03 September 2010

Marvelous Animation Tour - Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981)

Perhaps the best remembered Marvel animated series of the 1980's was Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends which ran from 1981 until 1983.

Over 24 episodes, the series provided a showcase not only for Spider-Man and his villains, but for heroes and villains of the Marvel universe alike, in particular the X-Men.

Feeling a need to counter DC's Super Friends, Marvel banded together a trio of heroes dubbed the "Spider-Friends" including the Web-Head, ice sliding X-Man Iceman, and original creation Angelica Jones AKA Firestar (also a former X-Man). Creators had initially wanted to use the Human Torch, but due to licensing issues, the fire powered heroine and Mary Jane look-a-like was conceived.

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