Spider-Man: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 3

Return of the Spider Slayers (2)

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Feb 11, 1995 on FOX
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Return of the Spider Slayers (2)
With Spencer Smythe dead, his son Alistair turns to the Kingpin to help seek his revenge on Spider-Man and others he deems responsible for his father's death. He captures, Eddie Brock, J. Jonah Jameson, Norman Osborn, and Flash Thompson. He then turns his sights on Spidey and sends three slayers after him. Spidey only manages to hold his ground while fighting them individually. However, he is not so lucky when they combine into a super slayer and carry him off to Smythe. As Spider-Man and J. Jonah Jameson are cuffeed to a bomb, can they put aside their differences before they're blown to bits?moreless

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  • Spidey must fight the Spider Slayers again, while being literally attached to J. Jonah Jameson and a bomb, and trying to get home in time for Peter's blind date.

    Continuing the story which began in the previous episode, Smythe, now working for the Kingpin, has now created even more Spider Slayers, trying to get revenge on the three people he blames for his father's death: Eddie Brock, Norman Osborn, but most importantly, Spider-man.

    The show featured an enormous number of robots for Spidey to fight. This was good, because the violence level was higher this way. Showing Spidey destroying a robot isn't as grave or as shocking as seeing him kill a man. Plus, it made Smythe a more interesting character, since most, if not all of the robots that appeared on the show were his creations. Also, with animation as good as the one this show had, it was always nice to see some shiny giant robots in action. One of the highlights of this episode has to be when Spidey and Jameson are captured by Smythe, and a bomb is attached to both of them. Now Spidey has to stop the giant robots, get rid of the bomb and endure Jameson's rants about how Spidey is a menace. This was one of the funniest things the show ever did, and it's too bad they weren't attached to each other for longer. Another one of those little funny moments this show delivered was Spidey "borrowing" the Thing's famous line when he's about to end the fight.

    Seeing the three Spider Slayers fusing into one, with the excellent animation this episode had, was simply breath taking. As usually, the fight ends with a giant explosion, which once again looked awesome. The ending is interesting, as it both ensures the partnership between the Kingpin and Smythe, which will last until Spidey will be killed, and also introduces yet another character, this time both Peter's and Spidey's main love interest, none other than Mary-Jane Watson. Her debut is marked with her saying the same line she used in the comics, on her first appearance, which is nice to see animated here.

    Overall a great, enjoyable episode, and it is only the start of the series. The next ones will be even better, now that all the main characters have been introduced, the real "fun" can start.moreless
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 (1)

    • After Spider-Man successfully removes the bomb locked onto his wrist, he decides to use in it in combat against the Spider Slayers. He is seen with it in his hand, but when he jumps off the bridge to face the Spider Slayers, there is no bomb in his hand. This reoccurs throughout.

  • QUOTES (14)

  • NOTES (4)

    • This was adapted into comic book format in Spider-Man Adventures #4. It was later reprinted in Kellogg's Froot Loops Mini-Comics #4 and in the trade paperback Spider-Man Adventures.

    • This is the first time Spidey uses a spider-tracer on the show. In the comics, Spidey first used the Spider-Tracer to help track down Doc Ock in The Amazing Spider-Man #11. The Spider-tracers were tuned in to the wall-crawler's spider-sense. Here, he uses a tracking device.

    • What Smythe did to Jameson and Spidey is similar to what his father did in The Amazing Spider-Man #193.

    • When Mary Jane first meets Peter she says, "Face it tiger, you just hit the jackpot." That line was taken directly from the last panel of The Amazing Spider-Man #42 and are the first words she ever said him.