Spider-Man (1967)

Rhino / The Madness of Mysterio

Season 3, Ep 9, Aired 5/17/70
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  • Episode Description
  • Rhino: In a cheater story comprised of footage from both Rhino episodes from Season 1, the Rhino again steals gold shipments with which to build a 14 karat statue of himself. The Madness of Mysterio: Spiderman tussles once more with master-of-illusion Mysterio. This time, Mysterio causes Spidey to think that he has shrunk the web-swinger and placed him in a miniature amusement park.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Paul Soles

    Spider-Man/Peter Parker

  • Peg Dixon

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

  • Paul Kligman

    J. Jonah Jameson/Jake/Additional Voices

  • Ed McNamara

    Rhino/Blackbeard/Vulcan (voice) (uncredited)

  • Chris Wiggins

    Mysterio/Harley Clivendon/Blackwell/Boomer/Infinata (voice) (uncredited)

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  • Notes (3)

    • The running order for this episode has been swapped with the second season episode "Phantom from the Depths of time". It is not known when the switch occured but it first became evident in the mid 90's syndication packages. This incorrect episode running order is also used on the Buena Vista DVD set. "Phantom from the Depths of Time" is also the only episode on the DVD set to retain it's original 'Next Week' episode blurb which clearly states the next episode is "Revolt in the Fifth Dimension" -- the other Season 3 story borrowed from Rocket Robin Hood.

    • The mystery as to why Mysterio is out of his regular costume in this episode has been the subject of speculation for years. The most likely reason is that several of the original animation cells were either damaged or left behind when Ralph Bakshi moved production of the series from GL in Toronto to Krantz Films in New York City. Evidence of other damaged/missing cells can be seen throughout Seasons 2 and 3, particularly in the opening credits where there are several jumps in the animation where the exact same sequences in the first season credits are fine (Note that this was corrected on the recent DVD set). Rumor has it that Bakshi ran afoul of the people financing the Canadian production of the series and a warrant was issued for his arrest, but he had already fled across the border to Buffalo with as much of the original animation materials as he could carry. At this point, work on Season 2 had already begun with vocal tracks for one episode already completed (it's assumed that the 11 minute "Madness of Mysterio" is the episode that was already in the can). Without the original cells and only film clips of the previous episodes it would have been too much work to animate the episode with a proper Mysterio model from scratch. The existing film clips could not be used because the Mysterio models could not be separated from the backgrounds. All of the 'reconstituted' episodes from seasons 2 and 3 use previous film footage with backgrounds intact -- including the Mysterio sequences from "Return of the Flying Dutchman" in the final episode of the series, "Trip to Tomorrow".

    • Mysterio is not in his usual costume this time.

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