Spider-Man: The Animated Series

FOX (ended 1998)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 5 : Ep 14

    Spider-Man Making Of Animation

    Aired 6/19/04

  • S 5 : Ep 13

    Spider Wars (2): Farewell, Spider-Man

    Aired 1/31/98

  • S 5 : Ep 12

    Spider Wars (1): I Really, Really Hate Clones

    Aired 1/31/98

  • S 5 : Ep 11

    Secret Wars (3): Doom

    Aired 11/21/97

  • S 5 : Ep 10

    Secret Wars (2): The Gauntlet Of The Red Skull

    Aired 11/14/97

  • Cast & Crew
  • Edward Asner

    J. Jonah Jameson

  • Jennifer Hale

    Felicia Hardy/Black Cat

  • Linda Gary

    Aunt May Reilly-Parker

  • Christopher Daniel Barnes

    Peter Parker/Spider-Man

  • Rodney Saulsberry

    Joseph "Robbie" Robertson

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  • show Description
  • Imagine being able to sense danger, crawl any wall, be strong enough to bend steel, and have more agility than any other human? For Peter Parker, this is a fact. Except he doesn't think of it as a gift. In his final year of High School, Peter Parker was bitten by an irradiated spider. After brief hallucinations, Peter wakes up with incredible powers--much like that of a spider. Thus, to make some extra cash, Peter takes on the persona of Spider-Man, and tries to pursue a career as a pro wrestler. When he witnesses a robbery, he lets the criminal escape, simply because "it's not his problem". Then, when his dear Uncle Ben is killed, Peter finds that the murderer is none other than the criminal he failed to stop before. Now, Peter uses his powers to stop crime, as he learns that "With great power, comes great responibility". Beginning in November of 1994, John Semper and crew launched the most accurate portrayal of Peter Parker to be animated to date. Where previous animated incarnations focused on action, this version provided the same three dimensional Peter Parker found in the comics. Complete with the familiar supporting cast, a hapless lovelife, doting Aunt May, and grumpy J. Jonah Jameson, the show places Peter during his college years at ESU. In the 65 episodes, Spidey faced almost all of the major Spidey villains, old and new (except for the absence of the Sandman). Even the comic's second stringers like Rocket Racer, Madame Web, and the Prowler have appeared on the show! It was later followed by the somewhat weaker, short lived series Spider-Man Unlimited, which followed Spidey's adventures on counterearth. Spider-Man Airing Times Saturdays at 11:00am on ABC Family Every Night at 10:30pm on Toon Disney Each episode airs in their order of production, not original airdate. Therefore, the reruns are all in the correct order. Spider-Man is currently part of Disney's new Jetix block. Note: These times are for the US only, in Eastern Time Zone. Character Bios Peter Parker/Spider-Man: Peter is a kind of shy and quiet guy. He's a science-wiz, and he has a crush on his best friend Mary-Jane Watson. Peter also works for the Daily Bugle, a local newspaper, for minimum wage. But whenever trouble calls, he transforms into his web-slinging alter-ego Spider-Man. As Spidey, he has the power to sense danger, crawl walls, has super strength and super agility, and is armed with spider tracers, a powerful light on his belt, and artificial webbing. Mary-Jane Watson: MJ is a gorgeous red head that has always lived next door to Peter, but doesn't actually meet him until their blind date. After breif on-again off-again relationships with both Peter and Harry Osborn, she eventually marries Peter. Unfortunately, after a battle with the Green Goblin, she disappears, and the one who returns may not necessarily be who she thinks she is. Although she's always the enemies' first target, she remains safe due to the work of Spider-Man. Aunt May: Aunt May is Peter's elderly aunt. She's been taking care of Peter since his parents passed away when he was young. She always supports Peter when he is in need, and Peter does the same. J. Jonah Jameson: Old JJ is the grumpy-yet-quick witted editor of the Daily Bugle. For some reason, he has always hated Spidey, considering him a "menace". Eventually, it is revealed that his wife was gunned down by a masked man, which may explain his hate toward Spider-Man--a masked man. He also has a son, John Jameson, an astronaut. Felicia Hardy/Black Cat: Felicia began as the rich and sometimes spoiled daughter of the Hardys'. She and Peter once dated (pretty impressive on Peter's part), but