is an animated television series
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. It first aired on the
ABC television network in the United States but went into syndication at the start of the third
Spider-Man is the Marvel comics
super-hero created by writer Stan Lee
artist Steve Ditko
. Grantray-Lawrence Animation
produced the first season. Seasons 2 and 3 were crafted by producer
Ralph Bakshi in New York City.
The series revolves around the scientific-minded teenager Peter Parker
who, after being bitten by a
spider, develops amazing
strength and spider-like powers. He decides to become a
crime-fighting, costumed superhero
the while dealing with his personal problems and the insecurities
resulting from being a teenager
risks his life to fight super-powered criminals such as Mysterio
and the Green
; however, New York Daily
editor J. Jonah Jameson
views him as a criminal, and
he is continually writing front page
declaring him as such.
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 the primary-colored blue suit, white
shirt, and red tie) and John Romita Sr., who served as a 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
Seasons 2 and 3 almost entirely eliminated villains from the comic
book, choosing to instead have Spider-Man face generic magical
villains and monsters.
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
's 59th birthday in a newspaper clipping.
This episode first aired on 2 December
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 9
The show's acting talent included Bernard
, 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
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 were Vern Chapman
as Doctor Octopus
, Gillie Fenwick
as Dr. Smarter, Curt Conners,
, and the Vulture.
was the voice of Electro
and the Sandman
. Chris Wiggins
was the voice of Mysterio.
was the voice of the Scorpion.
was the voice of the Green
Goblin, Parafino, and one of the Fly brothers (Stan Patterson).
was the voice of Dr. Smythe,
Dr. Noah Boddy, and the other Fly brother (Lee Patterson). Ed McNamera
was the voice of the Rhino
was Billy Connors and Max
was the Phantom.
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
, 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
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
After Grantray-Lawrence went bankrupt , the second and third
seasons were produced at a dramatically reduced budget by Krantz
Films under Ralph Bakshi
. 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
published in August 1962, but instead from a drastically updated
retelling in Spectacular
#1, titled "In The Beginning," which was
published in July 1968, only a few months before the episode was
Rocket Robin Hood footage
The episodes, "Phantom from the Depths of Time" 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
. Therein, Spider-Man was substituted for Robin Hood
on the animation cells.
As well as having two similar episodes to that of Rocket Robin
, 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 .
The theme song
of the show has become a
popular standard. The lyrics
were written by
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,
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
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
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
, groovy brass lines and
jazzy scoring, is highly regarded by fans and much sought after by
soundtrack collectors . The 1st season featured an original score
written by Ray Ellis
(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
utilized Neil Hefti
" 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
("production music") featuring such English composers as Johnny Hawksworth
, David Lindup
, Johnny Pearson
, Johnny Harris
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
and performed by
Chilean singer El Capitan Memo
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
was initially broadcast in the U.S. on Saturday
mornings on ABC
first episode that aired was "The Power of Doctor
Octopus"/"Sub-Zero For Spidey" on September
, 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
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 . For the Italian
version, the show's title there, L'uomo Ragno
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
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
) 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
The show has never aired on the channel
The network was notorious for heavily editing footage so it could
be more suitable for younger audiences ; 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
As of September 1, 2008, the series can be seen (unedited) in
Canada on Teletoon Retro.
||The Power Of Dr.
||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.
||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.
||Where Crawls The
||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.
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
||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.
||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
||Captured By J.
||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.
||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,
||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
||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.
||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.
||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.
||The Peril Of Parafino
||Spider-Man faces off against Parafino, a villain who uses wax
sculptures to commit crimes.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.)
||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.
||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.
||Spider-Man Meets Dr. Noah
||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.)
||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.
||Return Of The Flying
||Spider-Man deals with a hoaxster taking advantage of the Flying
Dutchman legend to steal a chest of pirate treasure.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
Privelage'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
||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 Vulture's Prey
||Another clash between Spider-Man and the Vulture.
||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
||The Terrible Triumph Of Dr.
||Dr. Octopus steals Dr. Smarter's nullifier, 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.
||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.
||Fountain Of Terror
||Peter hears that Dr. Connor is missing. 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.
||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
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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
, one of the original creators of Spider-Man
||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.
||Peter takes a job at the Daily Bugle, meeting J. Jonah
Jameson for the first time. Jameson is abducted by The Kingpin.
