Spider-Man (1967)

ABC (ended 1970)
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  • The primary signature character for Marvel Comics, "Spider-Man," is the alter-ego of Peter Parker, science student at a New York City university. While witnessing a radiology experiment on one fateful day, Peter is bitten on his hand by a spider exposed to the radioactive field generated by the experiment and later finds that he has acquired the spider's wall-scaling, leaping, and extra-sensory abilities, in addition to increased endurance and strength. Peter knits for himself a red-and-blue costume and mask and produces a web-spinning fluid enabling him to swing from building to building above the streets of Manhattan. Peter's Uncle Ben is murdered by a burglar, a criminal who earlier ran past Peter at a television studio to which Peter had come to exhibit his spider-abilities. Peter selfishly declined to help the police to stop the fleeing malefactor and is to a significant extent responsible for the death of his uncle. Peter, in his Spiderman guise, finds, punches, and webs the murderer. Now aware that he has received his powers for a higher purpose than exhibition for monetary gain, Peter accepts his duty as a costumed fighter of crime, a responsibility that he vows never again to fail. To financially support his Aunt May, Ben's widow, Peter becomes a freelance photographer for the Daily Bugle newspaper as an aside to his continued studies and his responsibility as Spiderman to the good people of New York City. Peter does not allow anyone, not even his aunt, to know that he is Spiderman. The Daily Bugle publisher, a cigar-smoking, self-righteous, blustery chauvinist named J. Jonah Jameson, has a jaundiced view of Spiderman's heroism and wields considerable influence with the city government and police force. So, Spidey must constantly be wary of the police whom he is helping, usually retaining the villains that he catches in a web for police to apprehend after he has left the capture scene, and attaching a note with an appropriate pun in regard to the crook and which says that the capture was courtesy of "Your Friendly Neighborhood Spiderman". Peter often uses his intimate involvement with his alter-ego's pursuit of villains to obtain exclusive photographs of the criminals, their evil deeds, and their capture, and provides the photographs to an incredulous Jameson, who, though he prints the pictures, usually manages to negatively spin-doctor Spiderman's involvement and magnify his own importance, much to Spidey's good-natured annoyance and the objection of Spidey's admirer and Peter's friend, Betty Brant, Jameson's feisty secretary. Meanwhile, in Peter's continued university life, he encounters eccentric professors whose unauthorized, dangerous experiments result in calamity that only Spiderman can remedy, and he experiences frustration with girl-friends who accuse him of cowardice every time that he must leave them in the midst of a dire situation so that he can privately change into Spiderman. Spiderman is the creation of Marvel Comics' founder Stan Lee and one of the earliest super-heroes to be featured in graphically illustrated magazines, or comic books, under the Marvel Comics name. Perhaps the most famous aspect to the 1967-1970 Spiderman is its opening and closing theme song, which was performed by a vocal group to lyrics written by Paul Francis Webster and quick-tempo instrumentals performed by Bob Harris, published by Buddah Music, Inc.. In May 2002, a live-action Spider-Man movie was released starring Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man, and the villian The Green Goblin. Due out in 2004, Spider-Man 2's villains include Doctor Octopus and The Lizard. Some information from: http://personal.nbnet.nb.ca/kmccorry/spidey.html"Spiderman. Spiderman. Does whatever a spider can. Spins a web, any size. Catches thieves- just like flies. Look out! Here comes the Spiderman! Is he strong? Listen, bud. He's got radioactive blood. Can he swing, from a thread? Take a look overhead. Hey, there! There goes the Spiderman! In the chill of night, at the scene of a crime. Like a streak of light, he arrives just in time! Spiderman. Spiderman. Friendly Neighborhood Spiderman. Wealth and fame? He's ignored. Action is his reward. To him, life is a great big bang-up. Wherever there's a hang-up, you'll find the Spiderman!"moreless