her life changed dramatically when she discovered that her dad was once a spy called "The Cat". When she got involved with his past, she was caught in an experiment that trasformed her into an agile, strong beauty called "The Black Cat". She now occasionally accompanies Spidey whenever he needs her, but her real interest is her love Micheal Morbius, who now fights vampires alongside Blade. Harry Osborn: Wealthy son of industrialist Norman Osborn, Harry is one of Peter's best friends. He seems somewhat wimpy at first, but he has dark secrets. He has dated Mary-Jane and shared an apartment with Peter. He later becomes the next Green Goblin (see below). Robbie Robertson: Robbie works at the Bugle with Peter, and is JJ's right hand man. He is married with one son, who occasionally gets in trouble, but overall he has a happy, strong family. Despite his boss's beliefs, he always stands up for both Spidey and Peter. Dr. Curt Connors: Dr. Connors is a brilliant scientist who works with neogenics. Because of a war injury, he only has one arm. He always helps Spidey when in need, sometimes even when he may be in danger. He has a wife and one young son, both of which who have his back. Dr. Connors also shares the alterrnate identity as the Lizard (see below). Enemy Bios Dr. Otto Octavius/Dr. Octopus: Dr. Otto was a very good and smart scientist, but when and experiment goes wrong he becomes eight-handed Dr. Octopus. He is one of Spider-Man's most deadly villains. Wilson Fisk/Kingpin: Wilson Fisk is the notorious crime-boss also known as Kingpin. He is cause of almost everything that is going wrong when he is around. Him and his "Henchmen" will do anything to destroy Spider-Man. Eddie Brock/Venom: Eddie Brock used to be the Daily Bugle's best reporters, that is, until Spider-Man continued to humiliate him. He was subsequently fired from his job and blamed Spider-Man for it. Later, Brock comes in contact with Spider-Man's black costume and takes on the new persona of Venom. As Venom, Brock possesses all of Spider-Man's powers, minus spider-sense, but to a much higher degree. Cletus Kassidy/Carnage: When Venom's symbiote spawned, it found the perfect owner: serial killer/psychopath Cletus Kassidy. Kassidy's insane mind is what powers the almost invincible alter-ego of Carnage. Though he has most of the same weaknesses of Venom, his powers involve morphing his hands into blades, shooting out sharp symbiote knives, and much more. He enjoys agitating Venom by calling him "Dad". Norman Osborn/Green Goblin I: Norman is the wealthy industrialist that owns "Oscorp". He has a rigid relationship with his son, Harry. After being exposed to toxic chemicals, Norman gains enhanced strength, but the chemicals also cause his sanity to erode away. When he becomes paranoid and close to insane, he dawns the Green Goblin armor, a hi-tech suit equipped with super bombs, a powerful glider, a who knows what else. He is one of Spider-Man's toughest foes, mainly emotionally, because his son is one of Peter's best friends. Harry Osborn/Green Goblin II: After the disappearance of his father, Harry is haunted by nightmares and hallucinations--and his inner demons are released. Somehow his father reaches him from the other dimension, and leads him to the Goblin gear, where he becomes the next Green Goblin, with the same suit and technology as the previous one. He blames Spider-Man for the "death" of his father, and will stop at nothing to get revenge. Mac Gargan/The Scorpion: Mac Gargan was hired by Jameson to spy on Peter Parker to find out how he gets those spectacular shots of Spider-Man. After failing miserably at it, Jameson comes up with a better use for Gargan...by subjecting him to a process similar to how Spider-Man got his powers. Gargan was bombarded by radiation and scorpion DNA, and emerged as the natural enemy of the spider. Thus, the Scorpion was born. The radiation began to slowly drive the Scorpion mad, and now seeks a way to turn himself back to normal. Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard: After trying to grow his severed arm back by using Lizard DNA, Dr. Connors accidentally transforms himself into the ravenous, bloodthirsty, Lizard monster. Now he transforms into it whenever he is angry, but as long as he stays calm, he can control the beast within.moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (629)

    • Plumber: You'll come back for me, right?
      Spider-Man: Hey, I'm a hero, remember?

