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George of the Jungle (1967)
Go Go Gophers (1966)
Hong Kong Phooey (1974)
The Incredible Hulk (1982)
Kissyfur (1985)
Linus & Lucy (1965)
The Road Runner Show (1966)
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (1969)
Spider-Man (1967)
Spider-Man (1981)
Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends (1981)




Go Go Gophers (1966)
"Go Go Gophers" was a cartoon segment on "Underdog" produced from 1966 to 1968.  It was briefly spun off into its own series on CBS (1968-1969) as only re-runs (no new episodes).  It was a cartoony play on the popular comedy series, "F Troop" (1965-1967).  Like it's live-action counterpart, "Go Go Gophers" involved the American Army in the Old West and Indians.  The Army was comprised of wolves, and the Indians were gophers.  Unlike "F Troop", the cartoon could be misconstrued as offensive to Indians.  I think that's a bunch of baloney, but some people want to be sensitive.

The music of this theme song is quick and catchy.  It crosses an Indian backbeat with traditional American military marching music.

The Incredible Hulk (1982)
This cartoon series is probably the least-known of all Hulk media, but it has the coolest theme music of any Hulk show or movie.  It's purely instrumental, with no voiceovers.  The music is a very steady stomping beat, with a somewhat militaristic overtone.  I'm assuming the stomp was made to resemble the Hulk, and the marching music was made to resemble General Ross.

"The Incredible Hulk" ran for only 13 episodes on NBC.  It was a segment of "The Incredible Hulk and the Amazing Spider-Man", which was an hour-long show that also featured episodes of "Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends".  This cartoon series of the Hulk is my favorite.  It was produced by Marvel Productions.  However, one of the executive producers was David H. DePatie, and it's done a lot in the style of a DePatie-Freleng production.

Kissyfur (1985)
A pure instrumental, no voiceovers.  I absolutely love this tune.  It's one of the very best.  The locale of the show is the swamp, so it's only natural that this tune has a swampy, Cajun flavor.

Linus & Lucy (1965)
Also referred to as "The Peanuts Theme".  This catchy, jazzy instrumental was done by the Vince Guaraldi Trio and debuted in the very first Peanuts TV special, "A Charlie Brown Christmas".  Since then, it has become the signature tune for Peanuts.  EVERYBODY who knows about Charlie Brown and Snoopy has heard this theme.

Spider-Man (1967)
Spider-Man has had many theme songs over the years, but this is the best-known.  I like this one, but I don't know if it's my favorite.  It has kind of a funky, jazzy feel.  Very city.  Hearing this theme, you'll know it's not set in the country.

Spider-Man (1981)
Mostly instrumental, with a few voiceovers to announce "Spider-Man".  I think this is an excellent cartoon series with animation that beats the 1967 original, but it just didn't last.  "Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends" came out in the same year and beat this show in popularity by a mile.  Hey, Spider-Man is awesome, but Spidey with Iceman and a sexy superchick named Firestar was destined to draw more interest.  This might be my favorite of Spider-Man's theme songs.

Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends (1981)
This is another awesome Spider-Man theme song.  Mostly instrumental, with a few voiceovers at the beginning and end.  It just sounds super and fantastic and lively.  I've always liked it.  Out of all the Spider-Man themes, this is about the only one where you can picture Spidey smashing through walls and other things.  It's action-packed!