Spider-Man (1967)

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Spider-Man (1967)

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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
Paul Soles

Paul Soles

Spider-Man/Peter Parker

Bernard Cowan

Bernard Cowan

Narrator/Additional Voices/Dr. Magneto/Cowboy

Paul Kligman

Paul Kligman

J. Jonah Jameson/Jake/Additional Voices

Peg Dixon

Peg Dixon

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

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • This Type of Spider-Man Series Needs To Come Back

    9.5
    I don't care about all of those futuristic incarnations of Spider-Man that have aired since the 1967 cartoon on ABC aired its last episode in 1970. The Canadian studio that was responsible for giving us these great Spider-Man cartoons (Grantray-Lawrence) needs to be resurrected, with Disney providing distribution support. I would love to see Betty Brant as Spider-Girl in several episodes of the new retro-style series. Please, Disney, bring back this style of animation. It would be welcome in 2017, the 50th anniversary of the first Spider-Man cartoon. Also include the classic theme song as well.moreless
  • Dressed up as Spiderman

    10
    I dressed up as Spiderman for Halloween I still have the costume.
  • This series is the best cartoon ever!

    10
    This show is amazing we get to look at the silver age spider tales. The design on Peter/Spidey is great it reminds me of the lee/ditko and lee/romita days. This show is brilliant and fun to watch and it premiered on my birthday watch kinda makes me feel special not that I'm trying to show off or anything just mentioning. This is the type of show that you like as a kid and still like it as a teenager and as a grown up. The theme song is catchy. This series is like a comic book come to life. If you've never seen it buy the dvd its worth it.moreless
  • love this show best spiderman cartoon ever

    9.5
    really good i hated the later episodes where the drawings got better and the episodes got worse rite after they did his origin episode it suked ass but hey it rocked at first he always fought weird villians like that librarian had the best theme song and whallopin websnapperes i better go



    EROK
  • a man gains the powers of spiders

    10
    I watched this series on Toasted TV twice and enjoyed it immensely. A great cartoon. It features the adventures of a college student Peter Parker who works at a newspaper office and leads a double life as Spiderman, and he gains radioactive spider powers during an experiment he witnesses after being bitten by a spider. After deciding to use his powers, rather than for profit, for good and fghting evil forces, he becomes a hero for New York City and fights many villains bent on chaos and destruction. This is a truly enjoyable series, the animation is great and has a nice style- the music is brilliant and the characters all have interesting personalities. Certainly one of the best cartoons.moreless
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for nerds, saving the world, city living, battle for earth, cartoon violence