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J. Jonah Jameson
Aunt May Parker
Sally Avril (aka Bluebird) makes her first appearance outside of the comics.
The two crooks at the episode prelude are Flint Marko and Alex O'Hirn, the Sandman and the Rhino respectively.
Peter Parker and Aunt May live in Forest Hills in Queens, New York.
The license plate on Norman Osborn's limo reads "OsCorp."
The full name of Peter Parker's high school is Midtown Manhattan Magnet High School.
(Spider-Man breaks off one of Vulture's wings while riding his back)
Vulture: My wing! I can't steer!
Spider-Man: Yeah, but you're still airborne. How does that work exactly? Yo, Vulty! Your humpback is humming! (Punches into Vulture's battery in his back)
Vulture: (As they begin to descend) You idiot! You've doomed us both!
Spider-Man: You so have not been paying attention. (Web swings)
Spider-Man: Only one thing I know for sure... I can't let Harry lose his dad the way I lost Uncle Ben.
Spider-Man: (After landing on the Vulture's back) Surf's up!
Vulture: (While fighting Spider-Man in the air) Why do you defend that thief Osborn? (Slashes at Spider-Man's chest, tearing his costume)
Spider-Man: Uncool! Do you know what these spider suits cost?
Spider-Man: (Catches Ox from falling by his hands with webbing) Now, I know you can tear right through that... (Ties up Ox to a flagpole, leaving him dangling high above the streets) but I wouldn't recommend it!
Spider-Man: (While Ox has his arms locked tight on him) Look, pal, if you needed a breath mint, you just had to ask!
Spider-Man: (To himself while at the Osborn's house) Not one thing's gone right, and now the Amazing Spider-Man is reduced to... sneaking around... for his shoes!
Peter Parker: (To himself) Okay, nothing went as planned today. Understatement of the year. But, I'm still Spider-Man and still undefeated. (About Aunt May) And I still have this amazing person watching out for me. Tell me there's something better... go ahead, try.
Peter Parker: It's an honor to meet you, Dr. Connors.
Kurt Connors: You look familiar, son. Weren't you the boy who that was bitten...
Peter Parker: By the science bug... you know it!
Spider-Man: Woah! Beaky, don't fly away mad!
Vulture: The name is Vulture!
Spider-Man: Uh, look, Beaky, I admire anyone who dresses up as their favorite animal, and better still, you can fly. So I gotta ask: you heard the one about great power comin' with great responsibility?
Vulture: Spider-Man? I thought you were a myth?
Spider-Man: Man, I need a new press agent.
Vulture and Norman Osborn: Who are you?!
Spider-Man: Why, I'm your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, of course!
Vulture: Wh-What is this? These skies are mine now!
Spider-Man: He may be right. I really just rent.
Norman Osborn: What are you babbling about? Put me down!
Spider-Man: Dude, you are the bossiest damsel in distress I have ever rescued... also the ugliest, heaviest and the first.
Spider-Man: (After Vulture tosses Norman Osborn) Woah, guys, you play hot potato hard core!
Vulture: You will announce to the world that Adrian Toomes is the genius behind "Tech Flight," you will pay me all that I am owed and you will publicly apologize for stealing my invention!
Norman Osborn: I never apologize, old man!
Vulture: I may be an old man, but I'm not a patient one!
Harry Osborn: I'm just surprised you're not hanging at the school paper. Aren't you their star photographer or something?
Peter Parker: Not anymore. Someone else can take pictures of Flash prancing around the gridiron. I'll be too busy racking in the green.
Harry Osborn: Is this part of the same reality where Sally Avril's your...
Peter Parker: A minor setback. But, at least this lab job solves the Parker money problems.
Norman Osborn: So what's this about a lab job?
Peter Parker: At ESU working with Kurt Connors.
Norman Osborn: Connors, huh? Quite an opportunity... (To Harry) Don't suppose you were considered for the honor, Harry.
Harry Osborn: (Disappointed) No, sir.
Norman Osborn: Boys, come out here! I couldn't help overhearing.
Peter Parker: I'm sorry, Mr. Osborn, I...
Norman Osborn: Don't you dare apologize, son. I never do.
Montana: And you want the Enforcers to wrangle up this here Spider?
Leader: No, Montana. I want you to squash it.
Flash Thompson: Lucky you didn't try this with my girl, Parker. If your geek sweat got within one mile of Liz...
Peter Parker: Back off, Flash. I won't be your punching bag anymore. Things have changed.
Harry Osborn: Ugh, Pete, where are you going?
Peter Parker: (To himself) To face my destiny. Peter Parker's a wall crawler, not a wallflower and my life is about to change.
Harry Osborn: So, you ready for the torture that is "M Cubed?"
Peter Parker: It'll be different now.
Harry Osborn: Really? Cuz you spent half of sophomore year stuffed in a locker...
Harry Osborn: Hey, Pete!
Peter Parker: Harry, Gwen! How'd summer treat you?
Gwen Stacy: Science camp was fun...
Harry Osborn: Yeah, well the "World Tour" stunk. My dad spent the whole trip locked in the boardroom, so I spent mine locked in boredom.
Scientist: I am sorry, Adrian...
Norman Osborn: Don't you dare apologize, doctor. OsCorp has nothing to apologize for.
Adrian Toomes: Nothing to... (Astonished) Osborn, you stole my work!
Norman Osborn: That's dangerous talk, Mr Toomes... dangerous and unsupportable. Listen you old buzzard- you've been at this for decades without one success to your name. If you never accomplished anything as a young man, who'd believe you created "TechFlight" as an old one?
Spider-Man: Okay, so Marko, now tell me- the new Spider Signal, too much? It's my first night trying it out and I'm just not sure it's screaming "friendly neighborhood Spider-Man." I mean, as a guy with a lot of experience getting thrashed by, well me, I really value your opinion.
