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Spider-Man
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Spider-Man, as depicted in the 1967 Saturday morning cartoon.
Format Animation, Adventure
Created by Stan Lee (comic book),
Steve Ditko (comic book),
Grantray-Lawrence Animation,
Krantz Films, Inc.,
Ralph Bakshi
Starring Paul Soles
Theme music composer Paul Francis Webster
Bob Harris
Composer(s) Ray Ellis
(incidental music)
Country of origin  Canada,
United States
No. of episodes 52
Production
Running time 25 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run 1967 – 1970
Chronology
Followed by Spidey Super Stories
External links
Official website

Spider-Man is an animated television series that ran from September 9, 1967 to June 14, 1970. It was jointly produced in Canada (for voice talent) and the United States (for animation) and was the first animated adaptation of the Spider-Man comic book series, created by writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko. It first aired on the ABC television network in the United States but went into syndication at the start of the third season. Grantray-Lawrence Animation produced the first season. Seasons 2 and 3 were crafted by producer Ralph Bakshi in New York City.

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Synopsis

The series revolves around the scientific-minded teenager Peter Parker who, after being bitten by a radioactive spider, develops amazing strength and spider-like powers. He decides to become a crime-fighting, costumed superhero; all the while dealing with his personal problems and the insecurities resulting from being a teenager. Spider-Man risks his life to fight super-powered criminals such as Mysterio and the Green Goblin; however, New York Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson views him as a criminal, and he is continually writing front page headlines declaring him as such.[1]

The first season of the show dealt primarily with Peter working at the Daily Bugle as a teenage freelance photographer, thereby capturing his relationship with the gruff, demanding J. Jonah Jameson and shyly romancing Betty Brant over the reception desk, while Peter was often being called into action as his crime-fighting alter-ego. Peter's life away from the Bugle's newspaper offices and Aunt May's Forest Hills home were almost never dealt with in these early episodes, and he was also never seen at college-—although he would sometimes visit various professors he clearly knew (such as the opening of "Sub-Zero for Spidey," where he went to see a professor by the name of "Smartyr"). Still, the character design for young Parker was spot-on, combining the conceptualizations of both Steve Ditko (right down to Ditko's design of Parker's primary-colored blue suit, yellow vest, white shirt, and red tie) and John Romita Sr., who served as art consultant for the show.

Season 1 contained mostly stories involving classic Spider-Man villains from the comic book series, whose captures were often punctuated by a note signed "your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man." The Ralph Bakshi helmed Seasons 2 and 3 almost entirely eliminated villains from the comic book, choosing to instead have Spider-Man face generic magical villains and monsters.

Production

Timing

First-season episodes were in production about three months before their initial broadcast. For example, Farewell Performance was under the camera in late August 1967, as evident by the description of President Lyndon Johnson's 59th birthday in a newspaper clipping.[2] This episode first aired on December 2, 1967.[3] Ralph Bakshi's episodes were more rushed; an early second-season episode from the fall of 1968 (Criminals in the Clouds) has a newspaper clipping from October 9, 1968.[4]

Voice talent

The show's acting talent included Bernard Cowan, who was the dialogue director, narrator, and voice of some supporting characters. Paul Soles provided both the light, mild-mannered voice for college student/photographer Peter Parker and the much deeper, heroic tone for Spider-Man. Peg Dixon provided the voice of Betty Brant as well as other various love interests for Peter in later seasons, and Paul Kligman's distinctive, high-pitched voice was utilized on J. Jonah Jameson and several villains. Also appearing[5] were Vern Chapman as Doctor Octopus, Gillie Fenwick as Dr. Smarter, Curt Conners, the Lizard, and the Vulture. Tom Harvey was the voice of Electro and the Sandman. Chris Wiggins was the voice of Mysterio. Carl Banas was the voice of the Scorpion. Len Carlson was the voice of the Green Goblin, Parafino, and one of the Fly brothers (Stan Patterson). Harry Ramer was the voice of Dr. Smythe, Dr. Noah Boddy, and the other Fly brother (Lee Patterson). Ed McNamera was the voice of the Rhino. Billie Mae Richards was Billy Connors and Max Ferguson was the Phantom.

Budget

In order to be more cost-effective, given the limited budget for the show, Spider-Man's costume for this series only has webbed areas on his head, arms and boots; the rest of his costume is plain (save for the spiders on his chest and back). Additionally, the series also relied upon stock re-use animation from one episode to the next which included everything from Spider-Man swinging across the New York City skyline, to Peter Parker stripping off his white dress shirt to reveal his supersuit (and putting on his mask) during his hidden transformations into the costumed superhero. Character movement was also kept to a minimum, though there was (arguably) more character movement here than in other Marvel-themed projects, such as The Marvel Superheroes, the character movement of which once being described as "like a comic book with the mouths moving."

The opening credits depicts a scene of robbers burgling a jewellery store. In the first shot, the sign reads "Fine Jewlery". Then in the next shot, it changes to the correct spelling ("Jewelry," US spelling).

