Spider-Man (1981)

Season 1 Episode 18

The Capture of Captain America

Aired Unknown Jan 01, 2007 on
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The Capture of Captain America
Jameson decides to honor Captain America, hero of World War II. Upon hearing of this, the Red Skull decides to use the dedication ceremony as an opportunity to kidnap Captain America. As the Red Skull ambushes the Captain at the ceremony, Spidey attempts to help stop the Skull, but ends up inadvertently letting him escape with Captain America as a captive. Spidey ends up being blamed for the Captain's kidnapping by the assembled crowd. Facing increasing public hostility, Spidey decides to rescue Captain America by himself. He disguises himself as Captain America after a visit to a costume shop, and journey's to the Red Skull's castle stronghold in a rented plane with little resistance from his pilot. With Captain America as his captive, the Skull demonstrates a device created by his worker, Dr. Niemann, that is capable of mind transfer. He intends to swap minds with Captain America, and use his power to control the U.S., while Cap in the Skull's body is locked away forever. Spidey infiltrates the Skull's castle and does battle with his robotic guards. As the Red Skull begins to swap minds with Captain America, Spider-Man arrives and has to figure out a way of stopping the Skull's plan from succeeding.moreless

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      • This episode is available on the VHS Marvel Comics Video Library Volume 3 "Captain America: The Origin Of Captain America".

      • Other costumes seen in the window at "Stan's Costume Shop" are (from left to right): Iron Man, Black Bolt, Vision, Power Man, Phoenix, Thor and Storm.

      • This episode was animated by the Toei Doga animation company in Japan. Toei had previously worked with Marvel comics to produce the Japanese live-action series of Spider-Man in 1978, and a little-known Japanese TV animated feature of Dracula in 1980 based specifically on the old Marvel Tomb Of Dracula comics, approximately from issues #46-70. This episode was the first cartoon of many that they would later animate for Marvel Productions, including four episodes of Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends ("Knights And Demons," "The Origin Of The Iceman," "Along Came Spidey" & "A Fire-Star Is Born"), Dungeons & Dragons, G.I. Joe, and The Transformers.

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