Peter Parker: (Coughs) Hey, Aunt May! How's the most beautiful girl in Forest Hills this morning?
Aunt May: It isn't getting any easier, Anna. We're almost out of money.
Anna: But, May, I'm sure Ben left...
Aunt May: Ben Parker was many, many wonderful things but financial wizard, he was not.
Flint Marko: Ahh no, not again!
Spider-Man: Yep, again. (Laughs) What is this, Marko, like the third time this summer?
Alex O'Hirn: Just wait till I get my hands on ya, you skinny little creep!
Spider-Man: It's my last night before school starts, and I could really use some action... (Bank alarm rings and he swings into action)
Peter Parker: (To the viewers) Tell me there's something better. Go ahead, try. "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" by Peter Benjamin Parker. I can sum it up in one glorious, hyphenated word: Spider-Man!
Spider-Man: I am the spectacular Spider-Man!
Norman Osborn: Toomes?
Vulture: Not Toomes now. I'm what you called me, I'm the Vulture.
Osborn: I called you a buzzard!
Vulture: (Surprised) What?
Norman Osborn: You can't even get the name right!
Montana: (About Vulture) We're flying with the freaks now, boys! I got no idea what that big bird's about but I'm mighty glad he's keeping our bug busy.
Spider-Man: (While kicking Vulture out of the air) Trick or treat! I mean, you are celebrating Halloween in September, right? Or... am I not one to talk?
Disney XD Premiere Date:
March 23rd, 2009 @ 7:30pm (ET)
This episode can be seen on "The Spectacular Spider-Man: Attack of the Lizard" DVD.
This is the first Spider-Man animated series to include the villain Flint Marko/The Sandman since Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends (1983).
"The Spectacular Spider-Man" is the first ever Spider-Man show to feature Gwen Stacy as a regular character.
Daran Norris reprises the role of J. Jonah Jameson from the 2000 "Spider-Man" video game.
Dee Bradley Baker reprises the role of Dr. Curt Connors/the Lizard from the 2000 "Spider-Man" video game the 2001 Playstation sequel game "Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro."
The two police officers seen speaking about Spider-Man are Stan Carter (aka the Sin-Eater) and Jean DeWolff, making it both their first appearances in a Spider-Man animated series.
Spider-Man's line "I can't let Harry lose his dad the way I lost Uncle Ben." was almost left out of the episode. Greg Weisman and Vic Cook had to work to keep the line in.
As in the older comics, as well as "Brand New Day," Spider-Man uses web shooters of his own invention, rather than the organic webshooters from the movies and the comics of recent years.
Unlike most incarnations of the Vulture, who wears a green jumpsuit, this incarnation wears black with red, matching his recent appearances in the comics. This is because producer Greg Weisman wishes to use less characters with green as the dominant color.
Whenever an episode ends, the background changes into Spider-Man's mask.
For the start of this series, Peter's two friends at school are Harry Osborn and Gwen Stacy. In the comics, Peter met these two in college and eventually befriended them.
In this series, Eddie Brock is an assistant of Dr. Connors at Empire State University and a freshman college student. He's also an old high school friend of Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker, who he helped out when Flash Thompson was picking on Peter.
Spider-Man first appeared in the comic book Amazing Fantasy #15. He was unique to the fact that he was young enough to be a sidekick and was pictured as a real person with real problems in life. After being bitten by a radioactive spider, "puny" Peter Parker developed Spider powers. Desiring to make money, he becomes an amateur wrestler to get the cash he needs. One night, a robbery took place at the promoter's office and Peter, being selfish at the time, refused to help. The police were at his home and his uncle was shot by a burglar. Desiring revenge, Spider-Man went after the crook to find it was the thief at the wrestling ring, the one he refused to help catch. Blaming himself for his uncle's death, Peter learned the hard way of what his uncle taught him, "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility."
During the airing of this episode, Kids' WB! ran a promotion for the "Kids' WB Spectacular Spider-Man Sweepstakes." In the promotion, four villains were "webbed" by Spider-Man. The two villains, Vulture and Electro, could then be used to help win the sweepstakes on their official website.
The following characters are named, in order, in the opening title sequence:
J. Jonah Jameson
First appearing in The Amazing Spider-Man #2, Adrian Toomes was a former electronics engineer. He built a harness designed with wings on his arms for flight. It also enhanced his strength and increased his lifespan. The Vulture was the second super villain Spider-Man ever faced in the original comics.
This show gets its name from a series of Spider-Man comics by the same name. The first series of The Spectacular Spider-Man comic books went from 1976 to 1998. The second series went from 2003 to 2005.
Episode Title: Survival of the Fittest
The title of this episode refers to the phrase applied by Herbert Spencer in 1864. It relates to competition to survival or dominance.
Peter constantly refers to himself as "The Amazing Spider-Man." This is the name of Spider-Man's first and currently ongoing original comic book series.
Eddie Brock is introduced as a good friend of Peter and Dr. Curt Connors assistant, similar to that of their Ultimate comic series.
In the opening credits for the show, one of the photos of Spider-Man is the exact same pose from his comic debut: Amazing Fantasy #15.
Spider-Man: You heard the one about great power comin' with great responsibility?
This is a reference to a famous line that Uncle Ben told Peter before he died.
The stone gargoyle that Spider-Man webbed to pull and fall looks exactly like Broadway from Disney's animated series, Gargoyles. Gargoyles' writer Greg Weisman wrote in this episode, while Keith David, who voices Big Man, also voices Goliath. During the first scene, at the beginning of the episode, there is a line of gargoyles that Spider-Man passes. The gargoyle on the far left has a beard and resembles the elder gargoyle Hudson.
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