Mysterio's appearance in the series differed from the first season to the third. In his first appearance, his mask was off periodically, and his head had pointed ears. In his second appearance, his mask and costume were the same as the previous episode, but the mask was never removed. In Season Three's "The Madness of Mysterio", he was never wearing his costume, but he had started carrying a cigar in his mouth, and his ears were no longer pointed.

After Grantray-Lawrence went bankrupt[citation needed], the second and third seasons were produced at a dramatically reduced budget by Krantz Films under Ralph Bakshi[citation needed]. This cost cutting is most apparent in the third season with two episodes re-using almost the entire footage from two Rocket Robin Hood episodes as well as remaking previous episodes with minimal changes. An error on Spider-Man's costume appeared through Season 1. The spider on his costume (both front and back) was depicted with only 6 legs. By Season 2 new drawings of the costume showed an 8 legged spider, but reused footage from Season 1 maintained season one's error.

In addition, the episodes adopted a darker tone with darkly colored settings, psychedelic images, and atmospheric music. But while the reduced budget took its toll, Bakshi tried to delve further into Peter Parker's everyday life at college as a soft-spoken student, such as where he tries out for the football team, in "Criminals In The Clouds," only to fail miserably, and actually becomes a star pitcher for the baseball team in "Diamond Dust." Peter's romantic life also began to take shape as he started dating a variety of women who were either concealing secrets ("Home") or found themselves angrily waiting for him while Spider-Man saved the city from certain destruction ("Swing City"). Bakshi also provided fans with the first origin story for the character ever presented on TV, the aptly-titled "The Origin Of Spider-Man," which used entire chunks of Stan Lee dialogue, not from the hero's first appearance in Amazing Fantasy #15, published in August 1962, but instead from a drastically updated retelling in Spectacular Spider-Man #1, titled "In The Beginning," which was published in July 1968, only a few months before the episode was aired.

Rocket Robin Hood footage

The episodes, "Phantom from the Depths of Time"[6] and "Revolt in the Fifth Dimension" were, for a large part, recycled animation from two episodes ("From Menace to Menace" and "Dimentia Five") of an earlier series, Rocket Robin Hood.[7] Therein, Spider-Man was substituted for Robin Hood on the animation cells.

As well as having two similar episodes to that of Rocket Robin Hood, Spider-Man featured many voice actors previously heard on "Rocket Robin Hood," and many of the second season Spider-Man episodes used the former's music cues[citation needed].

Theme song

The theme song of the show has become a popular standard. The lyrics were written by Academy Award winner Paul Francis Webster, while the music was composed by Bob Harris. The song's opening lines, "Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can," are almost as synonymous with the character as his costume. The 2002 and 2004 film adaptations have featured characters as buskers performing the song; Jayce Bartok and Elyse Dinh respectively. Both films also feature some version of the song at the very end of the credits: the 2002 adaptation featured the original 1967 recording while the 2004 film had a re-recording by Michael Bublé (also featured on the film's soundtrack). 2007's Spider-Man 3 features a performance of the song by a marching band at a public rally celebrating Spider-Man.

Meanwhile the incidental music from the series, with its jangling surf guitar, groovy brass lines and jazzy scoring, is highly regarded by fans and much sought after by soundtrack collectors[citation needed]. The 1st season featured an original score written by Ray Ellis[citation needed] (who also adapted the Bob Harris theme, in the same way John Barry utilized Monty Norman's "James Bond Theme" in various 007 films, or Nelson Riddle utilized Neal Hefti's "Batman Theme" in addition to new material). The 2nd & 3rd seasons reused the Ellis score while adding a substantial amount of new music taken from KPM Library tracks[citation needed] ("production music") featuring such English composers as Johnny Hawksworth, Syd Dale, David Lindup, Johnny Pearson, Alan Hawkshaw, Johnny Harris and the team of Bill Martin & Phil Coulter.

The series were introduced to the Latin countries on the seventies, but instead of introducing the Spider-Man theme, they input instead a completely new song by composers Erick Bulling and Santiago and performed by Chilean singer El Capitan Memo[citation needed]. The song was so successful that also a record has been sold highly in Latin America on the 1970s, and most people catch that song as the original main theme, rather than the original English version[citation needed].

Broadcast schedule

Spider-Man was initially broadcast in the U.S. on Saturday mornings on ABC. The first episode that aired was "The Power of Doctor Octopus"/"Sub-Zero For Spidey" on September 9, 1967. For the full run of the first season and of the second season, the show was seen at 11 a.m. Eastern Time. ABC's last Saturday morning broadcast of Spider-Man was on August 30, 1969, with 39 half-hour episodes (many with two separate stories) aired. The show went on hiatus until the following March, when a third season began a six-month run, from March 22 to September 6, 1970, on Sunday mornings, at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time.

In 1977, the series was broadcast abroad, airing in several international markets for the first time. In the case of the Spanish and Italian versions, a completely different theme song was used, dubbed over original footage of the introduction. The song was written by composers Erick Bulling & Santiago and performed by Chilean singer Guillermo "Memo" Aguirre, aka "El Capitan Memo". This song was also released as a vinyl LP single[citation needed]. For the Italian version, the show's title there, L'uomo Ragno, was superimposed in large yellow type over the first two shots of Spider-Man swinging through the city.

