AN­I­MATED ARACH­NIDS

The car­toon his­tory of Spidey

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Spi­der-man first made his big swing from comics to car­toons in 1967, with a cheaply made an­i­mated se­ries that aired for three sea­sons on aBC. Premier­ing five years af­ter his comic book de­but, the se­ries not only in­tro­duced the char­ac­ter to a wider au­di­ence, but gave us his en­dur­ing “Spi­der-man! Spi­der­man!” theme tune. Hav­ing flirted du­bi­ously with a live-ac­tion se­ries dur­ing the ’70s, Spidey re­turned to an­i­ma­tion in earnest in 1981 with two shows that aired si­mul­ta­ne­ously: a lesser-re­mem­bered solo se­ries sim­ply called Spi­der-Man, and the much more pop­u­lar Spi­der-Man And His Amaz­ing Friends, which saw him in an un­likely flat­share with fel­low he­roes Ice­man and Firestar.

Per­haps Spi­der-man’s most pop­u­lar an­i­mated show how­ever came in the ’90s, with the epony­mous 1994 Fox Kids se­ries prov­ing the longestrun­ning Spi­der-man Tv show to date (65 episodes). It was also one of the most faith­ful se­ries to the comics, loosely adapt­ing sto­ry­lines like Se­cret Wars and the Clone Saga for the small screen. 1999’s Spi­der-Man Un­lim­ited, set in an al­ter­nate uni­verse, was not as suc­cess­ful. The ’00s saw another great en­try: 2008’s The Spec­tac­u­lar Spi­der-Man, a two-sea­son run whose car­toon­ish an­i­ma­tion be­lied scripts that were funny and mov­ing. 2012’s Ul­ti­mate Spi­der-Man is less revered how­ever – with the web-slinger be­ing por­trayed as a puerile goof­ball who can break the fourth wall.

and fi­nally, the most re­cent ex­am­ple of a Spidey car­toon is another epony­mous se­ries which pre­miered on Dis­ney XD in 2017. Fit­tingly, it sees Spi­der-man team up with both Spi­derGwen and… miles mo­rales. Stephen Kelly

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