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"The Prowler"
Spider-Man (1994 TV series) episode
The Prowler
Episode no. Season 4
Episode 52
Written by John Semper
Terence Taylor
Original airdate August 2, 1997
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"The Prowler" is an episode from season 4 of the animated series Spider-Man.



Hobbie first appeared working for a crime lord called Iceberg and was feeling he wasn't earning his fair cut for the work he was doing. When Iceberg found out, he had his boys attempt to kill Hobie. After narrowly escaping that fate, he knew he needed to get out of town. He stole a passer by's purse in order to fund his new trip. It turned out to be Mary Jane's purse when she and Peter Parker are in the process of apartment hunting but was stopped by Spider-Man and Hobie was sent to jail for violating his parole. While in jail, he saves Richard Fisk from an attempt on his life. As payment, the Kingpin arranges for a hot shot lawyer to enable Hobie's release and gives him a special suit. He used the costume to get back at his old boss Iceberg. There are strings attached, however: the belt will detonate if he tampers with it. He and Spider-Man team up against the Kingpin and destroyed the controls to the belt so it wouldn't detonate and Prowler's suit is recharged. Hobie gave up crime so he can have a chance at returning to a normal 'good' life.


The Prowler was criticized in a review published by Toon Zone to be a corny and badly designed character. The review also described him as a character who blames his problems on other people. The plot was considered boring and cheesy, however the episode being well animated.





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