  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 13

    Trip to Tomorrow

    Aired 6/14/70

  • S 3 : Ep 12

    Down to Earth

    Aired 6/7/70

  • S 3 : Ep 11

    Specialists and Slaves

    Aired 5/31/70

  • S 3 : Ep 10

    Revolt in the Fifth Dimension

    Aired 5/24/70

  • S 3 : Ep 9

    Rhino / The Madness of Mysterio

    Aired 5/17/70

  • Cast & Crew
  • Paul Soles

    Spider-Man/Peter Parker

  • Bernard Cowan

    Narrator/Additional Voices/Dr. Magneto/Cowboy

  • Paul Kligman

    J. Jonah Jameson/Jake/Additional Voices

  • Peg Dixon

    Mary Jane Watson/Betty Brant/Polly/Sue J. Jonah

  • Carl Banas

    Scorpion/Charles Cameo/Dr. Manta (voice) (uncredited)

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  • Rtkat3

    User Score: 110


  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Quote from Sub-Zero for Spidey: Spider-Man: Walloping websnappers! I'm being bombarded by icicles!

    • Quote from The Power of Doctor Octopus: Dr. Octopus: Spider-Man! No one can interfere with my plans! Spider-Man: Looks like I caught you with your plans down.

    • Quotes from Never Step On a Scorpion: Peter: I just remembered... I forgot something. Betty: I forgot something, too. I forgot to stay in bed this morning! The Scorpion: Don't you know that the natural prey of a scorpion is... a spider! Spider-man: Tell me more, Nature-boy!

    • Dr. Noah Boddy: In a manner of speaking, gentlemen ... YOU BLEW IT!!

    • Spider-Man: (About the Master Technician's demands) Why do they always ask for things they know they're not gonna get?

    • Dr. Zap: (upon catching Spider-Man and Skyboy) So my trap has netted two birds instead of one. How nice of you to drop in. Spider-Man: Save the compliments. I didn't quite get the name on the invitation, but you must be... Dr. Zap: Dr. Zap, At your service. (he emits electricity by clapping his hands together) Spider-Man: Hey, that's quite a trick Doc, but I hate to have your electric bill. Now how's about showing us the way out before I feed you a jaw full of fists.

    • J. Jonah Jameson: (about the first photo of Skyboy) Look at that, the biggest story of the year and we're scooped by the Evening Star! Well Parker, what've you got to say for yourself? Peter Parker: Golly Mr. Jameson, I - well, gee-whiz. J. Jonah Jameson: I thought so, goofing off again. I just don't know, Parker. Why do I keep you on my payroll? Peter Parker: But, I... J. Jonah Jameson: Enough! Get out there and get a picture of this mysterious new superhero battling Spider-Man, and don't let me see your face again until you do! Now get out!

    • Skyboy: (after he and his father were rescued by Spider-Man) Gee Spidey, I sure misjudged you. If it hadn't been for you, we'd be - well... Spider-Man: Gosh. Forget it, kid. My pleasure. But no more Skyboy stuff from now on, okay? ONE costumed crimefighter is plenty for this town.

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    Notes (99)

    • This episode is available on the VHS Marvel Comics Video Library Volume 10: "Doctor Octopus: The Power Of Doctor Octopus".

    • Doctor Octopus in this episode is wearing a purple costume similar to the one on the cover of The Amazing Spider-Man #11. However, that purple costume only appeared on a cover and never in a real comic story.

    • Peter usually wears his classic blue suit from the sixties comics in this series, but in "Sub-Zero for Spidey," he sports a white button down shirt with short sleeves due to the hot weather. Due to this, Peter's transformations into Spider-Man are cut down versions of the classic stock footage change (which feature a white dress shirt with long sleeves), and just show him pulling on his mask.

    • "The Power of Doctor Octopus" offers Peter Parker the chance to perform one of his quickest changes outside of the MTV 2003 series. After his car drives off the road and is caught in a tree, the college student whistles and says, "Don't make waves until I make this change." In the amount of time it takes to say that sentence, Peter dips down wearing his white shirt, red necktie, and yellow sweater until he vanishes from view below the car window. But he almost instantly rises back up again, pulling on his mask and having changed completely into his Spider-Man costume.

    • First appearence of Dr. Octopus

    • The Lizard story is a condensed version of The Amazing Spider-Man #6. The original version of the story has Jameson travelling to Florida with Peter Parker, and Dr. Connors becoming the Lizard in an attempt to regrow his missing arm. In the animated version Connors has two arms.