The series has also aired on ABC Family, starting in 2002 as part of the network's Memorial Day weekend-long "Spidey-Mania" marathon, timed to coincide with the release of the feature film. However, it appeared that airings of the show were only limited to said special marathons, as it wouldn't be seen again until a third "Spidey-Mania" marathon (to coincide with the release of Spider-Man 2) in 2004, the last time it was seen on ABC Family in the US. (The second "Spidey-Mania" marathon, aired in 2003, did not feature this series.) In addition, the show aired on Family in Canada until September 2007 when they took it off to make room for their fall schedule. The show has never aired on the channel since.

The network was notorious for heavily editing footage so it could be more suitable for younger audiences[citation needed]; for example, J. Jonah Jameson's right hand (which usually held the cigar he puffed on) had to be manipulated (and removed altogether in some cases). In one episode, where Jameson originally held his cigar in his hand, he was manipulated to make an "okay" sign.

As of September 1, 2008, the series can be seen (unedited) in Canada on Teletoon Retro.

Episodes of the series have also been posted in the "Videos" section of Marvel's official website, Marvel.com.

Episode list

Season 1

Episode Title Summary
1A The Power Of Dr. Octopus Peter Parker discovers Dr. Octopus’s laboratory. Spider-Man is already captured and Dr. Octopus is about to blow up New York. Betty Brant drives off to the place he was heading to, but she is also captured. Spider-Man is able to stop Dr. Octopus.
1B Sub-Zero For Spidey Some ice creatures are after a scientist called Dr. Smarter. Spider-Man tracks them to their iceberg. Those creatures are Plutonians and they are not hostile. They are seeking Dr. Smarter for a way to help them get back to their planet. The Space Warp control is successful.
2A Where Crawls The Lizard Peter flies to Florida to find and photograph the Lizard Man. Spider-Man meets Dr. Curtis Connor's family. In Dr. Connor's lab, Spider-Man finds out about the doctor’s research and mixes an antidote for reptilian mutation. Spider-Man finds the Lizard Man and manages to cure him, changing him back to Dr. Connor.
2B Electro, The Human Lightning Bolt Spider-Man is set up numerous times by Electro's robberies. Spider-Man captures Electro in an amusement park and cleans his slate.
3 The Menace Of Mysterio Spider-Man has been witnessed committing robberies. Mysterio phones Jameson and makes a deal to defeat and expose Spider-Man in exchange for a large sum of cash. After many encounters with Mysterio, Peter plants a bug on his cape and tracks him to the Television Studio. Spider-Man records a confession from Mysterio and defeats him.
4A The Sky Is Falling After the Vulture beats Spider-Man, he holds the city for a two-millon-dollar ransom and the blame falls on Spider-Man. Things get worse after Spider-Man fights the Vulture on a high rise. Spider-Man counter-attacks the Vulture and turns his own birds against him.
4B Captured By J. Jonah Jameson A man called Henry Smythe plans to capture Spider-Man with a robot and get paid by Jonah Jameson. Spider-Man's webbing has no effect on the robot. After a long chase, the robot captures Spider-Man, but he escapes. Spider-Man sabotages the robot and dupes Jonah Jameson with an empty costume. NOTE: The robot in question is, in the comics, the first of the "Spider-Slayers" that Jameson commissions to attempt to destroy Spider-Man.
5A Never Step On A Scorpion Dr. Stillwell creates the Scorpion on Jonah Jameson's behalf to get Spider-Man. As Spider-Man fights the Scorpion, Dr. Stillwell realises the danger of this creature. Sure enough, the Scorpion attacks Jameson, but Spider-Man stops him and Betty summons the police to arrest the Scorpion. The Scorpion breaks out of prison and attacks Jameson again, but Spider-Man beats, and re-captures, the Scorpion.
5B Sands Of Crime As Spider-Man examines the Goliath Diamond, the Sandman appears and swipes the diamond, Spider-Man to getting the blamed. The Sandman sets Spider-Man up a second time at the beach. Spider-Man battles the Sandman in a rock quarry until he weakens him in water.
6A Diet Of Destruction Spider-Man sights, and photographs, a giant metal-eating robot. The robot consumes huge quantities of metal around the city. Spider-Man fails to beat the robot, but finally defeats it by dragging it into the river.
6B The Witching Hour The Green Goblin swipes a magician's witchcraft book. Next he takes Jonah Jameson for his medium. Failing to stop the Green Goblin from taking the scepter of Osiris, Spider-Man uses Jameson to find the Green Goblin. Spider-Man foils the demon summoning and captures the Green Goblin.
7A Kilowatt Kaper Electro escapes prison before Spider-Man can stop him. Spider-Man fights Electro unprepared, only to retreat. Spider-Man completes his new web and sets a trap for Electro. After a fight with Spider-Man, Electro is finally caught in an electric web.
7B The Peril Of Parafino Spider-Man faces off against Parafino, a villain who uses wax sculptures to commit crimes.
8 Horn Of The Rhino Spider-Man is keeping an eye on a train when the Rhino rams it and steals a top secret component, Spider-Man getting the blame. His attempt to find the Rhino is foiled when, as Peter, he comes down with a cold, having his Aunt May to send him to bed. As he fails to prevent the Rhino from stealing the second and third top secret components, Spider-Man eventually tracks down the Rhino and stops him with a can of pepper.
9A The One-Eyed Idol Someone has sent a one-eyed idol to Jonah Jameson. Jameson is hypnotised by the idol to steal his own cash. Spider-Man finds the assailant the following night, but he is captured. Cliventon and his Aborigine friend have been swindling Jameson. Spider-Man escapes and catches the both of them.
9B Fifth Avenue Phantom Spider-Man attempts to halt the Phantom's activities only to be set up by him and his henchwoman Marie. The Phantom has hired women to shrink valuable items to steal and sell. In the factory Spiderman finds that the Phantom's henchwomen are robots and captures them with the Phantom.
10A The Revenge Of Dr. Magneto Spider-Man saves a boat from Dr. Magneto's crash attempt. Determined to prove his magnetic power, Dr. Magneto sabotages a railway line, which Spider-Man fixes. Dr. Magneto is now intent on smashing a statue from the top of the Empire State Building, which Spider-Man prevents. Spider-Man finds, disarms and captures Dr. Magneto.
10B The Sinister Prime Minister Spider-Man sights someone impersonating a foreign visiting Prime Minister, but he is forced to retreat to find proof. The fake minister swindles Jonah Jameson for a lot of money. Spider-Man pins down the fake minister, but still has no proof to expose him. The fake minister leaves with the real minister and Jameson's gold. Spider-Man boards the plane and exposes the fake prime minister as Charles Cameo. (See synopsis of "Double Identity" below.)
