Spider-Man: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 2

The Spider Slayer (1)

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Feb 04, 1995 on FOX
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The Spider Slayer (1)
Norman Osborn hires Spencer Smythe to design a machine capable of destroying Spider-Man - the Black Widow Spider Slayer. But when Flash Thompson puts on a Spider-Man costume as a party gag, the deadly machine spots him, and he's carried off in Peter's place.

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  • A superb episode which introduces a lot of new characters to the series.

    This episode brings into the spotlight of the show a lot of new characters, some of which will later either become recurring stars, or even better, villains.

    The most important one of them is of course Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin. Even here, in his first appearance, it becomes clear that he is "the man behind the curtain", the one who is always in charge and everyone works for him and ready to destroy anyone who dares to oppose him.

    Other characters introduced here include Symthe, who won't be treated as a "real" villain until much later, and Norman Osborn, the man who will become the legendary Green Goblin. His "business" relationship with the Kingpin (in which the latter is manipulating him only to get his own way) will become the trigger for him to become the Green Goblin in the first place.

    The plot of this episode is more humorous than usually, but that is fine, since the show won't have too many light-hearted comical episodes. Flash Thompson wearing a Spidey costume only to scare Peter, him being captured by the Spider Slayers, Peter trying to save him, etc.; all these are some of the funniest scenes in this episode. The dialogs between Peter/Spidey and some of the other characters is also hilarious. Plus his one-liners, which always made Spidey unique.

    Also the animation is great, just like in the previous and upcoming episodes. The show had great visuals, and considering how many action scenes and robot-like creatures appear on the show, the animation only makes them look even better. The show may have tons of other robots in later episodes, but none of them will look as good as the Spider Slayer from this and the next episode.

    The end is really well done, not necessarily a cliffhanger, but foreshadowing the next episodes. The Kingpin once again does what he does best: manipulates people. He tricks Symthe into believing Spider-man killed his father, and offers his help to avenge his father's death. Overall a superb, exciting episode, which has everything, from hilarious moments to giant robot fights.moreless
Edward Mulhare

Edward Mulhare

Spencer Smythe

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 (1)

    • Goof: The first time Flash's mask is taken off, it comes completely off. However, after the battle with the Black Widow, his mask is connected to the rest of the suit. Then in the next scene the mask comes completely off again.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Brock: But you don't understand!
      Jameson: You want understanding? See a shrink.

    • Eddie Brock: Hey, that's J. Jonah Jameson's place. The boss is gonna have a front row seat.
      Norman Osborn
      : Good for him. Now let's get this over with.

    • Norman Osborn: They're almost ready.
      Eddie Brock: Yeah, almost. Eddie Brock's biggest scoop: The Capture of Spider-Man. You will not regret bringing me on this, Mr. Smythe.

    • Norman Osborn: You blew it. You failed, Smythe.
      Alistair Smythe: My father is the world's foremost expert in the field of robotics, Mr. Osborn. He is not a failure.
      Spencer Smythe: Relax, Alistair. No need to defend me.
      Norman Osborn: No need? You let that web-swinging weasel makes fools of us.

    • Thug: (Spidey jumps in to save Flash) Two of 'em?!
      Spider-Man: Congratulations, you can count! And they say the school system's failing!

    • Thug: Spider-Man? But he's in there!
      Spider-Man: All smoke and mirrors! Read my book!

    • J. Jonah Jameson: The other networks are laughing at me, Brock! Even Fox! Can you imagine the humiliation? That's all because of you!
      Eddie Brock: Don't blame me! Blame Spider-Man!
      J. Jonah Jameson: I do. But him I can't fire.

    • Spider-Man: Yeah, somebody's gotta save the guy who hates Peter Parker. Guess who? Talk about dramatic irony!

    • Eddie Brock: Hey, hey! I got First Amendment rights!
      Thug: We just amended them.

  • NOTES (6)

    • In the comics, Harry Osborn was introduced in Amazing Spider-Man #31, became Peter's friend in Amazing #39, and they became roommates in #46 until #137, after Harry became the second Green Goblin.

    • Neil Ross also voiced Norman Osborn on Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.

    • This was adapted into comic book format in Spider-Man Adventures #3. It was later reprinted in Kellogg's Froot Loops Mini-Comics #3, Spectacular Spider-Man (UK Magazine) #27 and in the trade paperback Spider-Man Adventures.

    • In the comics, Spencer Smythe originally appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #25, where he lent Jameson a spider-slayer robot and died in Amazing # 193, after linking Jameson and Spidey together with a bomb. He then died of radioactivity from his own robots. His son, however, didn't appear until much later in Amazing Annual #19, where he mistook Mary Jane Watson and the identity of Spider-Man.

    • The part where Flash dresses up as Spider-man and is mistaken for the real one is similar to the Spider-man and his Amazing Friends episode, "Unmask", where Flash Thompson wore Spider-man's outfit and was mistaken for the real Spider-man by the Sandman. In The Amazing Spider-Man #5, Flash tries to scare Peter in a Spidey outfit only to be mistakenly abducted by Dr. Doom.

    • The Kingpin also makes his first appearance here, and his first comic appearance was in The Amazing Spider-Man #51. However the difference between this Kingpin and the comic Kingpin is, this Kingpin is far more high tech then his comic counterpart. In the comics, the Kingpin was nothing more than a boss of many thugs with a lot of muscle. He was a Godfather per say.


    • J. Jonah Jameson: Now the other networks are laughing at me...even Fox.

      When this series first aired the network it aired on in the United States was Fox.