    • Eddie Brock: When I break this story, it will be Pulitzer time. (Eddie Brock is webbed to a lamp post by Spider-Man)
      Spider-Man: Hang loose, Brock. That webbing will all melt in a couple of hours.
      Eddie Brock: You can't do this!
      Spider-Man: I already have. I won't let you ruin Connors' life.
      Eddie Brock: But, but... (Spider-Man shoots web to Eddie Brock's mouth to shut him up)

    • Eddie Brock: I tell you, J. J., the Lizard is Curt Connors. I would have been out here earlier but Spider-Man webbed me.
      J. Jonah Jameson: Dr. Connors is a respected scientist, Brock. Peter Parker already bought me photos of the Lizard early this morning.
      Eddie Brock: But I'll show you the Lizard himself.
      J. Jonah Jameson: You better be right about this.

    • Lizard: (after finding Margaret hurt) Oh no. Margaret, I'm sorry.
      Spider-Man: I need one chance of this or I'm lizard food. Uh oh. Chow time!

    • Spider-Man: (to Lizard) You're for real! Just hold that pose, smiley. (Lizard attacks knocking Spider-Man's camera) Great. There goes my thousand dollar photo. What am I getting a hang of being a superhero and a photographer at the same time? (shoots web but Lizard dodges) Good reflexes for a future handbag. Now that you've crawled out of your sewer, maybe you'd better stick around because I wanna know what you did with Doc Connors.

    • Peter: In this town, who'd notice?
      Eddie Brock: I'd noticed. This weren't serious, Parker. I would have got the assignment.
      : I don't know about that, Brock. You're just the reporter I'd send on a wild goose chase.

    • Billy: No, Daddy, stop!
      Lizard: Billy... (Lizard disappears)

    • Margaret: Why did you bring me here, Curt? Why?
      Lizard: So we can be together.
      Margaret: You're still my husband. I love you. I want to be with you but not like this.
      Lizard: I love you too. I need you and I need your help with this. I need your hands to operate it for me.

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    Notes (199)

    • This was adapted into comic book format in Spider-Man Adventures #1. It was later reprinted in Kellogg's Froot Loops Mini-Comics #1 and in the trade paperback Spider-Man Adventures.

    • Spider-Man's reference to the Fantastic Four for the first episode may be a sly reference to the first issue of Amazing Spider-Man, in which he tries to join the Fantastic Four.

    • This Spider-Man series is usually accompanied with somewhat of a partner series, X-Men, which is another Marvel show that premiéred just shortly before this one. Coincidentally, the first episode of X-Men is titled "Night of the Sentinels", which sounds extremely close to "Night of the Lizard".

    • The original character design for Peter Parker was originally going to adhere close to the comics version, right down to a button down shirt and vest sweater he'd wear over his costume (similar to the clothing worn by Dick Grayson on Fox's Batman: The Animated Series). But at the last minute, the design was completely changed and Peter was given a more muscular frame (as well as looking similar to Nicholas Hammond from the live action series from the 70's). He also wore a rugby shirt, choosing to roll up his Spider-Man costume sleeves underneath the rugby's short sleeves.

    • In this episode, Curt Conners kind of hints that he lost his arm during a war. He was a gifted surgeon that performed surgery on wounded GIs. His arm was injured in a blast and had to be taken off.

    • Syndicated versions of this episode, "Night of the Lizard", omit a sequence in which the Lizard accidentally slams into his wife with his tail when turning.

    • The Lizard seems to hold on to some of his intelligence in this episode - in later episodes, he often becomes a raging beast. Still, Lizard does follow the pattern of most sci-fi comic scientists who find themselves transformed into a monster due to an experiment gone awry - he decides everyone else would be better off transformed into a monster just like him.