Peter must rescue Jameson and find the bomb that a Kingpin henchman
placed in the Bugle's printing press.
||A mad scientist takes control of a power station and uses it to
energize his anti-gravity device. Peter reluctantly breaks his date
to save the city.
||Criminals In The Clouds
||Peter hopes that his power will make him a star athlete; as a
first step to this goal, he becomes a water boy for his school's
football team. His plan is disrupted when The Skymaster (modeled
after Robert Mitchum) kidnaps the
school's star quarterback.
||Menace From The Bottom Of The World
||A criminal takes charge of subterranean molemen and lets them
create sinkholes under bank buildings.
||Museum robbers create a diversion by unlocking a zoo cage.
Peter corrals the beast and then the robbers while his baseball
teammates wait for him.
||Spider-Man Battles The
||Peter goes underground again, seeing the same scenery as in
Menace From The Bottom Of The World.
||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
||The Evil 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.
||Spider-Man faces off against a villain called Pardo.
||Cloud City Of Gold
||Neptune's Nose Cone
||While on a plane in a distant country, Peter Parker finds
himself in the midst of a heavy thunderstorm that causes his plane
to crash. Peter ends up in the middle of an unchartered jungle
amongst hostile natives and strange beasts. Now Spider-Man must do
his best to keep the plane crew safe, while somehow finding a way
to get them home in one-piece.
||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.
||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.)
||To Cage A Spider
||Spider-Man finds himself imprisoned.
||The flying thing.
||Trouble with Snow
||The Big Brainwasher
||The Vanishing Dr. Vespasian
||Scourge of the Scarf
||The Birth of Micro Man
||Knight Must Fall
||The Devious Dr. Dumpty
||Up from Nowhere
||The Madness of Mysterio
||Revolt in the Fifth Dimension
||Specialists and Slaves
||Down to Earth
||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 .
ABC aired Sting of the Scorpion/Trick or Treachery in its
- Paul Soles - Peter Parker/Spider-Man
- Peg Dixon - Betty Brant
- Bernard Cowan - Narrator, Dr.
Matto Magneto, Plutonian Leader
- Paul Kligman - J. Jonah
- Carl Banas - Scorpion, Dr. Banas
- Len Carlson - Green Goblin, Parafino, Stan Patterson/Human
Fly, Bolton, Captain Ned Stacy
- Vernon Chapman - Doctor Octopus
- Gillie Fenwick - Dr. Curt
Connors/Lizard, Vulture, Pardo, Plotter, Professor
- Max Ferguson - Fifth Avenue
Phanton, Executioner of Paris
- Tom Harvey - Electro, Sandman, Baron Von Rantenraven, Dr.
Atlantean, Dr. Stillwell, Master Vine, Mugs Riley
- Ed McNamera - Rhino, Blackbeard, Vulcan
- Henry Ramer - Dr. Noah Boddy,
Grandini the Mystic, Henry Smythe, Lee Patterson/Human Fly
- Billie Mae Richards - Billy
- Chris Wiggins - Mysterio, Blackwell the Magician, Boomer, Harley
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
- 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,
- 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 (called "Jazzy" Johnny Romita), respective story and art
- A GrantRay-Lawrence Production In Association With Steve Krantz
Productions(Krantz Films), Inc.
Home video releases
Various episodes were released on VHS
throughout the 1980s, 1990s, and the early 2000s. These were
usually compiled with other Marvel
based characters' cartoons also. In the case of the
early-2000s releases, these episodes were packaged with those from
the 1990s animated
as bonus episodes. The final release to feature this was
the DVD edition of Spider-Man vs. Doc Ock
On June 29
Studios Home Entertainment
(whose parent company
Marvel's assets ) 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
November 10 2008, UK company Liberation Entertainment will release the
first season of Spider-Man (entitled the Original '67 Series) onto
Region 2 DVD.
|Spider-Man - The '67 Collection
||June 29 2004
- CD liner notes: Saturday Mornings: Cartoons’ Greatest Hits,
1995 MCA Records
- Wallopin' Websnappers
- Spider-Man Season 2 comments from Spyder-25.com
- Spider-Man Season 3 comments from Spyder-25.com