As part of the 80th anniversary of Superman, the release of Action Comics #1000, and the debut of Krypton, the Superman minus Superman series, I’ve seen a number of tributes to Superman. One of them were a compilation of the various intros to the animated Superman cartoons over the years, from the theatrical shorts up to the most recent Justice League Action series. One of those compilations was even done by DC Kids, DC’s kids channel on YouTube. Yet all of the ones I saw seemed to forget one particular Superman cartoon.
In 1988, just after Hanna Barbera lost the Superfriends license, their former apprentices as Ruby-Spears picked up the Superman license. The result was a cartoon I’m seeing is highly underrated. It only lasted one season on CBS, but there were some good Superman stories while having to transition between the pre and post Crisis versions. For example, when they were putting it together they were probably expecting Lex Luthor to still be a mad scientist out to prove his superior intellect and had to deal with his revamp as every evil businessman (so just rich businessmen in general) that’s come out of Hollywood storytelling over the past few decades. So it’s time to show this version some love. Frankly it’s a pretty good intro.