11A The Night Of The Villains Spider-Man fails to stop Blackbeard from stealing a treasure chest. Parafino sends Jesse James to rob a bank. Jesse James sets Spider-Man up in a run and gun match. After tackling a Paris executioner, Spider-Man finds that the villains are all wax robots created by Parafino. Spider-Man pins Parafino to the wall with a glob of wax.
11B Here Comes Trubble Spider-Man stops a centaur, which vanishes in smoke. Ms. Trubble sends Cyclops to take care of Spider-Man, but fails. The Goddess Diana also fails to get Spider-Man. Peter Parker investigates Ms. Trubble and a stolen statuette. Spider-Man finds Ms. Trubble has been conjuring legendary creatures to do her bidding. Spider-Man rescues Ms. Trubble from Vulcan and she is sent to the prison hospital.
12A Spider-Man Meets Dr. Noah Boddy Jonah Jameson scoffs at a man calling himself Dr. Noah Boddy, who claims to have found a means of rendering himself invisible. (The villain's name is a play on the word "nobody.") Dr. Boddy seeks revenge. Ultimately, Spider-Man foils Dr. Boddy's plans—but this will not be the last heard of him. (See synopsis for "To Catch A Spider" below.)
12B The Fantastic Fakir Spider-Man fails to stop a villain called the Fakir from stealing a precious ruby. Later, he is captured investigating an Indian yacht. Spider-Man escapes and keeps an eye on Pulinski's Star Sapphire, which gets stolen. Spider-Man finds out that the Fakir has been swiping the Rajah's jewels for himself. The police arrive and arrest the Fakir.
13A Return Of The Flying Dutchman Spider-Man deals with a hoaxster taking advantage of the Flying Dutchman legend to steal a chest of pirate treasure.
13B Farewell Performance Strange things involving ghosts happen around the Castle Theatre, due for demolition by Jonah Jameson's decision. Spider-Man gets caught in Blackwell's magic performance. Eventually two other performers, Emily and James, pin Spider-Man. It turns out the performers had lured Spider-Man there to save their theatre. Spider-Man is able to make Jonah Jameson stop his barbaric attitude against old buildings.
14A The Golden Rhino The Rhino steals a lot of gold from a truck. The Rhino is melting the gold to make a statue of himself, but doesn't have enough gold. Spider-Man fails to stop him from stealing another truck-load of gold. Spider-Man finds the Rhino, but the golden statue is finished, and the Rhino trashes his hideout. Spider-Man tracks the Rhino and captures him along with his statue.
14B Blueprint For Crime The Plotter guides a couple of thieves to catch Spider-Man and grab a series of blueprints. Spider-Man chases both thieves, the Ox and the Cowboy, until he falls off a building. The thieves have failed to procure one vital blueprint in Spider-Man's possession. Spider-Man sets himself up to bait the Plotter into capturing him while the police are in the open. Spider-Man rounds up the Plotter and his thieves to be arrested.
15A The Spider And The Fly A mysterious person called the Human Fly leads Spider-Man away long enough to steal Pulinski's jewelry. The Human Fly leads Spider-Man away to steal the Rajah's jewelry. Spider-Man guards Mr. Privilege's money, only to find that there are two human flies. Spider-Man follows a bug he had planted on a jeweled dagger to the "Fly Twins's" hideout and catches them.
15B The Slippery Dr. Von Schlick Spider-Man chases Dr. Von Schlick in the middle of a fire but loses him. Spider-Man finds Von Schlick on a barge as he steals oil from a tanker. Escaping from drowning, he loses the barge. Spider-Man chases Von Schlick to his underground lab and destroys the reactor.
16A The Vulture's Prey Another clash between Spider-Man and the Vulture.
16B The Dark Terrors Spider-Man rescues Betty from a shadow figure but cannot attack it. The Phantom is casting shadows all over the city. As Spider-Man is tailed by shadows, the Phantom sends shadows to commit crime. After finding out that light removes shadows, Peter pays a visit to Sergeant Brian for help. Spider-Man tracks down the Phantom and catches him.
17A The Terrible Triumph Of Dr. Octopus Dr. Octopus steals Dr. Smarter's nullifier, which is basically a midget guided missile, and Spider-Man is unable to catch him. Spider-Man traces Dr. Octopus and evades his trap. Spider-Man eventually tracks down Dr. Octopus, pins him down and summons the police.
17B Magic Malice The Green Goblin escapes from Spider-Man as he plots to steal Blackwell's magic secrets. The Green Goblin uses some magic tricks to rob various places. The Green Goblin traps Spider-Man in Blackwell's house, but Spider-Man survives and tails the Goblin as he visits the house a third time. With a little help from Blackwell, Spider-Man binds the Green Goblin.
18A Fountain Of Terror Peter hears that Dr. Connor is missing once again. In Florida, Spider-Man fails to catch Cliventon. Spider-Man and Billy Connor chase Cliventon to an old Spanish fort. Dr. Connor is being held prisoner by a Spanish warrior. Billy rescues Dr. Connor while Spider-Man fights and wraps up Cliventon. In the confusion Billy accidentally triggers the loss of the fountain of youth the warrior was using to exist from the 15th century ownwards.
18B Fiddler On The Loose The Fiddler kidnaps Flintridge's band and fires sonic waves at Spider-Man. The Fiddler happens to be a rival of the Flintridge for introducing pop against his classical music. Spider-Man fails to prevent the Fiddler from destroying Flintridge's music collection. Spider-Man catches the Fiddler while Flintridge summons the police.
19A To Catch A Spider Dr. Noah Boddy releases Electro, the Green Goblin, and the Vulture from prison to get back at Spider-Man. All three disable Spider-Man's powers and arrange to meet at midnight at the docks. There, Spider-Man, succeeds in making the three squabble and ultimately recaptures all four villains.
19B Double Identity Spider-Man attempts to catch a man who looks just like Peter Parker, but the man's bodyguard, Brutus, knocks him down. Charles Cameo (see synopsis of "The Sinister Prime Minister" above) poses as various people to steal precious art while Spider-Man fails to stop him. In Cameo's moment of vanity, he poses as Spider-Man. The real Spider-Man fights Cameo, his disguise being identical to the real Spider-Man's costume. Eventually, the real Spider-Man catches both Cameo and Brutus.
20A Sting Of The Scorpion The Scorpion escapes prison to get back at Jonah Jameson and Spider-Man. The Scorpion drinks a toxic chemical and trashes Dr. Stillwell's lab. The chemicals mutate the Scorpion into a giant. The Scorpion kidnaps Jameson. Spider-Man saves Jameson and forces the Scorpion to drink an antidote before capturing him.
20B Trick Or Treachery The Fly Twins break into a vault and frame Spider-Man. At an amusement park, they implant a "fly tracer" on Spider-Man. After the Fly Twins further frame Spider-Man, he finds the fly tracer. Spider-Man captures the Fly Twins at a fur storage.

