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"Day of the Chameleon"
Spider-Man episode
Chameleon-in-Spider-Man-TAS.jpg
The Chameleon
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 13
Written by Stan Lee (creator)
John Semper
Directed by Bob Richardson
Produced by Stan Lee
Bob Richardson
Production no. 112
Original airdate June 11, 1995 (1995-06-11)
Guest stars

Rachel Davies (Agent #1)
Nell Carter (Glory Grant)
Philip Abbott (Nick Fury)
Lois Nettleton (Nora)

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"Day of the Chameleon" is the first season final in Spider-Man: The Animated Series. The episode aired on June 06, 1995. It introduces the Chameleon to the series. [1]

Contents

Synopsis

The Chameleon, an international spy, attempts assassination on two diplomats in order to sign the derailing of a peace proposal. J. Jonah Jameson assists S.H.I.E.L.D. in an effort to prevent the Chameleon's derailing of the signing. Spider-Man also helps S.H.I.E.L.D. leader Nick Fury stop the criminal.

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References to other media

The scene in which Peter Parker is hanging below the helicarrier is similar to a Star Wars scene where Luke Skywalker is doing the same thing. [1][2]

Production

When the Chameleon appeared as Spider-Man's first main villain in Amazing Spider-Man, he used costumes and makeup in order to impersonate people. Whilst in this series, the character never speaks using his own voice. The episode was later adaptated into comic book format and was reprinted several times. [1][3][4][5]

Censorship

Following the September 11 attacks, the episode was highly edited when it aired on shows such as ABC Family, which notably removed the World Trade Center from the episode, as well as the New York skyline, also, scenes which included helicopters crashing into buildings and exploding were removed. [1]

Reception

At least one viewer has commented that the episode introduced Nick Fury well, even though his character had better use in Iron Man: The Animated Series. The fact that the Chameleon also shape-shifted to impersonate another person before he spoke has been described as an extremely likeable option. As of this episode, J. Jonah Jameson's character was praised to be a notably humourous, and that actor Ed Asner was a good choice to voice the character. In viewers eyes, the episode seemed to introduce the majority of the shows supporting characters, whilst scenes which included Aunt May and Mary Jane Watson, were criticized. [6]

Awards

The episode was nominated to receive an Annie Award for Best Individual Achievement for Writing in the Field of Animation. [1][7]

Cast

Voice actor Role
Christopher Daniel Barnes Spider-Man/Peter Parker
Additional Voice
Sara Ballantine Mary Jane Watson
Edward Asner J. Jonah Jameson
Rodney Saulsberry Joseph "Robbie" Robertson
Additional Voice
Philip Abbott Nick Fury
Nell Carter Glory Grant
Rachel Davies Agent One
Lois Nettleton Nora

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