    • During the scene where Electro rides the power lines after robbing Jameson's house you can see a crease in the original background painting where it was folded during storage. This is even more evident in the restored footage on the DVD set where you can even make out original brush strokes in some backgrounds. The artists involved in making the series probably never envisioned their work would be seen in this level of detail, assuming little things like this would be washed out in the relatively blurry television sets of the time.

    • The Lizard is called "The Lizard-Man." His alter-ego, Dr. Curtis Connors, is named as "Dr. Curtis Connor."

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    Trivia (46)

    • ABC Family was forced to do some drastic edits to "The Power Of Doctor Octopus" in order to remove Jameson's cigar. Such jarring Clutch Cargo freeze frame examples include: Jameson's arm pointing up into the air merged with the rest of the animation so it obscures the cigar; one where he's holding his cigar in his pinched fingers with the stoagie digitially removed. Thus, in essence, he's making an OK sign. And the ultimate one utilitizing a triple split screen where parts of Jameson move, like the side of his mouth and one arm, but, the other arm and side of his mouth remain stationary.

    • There's two nice visual nods in this episode. During the first scene set in Mysterio's hideout before the camera pans to the left you can see a Green Goblin mask hanging amongst the other costumes. During the scenes at Mysterio's desk you can see drawings and blueprints on the wall detailing how Mysterio built the props to imitate Spider-Man's powers. These drawings are an exact replica of the drawings seen in the original comic version, right down to the text above the web shooter diagram: "Web, cannot duplicate -- imitate!"

    • How can Peter get out of his Spiderman suit with the robot holding on to him and how could Peter stuff the suit so fast?

    • The Vulture is erroneously referred to as "Vulture Man" in this story.

    • In the episode "Never Step on a Scorpion," Peter Parker is wearing a white button down short-sleeved shirt, red tie, and a yellow sweater. However, for both of Peter's viewed changes into Spider-Man, the episode uses stock footage where Peter is slipping off a long-sleeved white dress shirt (which he wears with his blue suit) to reveal his costume underneath.

    • In "The Peril of Parafino," Parafino chisels Mad Dog Melvin's name on the pedestal, with the name appearing as "Melvin," but when Spider-Man arrives at Parafino's museum, we see that Melvin's name appears as "Melvan."

    • While Peter is mixing a batch of web fluid in his bedroom, he's wearing a white button down collar preppy shirt. However, when he answers the phone and talks to Betty (and before making the stock change into Spider-Man), the collar buttons vanish.

    • When Peter is getting the pepper from the cupboard it is strange that his Aunt May never heard him.

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    Allusions (3)

    • :
      Pandora was the first woman created by the gods. She and Epimethius, a titan, were at home when Mecury, the divine messenger, approached. Mercury staggered under the weight of a huge box, and begged the couple to let him leave it with them, as he was too tired to convey it to its destination. They allowed this, and a grateful Mercury sped off, promising to return soon. Overcome by curiosity, foolish Pandora opened the box, discovering to her horror that within it, Jupiter had imprisoned all the evils, vices, diseases, and maladies of the world. All of which now were free. But all was not lost, for the gods in their kindness placed Hope within the box as well, and when Pandora opened the box a second time, Hope was loosed into the world. And that is why, according to myth, there is evil in the world, and why hope is so potent against it.

    • :
      Ponce de Leon is an actual historical figure, who spent a good deal of time searching Florida for "the fountain of youth", a mystical spring whose waters could restore youth, health, and vigor to the aged and infirm. His verifiable claim to fame was as the European discoverer of Florida.

    • :
      Atlantis is a legendary continent some believe sank into the ocean long before recorded history. There are as many theories about life in pre-cataclysm Atlantis as there are theorists, but science has yet to find proof that the continent ever existed. File it next to "UFO" in the X-Files.

  • Fan Reviews (13)
  • This Type of Spider-Man Series Needs To Come Back

    By JaneKnight, Jun 26, 2014

  • Dressed up as Spiderman

    By tcwjra, Mar 31, 2012

  • This series is the best cartoon ever!

    By symbiote101, Aug 20, 2009

  • love this show best spiderman cartoon ever

    By Er0KSeinfeldfan, Dec 19, 2005

  • a man gains the powers of spiders

    By Atomius1, Apr 01, 2008