Note: In the episodes "The Spider And The Fly" and "Trick Or Treachery," the villains (The Fly Twins) are named "Stan" and "Lee." This is an obvious reference to Stan Lee, one of the original creators of Spider-Man.

Season 2

Episode Title Summary
21 The Origin of Spider-Man Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider and soon finds that he has gained the arachnid's proportionate strength. He learns that "with great power there must also always be great responsibility" after his Uncle Ben, husband of Aunt May, is murdered by a thief who he failed to stop earlier.
22 King Pinned With his beloved Uncle Ben gone and his Aunt May sick, Peter decides that he must find a way to earn extra money to pay for Aunt May's medication. He applies for and gets a job at the Daily Bugle where he meets Betty Brant and J. Jonah Jameson for the first time. Peter later overhears a conversation between Jameson and a news source named Dr. Omar about a fake medicine ring run by The Kingpin. Peter discovers that this was the same ring that made the medicine Aunt May was taking. Peter also finds out that one of the Bugles star reporters is actually a Kingpin stooge sent as a spy. After finding out that Jameson plans to write an expose' on the ring, The Kingpin kidnaps Jameson. Spider-Man follows The Kingpin to his lair and rescues Jameson but the Kingpin escapes. He learns that a timebomb had been set at the Bugle's printing presses. After a race against time, Spider-Man saves the Bugle, the expose` is written and the Kingpin's medicine ring is out of business.
23 Swing City A mad scientist called The Radiation Specialist takes control of a nuclear reactor and uses it to create an anti- gravity field that lifts the entire island of Manhattan into the stratosphere, holding the city for ransom. Peter reluctantly breaks his date to save the city before The Specialist sends it crashing down.
24 Criminals In The Clouds To impress a girl and to show up his rival, star quarterback Roy Robinson, Peter Parker decides to try out for his high school football team feeling that he could be a star player with his spider-powers. The coach however scoffs at Peter but offers him a job as the waterboy. Meanwhile, the airborne criminal known as Sky Master hatches a plan to kidknap Roy Robinson, who just happens to be the son of a well known scientist who has invented an invisibility serum, and hold him for ransom. After learning of this plot, Peter as Spider-Man, tracks down Sky Master to his airship hidden in the clouds and rescues Roy Robinson after defeating Sky Master and his goons. Spidey returns Robinson in time for the big football game in which he even helps him win. However, poor Peter gets fired from his waterboy job as Roy Robinson gets the girl.
25 Menace From The Bottom Of The World Peter Parker is sent by J. Jonah Jameson to inverstigate claims by a seismologist that he has detected subterrainean voices in an unknown language. Peter reluctantly carries out the assignment after seeing a rival reporter getting the plum job of investigating the disappearance of a bank. Upon hearing the underground voice transmissions at the seismology lab, Peter uses his spider-hearing to determine that these were the people responsible for making the bank disappear and they're plotting to take another one. Quickly donning his Spider-Man costume, Peter races to the next bank to be taken and sees the bank disappear into the ground. Spider-Man descends thousands of feet into the sinkhole left by the bank to investigate. He soon discovers the bank in a strange underground city inhabited by hairy, ape-like humanoids.
26 Diamond Dust Museum robbers led by the criminal known as Shakespeare create a diversion by unlocking a zoo cage and letting loose a huge gorilla who goes on a rampage putting zoo goers in danger. After a fierce battle, Spider-Man re-captures the beast averting a disaster. The robbers then don gorilla costumes to create further panic and rob the museum of a giant diamond worth a fortune. After learning of this plot, Peter defeats and captures Shakespeare and his henchemen as Spider-Man.
27 Spider-Man Battles The Molemen Peter goes underground again, seeing the same scenery as in Menace From The Bottom Of The World.
28 Phantom From The Depths Of Time This episode re-uses Rocket Robin Hood backgrounds and villains as Peter tries to stop an evil alien who has enslaved an island's populace.
29 The Evil Sorcerer Kotep The Scarlet Sorcerer, an ancient magician frozen in time by a rival sorcerer is brought back to life in the present day by a deranged college professor. Bent on conquering the world, the resurrected magician creates chaos inside the university and around the city until Spider-Man shows up to save the day. Faced with powerful thousand year-old magic, Spider-Man must find a way to defeat one of the most powerful villains he's ever encountered.
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31 Pardo Presents While on a date with Polly along with well to do socialites and city officials to see the premiere of "Pardo Presents, My Pet." Peter becomes entangled in a robbery plot by a villain with the ability to transform himself into pure energy in the form of an enormous black cat. Spider-Man leads Pardo on a chase across New York to a showdown atop the Brooklyn Bridge.