    • In the comics, the Lizard made his first appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #6 where Peter, on Bugle assignment, goes to Florida to investigate strange lizard monster sightings. After this issue, Dr. Conners has always come to New York when Peter needed him and eventually moved there.

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    Trivia (68)

    • Goof: The first time Flash's mask is taken off, it comes completely off. However, after the battle with the Black Widow, his mask is connected to the rest of the suit. Then in the next scene the mask comes completely off again.

    • After Spider-Man successfully removes the bomb locked onto his wrist, he decides to use in it in combat against the Spider Slayers. He is seen with it in his hand, but when he jumps off the bridge to face the Spider Slayers, there is no bomb in his hand. This reoccurs throughout.

    • At one point during Doc Ock's phone coversation with Jameson, the green part of his left sleeve is missing as his arm is flesh-colored.

    • When Spider-Man is fighting, at the time the countdown for the rocket engine starts, time seems to have frozen because when he stops thinking about what to do, the clock says 7 secs. left, when the dynamo should have gone off already. The rate of change in time on the timer is inconsistent.

    • Mysterio has a deeper voice in this episode.

    • Scorpion's backpack manages to grow with him, despite being mechanical.

    • When Eddie Brock transforms into Venom, you can see right before it is complete, his pants disappear.

    • The coloring on Venom's lips vanishes and reappears throughout the episode.

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    Allusions (39)

    • J. Jonah Jameson: Now the other networks are laughing at me...even Fox. When this series first aired the network it aired on in the United States was Fox.

    • Spider-Man: It's Clobberin' Time!
      Spider-Man is quoting a famous Marvel Comics character, The Fantasic Four's "The Thing".

    • Spider-Man: If you're lookin' to join The Fantastic Four, you're in the wrong place. This is the second reference to The Fantastic Four in this series, they later appear in the "Secret Wars" saga, and are referenced again after that. The Fantastic Four are 4 superheroes who were astronauts that were affected by radiation that gave them their powers. They include Reed Richards a.k.a. Mr. Fantastic, Sue Storm a.k.a. Invisible Woman, Johnny Storm a.k.a. Human Torch, and Ben Grimm a.k.a. The Thing. They were created by Stan Lee, the person who created Spider-Man.

    • Spiderman: What are you made of... Adamantium!? This is an allusion to a strong metal distinct to the Marvel Universe. Adamantium is an indestructable form of metal and makes up the skeletal system of fellow Marvel superhero, Wolverine.

    • Spider-Man: Who do I look like? The Tick?
      Spidey's comment (saying that he's not stupid) is a reference to the other arachnid-inspired hero in cartoons at the time, the thick-headed Tick. Of course, he said this while fighting yet another arachnid superhuman, the Scorpion.

    • Peter Parker: I guess I simply glow on the subject of radiation. I don't know why... I guess it's in my blood.
      In this series, the spider was changed by "neogenics" - a non-radioactive method. Peter's comment is a reference to Spidey's original origin in the 60s, in which the spider had been irradiated. Of course, this was immortalized in the theme song to the old Spider-Man TV show, "...He's got radioactive blood..." Also in this series theme, it goes "...spider blood, spider blood, radioactive spider blood..."

    • Spider-Man: Yo, Jungle Jim, up here!
      Jungle Jim was a comic strip hero that began in the 1930's. He was a hunter whose exploits were centered around the jungles of South-East Asia.

    • Spider-Man: When did Rhett Butler turn into Freddy Krueger? Spider-Man is referring to Kraven when he says this just after rescuing Mariah Crawford from him. He refers to "Rhett Butler", a fictional character, he is the handsome, dashing hero of Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell and played by Clark Gable in the film adaptation. Also, he refers to "Freddy Krueger", a fictional character from the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" series of horror films. He is an undead serial killer and child killer who can attack his victims supernaturally from within their own dreams and nightmares.

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