5 Best TV Shows Based on Marvel Comics

Since the 1960s, Marvel Comics has given birth to more than its fair share of beloved characters, and naturally, iconic figures like Spider-Man and the X-Men have been adapted to film and television many times over the years. However, while the ongoing Marvel Cinematic Universe already stands as the highest-grossing film franchise of all time less than a decade after its debut, Marvel characters have never strayed far from the small screen. Here are the five best television shows based on Marvel characters. For the record, we're limiting our list to no more than one series per character. So don't expect to see numerous Spider-Man shows listed here, for example.

Spider-Man (1967-1970)

Spider-Man Spider-Man

Everyone’s favorite webslinger has quite the accomplished television career behind him, especially in the realm of animated adaptations. However, his first series still stands above the rest for a number of reasons. First, the show helped bolster the character’s widespread popularity early on, undoubtedly helping to build his fanbase just a few years after he debuted on the page. Moreover, Paul Francis Webster and Bob Harris’s theme song -- yes, the one we all know -- has remained a key part of the Spider-Man legacy ever since, receiving numerous covers over the years, including one by vocalist Michael Bublé for 2004 film Spider-Man 2. With Paul Soles voicing the friendly neighborhood webhead and his mild-mannered alter-ego, the show was instrumental in building Spidey’s reputation as the de facto mascot for all of Marvel Comics. If that’s not reason for its inclusion among Marvel’s most accomplished television endeavors, we don’t know what is.