Spider-Man (1981)

Season 1 Episode 1

Bubble, Bubble, Oil and Trouble

Aired Unknown Sep 12, 1981 on
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Bubble, Bubble, Oil and Trouble
Spider-Man finds Doctor Octopus stealing a ruby from a New York museum, but Doc Ock gets away with the ruby. Spider-Man also forgets to finish his homework assignment on New York landmarks. While researching more on his homework, Spidey clashes against Doc Ock, who is trying to steal a crystal. Will Spider-Man stop Doctor Octupus's plot with the crystals?moreless

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  • Spider-Man first solo animated series since the 1960s -- not counting the guest starring role on the animated Spider-Woman series. Spider-Man battles Doc Oct, who is trying to steal the world's oil supply.moreless

    Ok, it must be remered that this was 1981 (where tv network standards for children's shows were much stricter) and the entire animated series was, bascially, an extended test for future Marvel animated projects. The two basic problems with the solo Spider-Man series was perodic animated flaws -- i.e. its difficult to tell the difference between Doc Oc's metal arms and the pipes he is using to steal the oil.

    The second problem was that the storylines were, with some exceptions, poor written. It makes little sense for Doc Ock to steal the various items that he does before going after the world's oil supply.

    Yet, even this pilot episode showed promise. Overall, the animation, artwork, and voice acting was -- for its day -- good and their were some cool bits, like Doc Ock's cool underwater ship.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Jameson and Aunt May are on the phone talking to each other, and Aunt May tells him that he should get someone else because Peter is studying, it is loosely based on the Spider-Man (1967) episode "Horn of the Rhino" which itself was based on The Amazing Spider-Man #41.

    • When Dr. Octopus is underwater stealing the world's oil supply it is hard to tell the difference from his mental arms and the pipes stealing the oil.

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  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode is available on the VHS Marvel Matinee Volume 1.

    • Although only Johnny Douglas is credited as the composer for the series, some music was composed by musician Eric Rogers. Some of his tunes used in this series previously appeared in The New Fantastic Four and Spider-Woman animated series, and very oddly enough, two British comedy films, Carry On Spying (1964) and Carry On Loving (1970). Some of Rogers' tunes even ended up in Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends.

    • This was the first cartoon Marvel Productions ever animated. Bizarrely, over the next nine years of the company's existence, Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk were the only Marvel superheroes to receive animated shows produced by the company (although the X-Men got a pilot episode in 1989). The rest of Marvel Productions' cartoons were based on other companies' properties.