32 Cloud City Of Gold While in South America as an exchange student, Peter Parker and his host professor are flying in a plane over the Andes Mountains during a lightning storm when the plane crashes. The professor, the pilot and the planes navigator all survive but there's no sign of young Parker. Just as they notice that they're trapped in a hostile jungle with dangerous natives watching their every move, none other than Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man comes swinging to the rescue. After building a raft to escape the natives, Spidey leads them into an underground river after getting caught in a whirlpool. While underground, Spidey battles vampire bats. After finally coming out of the cave they finally see the Cloud City Of Gold which is ruled by a 15th Century conquistador named DeVargas who attacks them with a giant golden eagle. As Spider-Man battles the flying monster, the professor and the crew are captured by DeVargas. After defeating the eagle, Spider-Man finds himself trapped by a giant spider in the mouth of a volcano which he also defeaats. DeVargas then tries to do Spidey in by firing a cannon at him while he's still in the volcano causing an eruption. Spider-man frees his companions and escapes the Cloud City right before the entire mountain containing the city explodes. Back at the crash site, Spider-Man disappears and the professor and crew find Peter waiting for them. They are finally rescued by helicopter.
33 Neptune's Nose Cone Peter Parker is sent to the arctic on assignment by J. Jonah Jameson to track down and get pictures of a lunar module that crashed in the South Pole after a failed launch. Peter along with Penny, the pilot of the Daily Bugle plane, crash land in a blizzard on an island. Upon waking up, Peter finds that Penny had been captured by natives with the intent of offering her along with the nosecone of the module as a sacrifice to their volcano god in exchange for warmth. Spider-Man not only must rescue Penny but also stop the natives from throwing the nosecone into the volcano as the resulting explosion would destroy the entire island. After battling the natives and many strange creatures in an underground cavern, Spider-man averts catastrophe by rescuing Penny and saving the nosecone.
34 Home While unwinding at a club, Peter Parker meets a girl named Carol who is surprisingly as interested in science as he is. After setting up a date, Peter decides to patrol the town as Spider-Man and stumbles upon a robbery perpetrated by...Carol! But things start to look fishy when Carol starts using the same spider powers as Spider-Man. Spider-Man follows her as she races back to their headquarters and discovers that they are from a distant civilization that crash landed one Earth and have been living underground waiting to be saved.
35 Blotto Spider-Man battles a dark creature based on The Blob with the ability to engulf and consume objects like buildings, vehicles and perhaps people. Spidey must find a way to defeat this mysterious menace before it wipes out the entire city.
36 Thunder Rumble Spider-Man fights a giant who can form and hurl lightning bolts. (NOTE: This bad guy should not be confused with The Mighty Thor, a Marvel hero.)
37 Spider-Man Meets Skyboy While being honored at an awards ceremony, foremost scientist Dr. Caldwell is kidnapped by the evil Dr. Zapp in front of many onlookers including Caldwell's teenaged son Jan Feeling that the police are powerless to find his father, Jan decides to strike out on his own using an anti-gravity helmet and suit invented by his father. While patrolling the city from the air, Jan is spotted by Spider-Man who gives chase and confronts him. Spider-man later realizes that this "Skyboy" is the son of the scientist from the now well publicized kidnapping and helps Jan to rescue the boy's father from Dr. Zapp and defeat him.
38 Cold Storage The crooked Dr. Cool and a henchman after having robbed a jewelry store are tracked to their hideout by the webslinger. After a brief battle, Spider-Man is knocked out and captured by Dr. Cool who ties him up and puts him in a deep freeze unit where he blacks out and is frozen solid. After a time, the power to the deep freeze runs down and the wallcrawler awakens to find that decades have passed and the world is in ruins. After battling cavemen, and other creatures including a tyrannasaurus rex, Spidey realizes it was all a hallucination after being rescued by a friendly ice delivery man on his rounds. Later, Dr. Cool and his stooge return to their hideout after another hiest only to be defeated and captured by Spider-Man.
39 To Cage A Spider Spider-Man tracks two crooks who robbed a bank and gives chase as the criminals escape in a getaway car. During the chase, one of the crooks hurls a jackhammer at Spidey as he swoops in to capture them. As the robbers escape, Spider-Man plummets twenty stories to the ground. While laying unconscious on the street, Spider-Man is rescued from a gathering mob by Captain Stacy (Gwen's father)and taken to a prison infirmary. Upon waking up, Spidey discovers a group of convicts attempting a break-out and that they've taken Captain Stacy as a hostage. Spider-Man then squashes the break-out and rescues Stacy.

