Spider-Man: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 1

Night of the Lizard

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Nov 19, 1994 on FOX
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Episode Summary


Spider-Man must battle his own teacher when New York State University science professor Dr. Curt Conners is transformed into a monstrous lizard creature as a side effect of an experiment that allows lost limbs to grow back.

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  • Dr. Conners, a friend and academic mentor to Peter Parker, transforms into a a man-like Lizard who proceeds to terroize the city. Can Peter Parker stop the the super strong Lizard, without hurting his dear friend?moreless

    Spider-Man returns to the animated screen with a big bang! From the begining we can see that the series featured incredible artwork, animation, CGI effects and a talented voice actors.

    This was the Spider-Man that fans knew and loved! It has the soap opera drama; the challenges that Peter Parker faced in balancing his superhero identity with being a struggling college student and photographer. It had (almost) all of the supervillians and secondary characters (i.e. Aunt May, Jamerson, Mary Jane, etc.) true to their comic book personalities.

    Basically, this was the Spider-Man animated series that Spidey fans had been waiting a very long time for and gave us hope for his live action film, which was still in a tangeled legal web.

    My complaints are few and far between. The CGI animation has not aged too well and while they rarely impacted the storyline, the series had legendary censorship polices.

    Beyond a few minor things, this was an incredible series that was great from its first episode to its grand finale.moreless
  • Absolutely wonderful!

    This is Spider-Man! The writers of this episode, and of this show hit the nail right on the head with this episode. The thing about this episode is that it's entertaining and really does tell a good story well in the 20 minutes it has to fill an episode. Another thing that it does well is follows the plot very well in comparison to the comic. If your one of those people that watch this episode expecting something such as Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, then I'll tell you right now that this is not for you. You just can't compare it to live-action film, instead look at it and compare it to the comic book that it is based off of.moreless
  • Spider-man faces the Lizard in this superb first episode.

    The animation in this episode is truly one of the best I have seen so far; the fight scenes were also superb, and they have a great impact on the episode.

    The Lizard, one of Spider-man's most famous (and underused, in my opinion) villains, is introduced in this episode, and (surprisingly) can speak and has some of his human alter-ego's intellect. This should be noted, since this will not be used again in the series (except for one or two more episodes).

    Another memorable scene is when Spidey crawls through the sewers in search for the Lizard, and states the obvious, why is it always him and not, say the Fantastic Four, who ends up in slimy messes. Overall, an enjoyable episode, and a great start to this superb Spider-man series.moreless
Giselle Loren

Giselle Loren

Margaret Connors

Guest Star

Toby Scott Ganger

Toby Scott Ganger

Billy Connors

Guest Star

Rodney Saulsberry

Rodney Saulsberry

Joseph "Robbie" Robertson

Recurring Role

Linda Gary

Linda Gary

Aunt May Reilly-Parker

Recurring Role

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Eddie Brock

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • 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.

    • Spider-Man: (about an out of control car) What's this? Another satisfied graduate of "New York City Cab Driving Academy"?

    • Eddie Brock: [about Curt Conners being the lizard] If I'm wrong, I'll eat this week's Daily Bugle! [Curt Conners answers the door]
      J. Jonah Jameson: You want it raw or cooked?

    • Debra: You were downright brave out there.
      Peter: Why Ms. Whitman a compliment from you?
      Debra: Don't push your luck.

    • Spider-Man: Aunt May-- she'd never understand. Spider-Man's already caught me in his web. And for better or worse, he and I are stuck together... forever.

    • Lizard: Don't be afraid, Margaret. It'll transform you. You'll be able to heal any wound. Replace any limb. First you... then everyone. Once I connect the Neogenic Recombinator to these electrical conduits I can reach every home in the city. Every man, woman, and child-- I can transform them all!

    • Spider-Man: Strange, so strange. A week ago, this creature was a scientist, my teacher, my friend... and look at us now, fighting with each other, fighting for our lives.

    • Spider-Man: What a slimy mess. Why can't I be one of those galaxy-hopping superheroes? Why do I end up in the sewers? You don't find the Fantastic Four in a sewer, or the Avengers. Never have I seen the Avengers in a sewer. Or the Defenders... well maybe the Hulk.

  • NOTES (9)

    • 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.

    • FOX aired this episode about 4 months before the other Season 1 episodes as a special sneak preview. It made its first regular-run appearance on March 4, 1995.