8. Todd McFarlane's Spawn (1997-1999, HBO)

We’re just going to come right out and say it: HBO’s Todd McFarlane's Spawn animated series was miles better than the comic series ever was. It was dark, atmospheric, and incredibly twisted, with some of the most fluid animation ever seen in a superhero show. Todd McFarlane's Spawn set the benchmark for mature comic storytelling in another medium, and, most importantly, managed to make sense out of Todd McFarlane’s thin plots.

It’s a shame that the show didn’t spawn (bad pun fully intended) more mature, comic-related animated shows. If only HBO and either Marvel or DC could come to its senses and throw together a Daredevil or Gotham Central animated show, then we'd all be smiling.