Season 3

Episode Title Summary
40A The Winged Thing A new story involving The Vulture using footage from the two episodes from the first season featuring the Vulture.
40B Conner's Reptiles A new story using footage from the first season episode "Where Crawls The Lizard."
41A Trouble with Snow Spider-Man takes on a gigantic living snowman.
41B Spider-Man Vs. Desparado Spidey battles a cowpoke using a flying electronic horse to commit bank robberies.
42A Sky Harbor Baron Von Rantenraven commands Skyharbor, a gigantic airborne fortress manned by sky pirates who use biplanes and an imobilizing dust cloud to capture jumbo jets and airliners. Spidey is called upon by the mayor to defeat this flying menace.
42B The Big Brainwasher This is the episode where we see the one and only appearance of Mary Jane in the entire series. Mary Jane gets hired as a go-go girl at a new nightclub in Times Square where shes instructed to occasionally take pictures of the city officials in attendance for the clubs grand opening. MJ invites Peter Parker to her debut. While MJ dances, Peter uncovers a plot to use mind control on the city officials by none other than The Kingpin. Spider-Man gets involved and foils the plan.
43A The Vanishing Dr. Vespasian A mad scientist creates an invisibility serum and hatches a nefarious scheme to destroy Spider-Man.
43B Scourge of the Scarf
44A Super Swami
44B The Birth of Micro Man
45A Knight Must Fall
45B The Devious Dr. Dumpty
46 Up from Nowhere
47 Rollarama
48A Rhino
48B The Madness of Mysterio
49 Revolt in the Fifth Dimension This story along with the characters and backgrounds were taken from the Rocket Robinhood episode "Dimentia Five" In it, a distant galaxy is terrorized by the evil Infinata, a malevolent and supremely powerful entity from another dimension who resembles a one eyed praying mantis, and his minions who are bent on ruling the cosmos. On the planet Gorth in this galaxy, an alien scientist escapes his homeworlds destruction by The Infinata with the Library Of Gorth, the collective knowledge of the entire planet condensed into a small palm sized orb module. This library contains as yet undeveloped secrets to destroy the Infinata. As the scientist escapes, the Infinata gives chase knowing that if an advanced civilization could decipher the Library, it could mean his destruction. The Infinata sends his minions to disable the scientist's ship before he could escape. Having no choice, the scientist changes his coarse to the nearest galaxy and enters the Solar system and heads to the one planet with intelligent life, Earth!

