Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends

Season 1 Episode 13

Quest Of The Red Skull

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Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Unknown on NBC
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The Red Skull captures the Spider-Friends and Hiawatha Smith while trying to start World War 3 (WWIII).

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  • This episode will never be seen in syndication. That's too bad, because its rather good.

    8.5
    Let me start by saying that while Hiawatha Smith is a puzzling choice to join our heroes against Red Skull, he is no caricature or 'Magic Indian'. He shows very Human 'mad skills' as he helps the youngsters. He is mostly a history professor, and since its history we'd best never forget, this is welcome.



    Something seems different this time out, and I mean that in a good way. The Spider-Friends quip considerably less, like the knowledge of the evil that they're facing is making them sharper. The sight of actual Nazi swastikas (and one Neo-Nazi mistakenly saluting the Native American version with a 'Heil Hitler goes together with Firestar calling Hitler the greatest super-villain of them all. Not long after this cartoon came out, depictions of Hitler and the Swastika began to vanish from cartoons. This was done for a variety of reasons, but here we see even the quip-loving heroes take the threat Red Skull and his ideology pose seriously.moreless
June Foray

June Foray

Aunt May

Dick Tufeld

Dick Tufeld

Narrator (Season 1)

Frank Welker

Frank Welker

Bobby Drake/Ice-Man, Flash Thompson, Ms. Lion

Kathy Garver

Kathy Garver

Angelica Jones/Firestar

Dan Gilvezan

Dan Gilvezan

Peter Parker/Spider-Man

Stan Lee

Stan Lee

Narrator (Season 2)

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    • Hiawatha Jones was an Indiana-Jones type character created by Marvel who appeared solely in this one episode.

    • The last US airing of the episode wasn't 1988, but 1998, December 13, during the "UPN Kids" Sunday morning syndicated block.

    • Due to an ever increasing change in cultural climates since this episode last aired, it will probably never be shown again, due to its heavy Nazi theme and uses of the swaztika and Hitler. This episode was last seen in syndication in 1988 as part of Marvel's Action Universe. It did not air on ABC Family's or Toon Disney's runs of the series.

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