series, as the spark that has brought comic book superheroes from a corner of pop culture out to reigning atop it. In the ’40s, ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s there were occasional attempts to bring superheroes to a wider audience (cartoons, an occasional movie, a rare TV series). When X-Men: The Animated Series was pitched, very few people in Hollywood believed it had a chance to succeed. I believe that our success with audiences of all ages showed Hollywood that there was a huge audience for superheroes if they were taken seriously. I believe that we showed them how it could be done, and then the floodgates opened,”Lewald told Syfy Wire.
It is obvious that not all the comic book based shows became as successful as X-Men: TAS or Batman: TAS, and there were quite a few weird series which were also approved. We don’t mean that they were poor quality, but, they just happened to be odd choices back then. Let’s go ahead and check out some of those weird, yet amazing animations shows.
14. SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED
13. CADILLACS AND DINOSAURS
12. BUCKY O’HARE AND THE TOAD WARS
11. THE MASK: ANIMATED SERIES
9. FLASH GORDON
8. BIG GUY AND RUSTY THE BOY ROBOT
7. THE MAXX
6. POPEYE AND SON
5. PHANTOM 2040
4. THE SAVAGE DRAGON
3. SPIDER-MAN AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS
2. THE AVENGERS: UNITED THEY STAND
1. SWAMP THING