As the spaceship enters Earths atmosphere, the friction causes the ship to catch fire and resmble a shooting star. As it flies over New York, Spider-Man spots the shooting star. Intrigued Spidey tries to get a closer look. Spidey soon realizes that this isn't s shooting star at all but a pint sized spaceship only about a foot long which falls straight to him. After catching the ship in his hand, Spidey opens the small door and out pops the tiny alien scientist whos only an inch tall on Earth. The scientist communicates with Spider-Man using mental telepathy that Spidey deciphers with his spider-sense. After giving Spider-Man the Library Of Gorth, the alien then dies. Spider-Man after being made aware of the danger his galaxy could be in decides to take the Library to the government authorities to be analyzed. However, The Infinata who witnessed the wallcrawler take charge of the Library, sends his demons to capture Spider-Man and bring him to the realm of Dimentia Five, The Infinatas home. Upon arriving, Spider-Man is interrogated by The Infinata as to the whereabouts of the Library Of Gorth. Spider-Man then flees but is quickly re-captured after being zapped by the Infinatas demons. Spider-Man makes one last attempt to fight back but is defeated again and finds himself sinking in some form of quicksand. Knowing he has only moments to live, Spider-Man racks his brain to find a way to defeat this powerful enemy and closes his eyes to think. Upon closing his eyes, he finds himself back in New York for a split second. With that he discovers the Infinata's secret. Only fear makes the Infinata powerful and that if one closes his eyes and his mind to that fear, he would be free. Spidey relaxes and closes his eyes and leaves the 5th Dimension. Defeated and fearful of retaliation, the Infinata flees the galaxy, searching for others to terrorize and destroy. Meanwhile, Spider-Man having safely arrived back in his own world, delivers the Library Of Gorth which he had hidden the whole time in one of his webshooters to the proper authorities

50 Specialists and Slaves
51 Down to Earth
52 Trip to Tomorrow

Note: ABC did not air Revolt in the Fifth Dimension episode with the rest of the third season possibly because of the incidence of death, spatial creepiness, and great psychedelia in that episode[citation needed]. ABC aired Sting of the Scorpion/Trick or Treachery in its place.[8]

Cast

Both Paul Soles and Paul Kligman made appearances on the Canadian comedy show Wayne & Shuster in the 1970s and 1980s, Kligman being the more popular one.

First Season Credits

  • Executive Producer: Robert L. Lawrence
  • Producer: Ray Patterson
  • Animation Directors: Grant Simmons, Clyde Geronimi, Sid Marcus
  • Story Direction: June Patterson
  • Story Material: Bill Danch, Al Bertino, Dick Robbins, Dick Cassarino, Phil Babet
  • Theme Song Written by Bob Harris and Paul Francis Webster
  • Music Composed and Conducted by Ray Ellis
  • Animators: Hal Ambro, Robert Bentley, Dan Bessie, George Cannata, Herman Cohen, Howard Ellis, Bill Hous, Tom McDonald, Chic Otterstrom, Don Schloat, Ralph Somerville, Reuben Timmins, Harvey Toombs, Kay Wright
  • Backgrounds: Curtiss Perkins, Richard H. Thomas, Bill Butler, Mike Kawaguchi
  • Layout: Ray Aragon, Joe Asturino, Herb Hazelton, Jim Mueller, C.L. Hartman, John Ewing, Joel Seibel
  • Production Supervised by Robert "Tiger" West
  • Production Manager: Gene Meyers
  • Film Editor: Bryce Corso
  • Sound Editor: Hank Goetzenberg
  • Creative Consultants:
    Stan Lee (called "Smilin'" Stan Lee),
    John Romita Sr. (called "Jazzy" Johnny Romita),
    respective story and art consultants
  • A GrantRay-Lawrence Production In Association With Steve Krantz Productions(Krantz Films), Inc.

Home video releases

Various episodes were released on VHS videotapes throughout the 1980s, 1990s, and the early 2000s. These were usually compiled with other Marvel Comics based characters' cartoons also. In the case of the early-2000s releases, these episodes were packaged with those from the 1990s animated series as bonus episodes. The final release to feature this was the DVD edition of Spider-Man vs. Doc Ock in 2004.

DVD release

On June 29, 2004, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (whose parent company would acquire Marvel's assets five years later[9]) released the complete series on DVD in Region 1, with the set titled as Spider-Man – The '67 Collection. The 6-disc box set features all 52 episodes of the series as well as an introduction from creator Stan Lee.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
Spider-Man – The '67 Collection 52 June 29, 2004

On November 10, 2008, UK company Liberation Entertainment released the first season of Spider-Man (entitled the Original '67 Series) on Region 2 DVD.

Notes

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