07 September 2011

Marvelous Animation Tour - Spider-Man (1994)

Swinging onto the scene in November of 1994, just a few months after Iron Man and the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man spanned 65 episodes over 5 seasons. The series stood along side the X-Men animated series as one of the bright spots for Marvel animation in the 90's.

In the series, Peter Parker was in his college years, working for the Daily Bugle, and well into his career as Spidey.

During the series run, most of the Web-Head's classic villains, along with his supporting cast, dropped by including the Green Goblin, Black Cat, the Lizard, the Scorpion, Doc Ock, Mysterio, Shocker, the Rhino, the Vulture, the Chameleon, Venom, Carnage, Kingpin, Hobgoblin, Kraven, and Electro.

The series ambitiously tackled long continuing story arcs, managed continuity, and revisited past storylines. Cutting edge stuff at the time for a "kids show." The series touched upon the Alien Costume, Spider Slayer, Secret Wars and even the Clone Saga stories.

The series also served as a hub for the Marvel animated universe with numerous major Major players stopping by for team ups including the X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, Blade, the Punisher, and Captain America.

After a great run, the series ended with Spider-Man crossing into an alternate universe in which he got to meet his real life creator, Stan "the Man" Lee. Even though the series was not perfect suffering at times from poor CG cityscapes and the inability of Spidey to actually punch anyone, this arguably remains the definitive Spider-Man series. While other animated series had their moments, the longevity of this series allowed it to delve into many more corners of Spidey's world and remains a fond favorite of many a Spider-Fan.

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