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Spider-Man 

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Original cartoon series based on the web-slinging Marvel comic book character, Peter Parker, who, after being bit by a radioactive spider, assumes extraordinary powers.

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Stan Lee, Steve Ditko
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Series cast summary:
Paul Soles Paul Soles ...  Spider-Man / ... 52 episodes, 1967-1970
Peg Dixon Peg Dixon ...  Betty Brant / ... 52 episodes, 1967-1970
Paul Kligman Paul Kligman ...  J. Jonah Jameson / ... 52 episodes, 1967-1970
Bernard Cowan Bernard Cowan ...  Police officer / ... 51 episodes, 1967-1970
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Student Peter Parker is bitten by a spider while witnessing an experiment in radiology and finds that the radiation has transferred the properties of the spider (ability to scale walls and swing on webs) to him with a strength proportional to his body. Peter now has super spider powers and is so preoccupied with their possibilities that he fails to help the police stop a thief, who later robs the house of Peter's guardians, Aunt May and Uncle Ben, and kills Ben. Furious, Peter tracks down the culprit at a warehouse, and, on seeing the man's face, Peter realizes that if he had acted earlier to help stop the crook, Ben would be alive now. So, Peter vows to use his new powers to fight crime, as the super-heroic Spider-Man. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Canada | USA

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English

Release Date:

9 September 1967 (USA) See more »

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Spiderman See more »

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Trivia

The Human Fly Twins each wore a costume a costume that was similar to Spider-Man's. The Fly Twins costume was dark navy blue with green eye lenses. In fact when swinging around the city the Flies used the same animation that's used for Spider-Man. See more »

Goofs

Through out the series the Spider emblem on Spider-Man's suit switches between having 6 legs to having the correct 8. Noticable from season 2 onwards when the episodes start reusing more footage. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Spider-Man: Wallopin' websnappers!
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Connections

Referenced in The Badly Animated Adventures of Spider-Man (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Spider-Man
Opening and Closing Theme Song
Words by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Bob Harris, Stu Phillips and D. Kapross
Published by Buddah Music, Inc.
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Best Super Hero Cartoon
15 February 2003 | by Tuthmoses76See all my reviews

I watched this series when I was a kid, not in the late 60's, but in 1984, the last year it aired on regular television. Luckily, that year my parents bought our first VCR and I managed to get some of the episodes on tape. I still have some of these tapes today (mixed with Gilligan's Island and other junk).

There were three series. The first was good. But the best were the 2nd and 3rd series with a different animation team including the great Ralph Bakshi who went on to make animated movies like Lord of the Rings (1979), Fire & Ice, and American Pop.

When one sees these Spiderman cartoons today, they might comment on the crudity of the animation. For example, Spiderman's costume is unfinished, he is refilmed swinging through the air over and over again in the same pose, sometimes he stands on the edge of a building with one foot in the air and is always swinging across town far above the tops of buildings.

But these and other things don't take away from how good I think the animation is. First of all, even though all of Spidey's movements are the same shots reused a hundred times, at least they're smooth. In action cartoons today the characters are very jerky and awkward and have no real feeling of action. Though the colors are old and dull, the backgrounds are the most interesting and unique that you'll ever see in any cartoon (including full length feature films; espiecially Disney). Also, animation in super-hero cartoons today is too elastic-like. The heros manage to stretch and twist there way in and out of everything. The old Spiderman cartoons looked and felt more like the comic (maybe not like Todd McFarlane's).

But the artwork isn't the only thing that makes this series cool. The music is better than any other cartoon before or since. Besides the unforgettable theme song, each scene of each episode is accompanied by a jazzy rock n, roll tune or an orchestral piece (some of it existing classical). I watch them for the music as much as the cartoon itself. You will never here a score like it or anything else as memorable in a cartoon again.

These old Spidermans are also written in the traditional style of story telling that's hard to find these days. The drama builds to the action sequences making it more exciting, where as action cartoons today just punch their way through every scene making it very boring.

Perhaps it's sheer nostalgia. But I wish there were more cartoons like this one.


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