Avengers Themes

I’m a huge fan of The Avengers (the comic book team).  Always have been.  If you don’t know, The Avengers were assembled from Marvel’s B-list of heroes in an attempt to create some buzz for them.

The roster has changed over the decades, but the bigger names have tended to be Ironman, Thor, Captain America, the Incredible Hulk, Antman/Giantman and the Wasp.  Other members have included Hawkeye, the Vision, the Black Widow, the Scarlet Witch, Wonderman, Tigra and the Black Panther.  Even Wolverine and Spider-man have made appearances in the past.

Whatever.  It doesn’t matter.  There’s a live action movie due out in a year or two, which I am totally excited for.  However, I am always more of a fan of animated superhero shenanigans than I am of live action films.  Currently, there’s a great Avengers cartoon out called “Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes”.

The theme song for the cartoon is classic 1980s nonsense.  But somehow it works.  This is it:

Now, while searching for it, I stumbled upon another good childhood memory: the Avengers espionage TV show from the 1960s! Now this is a good theme song:

If you’re a child of that era, as I am, you may recall an update to that classic series in the late 60s and early1970s, which was partly set in Toronto! Here‘s the very era-specific theme from The New Avengers:

As a kid, waiting for the theme music was the best part of watching the show. This was the era before downloadable music and even before ubiquitous cassette tapes and home recording equipment! I remember actually writing down, in musical notation, the hooks from my favourite TV theme songs, just so I’d remember them when it came time for humming!